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Shot Through the Hearth

(Fixer-Upper Mystery #7)

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Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction...

Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companie
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Published October 2019 by Berkley
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James
Shot Through the Hearth is the 7th book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series by Kate Carlisle. I won this book through a giveaway contest on a blog I enjoy reading and was thrilled to get a copy. I had been declined on NetGalley and planned to buy it when the opportunity to win it popped up. What a lucky day!

The series focuses on a contractor in a small town in California who remodels Victorian homes. She often stumbles into murders, and this time, the boyfriend of one of her close friends
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Juli
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love old houses, and the idea of a construction company that specializes in the restoration and reconstruction of old Victorians makes me happy in my soul. There's just something magical and homey in an old house. The main character in Kate Carlisle's Fixer-upper Mystery series, Shannon Hammer, breathes new life into old Victorian houses...so of course, I had to give this series a try!

Shot Through the Hearth is the 7th book in the series. Normally I don't jump into a series after s
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Fixer-Upper Mystery #7
Publication Date: 10/31/19
Number of Pages: 304

This was my first book in this series and I am impressed. Of course, I expected to be impressed since I have read all of the books in the author’s Bibliophile Mystery series and have loved each and every one of them. I’ve also watched a few of the movies based on this series and liked them okay, but wasn’t totally impressed. My belief is that the book is always better than the movie – and that was
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Monnie
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...You give love a bad name (said with a nod to one of my favorite Bon Jovi songs from years past) and another to the author, whose easy-to-read mysteries - and the characters in them - have become favorites as well. This one is the seventh in the "Fixer-Upper" series, which features the very capable, intelligent and never wimpy building contractor Shannon Hammer. Those qualities, nearly always lacking in the heroines of most cozy mysteries I've read, made me love her in last year's A Wrench in ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


Kate Carlisle’s books are quickly becoming a favorite amongst Cozy Mysteries so I was very excited to read SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH. This is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and although I honestly don’t have much interest in this topic, I do really like Shannon a lot and that is the main reason why I like this series.

When Shannon’s friend Raphael Nash asks her to help with a massive project, which will benefit humanitarians, she knows that she’s in for a lot of work. However, she doesn
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LORI CASWELL
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Shannon Hammer, contractor extraordinaire, knew her job for billionaire Raphael Nash was going to be a huge job but big thinking Rafe has expanded his plans for his project and Hammer’s construction crew and for Lighthouse Cove too. Not only does he want the home on his property renovated he adds a barn-raising and a garden tower all to be completed before a global conference about eco-living. He has a vast schedule of events with many guest speakers, including Mac
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Kristina
Shot Through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle is the seventh A Fixer-Upper Mystery. It can be read by those familiar with the series as well as newcomers. I found Shot Through the Hearth to be a delightful cozy mystery. Shannon Hammer is excited by the challenge of Rafe’s project. He not only wants his Victorian farmhouse renovated, Rafe wishes a unique tower (the Ecosphere) to be constructed and for them to hold a barn raising. It will be Shannon and her crews first barn. Rafe also wants them to use ...more
Betty
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The seventh book of the Fixer-upper series find Shannon Hammer working her largest project for Raphael Nash, an billionaire who has purchased a large piece land in Lighthouse Cove. She is restoring the house for Marigold, his wife. He has form a Foundation named after his wife. He has plans for a worldwide eco conference while the reconstruction is occurring. Things are moving along until his X- business partner arrives holding to lure him back to his business. He is found dead and all the clues ...more
Daniele
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
3.5 stars

Shot Through the Hearth is a nice addition to the Fixer-Upper Mystery series featuring a unique protagonist, construction contractor Shannon Hammer. This time around, a murderer potentially targets Shannon's friends, Shannon feels particularly invested in solving the murder of nasty Dillon Charles.

I enjoyed the book but not as much as some others in the series. The victim is totally unlikable so I felt no sympathy for his demise. The conference attendees (and suspects) are
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Cheryl
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shannon’s friend Raphael, billionaire has Shannon redo his whole house, adding a barn and several other buildings all green. Raphael’s old business partner comes to town baring a grudge and trying to get Raphael to come back to the company. The former partner end’s up dead with Raphael the top suspect. Shannon gets involved and finds several things out about his former partner.
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Shot Through the Hearth
Fixer-Upper Mystery 7
By Kate Carlisle
ISBN#9781984804396
Author’s website: katecarlisle.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

Synopsis:

Shannon’s good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can’t stay unoccupied for too long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It’s an ex
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The Cozy Review
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery - Book 7
Author: Kate Carlisle
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Renovation
Publisher: Berkley
Page Count: 304

Publishing Date: October 29, 2019

The latest in the “A Fixer-Upper Mystery” series from Berkley comes Kate Carlisle’s Shot Through the Hearth.

Ms. Carlisle is a well known and talented writer. Her cozy mysteries are well written, and original with unforgettable characters. The Fixer-Upper series is a fan favorite and f
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Kim
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shannon Hale is back in action with one of the largest jobs she's had to date. Newly local Rafe (Raphael Nash, retired Tech billionaire and fiances to Shannon's friend Marigold) has asked Shannon and her crew to restore the Victorian house he recently acquired as a home for he and Marigold. In addition to the restoration, Rafe has asked that a new barn be built, the old barn repaired, land be cleared and a new eco-greenhouse be built in time for a survival conference he plans to host the next ye ...more
Alicia Farage
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In many ways, this book was what I've come to expect for this series. The cast of characters is growing but all feel like old and 'new' friends. I like watching how the relationships are developing and learning a little more about each character with each book.

This book seemed to me to be a bit different as we 'missed' most of the restoration work. Although I loved the 'barn raising', I missed reading her ideas as she and her crew restore a house. Also the information provided about
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Minx
Shot Through the Hearth is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series and what a lovely addition this book was! Shannon Hammer has always thrived on challenges and when her friend’s beau, retired tech billionaire Raphael Nash, contacted her about taking on a renovation project for his old Victorian farmhouse, she and her team were excited about the opportunity. What they didn’t realize was the scope of what Raphael was looking to accomplish. This was going to be their biggest and most ch ...more
Kay Garrett
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-read
SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH by Kate Carlisle is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series. It’s the wonderful story of Shannon Hammer, contractor and owner of Hammer Construction in Lighthouse Cove. She’s hired by Raphael “Rafe” Nash (a retired tech billionaire who is engaged to one of her best friends, Marigold) to enlarge and remodel an existing home, build an Ecosphere, and to hold a barn raising.

During the lengthy remodel, Rafe spends his time working on creating the Marigol
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Eileen
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shot Through The Hearth is another immensely satisfying read by Kate Carlisle. Set in a contemporary, Northern California wine country coastal town with plenty of Victorian homes to renovate, ensures there is a deep well of pleasurable subject matter.

This particular installment takes place on a large piece of land just out of town that was purchased by a retired billionaire tech guy. He hired Shannon Hammer and her company to revamp the large, old home currently on the property, along with the
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Gail
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaos and Mayhem in Lighthouse Cove!

If you haven't visited Lighthouse Cove yet in any of Kate Carlise's Fixer-Upper mysteries now would be a great time to mark it in your vacation planner and pick up Shot Through the Hearth.
Our heroine, Shannon Hammer is smart, funny and full of surprises. She is the local contractor for Lighthouse Cove. If you love Victorian houses like I do you will enjoy the descriptions of her renovations especially in this book where everything is about st
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Merry Chapman
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon and her construction crew are called upon by her best friend Marigold's billionaire boyfriend to renovate a beautiful Victorian home for Marigold and Rafe on the large property, but most of all he wants her to do some major eco construction for a major eco convention he wants held on the property including a new barn raising as part of the entertainment. This is also a fantastic networking opportunity for Shannon and her company. When Rafe's former partner in his business, Dillon shows u ...more
Nancy
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at a Planet-Saving Conference

Shannon Hammer, a contractor who specializes in restoring old houses, is particularly pleased to get a commission to restore the old farmhouse that will be the home of her friend, Marigold, and her fiance, Raphael Nash, a retired tech billionaire. In addition to the farmhouse project, Rafe wants Shannon’s team to construct a conference center. It’s supposed to have environmentally friendly buildings and be the site of a planet-saving conference.

Th
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Julie
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shot Through the Heath was a delightful and beautifully written cozy mystery! Kate Carlisle is so extremely talented and one of my favorite authors in the genre. I most definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre. This book was so fun and kept me on my toes until the end. I loved how Shannon was not directly involved in the finding of the body, or the investigation since she had no motive. It was refreshing to watch the case get dissected as the story went on. The characters ...more
Sara Grotz
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this last edition of the Fixer-Upper mysteries. This time around, Shannon is not only renovating a Victorian home, but also helping with buildings for a global conference, and putting together a barn raising. Unfortunately, her talent for being near dead bodies comes into play. The former partner of Rafe is found murdered and it looks like Rafe or Marigold, one of Shannon's best friends might be next. She of course immediately tries to figure out who is behind it all before one ...more
Kim
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shannon Hale is back in action with one of the largest jobs she's had to date. Newly local Rafe (Raphael Nash, retired Tech billionaire and fiances to Shannon's friend Marigold) has asked Shannon and her crew to restore the Victorian house he recently acquired as a home for he and Marigold. In addition to the restoration, Rafe has asked that a new barn be built, the old barn repaired, land be cleared and a new eco-greenhouse be built in time for a survival conference he plans to host the next ye ...more
Mona
 one of Kate’s Raters, I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's all about saving the environment in this seventh installment of Carlisle's fixer-upper series. Narrated by Shannon Hammer, contractor and protagonist of the series, it introduces new characters and brings back familiar ones. Retired tech billionaire Raphael Nash is hosting a grand conference in Lighthouse Cove and has hired Shannon and her crew to renovate his home and barn for t
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Dana Busenbark
Several chapters into the book and I was not sure how I felt about Rafe. He seemed to me at that time to be an interesting character, and ultimately he was. I really liked him by the end of the book. Clearly, Kate Carlisle has given us another mystery with one of our favorite Heroines, Shannon Hammer. What is she tasked with building this time around? What other things has she gotten into in the last year that is a real-life thing? What are she and her crew asked to do with this particular prope ...more
Sharon
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
A cozy mystery, part of the Fixer-Upper series.
Contractor Shannon Hammer is offered a plum job rebuilding and adding on to a lovely older house. Her good friend and retired tech billionaire, Rafe Nash, loves being retired but he can’t stay without a project for very long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. Rafe hosts the first ever global conference and invites big thinkers from every area of industry
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Julia
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great mystery and also a very timely topic for a cozy mystery. Billionaire Raphel Nash is settling into his retirement in Lighthouse Cove, but needs an outlet for all his creative ideas and humanitarian dreams for the world. He plots out a huge conference to invite people to understand and help with Global Survival and hires Shannon to help renovate not just his home, but provide conference space, a tall building for plant life and an old fashioned barn raising. The books covers a lot ...more
Jacque
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shannon and her crew are renovating an old farmhouse for millionaire Rafe and Shannon’s good friend, Marigold. Rafe has retired from his tech empire and is happily working on inventions to help the environment. Shannon is working on a tight deadline because Rafe is sponsoring an eco conference and everything must be ready. Not only is the house being remodeled, but they are building an ecosphere (a plant-filled tower) and prepping for a barn-raising. Everything is finished and the conference has ...more
Karen Wright
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One heck of a conference!

Well, I have to say this book was very different from it's predecessors. As I finished it I felt like I had been running around the conference myself. I loved how this was a different kind of project for Shannon, and especially liked how many of the other characters were actively involved in the project. As always, it was well written and characters were well developed especially the ones readers have gotten to know through the earlier books. The setting also sounds amazin
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Cynthia
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, giveaways
This is the seventh book in the Fixer-Upper series and another hit! Shannon and Mac are awesomely paired so of course, it will be great! This time there is a huge conference being put on by Rafe on how to be eco-friendly in so many areas and to give prizes through the Marigold Foundation for the great ideas individuals come up with. There are hundreds of attendees so something has to go wrong....and Shannon is there to help the police figure out who did it yet again! I love the characters (they ...more
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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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