By Kate Carlisle

FIRST IN a brand new SERIES!

In the beach city of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, we all know the easiest guy for the activity is admittedly a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. yet whereas Shannon can do wonders with an influence drill and a bit elbow grease, she's approximately to find that a few difficulties aren't so simply fixed....

Shannon's home-renovation and service company is booming, yet her love lifestyles wishes paintings. On a blind date with actual property agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a couple of pliers to maintain Jerry from getting too fingers on. Shannon is worked up to place her rotten date at the back of her, but if Jerry's discovered useless in a run-down Victorian domestic that she's been employed to revive, the town's beautiful new police leader suspects that her threats can have laid the root for murder.

Determined to transparent her identify, Shannon conducts her personal investigation—with the aid of her 4 top buddies, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or , and a good-looking crime author who's simply moved to city. yet as they catch up with to prying out the murderer's id, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she'll need to nail down the truth—or turn out in everlasting foreclosure....

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You know, you know, a lot of them want to keep that party goin’, so and that’s whether it was marijuana or heroin, so mmm, I would probably say the majority [bought drugs with the money we gave them for being interviewed]. Yeah. So…. So, they didn’t go pay bills. ” Worry about tomorrow tomorrow. But uh, I can’t say exactly how many went to the drug dealer after me, but you know, I feel, I’m sure that out of the, the, the person who made the most money from us was probably the weed guy. You know, you know, a lot of their money, somebody probably bought a dime bag or some kind of way it’s a little weed.

I rode on a plane only one time other than that. And, at that time the plane company was called Ozark. Uh huh. What do you remember about flyin’? ” So, that’s when I was doin’, started drinkin’ Bloody Mary’s on the airplane. Uh huh. (laughter) And so, do you remember when uh, Dick Gephardt and Joan Kelly Horn [two former members of the US House of Representatives from St. Louis] got on the plane with us? Yeah. I do recall seein’ them. ” And, you said, “All these people who get on the plane now, they just see a black guy in first class.

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