Death by Demo by Callie CarpenterDeath by Demo by Callie Carpenter
Narrator: Cindy Kay
Series: Home Renovation Mystery #1
Published by Dreamscape Media on December 5, 2023
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 7 hrs 11 mins
Pages: 245
Format: Audiobook
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Jaime and Henry were the perfect couple with the perfect life; together, they ran one of the most successful construction and interior design companies in all of Charlotte, North Carolina. But when Jaime catches her charismatic husband in an affair, she realizes her husband is not the man she thought she married. The divorce is equally gutting—due to an ironclad prenuptial agreement, Jaime receives only one thing: a historical house in disrepair. Knowing that any renovation she attempts will be tedious and costly, Jaime starts to believe that things can’t get much worse—until she finds a dead body in the house.

The body is found behind a recently renovated wall—and this leaves Jaime with more questions than answers. Who killed this person and why? Could it have been the previous owners, someone who snuck in while nobody was looking, or could it have been Henry? Furious that the house is now a crime scene, which further delays all renovations, Jaime decides to investigate the murder herself, DIY-style. Together with the new resident cat she calls Demo, and the handsome and friendly hardware store owner who happens to be her neighbor, Jaime is ready to use all the tools in her toolbox to catch the killer.

Jaime needs to renovate this house if she wants to move forward with her life, but will this murder investigation leave her in ruins—or worse?

It’s always fun to catch a new series at the beginning. Jaime has recently divorced due to her husband’s infidelity and she is starting over again. Thanks to a bad prenup all she has for the years she spent working with her husband in their construction company is one very rundown house. She decides to go ahead and renovate rather than sell it as is. But of course, when she knocks down one of the interior (non-structural) walls, she finds a corpse. When the cops designate her house a crime scene, she decides she has to figure out who the killer is as soon as possible so she can get back to work on the project.

The mystery is put together well. We’ve got several suspects and a couple of the clues are right up Jaime’s alley. Jaime is a good character, rediscovering herself and finding her strengths. She also knows everyone in town, which makes it easier for her to ask questions and put theories together. She also gains a cat even though she’s always thought of herself as a dog person.

I listened to the audio and the narrator did a great job of making Jaime and the people around her come to life. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

About Callie Carpenter

Callie Carpenter grew up with an architect father who was more than happy to share his love of woodworking with his daughter. She has a (mostly unused) bachelor of science degree in geology, one husband, and two cats. When Callie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or planning her next home renovation project.

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