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.
Not having read the first book in the series, I enjoyed getting to know Sam and how she copes with the challenges of making ends meet as a fledgling real estate agent. She is likeable and easy to identify with. She is good hearted even if at times she doesn’t make the smartest or most realistic decisions – some of which have humorous consequences. She is fortunate to have good friends and neighbors, who support her and add color to the story. I liked the light conversational tone as Sam tells her story as if she is confiding to you, a friend. The plot moved along at a nice pace, with the requisite twists to keep you wondering who the murderer might be, leading to a satisfying resolution. All in all, a light and easy cozy read.
FTC Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
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.