A Wrench in the Works

A Wrench in the Works

Contractor Shannon Hammer has to dig through murder suspects in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Eaves of Destruction and Once Upon a Spine.Don't miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series!Shannon Hammer's younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to...

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Title:A Wrench in the Works
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A Wrench in the Works Reviews

  • Betty

    I have read all the books by this author and like them very much. This book # 6 in the Fix-Up series and it does not disappoint. Shannon Hammer is very pleased her Chloe will be back as her Reality show and will film an

    episode on one of the Victorian House that Shannon is working Chloe has become the star of the show. The producer of the show selected 2 houses to rehab and doesn't let the owner of the houses know which is selected so she can film their reactions for the show. Chloe and the produ

    I have read all the books by this author and like them very much. This book # 6 in the Fix-Up series and it does not disappoint. Shannon Hammer is very pleased her Chloe will be back as her Reality show and will film an

    episode on one of the Victorian House that Shannon is working Chloe has become the star of the show. The producer of the show selected 2 houses to rehab and doesn't let the owner of the houses know which is selected so she can film their reactions for the show. Chloe and the producer have a shouting argument the day before the Producer is murder at the site Chile and she becomes a person of interest so Shannon works to clear her name. Several attempts are made to hurt or kill Chloe are made and Shannon fears that one of them will succeed. Will Shannon be able to save Chole's life. I highly recommend this book and series.

    Disclosure:_Many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Taryn

    In this next book of the series we are introduced to Shannon's sister Chloe, who is coming to town to shoot her very popular DIY show and Shannon can't wait to catch up. Excited about having the chance to work with her sister in their chosen fields Shannon isn't sure how she'll do with actually being a part of the show. Shannon soon learns that things aren’t all they are cracked up to be when it comes to being on a hit show. There seems to be a lot of behind the scenes fighting and most of it is

    In this next book of the series we are introduced to Shannon's sister Chloe, who is coming to town to shoot her very popular DIY show and Shannon can't wait to catch up. Excited about having the chance to work with her sister in their chosen fields Shannon isn't sure how she'll do with actually being a part of the show. Shannon soon learns that things aren’t all they are cracked up to be when it comes to being on a hit show. There seems to be a lot of behind the scenes fighting and most of it is due to executive producer Erica. Erica enjoys firing people left and right and has no qualms about telling people what she thinks. She's the boss and wants everyone to know it. So its no surprise when Shannon and Chloe go to look over the house they will be working on and discover Erica dead. Who killed her and why? She seemed to have had plenty of enemies but who was angry enough to kill her. Shannon is worried because Erica and her sister didn't get along, she even fired her before they started taping. Shannon knows that she will have to do everything she can to keep her sister out of range of the police. When it looks like someone has it out for Chloe, Shannon is determined to uncover the truth and keep her sister out of harms way. This is such a terrific series filled with a great cast of characters and the lead one, Shannon, truly shines throughout the read. The premise is great and I love the strong women that the author portrays throughout the book. I can't wait to see what Shannon gets into next!

    I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Monnie

    I'm not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but I warmed up to this one almost from the first page. By the time I finished, I was positively toasty!

    This is the sixth in the author's "Fixer-Upper" mystery series, and since I've not read any of the other five, I went in with a bit of trepidation. But at no time did I feel at the slightest disadvantage; this one stands on its own beautifully (although finishing it did make me wish I'd read the rest - yes, it's that good). The author does an outstanding j

    I'm not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but I warmed up to this one almost from the first page. By the time I finished, I was positively toasty!

    This is the sixth in the author's "Fixer-Upper" mystery series, and since I've not read any of the other five, I went in with a bit of trepidation. But at no time did I feel at the slightest disadvantage; this one stands on its own beautifully (although finishing it did make me wish I'd read the rest - yes, it's that good). The author does an outstanding job of filling in background from the previous books - which should make series fans who may have forgotten a detail or two happy as well as those of us new to the game.

    Part of the reason I enjoyed this so much is because I saw a bit of myself in lead character Shannon Hammer, who BTW has the perfect last name for a building contractor, which she is. I, too, fondly remember childhood years following my father around as he pounded nails, screwed screws and tackled home remodeling projects (once in a while letting me help). Unlike Shannon and her younger TV-star sister Chloe, though, I forgot everything I ever learned from dear old dad once I left home for college.

    As this story begins, Chloe is returning home to Lighthouse Cove for the first time in a while, bringing with her the cast and crew of her very popular home improvement show. The intent is that Chloe and her co-star, Blake Bennett, will film their restoration of one of the elegant Victorian homes for which Lighthouse Cove is known. Included in the cast of characters is the show's particularly nasty producer - who "fires" cast and crew members with regularity, Chloe and her husband- the latter of whom just happens to be her husband.

    Because of Shannon's building expertise, she'll be working alongside her sister on the show. Just before starting to film the first segment in which one of two homes will be selected for a redo, the sisters go for an inside look at the one they're hoping will be chosen and find something that can't be repaired: A dead body. Someone, it seems, had it in for producer Bree. But who? After all, virtually no one involved in the production liked her, except possibly her husband.

    But the show must go on - and so it does, as does the investigation led by the local police chief, who seems to have put Chloe on his list of prime suspects. As filming begins, though, still another murder victim turns up and an extension ladder suddenly collapses with Chloe at the top. Clearly, someone's ratcheted up the action in Lighthouse Cove - and it's up to the police, with help from Shannon (who, for the record, has found several dead bodies over the course of the series), to identify the perpetrator before someone else bites the sawdust.

    I especially enjoyed the details involved in filming the TV show as well as the strong characters like Shannon, Chloe and Shannon's handsome, ex-Navy SEAL boyfriend, Mac Sullivan. One of my objections to cozies is the headstrong, overbearing females who can't keep their noses where they belong and run off willy-nilly despite protests and outright warnings from law enforcement. There's almost none of that here; Shannon respects the police chief (a childhood friend), is quite capable and always does her "thing," but she does it sensibly without alienating everyone around her. That alone, I hasten to add, makes me eager to read more in this series. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this one.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    The television cameras have arrived in Lighthouse Cove along with Shannon’s sister Chloe. She is the co-host of a home renovating show, Makeover Madness, and is thrilled to be taping back in her hometown. Shannon also gets in on the fun by making some guest appearances. The hammer comes down on all the fun though before they even start filming. Executive producer Bree is found dead in the house chosen for the big makeover and the whole crew including Chloe are now suspects. Ev

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    The television cameras have arrived in Lighthouse Cove along with Shannon’s sister Chloe. She is the co-host of a home renovating show, Makeover Madness, and is thrilled to be taping back in her hometown. Shannon also gets in on the fun by making some guest appearances. The hammer comes down on all the fun though before they even start filming. Executive producer Bree is found dead in the house chosen for the big makeover and the whole crew including Chloe are now suspects. Even Shannon saw with her own eyes the way Bree always through a major wrench in the productions. But then a real estate agent from Lighthouse Cove is found dead, again at the makeover house and the suspect pool widens. What is really scary is that Chloe could be the next victim. Shannon, Mac, and their friends are nailing down every clue to keep her safe and catch the killer.

    The author has created characters that are very likable and realistic. Both Shannon and Chloe grew up working construction with their dad and know their way around a job site and every tool in the box. Determined women but Chloe hasn’t been back to Lighthouse Cove since she left for Hollywood. We learn along with Shannon the secret that has kept Chloe away all these years. I really enjoyed this subplot woven throughout the mystery as we see so much evolve for Chloe. Shannon is so proud of her sister and her accomplishments. Their strong bond is heartwarming. The relationship between Mac and Shannon is getting more comfortable too. He really is a great boyfriend. He understands Shannon and her need to jump into these murder mysteries and is happy to help her in any way he can. The supporting cast is captivating too and made me feel like I was visiting old friends.

    The backdrop of Lighthouse Cove, oceanside and all the old Victorian homes is a perfect setting for this series. Big enough to handle all the dead bodies, small enough to allow our amateur sleuth to nose her way into the investigation. I truly enjoy all the descriptions of the homes. The makeover house had so much wrong with it, novices would think the only answer would be to tear it down, but in the hands of Shannon, Chloe, and their teams you know they are going to turn it into a real jewel.

    The mystery is well plotted and written. All the drama brought by the television people along with the added drama of some current Lighthouse Cove residents flows together to bring a story that sets a very nimble pace. There is always something happening, a twist, a turn, a curve, that diverts attention or sends everything in another direction. It is impossible not to totally be pulled into this story. I did solve the mystery just a little bit before Shannon but the entire story was totally entertaining.

    This story does read well on its own. I always recommend reading the series in order for maximum enjoyment. The movies are great too but could never replace these wonderful stories.

    Picturesque setting, terrific characters, and a delightful mystery. A Perfect Escape for all cozy lovers.

  • JoAn

    A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle was an engaging story that kept me turning the pages. I was thrilled to finally meet Shannon's sister, Chloe. I also loved the dialogue between the sisters. It was down to earth and showed the love and respect that they had for each other. A quickly paced plot, two murders, only a few suspects and Chloe being threatened kept the tension high until the dramatic reveal. I've enjoyed every one of the books in this series; and I'm already looking forward to the

    A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle was an engaging story that kept me turning the pages. I was thrilled to finally meet Shannon's sister, Chloe. I also loved the dialogue between the sisters. It was down to earth and showed the love and respect that they had for each other. A quickly paced plot, two murders, only a few suspects and Chloe being threatened kept the tension high until the dramatic reveal. I've enjoyed every one of the books in this series; and I'm already looking forward to the next one.

  • Peggy R

    This is a series I have enjoyed from the very beginning and found myself instantly engaged in this sixth installment. Shannon Hammer is one of my favorite cozy characters. She is smart, independent, confident and I love that she is in a profession that is typically dominated by males. In this book, we get to meet her sister Chloe, who is just as skilled as Shannon having both grown up on their father's job sites, but she uses her talents in Hollywood on a reality fixer upper type show. The siste

    This is a series I have enjoyed from the very beginning and found myself instantly engaged in this sixth installment. Shannon Hammer is one of my favorite cozy characters. She is smart, independent, confident and I love that she is in a profession that is typically dominated by males. In this book, we get to meet her sister Chloe, who is just as skilled as Shannon having both grown up on their father's job sites, but she uses her talents in Hollywood on a reality fixer upper type show. The sister have a warm, loving relationship that comes across the page. There is that bit of sibling rivalry but they genuinely have each other's back.

    I thought the mystery was well done. It seems like finding dead bodies is something both Hammer sisters have in common. This time it's Chloe who finds not one but two dead bodies. Unfortunately, she has a connection to both and some run ins with each that make her a plausible suspect. Once again, Shannon and Mac work to solve the case and find the killer before Chloe is the next target. There was a nice does of twist and turns throughout the story. The author did a good job of laying the ground work for multiple suspects giving them plausible motives. In the end, I was surprised but not surprise if that make any sense.

    This is a terrific series written by a talented author who has crafted characters that keep me returning to Lighthouse Cove. I like the way this book ended and am hoping it means we might get to see more of Chloe and watch her and Shannon in action.

  • Beth

    I found

    to be a fun and flirty murder mystery all based around a home improvement tv show. Marvelously executed, fantastic premise and completely engaging, Carlisle six book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery made me want to back read this series from the beginning. That being said,

    also read well as a stand-a-lone.

    The cast of characters were delightful but Shannon steals the show.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Grou

    I found

    to be a fun and flirty murder mystery all based around a home improvement tv show. Marvelously executed, fantastic premise and completely engaging, Carlisle six book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery made me want to back read this series from the beginning. That being said,

    also read well as a stand-a-lone.

    The cast of characters were delightful but Shannon steals the show.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Nov. 6, 2018.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Kate Carlisle

    Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery

    Sequence in Series: Book 6

    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

    Publisher: Berkley

    Publication Date: November 6, 2018

    ISBN-10: 0399586482

    ISBN-13: 978-0399586484

    Genre: Suspense | Mystery

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  • Darinda

    Shannon Hammer's sister Chloe is back in town, and they're getting to work together. The sisters both work in home improvement. Shannon's specialty is Victorian houses and Chloe works on a home makeover show. Chloe's show is scheduled to renovate a house in her hometown of Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon is excited to help her sister work on a local Victorian house. Shannon is proud of her sister for doing so well with her show, but soon realizes not all is great in the entertainment business. For

    Shannon Hammer's sister Chloe is back in town, and they're getting to work together. The sisters both work in home improvement. Shannon's specialty is Victorian houses and Chloe works on a home makeover show. Chloe's show is scheduled to renovate a house in her hometown of Lighthouse Cove, and Shannon is excited to help her sister work on a local Victorian house. Shannon is proud of her sister for doing so well with her show, but soon realizes not all is great in the entertainment business. For one thing, the executive producer is a bit of a nightmare to work with. When the executive producer of the show is found dead, the crew, including Chloe, are all under suspicion. While in town, Chloe also reveals part of the reason she left town right after high school, and why she rarely visits.

    A wonderful light read. The characters are entertaining, though sometimes a little immature. Shannon and Chloe are both likable. It is refreshing to read a story where the sisters get along and there is not a lot of family drama. The mystery is well plotted. Good for fans of cozies. I have some of Kate Carlisle's books on my TBR, and I plan to read some of the earlier books in this series.

    This is the sixth book in the Fixer-Upper mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I haven't read the previous books in the series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I don't think Chloe was in the previous books, so she was introduced in this one.

    A fun cozy mystery that combines home improvement and a television show. Delightful and charming.

  • Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    This sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries is a wonderful installment to the series. Up to author Kate Carlisle’s expected writing standards, A WRENCH IN THE WORKS was a well written story, with an intriguing mystery.

    It was good being back in Lighthouse Cove with Shannon Hammer and the rest of the cast of characters. It’s been interesting watching the characters’ growth as Ms. Carlisle has fleshed them out.

    A whodunit that kept me on my toes, A WRENCH IN THE WORKS flowed at a steady pace, buil

    This sixth book in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries is a wonderful installment to the series. Up to author Kate Carlisle’s expected writing standards, A WRENCH IN THE WORKS was a well written story, with an intriguing mystery.

    It was good being back in Lighthouse Cove with Shannon Hammer and the rest of the cast of characters. It’s been interesting watching the characters’ growth as Ms. Carlisle has fleshed them out.

    A whodunit that kept me on my toes, A WRENCH IN THE WORKS flowed at a steady pace, building to a reveal that I wasn’t expecting. Fans of the series are going to mark this as one of their favorites.

    If you haven’t read the series but have been wanting to check it out, the author did a great job of giving this story a stand alone feel.

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