Death by Demo


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$29.99  $27.89
Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date
5.59 X 8.35 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

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.


Praise for Death by Demo
"Well-written, nicely plotted, with great insights into the renovation industry . . . Cozy readers will delight in this discovery."
--First Clue

"A lot of fun."
--Red Carpet Crash

"Death by Demo is a fun, new entry into the always-popular home renovation subgenre of cozy mysteries. The plot is solid, the characters appealing, and the setting charming. Callie Carpenter has built a strong foundation for a robust series with this clever debut novel."
--Jennie Bentley, New York Times bestselling author of the Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation Mystery series

"Callie Carpenter's Death by Demo is definitely up to code! With a well-crafted plot and engaging characters, this new addition to the genre promises to entertain cozy mystery lovers and fans of home renovation shows. Jaime is a savvy and determined heroine with sleuthing smarts to rival her construction skills. Throw in an adorable cat and you have a solid foundation for a delightful cozy mystery series."
--Sarah Fox, USA Today bestselling author

"Callie Carpenter nails it with this delightful debut in her Home Renovation Mystery series, introducing an intrepid contractor heroine who proves equally adept at solving mysteries and bringing new life to old homes. I can't think of a more enjoyable way to take a break from HGTV!"
--Ellen Byron, USA Today bestselling author of the Cajun Country Mysteries.

"Reading Callie Carpenter's Death by Demo--a Home Renovation Mystery was pure pleasure for a fixer-upper like me. She had me at page one with her description of a Queen Anne home needing her main character Jaime Moore's tender loving care. As contractor Jaime says, she likes to rescue houses and make them whole again. Jaime also rescues cats, as in the adorable stray she names Demo. Now if she can only rescue herself from a deranged killer who isn't too keen about her snooping around to find out who killed a high school acquaintance that Jaime finds entombed inside an interior wall in her new home. Death by Demo is an entertaining small-town cozy mystery with plenty of suspects--including Jaime's vile ex-husband, his new obnoxious girlfriend, an attractive guy next door, her parent's family lawyer, and the dead woman's callous boss. I thoroughly enjoyed the home renovation contractor tips, and the red herrings kept me guessing until the end. Well Done, Ms. Carpenter!"
--Kathleen Bridge, National Bestselling author of The Hamptons Home and Garden Mysteries

"Hold onto your hats--hard hats that is. Callie Carpenter crushes her debut, Death By Demo. With a heroine that will drill deep into your heart, and a solid mystery with a tension-packed conclusion, this dynamite Home Renovation Mystery is a series to follow!
--Korina Moss, Agatha Award-winning author of the Cheese Shop Mystery series

"Death by Demo is a real page turner! Cozy fans will root for amateur sleuth Jaime Moore as she uses every tool in her toolbox to nab a killer and rebuild a life for herself. Callie Carpenter nailed this series debut!"
--Kate Lansing, award-winning author of The Colorado Wine Mysteries

"With its breezy style, creative plotline, and likable cast of characters--including a charming stray cat--Death by Demo is a must-read for cozy mystery fans."
--Diane Kelly, award-winning author of the Mountain Lodge Mystery series

"Death by Demo is the perfect intersection between a cozy mystery and a home renovation with none of the heavy labor or mess. Put down your sledgehammer and let recently divorced sleuth and contractor, Jaime Moore do all of the hard work. Grab a glass of Sweet Tea and a comfy seat and soak in the charm of this Southern-style cozy."
--Valerie (V. M.) Burns, author of the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series

"A great series debut! Death by Demo is a clever combination of home renovation and murder that will appeal to DIY fans and armchair sleuths, alike."
--Anna Gerard, author of the Georgia B&B Mystery series