Thursday, April 28, 2016

When Selling Real Estate Becomes Deadly

Sam Turner, a newly minted real estate agent, is glad to get any chance to show houses. The derelict old Victorian at 13 Aster Lane doesn't seem like a great prospect since renovation would be extremely expensive, and the house is rumored to be haunted. Sam is surprised when shortly after viewing the property she gets requests for three showings and one potential buyer places a contract without even seeing the house. The problem shows up when she goes to the house for the showings and discovers the body of one of the prospective buyers.

The plot in this mystery is unique, but too much time is lost getting to the murder. The first twenty percent of the book is taken up with Sam's life. She lives in a dingy apartment with her son, Max, who plans to take part in a race unique to Arlinda, the town they live in in Northern California. I became bored with Sam's commentary on her life and the people she meets. I'm sure the author thought she was being cute and sarcastic, but it became tedious.

The pace is slow. If you enjoy hearing about the race and Sam's love interests, including her ex-husband who shows up unexpectedly, you may enjoy this novel. However, if you're looking for a fast paced mystery give this isn't your book.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.