A Killer Location: A Home Sweet Home Mystery
2nd in Series
Alibi (November 22, 2016)
As this captivating cozy mystery series featuring real estate agent Sam Turner continues, a dream home turns into a crime scene when murder intrudes on an open house.
Thanks to a few sales and a self-help book on becoming a super-agent, Sam Turner is well on her way to becoming real estate royalty in Arlinda, her eccentric hometown on the Northern California coast. And after settling into her new house with her teenage son, she’s finally a homeowner, too. Sure, things aren’t perfect—for example, her sister still doesn’t know that Sam is dating her ex, police chief Bernie Aguilar—but perfect is boring. And Sam’s life is never boring.
When Sam’s boss, Everett Sweet, assigns her an open house in Arlinda’s most exclusive neighborhood, she brushes up on her super-agent tips, hoping to wow potential buyers. But there’s nothing in the manual about stumbling upon the owner’s dead body halfway through the tour. When suspicion falls on her boss, Sam and her co-workers are suddenly out of work, their real estate licenses suspended. Now, with her job on the line and a mortgage to pay, Sam will need every trick in the book to clear Everett’s name.
Sam, a still newish realtor, somehow keeps stumbling across dead bodies and body parts!
As with the first book, I am always intrigued when the profession of the amateur sleuth is something I am able to relate to, and in this case my husband is a realtor so I hear all kinds of stories. The author does a good job of setting up the career path of Sam and nothing stuck out as being inaccurate. I even liked how she had other real estate brokers/agents that appeared not as “ethical” as perhaps they should be because this happens in any business.
Sam has a lot to deal with in her personal life, and I felt like that makes her very relatable because we all have children or crazy family members to deal with in our lives. It is nice to see her relationship with her son continue to grow because he is 15 and that can be an awkward time. She also has a personal relationship with her sister’s ex-husband but is afraid to say anything to her sister because she thinks her sister wants him back.
The mystery itself kept me guessing. I never suspected who the killer was and how it all linked together. I think some of the clues were there but I didn’t put them together.
As a side note, there are 2 f* bombs in the book. They are not necessary but just a heads up in case you don’t like seeing that word in your books.
We give this book 4 paws up.
About the Author
Sarah Hobart is a real estate agent and former newspaper reporter in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and two children in a majestic fixer-upper overlooking State Highway 101.
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