Dead In The Doorway

  • Author Diane Kelly
  • Release Date March 31, 2020
  • Publisher St. Martin's
  • ISBN/ASIN 9781250197450
  • Our Rating
  • Reviewed by Michele Rioli

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In DEAD IN THE DOORWAY, the second book in the House-Flipper mystery series, things never go according to plan. That’s what happens when Whitney Whitaker, a curvaceous, cunning, carpenter who flips houses with her cousin Buck, opens the door of her fixer-upper she recently purchased. Her ramshackle colonial, which has a million dollar view of Nashville, comes complete with a dead corpse of a woman just inside the front door! Yikes! Then, she comes to discover a young guy is staying in her house too! What the heck?

Whitney’s cat, Sawdust, peeks at the dead body, whiskers atwitter and scopes things out. Hopefully, there are clues nearby. Whitney aids detective Collin Flynn who is assigned to the case, in hopes of uncovering clues to the crafty killer. The previous owner, well known for her culinary skills, made an award-winning peach pie. Was the murdered lady killed because she knew too much? Whitney will have to use all her sleuthing skills to solve this sticky mess. Will she figure it out in time or will she be the next dead person indoors?

Slippery characters, ulterior motives, and suspects galore, DEAD IN THE DOORWAY is a topnotch renovation cozy mystery series. Whitney is a pro-carpenter and amateur sleuth with a perky personality and a kick-ass detective, Collin Flynn, who is plainly impressed by Whitney. An incredibly cute cat with moves up his paws, friends with cooking skills, various sketchy suspects and more, round out an incredibly entertaining plot. Ms. Kelly has a fun time sussing out the suspects, dangling the clues until the very end. I had a hard time deciphering who was the murderer. This twisty plot is no cakewalk in the park! This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series because I love flipping house shows and combined with murder is first-rate fun! DEAD IN THE DOORWAY is one smorgasbord of suspense, clever cast, lighthearted humor, gossipy neighbors, with an intriguing ending. A definite high five!

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