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Death at a Fixer-Upper

(Home Sweet Home Mystery #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  286 reviews
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
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Published May 17th 2016 by Alibi (first published April 12th 2016)
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Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the start of new cozy series, that is set in a seaside little village of Arlinda which is in Northern California. This happens to be the hometown of Sam Turner who has her newly minted Real Estate license and is ready to take the market by storm. Sam also has a teenage son, Max who she has raised on her own since her deadbeat ex -husband walked out on her before her son was even born. Well, he happens to turn up in Arlinda wanting to meet his son which is not what Sam needs or wants at ...more
Susan Johnson
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful entry into the cozy mystery genre. Sam Turner is a single mother who has selling real estate for all of five months when a great, tumbling down estate comes on the market in her small town in N. Calif. The author is from Eureka and the fictional town of Arlinda really resembles that.

Out of the blue, Sam gets three separate clients who want to make an offer on the house. Sam is ecstatic until the clients start dying. And, of course, the house is full of ghosts. To top it
Verity W
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****

So I have mixed feelings about this - on the one hand the mystery is interesting and the characters are engaging for the most part. On the other hand I had to go and check a few times that this really was the first in the series because I felt that I was missing a few things about Sam's backstory. Although some of these later became clear(er) I did spend a fair amount of time being a little bit confused. There's seems to be a complicated
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Funky with a sarcastic humor and a real flair for the people and story, Sarah Hobart's first Home Sweet Home Mystery is a real interesting cozy mystery. I've got to say that I didn't love it when the baddie is surrounded with a lot of other likely suspects. This is a good start to the series. Sam is a very layered character and I look forward to future books.

Sam Turner is not a people person, she has no tolerance for
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sam Turner is a real estate agent in Arlinda, California, and is showing a property with a spooky old mansion in terrible disrepair. It seems as if there’s tons of interest in the old place, though, for many different reasons. A developer, a ghost hunter, and a man who wants to repair it to its former glory all clamor for the winning bid. Unfortunately, one of them ends up dead, apparently killed by a falling gargoyle. Then another bidder is found dead, poisoned. In the meantime, Sam is trying ...more
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2016
This is a delightful new series by Sarah T. Hobart. The book is fast paced, often funny, suspenseful and intriguing. There are plenty of interesting and quirkly characters that drive this story and allow for plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing who the culprit is.

Things are looking a little grim for single-mom, Sam Turner, and her son Max. They're being evicted from their apartment and there's a possibility Sam won't close on the house she hopes to own. AS though that isn't enough,
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
Typically, I enjoy books where I feel like the character is "alive," where the author makes them feel so real that they could be next to me. This just didn't happen in this book. I felt no connection with the main character. That being said, I'm not really a mystery person. I do enjoy a mystery/thriller/suspense book, but this way more chic lit with a weird mystery thrown in. It just seemed very far fetched. I mean, if you see a dead body, wouldn't you freak out? The main character didn't. That ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This was one of those books where I’m still trying to figure out what I think and how I feel about it. I finished it last night and I’ll admit that it isn’t sticking with me. This is not a good sign.

The story certainly had possibilities. Single-mother Sam Turner is a fledgling real estate agent in what sounds like a down market, so the story felt a bit dated, as though it was set in the recession. The housing market has picked up the last couple of years,
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sam's plate just keeps piling up. Her son and she are being evicted, her long lost husband has shown back up, her latest real estate venture is not going well, and to top all that off, her relationship with her main squeeze is... interesting. What's a girl to do? Apparently find a dead body in the same venture she's trying so hard to unload.

Death at a Fixer-Upper is all the fun of a great cozy with the fun and zeal of a humorous find. I loved Sam. Her realistic way of dealing with things is so
Penny Marks
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death at a Fixer-Upper was a fun, fast paced adventure. It is full of humor, mystery, and intrigue. I couldn't stop reading it was so much fun. I love Sarah's character Sam Turne. She is a strong woman trying to pull her life together.
Sam lives in the small seaside town of Arlinda in Northern California. She along with her teenage son, Max are going through a rough patch. They are being evicted from their apartment which is a struggle but then her ex husband, who she hasn't seen in years shows
Home Sweet Home realty has a new hire, Samantha “ Sam “
Turner. Sam lives in Arlinda, California. She is trying to sell
old Victorian fixer-upper. The house is in terrible disrepair,
spooky and questionably haunted.
In one day, Sam receives three requests to see the house.
One man is a developer, two is a ghost hunting woman and
the third is a man fixer upper who wants to restore the house.
Sam is excited ad she needs the commission to help
purchase her own new house. She and her son, Max are
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, cats, arc, cozy
The first book in a new cozy series and a new author for me. Sam Turner is learning about real estate sales. The house on the market is a prime piece of property. The house has been allowed to deteriorate and all flora has been allowing to grow rampant. She receives three offers for the property each purchaser has a different project in mind. There is the developer, a ghost hunter, and restorer who all want the property. She must move soon as she is being evicted from her apartment. Her ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Death at a Fixer-Upper by Sarah Hobart was an enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters were well drawn; and the small town of Arlinda sounds like it would be an interesting beach town to visit.

I liked Sam and she impressed me with her relationship with her son, Max, and how independent she has become being a single parent. I also appreciated her concern and soft heart toward strangers. I didn't really see Bernie as a love interest but he really didn't have much page time so I never felt like I got
Sandy Harris
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
With little suspense and a mystery that wrapped up in a rushed page or two, my interest in DEATH AT A FIXER-UPPER quickly flat lined and nothing could resuscitate it. While the story started out promising, the main character Sam seemed more interested in cracking one liners than cracking the mystery. A little bit of humor is okay but isn't this supposed to be a murder mystery? (My thanks to Random House for providing me with an advance reader copy and for the opportunity to share my opinion...)
Victoria Brinius
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really fun cozy. I laughed, kept guessing who the killer was and had fun counting the bodies as they piled up!. Did I mention there were ghosts and an ex husband? From over a decade ago? i am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review from chatterbox by house party, however all opinions are my own.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nookbooks, bayb, nyrn
2.5 star
brandy oliver
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
** I received a free copy of Death Of A Fixer Upper in return for my honest review as a part of House Party's Chatterbox program. Al opinions are my own. **

I have to say that the book cover really caught my eye. I think it really adds to the mystery and sort of reminds me of fairy tale books I had as a kid. (Which are also interesting because the covers sometimes seem to reflect a more happy and jolly story, rather than a mystery or suspense story.) That's the case with this book.

I agree this
May 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It is more of an estate than a house, this massive home situated amongst the hillside. Sam and Biddie were investigating the property to see if it might be an option for one of their clients as this property had just been listed for sale. Sam’s son had informed her that the house had been known to be haunted but that is yet to be seen in Sam’s eyes. Sam is a newly appointed real estate agent and working with Biddie, she is learning the tricks of the trade. Biddie is all business and seems to be ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arlinda CA is an interesting town. New Real Estate Agent, Sam Turner is a single mom to 15 yr-old Max. Her love life has been on hold since her ex-husband Wayne deserted her but recent hot sparks between Sam and Police Chief Bernie Aguilar are complicated – he’s her ex-brother-in-law.

When Home Sweet Home Realty assigns Sam to be their agent for calls about the old rundown Harrington Estate, she finds herself in a quandary. 13 Aster Lane has a tenant, Merrit Brown, the former nurse and
Linda Baker
Sam Turner is a fledgling real estate agent in her hometown of Arlinda in northern California. Life has not been simple for Sam since her husband disappeared, leaving her to raise her son, Max, thirteen years earlier. She and Max are finally in a position to purchase a home of their own. She even has hopes for selling a new listing, 13 Aster Lane. The house is a crumbling Victorian, more of a tear down than a fixer-upper, and rumored to be haunted. But when she gets three bids in rapid ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
As much as I hate writing a negative review, I really didn't care for Sarah T. Hobart's "Death At a Fixer-Upper." Had NetGalley not given me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I would have set it aside after the first chapter. I did finish the book but found it painfully slow, convoluted and way too wordy. I didn't care for most of the characters, including the main character, Sam Turner. I got the impression that the author was trying to write her as independent and ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my third book to read of the cozy mysteries I have received from Chatterbox for Random House. I must admit this one was not my favorite. For some reason I had a hard time getting into this story. I just wasn't invested in Sam in the beginning. I couldn't get a feel for her very well. I am thinking that this was maybe no fault of the book, but the fact that I was dealing with an ear and sinus infection - followed 2 days later with my son getting strep throat. So my focus was on other ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is a fantastic new cozy series about a real estate agent (which sort of hits home since hubby is in that business). It was interesting to read how they processed contracts since it is a bit more old school compared to all the electronic capabilities that are actually used to process a transaction these days. But that isn't germane to the book, just something that caught my eye.

The mystery itself isn't solely focused on who is murdered and why. Yes it is tied to the story but there is so
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Death at a Fixer Upper, but I felt I stepped into the second or third book of the series. There are references to things Sam has done and finding bodies with Gail, a co-worker. I'm not sure if there was supposed to be a previous book (or if Sam was a character in another series written by the author first)..

I enjoyed the mysteries and felt each was logical and resolved. A lot was packed into this story and there was little wasted page space.

The one short coming is the possible
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death at a Fixer-Upper by Sarah T. Hobart is the 1st book in A Home Sweet Home Mystery series, and a very enjoyable read. Sam Turner is a real estate agent in Arlinda, California and while showing a run down scary old mansion she discovers a dead body. It turns out several people are interested in the property and the dead body is one of the bidders. Sam is curious why so many people want this run down place, and had one of the interested parties killed the other. Sam is desperate to sell the ...more
Susan Foulkes
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book (the first I've read by this author) but wasn't sure if it was the first in a new series or not. There were references to previous events that made me feel I was missing something.

The plot was good with no shortage of suspects and red herrings and it kept me reading.

The characters were, in the main, well rounded and I found Sam, the heroine, to be likeable. Her relationship with her son was a pleasure to read.
The weak links for me were her ex-husband, he appeared to have no
Amary Chapman
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy
I read over 600 books a year, but somehow I missed this author. I will make it a point to hunt down her other work ASAP.
I found Death At A Fixer Upper a joy to read. Fast paced, very funny with plenty of bodies and suspects.
Samantha, 'Sam' Turner is trying to eke out a living for herself and her teenage son as a relatively newly minted real estate agent. She gets 3 calls to see a Victorian house that is badly in need of repair. As she tries to show the house, dead bodies start popping
Teresa Kander
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Death at a Fixer-Upper is Book #1 in the Home Sweet Home cozy mystery series by Sarah T. Hobart. As a real estate agent, Sarah knows a thing or two about Northern California real estate and the real-life weird things that can happen during real estate transactions. She also has a great sense of humor. Those two qualities lend authenticity to this cozy mystery set in small-town coastal Northern California and make it a lot of fun to read. Of course I love Northern California’s quirky small ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
This is the first time I have read this author and her writing was very enjoyable.

Sam, the main character, is a very independent woman making her way in life for her and her son after her husband up and disappeared. Deciding to become a real estate agent isn't as easy of a job as she thought it would be. Especially when the body count rises and it seems she will be next.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an advanced ecopy of this book for an honest review.
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