Book Review–Spackled and Spooked

While in Italy, I finished Jennie Bentley’s second book in her Do-It-Yourself murder mystery series, Spackled and Spooked. Here’s me in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa with Spackled and Spooked.

Excuse the sorta grimace on my face. The sun is: a) shining on me and b) shining in my eyes. Two things I positively hate. But I did it for the photo.

As the second book in the series, Spackled and Spooked, picks up a few months after the previous book. Avery is now romantically involved with the hunky Derek. And they’ve decided to start a home renovation/restoration business.

Derek picks their first property. A ranch where a brutal killing happened 2 decades ago. And then the footsteps without anyone else in the house start…

Creepy? Yup. A fun page turner, definitely.

While the past murder intrigues, another body also turns up. Poor Avery just wants to renovate a house. But duty calls. The only way she can sell the house is to disprove all the heebie jeebies about it. Which requires diving into the murder mystery.

The pacing is great and the book quickly acclimates the reader. A great seamless book 2 in the series.

The killer is unclear through most of the story. There are lots of suspects and Ms. Bentley does a great job spreading the possible guilt around.

I wasn’t quite sure who did what until the last 30 pages. She did an excellent job laying out the clues so when it comes together it definitely makes sense and you have that AHA moment.

I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’re into cozy mysteries, this is a great read.

Avery and Derek have terrific chemistry and are the perfect amateur sleuthing team. I love Waterfield, Maine. The way Ms. Bentley describes the setting, I feel like I’ve been there. And I’ll definitely be coming back for the rest of the series. 🙂

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