Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Wall to Wall Dead by Jennie Bentley

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2012 by Berkeley
ISBN: 0425255565 (ISBN13: 9780425255568)
edition language: English
series: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery #6

From the publisher:
Avery and her fiancé Derek are fixing up a cute little condo in homey Waterfield, Maine, hoping for a quick turnaround and some extra money for their wedding. It seems like a simple project, and Avery is looking forward to using her big-city experience with small spaces.

But they didn't expect to have their every move watched by the resident busybody in the condo: Hilda Shaw, who loves snooping on everyone's comings and goings. When the busybody becomes a dead body, Avery suspects foul play. Soon she's doing some snooping of her own, and it seems everyone in the complex has a secret. Could one of them be worth killing for? Avery needs to work fast, before someone decides to fix her - for good.

My thoughts:  Lots of good things going on in this one; plenty of suspects with viable motives (a must have in a cozy as far as I'm concerned), good pacing, mostly realistic dialogue, great setting and a satisfying ending. The relationships between the characters felt real to me. My only quibble is at times Avery did some "stupid" things like chasing a suspect (more than once!) in her very recognizable beetle. How dumb is that? Otherwise, this was a fun read.

I forgot this was book #6 in the series and it didn't matter at all because it is truly a stand-alone mystery. There were references to other incidents in Avery and Derek's life but it didn't feel repetitive or bog down the present story at all. Overall, I would go back and read the ones in the series I missed. Some decorating tips are included at end of book.  3.5*

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate this week's release, I have one copy of Wall to Wall Dead for giveaway. Open to US only. Deadline to enter is September 15th at 5 PM (est)

Bonus entries are as follows:

+4 for following on Networked blogs. Just remind me under what name.
+3 for blogging (sidebar is fine) or tweeting about the giveaway. Valid only if posted at least 2 days before deadline.  Leave me a link, please.

If you cannot comment, you can still enter by sending me an e mail with Wall to Wall Dead  in the subject line. Include your name and e mail and send to florida982002[at]

Good Luck!


  1. I haven't read any of this series yet but it sounds intriguing, especially since the author is a renovator herself!

    +4 - Networked blogs as Karen Purbaugh Barnett


  2. I like that it can be read as a stand alone. I'm putting the rest on my wish list though :)
    +4 networked blogs - mamabunny shelor
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  3. This one sounds good! I'd love to be entered to win it.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  4. I'd probably enjoy the decorating tips as much as the mystery.

  5. I'd like to be entered for this one. A nice combination of decor and mystery!

  6. I haven't read this series but would love to!!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  7. I love a good cozy. Thanks for the chance.

    valleyreader at gmail dot com

  8. Your reviews of cozies are making my reading list go crazy!! This sounds like a good book!

  9. I am always surprised to find that there is indeed a cozy for everyone, and though this one doesn't strike my fancy, I am sure it would for a lot of other folks! Very nice review today!

  10. cannot wait to read Wall to Wall!!!
    congrats to Jennie on the release & good luck to her!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  11. This is one of my favorite series! Follower (WordTrix) and added to my blog sidebar. Email: word_trix (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  12. This reminds me not to be a busybody!!

  13. Nosy neighbors! This sounds like a great read.
    Networked Blogs: Fiery Na

  14. I love fix it up mysteries even it is not a profitable idea right now. Glad that you said it works as a stand alone.

    +4 Networked Blogs-Carol Naomi Wong

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  15. I enjoy mysteries and this looks like a very good one.

    +4 Networked Blogs - Beth Clark

  16. Sounds like another good cozy by Bentley! Thanks!


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