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Crowned and Moldering

(Fixer-Upper Mystery #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,634 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
In the New York Times bestselling Fixer-Upper mysteries, contractor Shannon Hammer can repair even the most distressed building. But clearing out the cobwebs from her current project may distress her… to death.

When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town i
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by NAL (first published October 27th 2015)
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cozy mysteries seem to get a bad reputation at times for not being “real books”. Anyone who has read a book by author Kate Carlisle will tell you, that’s an extremely false statement. Ms. Carlisle is a talented writer and I’m grateful every time I read a new cozy by her. And I’m thankful she shares that talent through the cozy genre.

The Fixer-Upper Mystery series is a fun, creative series that makes me wish I had the talent in my body that protagonist Shannon Hammer has in her little finger.

Dawn Michelle
Well. WOW. THAT was quite a ride for a cozy mystery.
I cannot say much about this because even a little taste would give something away I am afraid and this one is a "must-read" for cozy lovers and for lovers of this series [THIS is such a great series]. I really enjoy the characters and love what a strong, independent, fabulous woman Shannon is and how she just strives for the very best, and strives to like everyone - even Whitney [though she has not yet been able to accomplish that].

Really gr
Alyssa White
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another fantastic book in this collection. This book had your heart pulled so hard on the directions of pain and love. You wanted answers and you needed them. Your heart wanted to be there for Lily and her family. I fell in Love with a new character Denise who I hope to see more of. Like I said, there was a lot of heart in this book. Read it and you will know what I mean. Great read.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle is a 2015 publication. This review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews

I found myself glued to the pages, thinking hard about the possible suspects and motives, the bombshell secrets, and even worried about some people when they were in a dangerous situation.

Some characters were flawed, and I struggled with one scenario that crossed ethical lines, but were a little blurred here, maybe even romanticized, and I didn't know exactly how to feel abo
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kate Carlisle has laid out the blueprint for another perfect escape.

Mac Sullivan has purchased what I would call my dream home. The many rooms, the hiding holes, the staircase, and the view. I would love to own a home like that. I would even take finding the dead body as long as it was someone I didn’t know
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Altro bel libro per questa serie. Peccato che la storia che c'è dietro sia veramente triste... Comunque, il libro ha un buon passo, con diverse sotto-storie che si intersecano fra loro. La protagonista è ancora indecisa fra due possibili spasimanti, ma lo sarei anch'io, visti i due pezzi di uomo di cui stiamo parlando. Sinceramente, qualunque sarà la decisione finale, mi dispiacerà moltissimo per lo scartato...
Detto questo, l'autrice mi ha conquistato col suo modo di scrivere, ergo mi sa che ben
Mary Ann
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was made into a movie with Jewel as the lead. I really feel that movie was not very good and have not watched it more than once. (Usually takes me a few tries to see a movie in its entirety). While I am did not enjoy the movie, I did enjoy the book. It was much better.

Shannon Hammer owns and operates a business rebuilding and redoing Victorian Homes. She also jumps at the chance to learn how to install a Solar Grid that will cover the Senior Parking Lot. While all this is happening, o
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I dissevered the Fixer-Upper Mystery series this summer and it has quickly become one of my favorites. In this book, Shannon and her crew discover the remains in the lighthouse they are renovating. Shannon becomes interested in the case and goes about trying to solve the mystery. This book was not as enjoyable to me as the other two. However, I don't think it is all the books fault. I have been in a slight reading slump due to another book that I am reading. I plan to pick up the next book short ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle is the 3rd book in the Fixer Upper Mystery series. Contractor Shannon Hammer and her crew are renovating the lighthouse mansion when they come across a skeleton in the dumb waiter which turns out to be bones from a teenage girl who had gone missing 15 years ago. Another terrific addition to the series. I enjoyed meeting more of the residents of Lighthouse Cove and I liked all the renovation tidbits thrown in. An engaging, light cozy mystery.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is such a great series of books. I love cold cases and this one did not disappoint. The characters are likable (except Whitney) and the emotions were running raw in this one. I wish the love triangle would work it's way out and be resolved though.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I liked the book a lot but I found the end just a bit confusing.
I appreciated all the construction details throughout the story.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, cozy-mysteries
Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle is the third book in A Fixer Upper Mystery series. Shannon Hammer lives in Lighthouse Cove, California and is a building contractor. Shannon specializes in Victorian home renovations and rehabs. Shannon took over the company five years previously after her father had a heart attack (just a mild one). Shannon is getting ready to start on MacKintyre Sullivan’s new home. He purchased a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian (though it does not have the beautiful ginge ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crowned And Moldering is the third book in the A Fixer-Upper Mystery series.

Shannon Hammer, love that name, is out at the lighthouse mansion with the owner, Mac Sullivan, and her crew for a walk thru before she gets started on the renovation project. As they are inspecting the kitchen Mac asks about the dumbwaiter and as Shannon begins to explain the workings she gets the dumbwaiter dislodged and it goes crashing into the basement. As Shannon is looking down the shaft, she sees what appears to b
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I am really loving this series more and more with each book. 5 stars because I would have sat down and read it all in one sitting if I could. Shannon is such a strong, smart, likable character and the people in this town are so charming and close-knit. It makes me sometimes wish I grew up in a small town like this where everyone knows each other and (most) seem to be friends. This mystery was a cold case that involved pretty much all the recurring characters and allowed us to meet some new ones. ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shannon Hammer has been given the go ahead to work on the Lighthouse Mansion, where bestselling author Mac Sullivan, who is also Shannon's new boyfriend, will be living.

But when they find a skeleton in the dumbwaiter, things take a turn for the worse. The bones turn out to be those of a teenager missing from Lighthouse Cove for years, and the investigation takes Shannon back in time, and brings her into contact with people she'd rather not see again.

After reading the second book in this series I
Doward Wilson
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series continues to build wonderfully written characters, an interesting theme and superb murder plots. Shannon Hammer runs the family renovation and construction business. She is helping a famous thriller writer, who is romantically interested in her, get ready to renovate his purchase of a derelict mansion. During the preliminary planning tour, they find the remains of a body in the dumbwaiter. The body belongs to Lily Brogan who was thought to have run off 15 years earlier. The murder pl ...more
Micky Cox
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the Shannon Hammer series and the books just keep getting better and better! I love the characters in the book and they get more fully developed in each book. While you wouldn't necessarily have to read the entire series, if you like a good cozy mystery mixed with rehab/restoration of old homes then you are going to love this series! It has something for everyone with strong female relationships that are both long standing as well as newly formed, strong relationships bet ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Okay, this was my first Fixer-Upper Mystery (I'm usually a Bibliophile Mystery girl.) and I am hooked! I loved reading this book and could not put it down! I wanted to know what happened to Lily Brogan, and I wanted to know now!!! Shannon was a great character in that you could trust her, and since she is liked by the majority of the town she can get answers. It also helps she is quite clever and keeps finding dead bodies!

I can't say too much because I don't want to give anything away! I can ju
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who is interested in mysteries.
Wow! Great! I so enjoyed this cosy by Kate Carlisle. Crowned and Moldering, A Fixer-Upper Mystery #3, is a dynamite read. I even solved the mystery before I finished the book. As Mac Sullivan, the new owner of a historic lighthouse in Lighthouse Cove, CA starts the renovation of the lighthouse with a crew headed by a contractor, Shannon Hammer, everything must stop as human bones are found in the lighthouse. Fifteen years earlier one of the high school students, a girl, left town or did she? Her ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My copy of this book is an ARC so I don't have one with the pretty cover on it. But it was a very good read. Again. I really like the characters and getting to know all of them. I like the addition of Mac's niece. And I like that Shannon goes to the high school for career day.

I thought I knew who had done it fairly early on, but, like always, Kate writes a good story so I didn't really know until the end.

I definitely recommend this series. Thank you, Kate!
Karen Wright
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books!

These books tell such a wonderful story and I can't believe it took me this long to find them. The next one just cannot come out soon enough! The town if Lighthouse Cove just sounds perfect, and the characters are wonderful. Shannon and her work is so interesting. All together these things make a great book.
Anam Cara
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When I started reading this book, I felt like I had read it before. And I thought maybe there was another by the same author that I had read with a similar theme. I can't find the book I am thinking about, don't remember the name, just the plot, but it isn't this one. However, the fact that so much is like the other book/books (and I realized it isn't the same book as I continued to read) makes me think less of this one. I think in my mind I am confusing two other books - one with a dumb-waiter ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this the 3rd book in the Fixer Upper Mysteries series. They are all easy to read and sometimes amusing mysteries. Kate Carlisle is very descriptive and I never really figure out the culprit until they are revealed. The heroine, Shannon, is apt sometimes to make a few errors, but then who amongst us does not, so it makes her human.
Some of this novels were made into Hallmark movies, but the books are far better. Very entertaining with no hidden messages, or political leanings or any hidd
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kate Carlisle has seduced us again with a well written, intoxicating addition to the “Fixer-Upper” series. While Shannon Hammer is working on renovating Mac’s home next to the lighthouse, a dead body is found in the dumb-waiter.

Can Shannon and Mac solve this 15 year old murder that may involve someone Shannon knows well? Shannon gets a big job at the high school. Mac’s niece comes for an unscheduled visit for a few weeks. With all of these distractions, will the duo be able to help Chief Eric?

Shannon has been hired to fix up Mac’s lighthouse mansion. She and her crew discover a body in the dumbwaiter. It is quickly figured out that it is a person that went missing many years ago and had deep connections with several people in town. Also an old resident of Lighthouse Cove returns to stir up trouble. I sort of had an inkling to some of the old mysteries surrounding the death, but was stuck between a couple people who could have been the killer. Still enjoying this series and would reco ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another in the Fixer-Upper mystery series. I love Shannon, how she has proved herself as a competent contractor and business owner. And when she and her crew are doing a walk-through of the lighthouse mansion Mac bought, she finds a skeleton. Turns out to be Lily, a teenager who disappeared 15 years ago. So besides working on the mansion, the high school parking lot where they’re installing solar panels for parking, plus other jobs, she is now trying to figure out who killed Lily. A really great ...more
Dorothy Timm
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Maybe it was partly because of the job that the main character was involved-she'd be a perfect character for HGTV, one of my favorite networks. But I also loved that the way it ended-there was no sudden reveal near the end of a little fact that "If I'd known THAT, it would have made all the difference in figuring out who did it." Even I suspected who the guilty party was, and I never know!
Yoshua David
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Helen Drake
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I’d actually seen the basic plot of this book on the Hallmark Mystery Handel. The book is different in many ways and has a different ending. Many of the subplots that make this book delightful were left out. There are so many twists in the plot that it was difficult to discover just who the murderer was. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I love Carlisle’s Bibliophile mystery series so want to live this one too. The drama in this one wore on me, but since the story revolves around high school it fit. Without giving anything away, I was very uncomfortable with the main character’s quick acceptance of another character’s unethical behavior. I’ll continue on to the next book and hope I like it better.
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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 vin ...more

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