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Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction... Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companie Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction... Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It's an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove as Raphael hosts the first ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living. Raphael's old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael. It's up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime...


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Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction... Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companie Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction... Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It's an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove as Raphael hosts the first ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living. Raphael's old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael. It's up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime...

30 review for Shot Through the Hearth

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Shot Through the Hearth is the 7th book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I won this book through a giveaway contest on a blog I enjoy reading and was thrilled to get a copy. I had been declined on NetGalley and planned to buy it when the opportunity to win it popped up. What a lucky day! The series focuses on a contractor in a small town in California who remodels Victorian homes. She often stumbles into murders, and this time, the boyfriend of one of her close friends Shot Through the Hearth is the 7th book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I won this book through a giveaway contest on a blog I enjoy reading and was thrilled to get a copy. I had been declined on NetGalley and planned to buy it when the opportunity to win it popped up. What a lucky day! The series focuses on a contractor in a small town in California who remodels Victorian homes. She often stumbles into murders, and this time, the boyfriend of one of her close friends is suspected of a crime. He's a wealthy inventory and philanthropist, but his former partner shows up to cause trouble. When the partner is found dead, everyone who knew who claims to have thought about killing him. Toss in a few writers, inventors, and associated family members, there's a bunch of people to consider. Which person did it? Carlisle always delivers with a wonderful setting. Her descriptions are fantastic and transport you to the scene. The mystery had lots of suspects, but I do think there were more descriptions and less investigation in this tale. It worked out well otherwise, and I really enjoyed it, but I couldn't push it up to five stars this time. I needed a bit more meat on the bones. But it's still very good, and I highly recommend the series. I always walk away from reading these books thinking the author is quite a talent. She builds vibrant people and lots of red herrings to keep you guessing. There aren't any unnecessary side plots to weigh down the overall book, which is great. There are several integral ones, but they are balanced with the main story to keep everything connected. I'm already excited to devour the next book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    I love old houses, and the idea of a construction company that specializes in the restoration and reconstruction of old Victorians makes me happy in my soul. There's just something magical and homey in an old house. The main character in Kate Carlisle's Fixer-upper Mystery series, Shannon Hammer, breathes new life into old Victorian houses...so of course, I had to give this series a try! Shot Through the Hearth is the 7th book in the series. Normally I don't jump into a series after s I love old houses, and the idea of a construction company that specializes in the restoration and reconstruction of old Victorians makes me happy in my soul. There's just something magical and homey in an old house. The main character in Kate Carlisle's Fixer-upper Mystery series, Shannon Hammer, breathes new life into old Victorian houses...so of course, I had to give this series a try! Shot Through the Hearth is the 7th book in the series. Normally I don't jump into a series after so many books, but I was willing to try it to see if I would like the characters and the plot. I'm glad I did! This was an enjoyable cozy! I was easily able to figure out most of the characters and their relationships, although I think I would have understood the nuances a bit better had I started at the beginning of this series. In Shot Through the Hearth, Hammer Construction is hired for a complicated reconstruction and new construction project. They have 8 months to refurbish a large Victorian home, and build some green eco-friendly structures, including an eco-friendly barn. Their client, Rafe Nash, made his millions in the tech industry and energy efficient inventions. He plans an eco-friendly convention just after the construction projects are finished. Shannon finds herself really liking Rafe (which is good since he is engaged to a close friend of hers), but his business partner, Dillon, is another matter altogether. Things get dicey when a body is found in the barn during the convention.....and then another body turns up. With more than 500 people in attendance at the conference and most of them quirky in one way or another.....there are a lot of suspects and lots of investigation! For me this was a nice introduction to this series. I'm definitely going to backtrack and read the Fixer-upper Mysteries from the beginning! **I voluntarily read an advanced review copy of this book from Berkley via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Fixer-Upper Mystery #7 Publication Date: 10/31/19 Number of Pages: 304 This was my first book in this series and I am impressed. Of course, I expected to be impressed since I have read all of the books in the author’s Bibliophile Mystery series and have loved each and every one of them. I’ve also watched a few of the movies based on this series and liked them okay, but wasn’t totally impressed. My belief is that the book is always better than the movie – and that was Series: Fixer-Upper Mystery #7 Publication Date: 10/31/19 Number of Pages: 304 This was my first book in this series and I am impressed. Of course, I expected to be impressed since I have read all of the books in the author’s Bibliophile Mystery series and have loved each and every one of them. I’ve also watched a few of the movies based on this series and liked them okay, but wasn’t totally impressed. My belief is that the book is always better than the movie – and that was certainly correct this time. I like both Shannon and Mac much better in the book! I liked the lighthearted banter between Shannon and Mac and also between Shannon and her friends. Shannon and her construction company are undertaking their biggest job yet and it is really exciting for them because they will be doing some types of construction they’ve never done before. Not only will they be refurbishing an old farmhouse, but they’ll also be constructing all the venues for a huge environmental/earth survival conference where all of the latest green building technologies will be featured. This is all at the behest their client Raphael (Rafe) Nash who is a retired tech bazillionaire who is engaged to one of Shannon’s best friends – Marigold. As the conference begins, Shannon meets some really strange people who are involved in all sorts of planet-saving research and/or projects. Some are true ding-a-lings, some are serious believers, and others are putting their drive and intelligence to good use by developing earth sustaining products. Everybody seems really excited about this first-ever conference – and the chance to win a grant from the newly formed Marigold Foundation. It isn’t too long into the conference before a body is found. The victim was a real dastard and wasn’t liked by anyone – meaning that there are well over five-hundred suspects. Finding someone who didn’t want him dead would be an easier task. As both the conference and the investigation continue – other strange things happen – and then another body. Who is trying to ruin the conference? Or – is someone also trying to kill Rafe or Marigold? Mac and Shannon continue to help the Police Chief with the investigation because they want to assure that their friends, Rafe and Marigold, aren’t harmed. One of my favorite parts has to do with Shannon and the ‘smart’ mice. Also, as I mentioned before, the humor and banter among the main characters are delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and definitely recommend it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    ...You give love a bad name (said with a nod to one of my favorite Bon Jovi songs from years past) and another to the author, whose easy-to-read mysteries - and the characters in them - have become favorites as well. This one is the seventh in the "Fixer-Upper" series, which features the very capable, intelligent and never wimpy building contractor Shannon Hammer. Those qualities, nearly always lacking in the heroines of most cozy mysteries I've read, made me love her in last year's A Wrench in ...You give love a bad name (said with a nod to one of my favorite Bon Jovi songs from years past) and another to the author, whose easy-to-read mysteries - and the characters in them - have become favorites as well. This one is the seventh in the "Fixer-Upper" series, which features the very capable, intelligent and never wimpy building contractor Shannon Hammer. Those qualities, nearly always lacking in the heroines of most cozy mysteries I've read, made me love her in last year's A Wrench in the Works, so I was super-delighted that my request for an advance review copy of this one from the publisher (through NetGalley) was granted. Although Victorian restoration is her company's specialty (plus a new line of tiny houses that are becoming quite popular in the real world), it is a barn-raising that brings her to the home of filthy rich Rafe Nash, now retired and starting a foundation to help fund humanitarian efforts worldwide. She's also charged with renovating his mansion and erecting what will be called an Ecosphere, a plant-friendly tower - and most of these projects must be completed in time for Nash's upcoming inaugural Future Global Survival Con that will bring thousands to the property. She's joined by her capable company team, her tight-knit group of female friends (which includes Marigold, Nash's soon-to-be bride), her hunky ex-Navy Seal and now best-selling writer boyfriend Mac and a few other notables such as her dad and his brother Pete. Add a cadre of "smart mice" - yes, real critters - to the mix (Shannon doesn't fear much, but if she's got a list, these rodents are at the top), and you've got the blueprint for an interesting, hard-to-put-down book. As the conference gets under way, the barn-raising project comes to an abrupt halt when Rafe's partner in the company he just left - a total jerk - turns up dead as one of the door nails. That incident forms the foundation for the rest of the story, during which yet another body turns up, Rafe's life is threatened and Shannon tries to juggle the barn-raising and worry about her dad's newfound love life with figuring out the murderer's identity and keeping her distance from those dreaded mice. Fast-forward a few ills, spills and chills, and it shapes up to be another one well done. Kudos once again!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Kate Carlisle’s books are quickly becoming a favorite amongst Cozy Mysteries so I was very excited to read SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH. This is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and although I honestly don’t have much interest in this topic, I do really like Shannon a lot and that is the main reason why I like this series. When Shannon’s friend Raphael Nash asks her to help with a massive project, which will benefit humanitarians, she knows that she’s in for a lot of work. However, she doesn Kate Carlisle’s books are quickly becoming a favorite amongst Cozy Mysteries so I was very excited to read SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH. This is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and although I honestly don’t have much interest in this topic, I do really like Shannon a lot and that is the main reason why I like this series. When Shannon’s friend Raphael Nash asks her to help with a massive project, which will benefit humanitarians, she knows that she’s in for a lot of work. However, she doesn’t count on a rival to try and sabotage the billionaire’s plans. When the rival ends up dead, she must now try to get to the bottom of this mystery and clear Raphael’s name before the trouble really starts. Although I wasn’t fully committed to the premise of this book as much as I have been with the other books in this series, I found myself still enjoying this book. Like I mentioned before, I really think this is due to Shannon’s character. Not only if she fun and charming, but she’s also quite logical and when it comes to this genre where these amateur sleuths can get themselves into a various of silly situations, I think this is important. So although a lot of things happens, it’s never too over-the-top and I totally appreciate this. It makes me enjoy the series a lot more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Shannon Hammer, contractor extraordinaire, knew her job for billionaire Raphael Nash was going to be a huge job but big thinking Rafe has expanded his plans for his project and Hammer’s construction crew and for Lighthouse Cove too. Not only does he want the home on his property renovated he adds a barn-raising and a garden tower all to be completed before a global conference about eco-living. He has a vast schedule of events with many guest speakers, including Mac Dollycas’s Thoughts Shannon Hammer, contractor extraordinaire, knew her job for billionaire Raphael Nash was going to be a huge job but big thinking Rafe has expanded his plans for his project and Hammer’s construction crew and for Lighthouse Cove too. Not only does he want the home on his property renovated he adds a barn-raising and a garden tower all to be completed before a global conference about eco-living. He has a vast schedule of events with many guest speakers, including Mac, Lighthouse Cove’s resident author. Rafe has also created the Marigold Foundation, named after his lady love, to award money for research and ecologic humanitarian work around the world. He hopes the conference will become an annual event. While Rafe Nash is over the moon excited about the foundation and conference, his former partner Dillon Charles is not happy. He wants Rafe to come back to the company they built together and to do new projects together. Rafe tries hard to explain he has a new life in Lighthouse Cove and has no plans to leave it but Charles is not backing down. Then as the barn-raising gets underway Dillion Charles is found dead and Rafe finds himself at the top of the suspect list. Shannon vows to help her friend. She plans to find the real killer before he gets screwed for a crime he didn’t commit ___ I am always excited when a book in this series is released. With a little home construction experience, I am always pulled into Shannon’s new project and all the drama that surrounds it. Because of this series, I look at every Victorian home that crosses my path in a new light. This time the project is huge and takes about 8 months to complete so we don’t get as many details of all the work completed but the author gives us plenty of information to visualize not only the house with its wonderful outside living space, but the grounds, the barn, the tower, and the unique pods Rafe Nash brings in for his conference. Ms. Carlisle has also constructed a fantastic mystery. The victim was shady and unlikable. As the story continues information comes to light the pries the suspect list wide open. Many people have a motive, the key is the opportunity. A second death gives a little more focus to who did the deed and readers are taken right into the middle of the scary big reveal when all the clues fall into place. That wasn’t the only scary moment, there are a few that added to the suspense of the story. I was captivated by the process and each little twist and I was still totally surprised at the end. I enjoy that Shannon is a woman in a male-dominated field who knows her job but isn’t afraid to admit when she doesn’t know something. Her field is Victorian restoration, not barn building, and she sent one of her crew to witness and help in an Amish barn raising and bring back what he learned to have their job go off without a hitch. Her crew, many of who worked with her dad, trust her and they work together like a well-oiled machine. Shannon also has a strong man in her life and he is right there to help when she finds herself dealing with yet another dead body. Of course, Eric Jensen, the chief of police, is on the scene and kept in the loop on everything Shannon uncovers. Her father is not quite as involved this time but it is for a good reason. Her uncle also makes an appearance. All the characters have a purpose and the dialogue flows so well. Engaging characters and another fine mystery. A great addition to this series. Each one has been A PERFECT ESCAPE foe me and I recommend them all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Shot Through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle is the seventh A Fixer-Upper Mystery. It can be read by those familiar with the series as well as newcomers. I found Shot Through the Hearth to be a delightful cozy mystery. Shannon Hammer is excited by the challenge of Rafe’s project. He not only wants his Victorian farmhouse renovated, Rafe wishes a unique tower (the Ecosphere) to be constructed and for them to hold a barn raising. It will be Shannon and her crews first barn. Rafe also wants them to use Shot Through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle is the seventh A Fixer-Upper Mystery. It can be read by those familiar with the series as well as newcomers. I found Shot Through the Hearth to be a delightful cozy mystery. Shannon Hammer is excited by the challenge of Rafe’s project. He not only wants his Victorian farmhouse renovated, Rafe wishes a unique tower (the Ecosphere) to be constructed and for them to hold a barn raising. It will be Shannon and her crews first barn. Rafe also wants them to use green materials as well as unique eco-friendly gadgets. The one downside is they only have eight months to complete Rafe’s list since he plans on holding the first Future Global Survival Con. The conference begins and we are introduced to a quirky cast of characters. There is Marcus Reedy with his special vine, Stephanie to Midge Andresen with her sandcastle worms. Sketch Horn, an author, is also in attendance and Mac is not thrilled (wait until you meet him). When Rafe’s old business partner, Dillon Charles is murdered, there are a host of suspects who could have killed the unpleasant man. There are good clues and some unexpected revelations. As the conference continues, there are a series of unfortunate events including another death. Shannon with help from her boyfriend, Mac work to uncover the culprit. I love the banter between Mac and Shannon. They are a couple who are truly meant for each other. I appreciate that Shannon and Mac share information with Eric Jensen, the chief of police. The female readers will relish the character Niall Rose with his Scottish brogue and the descriptions of him wearing his kilt. I laughed often while reading Shot Through the Hearth. It is a humorous story that I was sorry to see end. I especially enjoyed Shannon’s reaction to the smart mice (it was hilarious). Shot Through the Hearth is told in the first person which I normally dislike, but it works for this series. We get to see things from Shannon’s perspective which can be highly entertaining at times (like with the smart mice). There is one scene at the end that had me in stitches. I cannot wait to read the next installment in A Fixer-Upper Mystery series. Shot Through the Hearth is a captivating cozy mystery with a barn building, flirtatious fauna, puzzling patents, malicious mushrooms, wacky worms and a dazzling detective duo.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The seventh book of the Fixer-upper series find Shannon Hammer working her largest project for Raphael Nash, an billionaire who has purchased a large piece land in Lighthouse Cove. She is restoring the house for Marigold, his wife. He has form a Foundation named after his wife. He has plans for a worldwide eco conference while the reconstruction is occurring. Things are moving along until his X- business partner arrives holding to lure him back to his business. He is found dead and all the clues The seventh book of the Fixer-upper series find Shannon Hammer working her largest project for Raphael Nash, an billionaire who has purchased a large piece land in Lighthouse Cove. She is restoring the house for Marigold, his wife. He has form a Foundation named after his wife. He has plans for a worldwide eco conference while the reconstruction is occurring. Things are moving along until his X- business partner arrives holding to lure him back to his business. He is found dead and all the clues point to Raphael as the killer. Shannon and crew must find an answer so the work can continue and eco-conference will occur. I highly recommend this book and series. Disclosure: Thanks Berkley for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    3.5 stars Shot Through the Hearth is a nice addition to the Fixer-Upper Mystery series featuring a unique protagonist, construction contractor Shannon Hammer. This time around, a murderer potentially targets Shannon's friends, Shannon feels particularly invested in solving the murder of nasty Dillon Charles. I enjoyed the book but not as much as some others in the series. The victim is totally unlikable so I felt no sympathy for his demise. The conference attendees (and suspects) are 3.5 stars Shot Through the Hearth is a nice addition to the Fixer-Upper Mystery series featuring a unique protagonist, construction contractor Shannon Hammer. This time around, a murderer potentially targets Shannon's friends, Shannon feels particularly invested in solving the murder of nasty Dillon Charles. I enjoyed the book but not as much as some others in the series. The victim is totally unlikable so I felt no sympathy for his demise. The conference attendees (and suspects) are so eccentric that they all became unpleasant. The mystery is a satisfactory puzzle.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Shannon’s friend Raphael, billionaire has Shannon redo his whole house, adding a barn and several other buildings all green. Raphael’s old business partner comes to town baring a grudge and trying to get Raphael to come back to the company. The former partner end’s up dead with Raphael the top suspect. Shannon gets involved and finds several things out about his former partner.

  11. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/s... Shot Through the Hearth Fixer-Upper Mystery 7 By Kate Carlisle ISBN#9781984804396 Author’s website: katecarlisle.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: Shannon’s good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can’t stay unoccupied for too long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It’s an ex https://openbooksociety.com/article/s... Shot Through the Hearth Fixer-Upper Mystery 7 By Kate Carlisle ISBN#9781984804396 Author’s website: katecarlisle.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: Shannon’s good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can’t stay unoccupied for too long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It’s an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove as Raphael hosts the first ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living. Raphael’s old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael. It’s up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime. Review: Shot Through the Hearth is another entertaining entry in the solidly executed Fixer-Upper Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle. Protagonist Shannon Hammer is as unique as her job as a construction contractor, and dead bodies seem to follow her wherever she goes. Here is no exception. When her friend and client Rafe’s ex-business partner is killed and interrupts Shannon’s much anticipated barn raising, and is followed by more death and other glitches that are too much to be coincidences, Shannon does all she can to find the truth and protect her friends. The Fixer-Upper series is always captivating reading, finding a good balance between humor, construction tidbits, romance, and murder. Shannon is an intelligent, brave protagonist who never loses her head no matter the danger she faces. I particularly savor her relationship with her bestselling thriller author boyfriend Mac. Their banter is fun, and their relationship is wonderful and highlighted without taking away from the murder mystery. I like her coworkers and tight knit group of friends and feel like I could hang out with them anytime and thoroughly enjoy myself. This story focuses on Shannon’s friend Marigold’s newcomer fiancé, tech and green living guru Rafe. He is immensely interesting and appealing, but at times I found him to good to be true. Thankfully, He proves himself to be genuine time and again. He is a worthy match to the former Amish Marigold. His remodeled home and acreage sound amazing. The victim Dillon is just terrible. Greedy, conniving, opportunistic, and underhanded, I found his demise impossible to sympathize with, thus making it hard to care who had it out for him. Rafe puts on a conference at his new home, and some of the exhibits and panels sound fascinating, but most of the attendees highlighted (mostly because they are suspects) are not particularly likable. Their eccentricities are taken to the point of unpleasantness, and I found it difficult to connect to them. The murder mystery is well thought out and executed. I guessed who the bad guy was relatively early but did not put all of the pieces together ahead of time. The story dragged for me at times, but the ending moved along quickly and ended satisfactorily. I enjoyed Shot Through the Hearth and recommend it to fans of the series and readers looking for a more unusual protagonist. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  12. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery - Book 7 Author: Kate Carlisle Genre: Cozy Mystery/Renovation Publisher: Berkley Page Count: 304 Publishing Date: October 29, 2019 The latest in the “A Fixer-Upper Mystery” series from Berkley comes Kate Carlisle’s Shot Through the Hearth. Ms. Carlisle is a well known and talented writer. Her cozy mysteries are well written, and original with unforgettable characters. The Fixer-Upper series is a fan favorite and f Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery - Book 7 Author: Kate Carlisle Genre: Cozy Mystery/Renovation Publisher: Berkley Page Count: 304 Publishing Date: October 29, 2019 The latest in the “A Fixer-Upper Mystery” series from Berkley comes Kate Carlisle’s Shot Through the Hearth. Ms. Carlisle is a well known and talented writer. Her cozy mysteries are well written, and original with unforgettable characters. The Fixer-Upper series is a fan favorite and for good reason. The characters are the kind of people many of us would love to have as friends and neighbors, as well as co-workers and family. The returning cast is well developed, with personalities unique to this author's books. Cozy mysteries, in general, have plots that aren’t too heavy-handed, and characters that fans want to follow. A home renovator base is for many a fun exploration of a career readers flock too. For many of us who watch endless television shows on renovation or who do home reno’s, it is a pleasure to have a book and series that encapsulates our passion for these types of professions and hobbies. In this addition to the Fixer-Upper cozy mysteries, Shannon once again finds herself trying to find a killer without becoming a potential victim or suspect as she has in the past. One murder turns into two, and if she doesn’t find out who is behind it all, there could be even more. Luckily, she has help in the form of her friends, and her boyfriend, Mac. Most of the guests at the conference are there to finds ways to help the earth and people survive, but some are there to seek fame and fortune and are not very likable, perhaps even a bit crazy. Before long, Shannon realizes that one of them may also be desperate enough to have killed multiple times and could have every intention of doing it again. By happenstance, Shannon spies the killer in the nick of time and rushes in to save the day. Using anything she can get her hands on and hoping that Mac and Rafe make it on time, she decides to make a move to stop a killer. In the end, the killer is captured, and everyone is safe. I am happy to recommend this book Shot Through the Hearth and these cozy mysteries to fans of home renovation, conservation, and lovers of all things mysterious.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Shannon Hale is back in action with one of the largest jobs she's had to date. Newly local Rafe (Raphael Nash, retired Tech billionaire and fiances to Shannon's friend Marigold) has asked Shannon and her crew to restore the Victorian house he recently acquired as a home for he and Marigold. In addition to the restoration, Rafe has asked that a new barn be built, the old barn repaired, land be cleared and a new eco-greenhouse be built in time for a survival conference he plans to host the next ye Shannon Hale is back in action with one of the largest jobs she's had to date. Newly local Rafe (Raphael Nash, retired Tech billionaire and fiances to Shannon's friend Marigold) has asked Shannon and her crew to restore the Victorian house he recently acquired as a home for he and Marigold. In addition to the restoration, Rafe has asked that a new barn be built, the old barn repaired, land be cleared and a new eco-greenhouse be built in time for a survival conference he plans to host the next year. Shannon agrees and restoration and construction go as planned, without incident. Until the actual conference, when during the barn raising, a dead body is discovered under the framing of one of the barn sides. Dead bodies find Shannon, and this Fixer-Upper mystery number 7 is no exception. Shannon, along with her friends and boyfriend, Mac, become entrenched in solving this who-dunnit. Shannon's character is tough and feisty; she's a woman who owns and runs her own construction business, so there is much to be admired. Just light enough, just mysterious enough, these cozy mysteries are fun and light-hearted enough to not be taken too seriously, yet keep the reader coming back for more. This is a fun way to while away a rainy afternoon, or would work well as a beach read. I was glad for the chance to read this in advance of publication.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Farage

    In many ways, this book was what I've come to expect for this series. The cast of characters is growing but all feel like old and 'new' friends. I like watching how the relationships are developing and learning a little more about each character with each book. This book seemed to me to be a bit different as we 'missed' most of the restoration work. Although I loved the 'barn raising', I missed reading her ideas as she and her crew restore a house. Also the information provided about In many ways, this book was what I've come to expect for this series. The cast of characters is growing but all feel like old and 'new' friends. I like watching how the relationships are developing and learning a little more about each character with each book. This book seemed to me to be a bit different as we 'missed' most of the restoration work. Although I loved the 'barn raising', I missed reading her ideas as she and her crew restore a house. Also the information provided about 'green' house construction was very interesting. The book was a quick and easy read. The mystery was well-done and even though I had it 'figured out', it kept me reading late into the night. Note: I received a copy for review with no expectations for a positive review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    Shot Through the Hearth is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and what a lovely addition this book was! Shannon Hammer has always thrived on challenges and when her friend’s beau, retired tech billionaire Raphael Nash, contacted her about taking on a renovation project for his old Victorian farmhouse, she and her team were excited about the opportunity. What they didn’t realize was the scope of what Raphael was looking to accomplish. This was going to be their biggest and most ch Shot Through the Hearth is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and what a lovely addition this book was! Shannon Hammer has always thrived on challenges and when her friend’s beau, retired tech billionaire Raphael Nash, contacted her about taking on a renovation project for his old Victorian farmhouse, she and her team were excited about the opportunity. What they didn’t realize was the scope of what Raphael was looking to accomplish. This was going to be their biggest and most challenging construction undertaking yet. With everything moving along relatively smoothly, Shannon was loving the challenge. Raphael wanted to repurpose as many materials as possible and he had many great plans that included the latest green building methodologies. His “crowning achievement” was going to be the venue that he wanted created to hold the first annual Future Global Survival Con where like minds would be attending with the goal of exploring cutting edge technologies that would help people. Unfortunately, not all in attendance were as altruistic minded as Raphael and it was not long before Shannon found herself entangled in another murder investigation. There is a lot to appreciate in Shot Through the Hearth. This story will definitely appeal to readers who enjoy a green living lifestyle because there are a lot of cool ideas discussed. The murder mystery that Shannon finds herself involved in was quite interesting and following the twists and turns to uncovering the murderer was nicely done. There were also many great characters who were quirky and added much humor to the story. Overall. Shot Through the Hearth was a humdinger of a cozy mystery and I would recommend it to all readers who enjoy a crafty whodunit. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Berkley Prime Crime. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kay Garrett

    SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH by Kate Carlisle is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series. It’s the wonderful story of Shannon Hammer, contractor and owner of Hammer Construction in Lighthouse Cove. She’s hired by Raphael “Rafe” Nash (a retired tech billionaire who is engaged to one of her best friends, Marigold) to enlarge and remodel an existing home, build an Ecosphere, and to hold a barn raising. During the lengthy remodel, Rafe spends his time working on creating the Marigol SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH by Kate Carlisle is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series. It’s the wonderful story of Shannon Hammer, contractor and owner of Hammer Construction in Lighthouse Cove. She’s hired by Raphael “Rafe” Nash (a retired tech billionaire who is engaged to one of her best friends, Marigold) to enlarge and remodel an existing home, build an Ecosphere, and to hold a barn raising. During the lengthy remodel, Rafe spends his time working on creating the Marigold Foundation and making plans for the first global conference where knowledge can be shared in order to make this planet better for us all as well as inviting the top people in the eco-living field (both as attendees and speakers) to attend. Once the conference starts, we meet a wide array of professionals from an ethnobotanist, a specialist in smart mice studies, and an eco-fisheries expert. Rafe has even enlisted Shannon’s boyfriend, MacKintyre “Mac” Sullivan – author and former navy SEAL, to be one of the speakers. Dillon Charles, Rafe’s partner, attends managing to disrupt things making several people angry. Even Rafe, who after Dillion insulted his fiancée, told him to leave the property and not come back. When Dillion is found dead among the barn raising materials, things start to unravel at the conference. With such a wide array of patrons and so many of them despising the victim and having a good motive for murder, where will the authorities start? Police Chief Eric Jensen, boyfriend of Shannon’s sister Chloe, and Tommy Gallagher, assistant police chief and Shannon’s ex-high school boyfriend, have their hands full! Disaster continues to strike with another murder, gun shots, and poisonings. It seems as the crimes and victims pile up that the suspect list grows just as high. Shannon and Mac agree to help Rafe any way they can. They are determined to figure out who and why before the conference is in the recycle heap or someone close to them becomes a victim too. Is Shannon really a murder magnet? Can they figure out who the real murderer is before they strike again or get away? While Shannon live to see her wonderful romance with Mac progress further? Can Rafe straighten out the mess of the past? Will there be a second global conference? SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH is a very well written cozy mystery that will have you suspecting just about everyone as you explore the possible suspects alongside Shannon Hammer. It will keep you turning pages while you hope that neither Shannon nor her friends, who we have come to think of as our friends too, come to any harm as danger lurks and bullets fly. You will even chuckle a few times proving there is laughter even in the “small things” in life. Kate Carlisle has managed to keep this series fresh and exciting and once again proves what a great writer she is. Although part of a series, this book can definitely be read as a standalone book. Without hesitation, I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a cozy mysteries, a great whodunit story, a clean read that will keep you turning the pages or just an out and out great book regardless of what genre you like. This book will fit the bill and have you recommending it as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Shot Through The Hearth is another immensely satisfying read by Kate Carlisle. Set in a contemporary, Northern California wine country coastal town with plenty of Victorian homes to renovate, ensures there is a deep well of pleasurable subject matter. This particular installment takes place on a large piece of land just out of town that was purchased by a retired billionaire tech guy. He hired Shannon Hammer and her company to revamp the large, old home currently on the property, along with the Shot Through The Hearth is another immensely satisfying read by Kate Carlisle. Set in a contemporary, Northern California wine country coastal town with plenty of Victorian homes to renovate, ensures there is a deep well of pleasurable subject matter. This particular installment takes place on a large piece of land just out of town that was purchased by a retired billionaire tech guy. He hired Shannon Hammer and her company to revamp the large, old home currently on the property, along with the old barn. He also wants her to do an old fashioned barn-raising to get a new barn on the property and to build an Ecosphere. What, do you ask, is an Ecosphere? Read the book to get all the amazing details, suffice it to say, it's a multi storied square tower filled with green life in all forms, including Stephanie – who is a plant, and she has definite opinions about things. I love reading about Shannon Hammer and her friends and her life. I think especially in this day and age, a little bucolic escapism is a welcome relief. Everyone is happy, doing good work to improve their corner of the world. The characters are forthright, solid, and honest. People I would love to get to know better (and some you do, if you keep reading these Fixer Upper Mysteries!) - Except for the few personas that are not nice – hey, remember, this is a murder mystery. The first 3 chapters are focused on creating the first Future Global Survival Con. The characters that attend and the projects that are being presented and all of the crazy and not so crazy ideas that are brought out at this multi-day event filled me with hope for the future. Then the murder takes place and Hammer is off and running to solve it. There are enough twists and turns to produce a slew of potential assailants that had incentive to off the murder victim. The book held my attention until the final turning of the page. I am left with these questions: Does that extremely intricate brickwork hearth and patio exist somewhere? It just sounds stunning. Are all the way-out projects at the Future Global Survival Con actually being worked on somewhere? There is hope for the future. Will Stephanie be okay? When will the next book be out? (I'm so sorry I am another clamoring, hungry fan of yours, that just can't get enough). Great read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Chaos and Mayhem in Lighthouse Cove! If you haven't visited Lighthouse Cove yet in any of Kate Carlise's Fixer-Upper mysteries now would be a great time to mark it in your vacation planner and pick up Shot Through the Hearth. Our heroine, Shannon Hammer is smart, funny and full of surprises. She is the local contractor for Lighthouse Cove. If you love Victorian houses like I do you will enjoy the descriptions of her renovations especially in this book where everything is about st Chaos and Mayhem in Lighthouse Cove! If you haven't visited Lighthouse Cove yet in any of Kate Carlise's Fixer-Upper mysteries now would be a great time to mark it in your vacation planner and pick up Shot Through the Hearth. Our heroine, Shannon Hammer is smart, funny and full of surprises. She is the local contractor for Lighthouse Cove. If you love Victorian houses like I do you will enjoy the descriptions of her renovations especially in this book where everything is about staying green and using the original and reclaimed materials. “Everything old is new again”. In Shot Through the Hearth Shannon takes on new projects and challenges. Raphael Nash, a retired tech billionaire, hires Shannon and her crew to do renovations on his Victorian farmhouse and “raise a barn” during a conference called Future Global Survival Con being held to help people with new ideas and innovations to aid the planet. During the barn raising Rafe's ex-business partner is found murdered. Shannon and her famous thriller novelist boyfriend are good friends with Raphael Nash as well as pretty amazing sleuths. Their banter is hilarious at times. They help with the conference which reminds me of a World's Fair I visited years ago that depicted inventions for the future. Lots of crazy inventors in attendance as well. Rafe's ex-partner was a despicable man with so many enemies at the conference that the mystery of his murder keeps us guessing until the very end. So many other things go wrong that the suspects continue to multiply. Add in a plant named Stephanie that moves and grows in reaction to human pheromones and escaped smart mice that Shannon believes travel in herds to terrorize her and you have some very funny scenes. The ending is one we can cheer about and hope for more to come. I love this series as well as Kate's Bibliophile mysteries. Both series are fun mysteries that will keep you laughing as well as on your toes. Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    Shannon and her construction crew are called upon by her best friend Marigold's billionaire boyfriend to renovate a beautiful Victorian home for Marigold and Rafe on the large property, but most of all he wants her to do some major eco construction for a major eco convention he wants held on the property including a new barn raising as part of the entertainment. This is also a fantastic networking opportunity for Shannon and her company. When Rafe's former partner in his business, Dillon shows u Shannon and her construction crew are called upon by her best friend Marigold's billionaire boyfriend to renovate a beautiful Victorian home for Marigold and Rafe on the large property, but most of all he wants her to do some major eco construction for a major eco convention he wants held on the property including a new barn raising as part of the entertainment. This is also a fantastic networking opportunity for Shannon and her company. When Rafe's former partner in his business, Dillon shows up at the convention to try and convince Rafe to come back to the city and is totally abrasive and obnoxious to everyone around him including his secretary, Marigold and anyone else he talked to. The convention is going fantastically until Dillon is found dead. When Rafe becomes a suspect, Shannon and her friends take it upon themselves to help clear Rafe. When shots are fired toward the house while Marigold and Rafe are hosting their friends, things are getting a bit worse. Shannon's boyfriend Mac, a detective, doesn't want her to get involved but he knows she will. Things get a bit crazy with lots of suspects, red-herrings and many twists to the story until the end. I love this series and the main characters, Mac, Rafe and Shannon's girl friends group. I love Shannon's strength of character. I love how she gets along with her crew and how they have her back as well. This series is a must read and this episode, book 7 does not disappoint. I received and ARC from the author but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Murder at a Planet-Saving Conference Shannon Hammer, a contractor who specializes in restoring old houses, is particularly pleased to get a commission to restore the old farmhouse that will be the home of her friend, Marigold, and her fiance, Raphael Nash, a retired tech billionaire. In addition to the farmhouse project, Rafe wants Shannon’s team to construct a conference center. It’s supposed to have environmentally friendly buildings and be the site of a planet-saving conference. Th Murder at a Planet-Saving Conference Shannon Hammer, a contractor who specializes in restoring old houses, is particularly pleased to get a commission to restore the old farmhouse that will be the home of her friend, Marigold, and her fiance, Raphael Nash, a retired tech billionaire. In addition to the farmhouse project, Rafe wants Shannon’s team to construct a conference center. It’s supposed to have environmentally friendly buildings and be the site of a planet-saving conference. The project has a short timeline because Rafe wants to showcase his green building technology. The site is ready on time and the conference goes on as scheduled. Shannon finds the participants an interesting mix of odd-balls and serious technologists. All is going well. The five-hundred people in attendance seem to be enjoying the site and the presentations until Rafe’s ex-partner is found dead. Now Rafe is the primary suspect and Shannon and her partner, Mac, need to help the police figure out what happened. This is a fun read. Shannon and Mac engage in amusing banter. I found Rafe an attractive character. The descriptions of his conference center are well conceived. If you enjoy renovation and construction, the process of building the center is well described. The background in eco-friendly technology is interesting, but sometimes veers into parody. Still, it’s fun to meet the strange characters responsible of the ideas. Altogether, this is a fun book. I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Shot Through the Heath was a delightful and beautifully written cozy mystery! Kate Carlisle is so extremely talented and one of my favorite authors in the genre. I most definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre. This book was so fun and kept me on my toes until the end. I loved how Shannon was not directly involved in the finding of the body, or the investigation since she had no motive. It was refreshing to watch the case get dissected as the story went on. The characters Shot Through the Heath was a delightful and beautifully written cozy mystery! Kate Carlisle is so extremely talented and one of my favorite authors in the genre. I most definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre. This book was so fun and kept me on my toes until the end. I loved how Shannon was not directly involved in the finding of the body, or the investigation since she had no motive. It was refreshing to watch the case get dissected as the story went on. The characters are so easily relatable and the banter is modern and refreshing. Shannon Hammer has just received a huge new job that will broaden her experience to include barn raising! Raphael Nash, a tech genius, asks Shannon and her team to take over renovating the old farm house he bought for him and Marigold on a large plot of land in Lighthouse Cove. But there's a twist! He will be having his first ever convention on the property to highlight eco-living and his passions and he wants Shannon to do a barn raising with yee team. When the day comes, they find a body that could destroy the conference and so much more. Shannon along with the help of her super hunky, ex-Seal, thriller-writter of a boyfriend Mac begin to put together clues on why so many accidents keep occurring during this convention. Mac doesn't believe in coincidences. They need to stop the murderer before any more bodies pile up. I received an advanced copy via Netgalley for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara Grotz

    I really enjoyed this last edition of the Fixer-Upper mysteries. This time around, Shannon is not only renovating a Victorian home, but also helping with buildings for a global conference, and putting together a barn raising. Unfortunately, her talent for being near dead bodies comes into play. The former partner of Rafe is found murdered and it looks like Rafe or Marigold, one of Shannon's best friends might be next. She of course immediately tries to figure out who is behind it all before one I really enjoyed this last edition of the Fixer-Upper mysteries. This time around, Shannon is not only renovating a Victorian home, but also helping with buildings for a global conference, and putting together a barn raising. Unfortunately, her talent for being near dead bodies comes into play. The former partner of Rafe is found murdered and it looks like Rafe or Marigold, one of Shannon's best friends might be next. She of course immediately tries to figure out who is behind it all before one of her friends gets hurt or worse. I always love all the details in these books about the projects Shannon takes on and this one was no exception. The Ecosphere she helps build, the plants involved, and even reading about some of the green building techniques made this one even better for me. I love how she is comfortable in a profession women are not always welcome in, and excels in it. Watching her relationships with her friends, Mac, and her family evolve really makes this series so much better for me. We are 7 books in and I am still learning things about Lighthouse Cove and the people who live there. The characters are very well put together and it gets better with every book. Shannon is a strong main character but extremely likable. I even sympathized with her fear of mice. I can't wait to see where book number 8 takes us. My only complaint is that it takes too long between books, and I lose a night of sleep when they come out because I can't put it down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Shannon Hale is back in action with one of the largest jobs she's had to date. Newly local Rafe (Raphael Nash, retired Tech billionaire and fiances to Shannon's friend Marigold) has asked Shannon and her crew to restore the Victorian house he recently acquired as a home for he and Marigold. In addition to the restoration, Rafe has asked that a new barn be built, the old barn repaired, land be cleared and a new eco-greenhouse be built in time for a survival conference he plans to host the next ye Shannon Hale is back in action with one of the largest jobs she's had to date. Newly local Rafe (Raphael Nash, retired Tech billionaire and fiances to Shannon's friend Marigold) has asked Shannon and her crew to restore the Victorian house he recently acquired as a home for he and Marigold. In addition to the restoration, Rafe has asked that a new barn be built, the old barn repaired, land be cleared and a new eco-greenhouse be built in time for a survival conference he plans to host the next year. Shannon agrees and restoration and construction go as planned, without incident. Until the actual conference, when during the barn raising, a dead body is discovered under the framing of one of the barn sides. Dead bodies find Shannon, and this Fixer-Upper mystery number 7 is no exception. Shannon, along with her friends and boyfriend, Mac, become entrenched in solving this who-dunnit. Shannon's character is tough and feisty; she's a woman who owns and runs her own construction business, so there is much to be admired. Just light enough, just mysterious enough, these cozy mysteries are fun and light-hearted enough to not be taken too seriously, yet keep the reader coming back for more. This is a fun way to while away a rainy afternoon, or would work well as a beach read. I was glad for the chance to read this in advance of publication.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mona

     one of Kate’s Raters, I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It's all about saving the environment in this seventh installment of Carlisle's fixer-upper series. Narrated by Shannon Hammer, contractor and protagonist of the series, it introduces new characters and brings back familiar ones. Retired tech billionaire Raphael Nash is hosting a grand conference in Lighthouse Cove and has hired Shannon and her crew to renovate his home and barn for t  one of Kate’s Raters, I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It's all about saving the environment in this seventh installment of Carlisle's fixer-upper series. Narrated by Shannon Hammer, contractor and protagonist of the series, it introduces new characters and brings back familiar ones. Retired tech billionaire Raphael Nash is hosting a grand conference in Lighthouse Cove and has hired Shannon and her crew to renovate his home and barn for the on-site event. Not only is he the fiancée of Shannon's friend, Marigold, the namesake of his foundation, he is gorgeous and a genuinely nice guy. Unlike Shannon and the business-owners of Lighthouse Cove, who stand to benefit from the conference, Rafe's former business partner, Dillon Charles, is less than thrilled. Vitriolic, condescending, and rude, he rubs everyone the wrong way. Virtual opposites in both looks and personality, his association with Rafe is a puzzle.  He vents his feelings of frustration and betrayal on Rafe, trying to convince him to return to their company. But, his criticisms and insults only make things worse. When Dillon is found dead during one of the opening events of the conference, it is a shock, but not a surprise. Shannon finds herself at a crime scene, a familiar, yet unfortunate occurrence for both her and police chief Eric Jensen(AKA "Thor"). And, as if that wasn't bad enough, it is followed by another death. Then, a series of events too numerous to be coincidental. This was another enjoyable book in the series. It had a good mystery, likeable characters, and humor(sometimes laugh-out-loud). And, as always, I learned something new.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dana Busenbark

    Several chapters into the book and I was not sure how I felt about Rafe. He seemed to me at that time to be an interesting character, and ultimately he was. I really liked him by the end of the book. Clearly, Kate Carlisle has given us another mystery with one of our favorite Heroines, Shannon Hammer. What is she tasked with building this time around? What other things has she gotten into in the last year that is a real-life thing? What are she and her crew asked to do with this particular prope Several chapters into the book and I was not sure how I felt about Rafe. He seemed to me at that time to be an interesting character, and ultimately he was. I really liked him by the end of the book. Clearly, Kate Carlisle has given us another mystery with one of our favorite Heroines, Shannon Hammer. What is she tasked with building this time around? What other things has she gotten into in the last year that is a real-life thing? What are she and her crew asked to do with this particular property for Rafe? I loved what I saw. I really enjoyed his vision, even if it wasn't something I would normally consider doing myself on some of the things. There were a couple of items that he had that really got my attention and I thought were neat ideas! There were some truly crazy and/or insane characters in this story! It was very cool to watch the conspiracy theories that came out about 'Who dun it?!' after each issue. How many people ended up dead in this book? This is another must-read! I am happy I physically own all these books. They are so much fun to go back and re-read. Enjoy the story!!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A cozy mystery, part of the Fixer-Upper series. Contractor Shannon Hammer is offered a plum job rebuilding and adding on to a lovely older house. Her good friend and retired tech billionaire, Rafe Nash, loves being retired but he can’t stay without a project for very long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. Rafe hosts the first ever global conference and invites big thinkers from every area of industry A cozy mystery, part of the Fixer-Upper series. Contractor Shannon Hammer is offered a plum job rebuilding and adding on to a lovely older house. Her good friend and retired tech billionaire, Rafe Nash, loves being retired but he can’t stay without a project for very long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. Rafe hosts the first ever global conference and invites big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on green living. Rafe's old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his new project. A number of strange things start to happen, but the conference must go on. Shannon finds herself dealing with not one but multiple murders. There are lots of quirky characters, and many twists and turns before the answers are revealed to the reader. Thanks to NetGalley and Kate Carlisle for the opportunity to read this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This was a great mystery and also a very timely topic for a cozy mystery. Billionaire Raphel Nash is settling into his retirement in Lighthouse Cove, but needs an outlet for all his creative ideas and humanitarian dreams for the world. He plots out a huge conference to invite people to understand and help with Global Survival and hires Shannon to help renovate not just his home, but provide conference space, a tall building for plant life and an old fashioned barn raising. The books covers a lot This was a great mystery and also a very timely topic for a cozy mystery. Billionaire Raphel Nash is settling into his retirement in Lighthouse Cove, but needs an outlet for all his creative ideas and humanitarian dreams for the world. He plots out a huge conference to invite people to understand and help with Global Survival and hires Shannon to help renovate not just his home, but provide conference space, a tall building for plant life and an old fashioned barn raising. The books covers a lot of time. Months in, the framework is set for the conference, which brings all sorts of new faces (and suspects) to Lighthouse Cove. When Rafe's former partner is found dead, Shannon is on the scene to try to understand the dynamics of the pair and how to clear her friend's name. There was a lot of time spent at the conference and I liked the peek into the world of wind turbines, smart mice, living plants and how patents for new ideas are started.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacque

    Shannon and her crew are renovating an old farmhouse for millionaire Rafe and Shannon’s good friend, Marigold. Rafe has retired from his tech empire and is happily working on inventions to help the environment. Shannon is working on a tight deadline because Rafe is sponsoring an eco conference and everything must be ready. Not only is the house being remodeled, but they are building an ecosphere (a plant-filled tower) and prepping for a barn-raising. Everything is finished and the conference has Shannon and her crew are renovating an old farmhouse for millionaire Rafe and Shannon’s good friend, Marigold. Rafe has retired from his tech empire and is happily working on inventions to help the environment. Shannon is working on a tight deadline because Rafe is sponsoring an eco conference and everything must be ready. Not only is the house being remodeled, but they are building an ecosphere (a plant-filled tower) and prepping for a barn-raising. Everything is finished and the conference has begun when things begin to go wrong. First, Rafe’s old partner (a completely unlikable character) turns up and insults Marigold and argues with Rafe. The conference is full of zany characters, egotistical snobs, and just plain crazies. Shannon and her boyfriend, Max, get involved in the investigation. Quick-paced and warm-hearted, this is a good cozy mystery to read on an autumn day with a glass of apple cider.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper series and another hit! Shannon and Mac are awesomely paired so of course, it will be great! This time there is a huge conference being put on by Rafe on how to be eco-friendly in so many areas and to give prizes through the Marigold Foundation for the great ideas individuals come up with. There are hundreds of attendees so something has to go wrong....and Shannon is there to help the police figure out who did it yet again! I love the characters (they This is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper series and another hit! Shannon and Mac are awesomely paired so of course, it will be great! This time there is a huge conference being put on by Rafe on how to be eco-friendly in so many areas and to give prizes through the Marigold Foundation for the great ideas individuals come up with. There are hundreds of attendees so something has to go wrong....and Shannon is there to help the police figure out who did it yet again! I love the characters (they feel like old friends) and the love Shannon and Mac have for one another. This book has some amazing environment saving ideas that I definitely want to read more about! You definitely should pick this book up, get in a comfy chair with a cup of tea, and enjoy another fast and fun read by Kate Carlisle.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH by Kate Carlisle When a multimillionaire throws a conference in a small town, attendees start dying. If you can overlook a “small town” with hotel accommodations for over a thousand people, a well-planned conference with no apparent security, a police force that chooses to stop for a steak dinner instead of investigating the second murder at said conference, and a number of other improbable incidents, this is a pretty good mystery. Those murdered aren’t very lik SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH by Kate Carlisle When a multimillionaire throws a conference in a small town, attendees start dying. If you can overlook a “small town” with hotel accommodations for over a thousand people, a well-planned conference with no apparent security, a police force that chooses to stop for a steak dinner instead of investigating the second murder at said conference, and a number of other improbable incidents, this is a pretty good mystery. Those murdered aren’t very likeable, the main characters are likeable and red herrings abound in this cozy mystery by a well known author. The characters are well developed, the plot is interesting and intricate, and writing is more than adequate. A fast, easy read for a lazy afternoon. Carlisle fans will like this outing in the “fixer-upper series. 4 of 5 stars

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