Genre: Cozy mystery
Synopsis: In Sarah T. Hobart’s wickedly funny and fast-paced Home Sweet Home mystery series, small-town real estate agent Sam Turner discovers it’s bad for business when her clients keep dropping dead.
Newly armed with her real estate license, Sam Turner loves Arlinda, her quirky seaside hometown in Northern California. But life by the beach isn’t exactly a breeze: She and her teenage son, Max, are being evicted from their apartment, her long-absent ex-husband unexpectedly resurfaces, and her possibly romantic relationship with sexy Chief of Police Bernie Aguilar is, well . . . complicated. All Sam wants is a quick and easy sale. What she gets instead is a killer headache—or three.
Sam’s trying to drum up interest in 13 Aster Lane, a rambling Victorian fixer-upper that’s more than a little neglected—and possibly haunted—so when a trio of offers arrive out of the blue, she can’t help thinking it’s too good to be true. But after a new client drops dead on the property, she fears she’s lost more than a commission. Before Sam’s out of house and home, she must unmask a killer targeting her clients, or the only property she’ll be moving will be plots—at the local cemetery.
Review: What a fun new series! It has murder and suspense, but it also has plenty of humor. Sam Turner is a wonderful main character. She's a single mom dealing with a teenaged son, an annoying ex-husband, and a love life that stays complicated. While she has her weak moments, for the most part she is a strong, independent woman.
When she has to start dealing with a rising body count, as well as ghosts, things get VERY interesting. I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery along with Sam, even though I didn't figure out who the killer was until it was actually revealed.
Sam is definitely a heroine I can relate to, and I look forward to more of her adventures.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**Rating: Four stars
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