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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Author Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: A High-End Finish (Fixer Upper #1) by Kate Carlisle

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she’s about to discover that some problems aren’t so easily fixed....

Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.





Kate Carlisle on Creating Lighthouse Cove

Hello, my name is Kate Carlisle, and I have power over life and death.

Fictionally speaking.

I’ve just launched my second mystery series, The Fixer-Upper Mysteries, with A HIGH-END FINISH (available now in paperback and ebook), and I brought to life an entire town for your reading pleasure.

At first glance, Lighthouse Cove is an idyllic northern California coastal community, with a charming downtown and amazing views everywhere you look, but behind that perky façade is a growing sense of unrest. (This is a mystery series, after all.) Those with all the wealth want more of it, and they won’t let small-minded townies get in their way.

Shannon Hammer bridges the gap between have and have-not. She’s blue collar all the way, townie to her core, but she makes nice with the rich and powerful because her construction company is the go-to choice for the wealthy owners of all of the cliffside Victorian homes in need of restoration. In Lighthouse Cove, the best man for the job is a woman.

The Bibliophile Mysteries, my first mystery series, are set primarily in San Francisco, so I work within the framework of a place that really exists. With the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, though, I needed to create Lighthouse Cove from the ground up with such a sense of history and place that it would feel as real to readers as it does to me.

From A High-End Finish:

I turned up the radio to distract myself and cruised through downtown past the Town Square on my way to one of my houses a few streets north of Main Street.
The Town Square was pretty much deserted at this time of the morning. In the center of the grassy square, a large gazebo was set beneath sheltering trees. During the summer, free band concerts were held there on the weekends. Everyone in town turned out, carrying their lawn chairs and picnic hampers. The ice cream shop on the corner did a bumper business on those nights. Some of my earliest best memories had taken place right here. Fireworks. Marching bands. My mom and dad holding hands. Ice cream.

Now, though, the Square was silent. I scanned the area anyway on the off chance that I’d catch a glimpse of one of my girlfriends opening her shop, but the only place open was the diner on the corner. The other shops on the Square wouldn’t open for business for another two hours or more.

It was just as well, I realized as I drove on. I should probably avoid the area for the next few days. I knew my gossip quotient had skyrocketed since I’d stumbled over Jerry’s body on Sunday. Everyone in town would be vying to get the inside scoop from me, but I dreaded the whispers and questions that would follow. I had to endure scrutiny and doubt from the new police chief, but not from people I’d known my entire life.

I hope Lighthouse Cove will be a town you’ll enjoy visiting again and again. Grab A HIGH-END FINISH to get in on The Fixer-Upper Mysteries from the very beginning!


Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.

A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.

Despite the appearance of overnight success, Kate's dream of publication took many, many years to fulfill.



What a fabulous start to a new series!  Lighthouse Cove is the perfect setting for this charming cozy mystery. Shannon is a wonderful antagonist, and her supporting cast of characters add so much to the story!  The mystery was creative, very well plotted, and kept me guessing right up to the end.  

Ms. Carlisle has a gem of a series on her hand.  I am looking forward to seeing more of Shannon and Lighthouse Cove.  This book just shot on to my "favorites" list!  

Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own. 

Thanks to the awesome ladies at Penguin, I have 1 paperback copy of A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle to give away to one of my lucky readers!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win, and be sure to keep checking back for more awesome giveaways!
  
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25 comments:

Patricia Gligor said...

Well, I'm hooked! Two of my favorite things: mysteries and lighthouses!

Angie Young said...

I would love to have the chance to win this book. Thanks for the great post on it and having a giveaway!

teabird said...

I love Kate's books! Can't wait to read this one.

Darlene Holley said...

would love to win this book!!! thanks for the chance :)

Elaine Klingbeil said...

Thanks! I like her books a lot and would love to win this one. By the way, your link to follow Kate on twitter doesn't work because it is spelled wrong.

Gretchen said...

The link on the Twitter follow button is spelled wrong! But I already follow Kate, so it wasn't a problem for me :-)

Connie said...

Gretchen above is right about the Twitter follow button. I also follow Kate already.

Ronna Lord said...

Anxious to read this book. I love redoing houses!!

Erin said...

Excited about this series

Kate Carlisle said...

What do you know, Patricia? Those are two of my favorite things, too! :) I hope you'll love your first visit to Lighthouse Cove in A HIGH-END FINISH.

Kate Carlisle said...

Thank you, Angie. Good luck!

Kate Carlisle said...

Thank you! That's so nice of you to say! <3

Kate Carlisle said...

Thanks for entering the giveaway, Darlene. Good luck!

Kate Carlisle said...

Oh, how nice! Thank you, Elaine. So glad to hear you love my books. Thanks for noticing the typo. You can find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/katecarlisle

Kate Carlisle said...

Aw, thanks for the follow, Gretchen!

Kate Carlisle said...

Thank you, Connie! Best of luck in the giveaway.

Kate Carlisle said...

I hope you'll love A HIGH-END FINISH, Ronna! Sounds like it's the perfect book for you. :) I have a lot of fun redoing houses through Shannon Hammer... all of the fun, none of the manual labor. ;)

Kate Carlisle said...

Yay! I'm excited that you're excited!

holdenj said...

Love starting a new series at the beginning, especially one that sounds so good. Thanks for the chance to win.

2a8a61d8-6fa2-11e4-b7b1-dfae7811d272 said...

I am looking forward to reading a High End Finish. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Kathy Rando Giannone

Terri Crossley said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance!

Bonnie Franks said...

Thank you for the chance!

Virginia winfield said...

Your books look so good

Frances Cavallo said...

Hi Kate! Your books are wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win! I would be so blessed to win! I am having a lot of difficulty with the entries, they won't go through! Also, twitter is not taking me to your page, are u sure it is correct on rafflecopter, it has it as KareCarlisle, instead of KateCarlisle. Please let me know what I should do! I am praying to win! I have been very ill lately and I could really use the book when I am at the hospital for treatments! I go to the library when I can but I have read all I like, that they have and it is not such a big library and have no more funds to purchase any in the near future!

Frances Cavallo said...

I finally got it to work! My entries are in! Thanks again for the opportunity to win! God Bless You and Your Family! Have a wonderful, blessed day!

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