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Dead as a Door Knocker

Dead as a Door Knocker

A House-Flipper Mystery

A House-Flipper Mystery (Volume 1)

Diane Kelly

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The first in a brand-new cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville—where the real estate market is to die for.

WILL THIS KILLER DEAL LEAD TO A DEAD END?
Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find—and flip—the home of one’s dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can’t resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art. So when one of her clients decides to liquidate a crumbling property, Whitney seizes the opportunity to purchase it for a song. But soon a curious incident of the cat in the night-time leads to a change in tune. . .

Sawdust is the name of Whitney’s cat—of course. Whitney’s passion for gut-renovation may be a mystery to him but one thing Sawdust knows for sure is this: Dead bodies don’t belong in flower beds. So why is there one in this new, albeit old, house? Now it’s up to Whitney, along with the help of hot-and-cold Nashville Police Detective Collin Flynn, to find the truth about what happened before the mortgage property forecloses and Whitney loses her investment. . .and maybe her own life.

CHAPTER 1

DEADBEATS

WHITNEY WHITAKER


I grabbed my purse, my tool belt, and the bright yellow hard hat I’d adorned with a chain of daisy decals. I gave my cat a kiss on the head. “Bye-bye, Sawdust.”...

Praise for Dead as a Door Knocker

"A cat, a can-do heroine, and a corpse in the flower bed. You're going to laugh."—Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of the Texas Justice series

"When Nashville property manager Whitney Whitaker attempt to flip her first house and instead finds a dead body, it seems everything goes wrong except for the renovations. With Dead as a Door Knocker, Diane Kelly introduces a heroine who is as good with a hammer as she is with a one-liner. Whitney and her adorable scaredy-cat Sawdust are a welcome addition to your home and bookshelf."—Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Award Winning Author of the Hollywood Homicide series

Praise for Diane Kelly:

"Humor, romance, and surprising LOL moments. What more can you ask for?" —Romance and Beyond on Diane Kelly's Paw Enforcement series

"Brimming with intelligence, a devious plot and plenty of imagination." —Romance Junkies on Laying Down the Paw

"Outstanding!" —Night Owl Reviews on Laying Down the Paw

"Tara Holloway is the IRS's answer to Stephanie Plum-smart, sassy, and so much fun." —New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday on the Tara Holloway series

"Chock-full of fun and energy." —Romance Reviews Today on the Tara Holloway series

"Smart and laugh-out-loud funny." —New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins

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Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly is a former state assistant attorney general and tax advisor who spent much of her career fighting, or inadvertently working for, white-collar criminals. She is also a proud graduate of the Mansfield, Texas Citizens Police Academy. The first book in Diane's IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway series, Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure, received a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Book #2, Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte, won a Reviewers Choice award. Diane has combined her fascination with law enforcement and her love of animals in her K-9 cop Paw Enforcement series. For more information, visit her website, like her Facebook fan page, or follow her on Twitter.

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