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Fatal Fixer-Upper by Jennie Bentley
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Jan 19, 2010

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A pretty good read overall. This is the first in a series of books about Avery Baker, a designer who inherits her great aunt's Victorian house in Maine and her two Maine Coon cats. Avery goes to Maine with the intention of selling the house and returning to NYC but murder changes her plans.

Avery says that she graduated summa cum laude from Parsons The New School of Design. Their standards must be slipping. But we already know that she got her job by sleeping with the boss. On page 74 Avery doesn't know that a 2x4 is a piece of wood. On page 85 she starts renovating a room by refinishing the floor first instead of last. On page 189 she glues down tile and immediately grouts without waiting for the tile adhesive to dry but at the end of the book the author gives instructions for tiling a back splash and instruction #7 is "Allow [tile adhesive:] to dry fully."

Why 3 stars? I was in the mood for a safe series mystery and I love Victorian houses, Maine and cats. And, BTW, Avery is the most irresponsible pet owner since Stephanie Plum.
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01/19/2010 page 108
01/19/2010 page 108
32.53% "Designer restoring Victorian house does not know what a 2x4 is."
01/19/2010 page 108
32.53% "Designer restoring Victorian house doesn't even know that a 2x4 is a piece of wood! How dumb is that?"

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