Crowned and Moldering is a very absorbing, suspenseful cozy mystery, cleverly plotted, and highly entertaining.
Shannon can finally get started on the lighthouse mansion she's been dying to restore, but before she gets started, a dead body is discovered in the dumbwaiter, and once more Shannon is sucked into a complex whodunit.
This is my first book in the “Fixer-Upper” series, but I promise you, I'm going to be a dedicated follower from now on.
Shannon's character sparkles and shines and I love her pink tools and unconventional occupation. The dialogue is witty, sharp, and at times comical. The supporting cast is stellar, with Mac as the possible love interest, Eric, in the law enforcement role, and some very menacing bad guys and a pretty creepy storyline.
As I have stated previously, I've only been reading cozy mysteries for a few years now, but I've learned that there are 'cozies' and then there are 'Cozies'. Some cozies leave me feeling as though I've just ingested cotton candy. Super sweet, but without a lot of substance. Others are meatier with complex and compelling mysteries, which is the case here.
I found myself glued to the pages, thinking hard about the possible suspects and motives, the bombshell secrets, and even worried about some people when they were in a dangerous situation.
Some characters were flawed, and I struggled with one scenario that crossed ethical lines, but were a little blurred here, maybe even romanticized, and I didn't know exactly how to feel about that. But, this sub-plot added a lot of depth and gave me something to chew on.
Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery from beginning to end and quickly became a big Shannon Hammer fan. I highly recommend this one to all cozy mystery lovers!
In the New York Times bestselling Fixer-Upper mysteries, contractor Shannon Hammer can repair even the most distressed building. But clearing out the cobwebs from her current project may distress her… to death.
When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian.
But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris—the bones of a teenage girl who went missing fifteen years ago. Locals had always assumed Lily Brogan ran away from her difficult life, but it seems her troubles followed her to the grave. If Shannon has any chance of getting her renovation back on track, she’ll need to tackle the cold case. But with new suspects coming out of the woodwork every day, she’ll have to be careful to pry the right secrets and clues from the poor girl’s problematic past…