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Flipped Out (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery #5)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  897 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Avery and her hunky handyman boyfriend are renovating a house belonging to a local news anchor who's thrilled to be filmed as part of a home renovation show. But cable television fame proves fleeting when the man is murdered and Avery faces the task of nailing the killer. Fast.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Berkley
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Oct 27, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
Avery Baker and her boyfriend and business partner Derek Ellis are beginning their fifth home renovation project together. Their latest project is to update the 1930s cottage belonging to local news anchor Tony “the Tiger” Micelli. This isn’t just any renovation project. The crew of Flipped Out! Is coming to Waterfield, Maine and will be filming the whole project. If that isn’t enough pressure, the entire project must be completed within one week. Further complicating the situation, Tony’s girlf ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Eileen rated it really liked it
I love this series and even though I suspected who it was, I wasn't completely sure until the end. It was a quick read partly because I couldn't put it down.
Shirley Worley
Mar 11, 2014 Shirley Worley rated it liked it
Avery and handyman boyfriend Derek are the stars of a week-long make-over project that is being filmed for a home-renovation project. When the owner of the home is discovered dead, the project is put in jeopardy and Derek's ex-wife and the murder victim's fiancé is the prime suspect. Avery tried to (albeit, very reluctantly) clear her name, only to put her life in jeopardy. I really enjoy the characters, however in this book, I am a bit put off by Avery's jealousy of Derek's ex-wife. She seems a ...more
Rogue Reader
This is the 5th Do-It-Yourself Mystery so clearly I've jumped ahead in the series as I try to pick them up. Avery and Derek's relationship has advanced and they're in business together - with most of the work falling to Derek. This rehab is for cable-TV sleezeball Tony "the tier" Micelli, and the rehab will be a quick one, filmed for TV. Tony's the dead body driving the mystery, but why? There may be more dead bodies to follow!

Love the Maine setting - and those huge mysterious Maine Coon cats.

Aug 02, 2015 Marti rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
If you like cozies with a likeable main character and a quaint small town, this is one to enjoy. This is the fifth book in a series of seven and I definitely plan to read the last two in this series. In this one, Avery and Derek have agreed to do the renovations on a small home in front of TV cameras in only a week's time. This is a book easily read in a day and moves the plot along well. No cozy is going to expand one's mind but if you enjoy mysteries on the lighter side, this may be one that y ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in the Do It Yourself Mystery series. And a great addition it is, too.

I have really enjoyed all the books in this series and this was no exception. Some books grab you on page one and this one did just that.

Avery and Derek are back on the mainland renovating the home of a local TV personality and the fiancee of Derek's ex wife, Melissa. This renovation is going to be taped for showing on a DIY tV show. The crew has arrived and Avery and Derek are doing a walk thru of the h
Book of Secrets ☕
Nov 15, 2011 Book of Secrets ☕ rated it it was amazing
4 stars!

FLIPPED OUT is the fifth book in Jennie Bentley's popular Do-It-Yourself mystery series. I really enjoyed this one. In fact, I'd put it in my top three favorite cozy mysteries I've read this year.

For someone new to the series like me, Ms. Bentley did an excellent job of weaving in the series backstory with this book's mystery. Avery Baker has lived in Waterfield, Maine, for about a year, ever since she inherited her aunt's old house. She's a former Manhattan textile designer, and her boy
May 14, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Ok...I admit it. I am now, thanks to this series, completely and wholeheartedly in luurve with cozies. It's like a super sharp lemon drop for my to savor and easy to digest, even as my eyes water (from giggling like a dork). It is also gone all too soon- a coupla hours is all it takes to read one of these books. *LITERALLY the perfect book for a rainy afternoon under a snuggie.
I read a lot...and a little of almost every genre. From abnormal psychology, true crime, paranormal, and sc
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 20, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this cozy murder mystery set in Waterfield, Maine. It is about our sleuth duo, property renovators, Avery Baker and Derek Ellis as they set off to do an episode of a popular reality television show, "Flipped Out!".

Avery's new step-father,Noel asks the couple to help him out by renovating local newsman, Tony (the Tiger) Micelli's house. Tony uses the house as a rental and it could use some fixing up, but, the show requires it to be done in five days...yikes!

As Avery and Derek try
Jun 30, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
3.5 stars, really, because I guessed the villain from the very beginning, although I did not guess a couple of the subplots.

Avery and Derek are about to renovate another house, this time for television. Avery's stepfather has arranged for them to be featured on an episode of "Flipped Out!" which his TV network produces. When the crew arrives to start filming, the director, Nina, discovers that the owner of the house in question is a former colleague and boyfriend of hers from twenty years ago. T
Marilyn Slusher
Sep 30, 2015 Marilyn Slusher rated it it was amazing
I love this series!

Avery and Derek are renovating another house - this time through a DIY program. The house is owned by Melissa's boyfriend, Tony Micelli, a TV reporter. The are under a time constraint of one week (actually 5 days). A wrench is thrown into this project when Tony is found dead in his house. Avery cannot resist helping in the solving of this case.
Sep 25, 2015 Val rated it really liked it
Avery and hunky boyfriend are renovating another house in Waterfield Maine. This time the house belongs to local news anchor Tony Micelli and the makeover is being filmed for a TV show. Unfortunately, Tony is found murdered at the cottage and there are so many suspects to choose from.
Roberta Diamond
Jan 07, 2016 Roberta Diamond rated it it was amazing
"Flipped Out" is the 5th book in the "Do it Yourself Mystery" series by Jennie Bentley. As with the four previous books in the series, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters are likable, and the plot keeps you guessing. I had trouble putting the book down.
May 05, 2015 Melody rated it it was amazing
Another excellent home renovation mystery. Avery gets in so many scrapes, this time she is fooled by the least likely suspect and nearly gets killed for her error. But she does get the dreaded ex-wife put in jail, at least for a few days.
Jan 05, 2015 Doris rated it liked it
I really like this series and the characters and look forward to the next adventure. That said, while this was still an interesting read and a good mystery, I felt like Avery (the lead) did a bit too much rehashing of events; it began to feel repetitive and like filler. There were a few instances where questions were asked by her or another, answered and then immediately asked and answered again like the characters (in real life: proofreaders/editors) weren't paying attention to what they were d ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Flipped Out is a wonderful cosy full of delightful twists and turns that kept me guessing till the very end. Avery 'Tink' Baker and Derek are a great couple and I always enjoy spending time with them. As usual Melissa, Derek's ex-wife, is the ex everyone hopes to never meet. This time she finds herself in a right pickle when she becomes a murder suspect. Lucky for her Derek and Avery are good folks who are willing to risk life and limb to find the real killer before anyone else gets hurt or kill ...more
I absolutely loved this novel!

Avery and Derek are back with a new project and another death in Waterfield. Can they solve this one before someone else dies?

Avery and Derek are such a great fit as a couple and as business partners. They seem to keep each other balanced, and Avery keeps things interesting always coming up with design ideas that Derek would never think of on his own.

They are both so intelligent and inquisitive, they have has success in the past finding the truth in difficult situat
Laura Brown
May 20, 2015 Laura Brown rated it really liked it
I am loving these cozy little mysteries! Avery is like a nice, sweet, creative Stephanie Plum. I wasn't prepared for the plot twist at the end.
Dec 20, 2013 M.E. rated it really liked it
Another good addition - and unlike another reviewer, I did not figure it out until later in the book. Bentley has built a very believable, enjoyable world in Waterfield.

One of the risks to a cozy with romantic elements is stagnation in the relationship, and one of the best things about this book is how that is avoided in the Derek/Avery relationship. However, it's also nice how Bentley avoids making Avery sound like an insecure/sniping girlfriend - she has legitimate thoughts and concerns.

The fi
Susan Moxley
Apr 18, 2016 Susan Moxley rated it it was amazing
I really great read and kept me guessing until the end
May 18, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another great Do It Yourself mystery. Avery and her boyfriend Derek have agreed to flip a house for a TV show. Think Sell This House on HGTV. A local TV newscaster offers his small house. From day 1, when a dead body shows up when the crew comes in to film, things go wrong. There are no shortages of suspects, both within the crew and in the community, including the victim's fiancee. Several others involved in the house flip have close calls with death, including Avery. I was surprised by who the ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Murder in Maine. Avery and her boyfriend, Derek, have been having really good results with their house flipping, which is taking a house, renovating, selling and moving onto the next project. This time there's a television crew recording it all. To include the murder of the owner of the house. Flipping a house and solving the murder are now both in the works.
This is another one of my favorite cozy series. Neat town, nifty characters, and swell house renovation tips included in each book of the
Donated to DPL 2015
Jul 09, 2014 Lorrie rated it really liked it
This series is always fun to read.
Jul 18, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Similar plot line as the other books in the series, but still well written and a bit fluffy, which is nice to relax with.
Nov 01, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-haves
Another GREAT book in the series. This one was a little bit tougher for me to get into than the other books but I still really enjoyed it. I really like the relationship between Derek and Avery, and I cant wait to see it develop into hopefully a marriage. However I can NOT stand Melissa - she either needs to die or she needs to move far far away and out of the picture. Please keep up the good writing!
Dec 21, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Good fifth installment in this series...the mystery holds your attention, the supporting characters are interesting and I love books about home renovating. The only real problem I have with this series is that the main character, avery, is catty and unlikable; her boyfriend Derek does not seem to live up to her hero-worshipping description of him and his ex-wife is too ditzy to believe.
Brenda Kirton
Mar 01, 2012 Brenda Kirton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read. Mystery was challenging for long enough and the characters had enough personality. I will be looking for the next one. Although as someone who has worked in a building supply store for years and has several tilers for relatives, there was an error in the tiling description that would have made an obviously bad job. But the story was good.
Sep 10, 2012 Maggie rated it it was amazing
A Maine couple who are do-it-yourselfers take on the renovation of a cottage and then agree to do the entire renovation in a week with a TV crew filming them. Instead of flipping the house quickly, they are stymied by the appearance of a corpse, which flips everyone out and wreaks havoc on their schedule. Lovely DIY tips at the end. A fun read!
Nancy H
Feb 06, 2014 Nancy H rated it really liked it
Another in the Maine-based 'Do-It-Yourself' mysteries, this one involves a TV crew coming to town to film Avery and Derek 'flip' a house in a week's time. Of course, there is the requisite murder, the requisite red herrings, and the ultimate solution. This is a strong series with good characters and good plotting.
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