A grumpy thriller-writing neighbor, a mysterious animal that lives under the porch, and the dead body of a young woman floating in the ocean between Rowanberry Island and Waterfield Harbor conspire to make this the most thrilling and dangerous renovation Avery has ever undertaken.
Avery and Derek are very likeable, though I wonder if Derek is just too good to be true! I read this latest installment of the do-it-yourself series in one sitting. It was short but action-packed. And, it was interesting to see this series take on the sex-worker / slave trade, even if superficially. This series has always had historical components; in addition to the obvious historical element to home renovation, the history of Maine all of the way back to settlement (pre-revolution) is always fairly front and center. In this book, that history is explored with a focus on smuggling, and the issue of smuggling is made more contemporary through the plot focused on the illegal slave trade, especially of (East) Slavic women. That meshing of past and present is what Avery and Derek strive for in each renovation and was a nice touch by the author.
To Avery, the idea of preparing her aunt’s crumbling and cluttered home for sale is overwhelming. So when someone offers to buy the place as-is, Avery’s relieved. Until she learns it’s worth more than she thought – that is, with a few repairs here and there…
Book 3: Plaster and Poison
But the course of true love–and home repair–rarely runs smooth. As proven when Avery stumbles across a lifeless body in the carriage house. And now, Avery’s to-do list reads: find wallpaper…lay insulation…solve murder!
While each of these books has interesting merits, I really think my favorite so far was the first. Happy Reading!