Monday, December 4, 2023

Death by Demo - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Death by Demo (A Home Renovation Mystery #1) by Callie Carpenter

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Jaime and Henry were the perfect couple with the perfect life; together, they ran one of the most successful construction and interior design companies in all of Charlotte, North Carolina. But when Jaime catches her charismatic husband in an affair, she realizes her husband is not the man she thought she married. The divorce is equally gutting—due to an ironclad prenuptial agreement, Jaime receives only one thing: a historical house in disrepair. Knowing that any renovation she attempts will be tedious and costly, Jaime starts to believe that things can’t get much worse—until she finds a dead body in the house.

The body is found behind a recently renovated wall—and this leaves Jaime with more questions than answers. Who killed this person and why? Could it have been the previous owners, someone who snuck in while nobody was looking, or could it have been Henry? Furious that the house is now a crime scene, which further delays all renovations, Jaime decides to investigate the murder herself, DIY-style. Together with the new resident cat she calls Demo, and the handsome and friendly hardware store owner who happens to be her neighbor, Jaime is ready to use all the tools in her toolbox to catch the killer.

Jaime needs to renovate this house if she wants to move forward with her life, but will this murder investigation leave her in ruins—or worse?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I can never resist a new cozy series and I love books involving home renovations.  

My Impression: Some books just click with you and this was one of those books.  I really liked Jaime and her determination to move forward.  The home renovation was really interesting and I loved how passionate Jaime was about her career.  
The investigation did develop organically and I liked that Jaime really cared about the victim.  There were a number of viable suspects and all kinds of possible motives.  I was really clueless about the who and the why until the final reveal.
Along with the investigation the author created a cozy community around Jaime.  I enjoyed meeting her family and her friends as well as seeing Jaime find her footing after a nasty divorce.  The house Jaime is renovating is interesting and I loved the appearance of the cat.
This was an easy read that I enjoyed and looked forward to reading it from beginning to end.  This is a series I'm excited to watch develop.  I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.  

Would I Recommend this Book? If you like cozy mysteries I think you would really enjoy this series.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I'm also checking out home renovation books and will have to make sure this one is on my list.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. Oh this sounds good and great it is the first in the series. Renovations are fun in someone elses house

  3. I did just get this in audio from NG so I will listen to it next after I finish the present one by Rhys Bowen.