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Dead as a Door Knocker

(House-Flipper Mystery #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  92 reviews
The first in a brand-new cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville--where the real estate market is to die for.

Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find--and flip--the home of one's dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can't resist the challenge of
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Dead as a Door Knocker by Diane Kelly is the first book in the brand new cozy House-Flipper Mystery series. This series takes a couple of my favorite things, renovating real estate and kitty cats, and combines them together so how could I say no to reading this one?

Whitney Whitaker has been working as a property manager to pay the bills for a while now while living in her parents pool house with her cat, Sawdust. Real estate and renovating are really Whitney’s passions so when an opportunity to
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whitney Whitaker is a property manager and carpenter in Nashville, TN. When one of her developer clients wants to off load a house, she jumps in to buy it, intending to fix it up and flip the property. The project is difficult from the start. First, bad wiring causes a fire, quickly followed up by Whitney finding a dead body buried in the flower bed. Her house flipping days might be over before they even really start!

I enjoyed this first book in the House-Flipper Mystery series. Whitney is an in
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whitney Whitaker is a property manager with dreams of making it big in real estate. When she gets the chance to buy a property to flip it, she thinks it might be too good to be true. And it is. Especially when a dead body is found buried in the flower bed.

The first book in a new cozy mystery series. Whitney is a likable character. She is single, living in her parent's guest house, and working all the time. She's a hard-worker with good relationships with her family and friends. In addition to he
Dead as a Door Knocker was a great start to a new cozy mystery series with an interesting mystery and a delightful cat.

Whitney Whitaker works as a property manager while she’s studying to take her real estate licensing exam. After she’s forced to evict three young men who trashed a rental property, the owner is frustrated and asks Whitney if she’d like to purchase the house for cheap. With her dream to eventually flip houses, Whitney sees this as the perfect opportunity for her first flip. But a
Peggy R
This is the first thing I have read by this author and thought it was a solid start to a new series. I'm a fan of the fixer upper, flipper, home improvement shows on cable so this book appealed to me for that reason. The characters were likable and while not a cat person, I enjoyed the brief chapters giving a glimpse of life from Sawdust's perspective. The mystery was pretty well crafted. I thought the pace was a bit slow and it took awhile to set up the mystery. I did enjoy the story and would ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Dead As A Door Knocker by Diane Kelly was an entertaining beginning to this new series.

I enjoyed meeting Whitney and her family. She is a strong and likable character who never gave up throughout the story. Her cousin, Buck, is adorable with his sense of humor and concern for Whitney. Whitney's friend, Collette, also added some interesting details and warmth to this cozy mystery.

I found the story to be slow to start but it finally picked up about 1/3 of the way into the book and swiftly moved to
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cats, cozy-mystery
The first book in The House Flipper mysteries. Meet Whitney Whitaker and her cat, Sawdust. Whitney has been saving for a house of own. She accepted an offer to purchase a dilapidated house at a reduced price as the owner is liquidating his rentals. Since Whitney did not have enough funds to start remodeling She asked her cousin go into with her. The first-night Whiney spends at the house, she and her, cat Sawdust nearly escape with the lives from a fire in a back room. As the electoral system wa ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the first in a brand new series. In this book Whitney Whitaker is attempting to flip her first house, with the help of her cousin, Buck. Whitney soon realizes that the person she bought the house from omitted some key problems with the house. After one problem after another arises, the last thing Whitney expects is for her cat, Sawdust, to find a body in the garden in front of the house. The body is the previous owner of the house. The police immediately suspect Whitney because of the ar ...more
One of the cool things about this book is that just as you don't want it to end, there's a little sneak preview of the next book at the end! It goes right into the same time of year too. I'm so anxious to find out when that next book is coming out!

Whitney Whitaker was a carpenter and a property manager who was about to become a real estate agent and a house flipper with her cousin Buck as her partner, after her real estate agency's biggest client offered her a house for a steal of a deal. The h
SOS Aloha
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle

Whitney Whitaker followed Milt's advice and built her own proverbial door. She is a skilled carpenter (it runs in the family), a conscientious property manager (catering to "hands off" owners), and a dreamer (why not work for herself?). Whitney drains her savings account to flip a house with her cousin, thinking the rundown rental was a good deal. Just ask they push up their shirtsleeves to get to work, they encounter a series of problems
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead as a Door Knocker by Diane Kelly is the 1st book in the House-Flipper Mystery series, and a great start. Whitney Whitaker manages real estate properties and when a trashed home is offered to her cheap, she jumps at the chance to fix it up and flip it. When a dead body is found on the property's front yard, things get complicated. Whitney is determined to find the real killer and not lose her investment. I really enjoyed this book, it has a lot of action and suspects to sort through. I can't ...more
Mary Brown
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead As A Door Knocker
House-Flipper Mystery, Book #1
Diane Kelly
5 Stars


The first in a brand-new cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville—where the real estate market is to die for.

Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find—and flip—the home of one’s dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can’t resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I was eager to read this book because of my interest in do-it-yourself projects. Whitney Whitaker is an admirable strong character who is not easily deterred by circumstances or men. She bought a house with her cousin to renovate and flip but things turn from bad to worse immediately after they close on the deal.

The book moved at a very slow pace for me. I thought there was an overabundance of detail about the materials and the action of the renovation which could have been devoted to better de
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whitney is a contractor who manages property for a company. She is offered a run down house that she plans to flip. The first day she buys it, it starts on fire, then she finds out the property next door has been zoned commercial, someone eggs the front of the house and she finds a body in the front yard. There is page between each chapter written by her cat that could easily have been left out, adding nothing to the story.
A quanto pare, ultimamente vanno di moda i cozy mysteries ambientati nel mondo delle ristrutturazioni edilizie... Io non mi lamento perché mi interessano tanto!
Questo è il primo libro che leggo di questa autrice, ma mi è piaciuto molto, seppure all'inizio fosse leggermente lento. C'è un buon cast di personaggi, ma quello che mi ha conquistato (tanto che ho dato quella mezza stella in più che ha portato il mio giudizio al massimo) è che ci sono dei mini capitoli in cui la vicenda è raccontata da
Laurie Garrison
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Living 20 minutes east of Nashville, I had to try this series, and while it had a slow beginning for me, it did not disappoint very solid mystery

This is the first mystery I read where you have to wait for a few chapters before the murder happens and I think this is why I felt it being slow, but during that time you get to know more about the characters so while I did enjoy it I was still waiting and waiting for the murder to happen. LOL

Things I really enjoyed, Sawdust personal chapters and yes,
Nov 25, 2018 added it
Dead as a Door Knocker is the debut of the House-Flipper Mystery series set in Nashville and featuring Whitney Whitaker, property manager, realtor trainee and house flipper. The worst part of Whitney's job as a property manager is evictions and she's got her hands full with the three rowdy college students months behind in their rent.

Property owner Rick Dunaway is well known as a cheapskate when it comes to repairs and this time after surveying the damage left behind by the boys he offers to sel
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
If you love a good cozy mystery, this is one for you. A fast no frills read typical of the genre. It's okay not great.
Dan Curnutt
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the character development that Diane Kelly gives us, especially of “Sawdust” the cat. Those tiny two page chapters giving us “Sawdust’s” thoughts is absolutely wonderful.

The story is about Whitney Whitaker and her attempt to flip a house and make a little bit of money for herself and her cousin Buck. But what she didn’t expect to find was murder, intrigue, disaster, and maybe bankrupt.

Whitney purchases a home to flip from a client of her Property Management Company. Little did she know t
The Cozy Review
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find—and flip—the home of one’s dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can’t resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art. So when one of her clients decides to liquidate a crumbling property, Whitney seizes the opportunity to purchase it for a song. Soon a curious incident of the cat in the night-time leads to a change in tune. . .

Sawdust is the name of Wh
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
This will be one of my favorite new series this year! Dead as a Door Knocker appeals for many reasons, including the protagonist, Whitney Whitaker. She works at least part time for her uncle doing upgrades and other carpentry work as well as for a realtor overseeing repairs for managed properties. Her sidekick and roommate is Sawdust, the littlest kitten of his litter, who absolutely adores Whitney. The mystery is complex and challenging, and the author’s trademark humor is LOL funny.

Whitney evi
I grabbed my purse, my tool belt, and the bright yellow hard hat I'd adorned with a chain of daisy decals.

This is the first book in the House-Flipper Mystery series. I really enjoy the other series the Diane Kelly writes so I had high hopes for this one. It did not disappoint.

Whitney Whitaker works with her uncle's woodworking company along side her cousins, Buck and Owen. She is also the property manager for Home&Hearth Realty. Whitney has to remove a group of college boys from a rental pro
Nancy Baker
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whitney Whitaker, carpenter/property manager, was excited about a lucky break into the world of real estate flipping but one fire and a murder later she was not feeling so lucky.

A unique and fun twist to this story are the brief chapters written from the viewpoint of Sawdust the cat. The human characters are a likeable group too and I look forward to getting to know them better in coming editions of the House-Flipper Mystery series.

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this s
Arlene Arredondo
Nice read, but a bit slow paced for my taste.
The main character is given an opportunity to buy a house that could be flipped and get a great profit.
What will be a nice fast project, will become a nightmare with more inconveniences than benefits.
When a murder occurs, she will land herself as main person of interest and will try to clear her name by finding out who did it.

Note: I received an ARC for review and an honest and unbiased opinion.
Linda Smatzny
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable book. The main character is Whitney Whitaker who is working for Home & Hearth Realty as a property manager. Whitney is offered the chance to purchase a home at a very good price. Her problems begin when she & her cousin become the owners. The characters are believable . Whitney has a cat named Sawdust who has some chapters told from his point of view but this does not distract from the main story which is told from Whitney's point of view. Looking forward to the next boo ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

Light and undemanding series debut about carpenter, property manager and future real estate agent Whitney Whitaker. Whitney gets a rare opportunity to buy a refurbishable property at a bargain price and flip it for a profit after doing some renovations.

She and her cousin and renovation partner Buck are excited about this deal, until everything begins to go wrong. The first night Whitney and her cat Sawdust barely escape a fire that reveals that the property had old and faulty wiring --
Rima Aiello
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. The way the author moved between the main character and her pet was perfection and added so much to the overall story. The author did a great job really building the family dynamics in this book as well, it was so real. The mystery was well written and just when you think you know whodunit, the author throws you a curve ball. Definitely a book to read again and again.
Linda Quick
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. Whitney is a wonderful character that drew me right in. I loved that she's in a non-traditional female job and how she approaches life on her terms, no matter what obstacles she faces. I'm also looking forward to seeing more of Colin, the police detective.

If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing how the relationships develop over time. Put this one on your
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-com
Clearly, this book is aimed at cat lovers, featuring chapters devoted to Sawdust. I have to confess I am not a fan, either of cats, or of the number of pages devoted to this cat. I also found the book heavy on various aspects of the property management, real estate and home renovation industry. The mystery plot was the saving grace of this book.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Whitney Whitaker, currently works as a property manager (Home & Hearth Realty) and a carpenter (Whitaker Woodworking), saving money by living with her parents.
Studying to take her real estate license exam, Whitney wants to flip houses – that is buy a house that needs work cheap, fix-it up and sell the renovated property for a nice profit.

Whitney gets her first break when she evicts three college students from a house she manages for Home & Hearth’s client Rick Dunaway. The house is a wr
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