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A mystery surfaces behind the walls in the new Do-It-Yourself series. Avery Baker and her boyfriend, Derek Ellis, are flipping a seriously stigmatized house rumored to have ghosts. Soon they'll have even bigger problems-and this renovation project might haunt them forever....

Title : Spackled and Spooked
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ISBN : 9780425229132
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 309 Pages
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Spackled and Spooked Reviews

  • Mary
    2019-05-10 20:31

    This was a fun read!Avery and Derek are finally working together. They have purchased a house that has had three murders done by the man who owned the house.It has been said that the house is haunted, but Derek does not think that will be a problem, since the murders happened 19 years ago.But they did not know that there were other things happening on the street. They did find out when they started working on the house.They heard screams when they opened the front door and footsteps in the hallways.Also, the noisy neighbor next door was killed while they were working.They had the chief of police at the house several times investigating the strange happenings.You need to read this book to understand what they had to endure to get the house ready to sell.

  • Becky
    2019-05-10 12:40

    Second book in the series, though characters seemed shallower, and the author seemed to be trying too hard. I really liked the first one just as fluff and an interesting home improvement fun story. This one seemed a bit flighty, too many characters- most non essential- it made for a scattered story. Not sure I will continue with the series. Disappointing.

  • Loni Cranney
    2019-04-28 17:29

    This book was OK, but not nearly as cute as the first one. It was very predictable and I was disappointed.

  • Chibineko
    2019-05-13 17:46

    There have been a whole slew of themed mysteries coming out- especially those themed around things like house renovating or crafts. Some of them just can't seem to stand out when held next to their competitors & then there are some that are just fantastic to read. The `Do-It-Yourself' mystery series manages to hold it's own in a genre that is becoming increasingly competitive.This particular entry to the series finds everyone's favorite fabric specialist working with her boyfriend Derek as they attempt to renovate a home with a past- a murderous one. Years ago the home's owner murdered his wife & two other family members in cold blood, with only his son escaping with his life. It's rumored that the house has been haunted ever since- and finding a body in the crawlspace underneath the house isn't helping Avery & Derek dispel those rumors!This book was an incredibly quick read & I was pretty much glued to it from the first page. It's a very addicting read- literary crack. I like the romance between Avery & Derek, plus I like that Avery hasn't made her mind up about living in Maine just yet. (She's there, but she's still somewhat waffling about it.) There's also the rivalry going on between Melissa & Avery, which I enjoy greatly because it's not a dominating theme of the series, yet you can tell that there's eventually going to be a huge showdown between the two of them. (Maybe Melissa will make a play for Derek if the business takes off?)There were one or two new characters introduced in the series & I'm hoping that they come back in future books. They show a lot of promise. There were one or two points that were relatively easy to guess at & the savvy should be able to predict the killer, but the journey is just pure fun. (And besides, isn't part of the fun of reading a mystery predicting whodunit?) There's not a huge amount of character growth though, but hopefully that will change in the next book.If you liked the first one, you'll love this book. If you haven't, I recommend reading the first one prior to this, even though it isn't all that necessary. The book can stand alone for the most part. I have to admit, I'm already looking forward to not only the next one in the series, but also the first book in Bentley's new series as well. (She writes as Bente Gallagher.)

  • Erin
    2019-05-04 15:23

    I'd have given this one 4 stars except that I again figured out who'd done it, why, and how, pretty much from the very beginning. Ditto with the other "big secret" in the story. I'm not usually that great at figuring out mystery novels, and I like it that way, so knowing all along was annoying. However, I still really enjoyed the characters and the story--watching them figure it out, that is.This time, Avery Baker and her boyfriend Derek Ellis have purchased a vacant house to renovate and sell. It's been empty for about seventeen years, since Brian Murphy killed his wife and in-laws and then himself. Gossip says it's haunted, which Avery & Derek think is nonsense until they hear footsteps walking down the hallway with no one in sight. Then Derek discovers a human bone in the crawlspace, and suddenly there is a whole new murder for Chief Wayne to investigate, this one more recent. When the cadaver dog makes for the next door neighbor's house, the situation goes from bad to worse.Engaging, believable characters make up for the lack of suspense, I think. It's a perfect cozy mystery: light and fun. A good beach read. Or couch read, in the event that your beach-going plans fall through. Bring on #3! (This was #2 in the Do-It-Yourself Mystery series.)For readers' advisors: character and story doorways, no sex, and very little swearing.

  • Patty
    2019-05-18 12:29

    Avery and Derek just bought their first house together and are busy doing the repairs and renovations needed to get it ready for resale. The house has a few problems, not the least of which is the gruesome murders/suicide that happened there around 20 years ago. Still, that is the least of their problems after a body is found in the crawlspace/basement of the house.I am enjoying this series, the characters are a lot of fun, there are home repair tips at the back of the books, and the mystery is pretty good too! I did guess the killer in this one fairly quickly but there were enough twists and turns to make me second guess that choice, which makes it all the more fun.Looking forward to number three in the series.

  • Sherri
    2019-05-24 12:36

    I liked the first of this series, but in this book, the main character worked my nerves! It's hard to believe that she was born and raised in Manhattan! As naive and just plain dumb as she is, how could she survive NYC? Won't continue this series.

  • Janis
    2019-05-18 18:45

    Love these simple cozy mysteries...fast read

  • Pam
    2019-04-30 14:33

    I have really mixed feelings about this book, while I enjoyed it there were several things that just annoyed me. One was the lack of diversity of characters, except for one older woman who is murdered and a baby who was in a woman's arms, everyone in the story was college or middle aged. There is no diversity in anything including economic status, race, just white middle class, middle aged people. The second is inaccuracies in small details and in time lines. Events often took far less time then they would have in real life, while I would have just skipped over some of that when it happened repeatedly it just made the book feel unrealistic. And finally there were the plain stupid comments, "You mean its colder here in Maine than in NYC!" In summary Jennie Bentley knows how to pace a story, create an interesting story line and viable characters, but she needs to better edit the small details.

  • Linda C
    2019-04-26 18:41

    Avery Baker and Derek Ellis, partners in a home renovation and restoration business, get a good price on a home where a murder occurred 20 years ago. Soon after starting demolition they hear footsteps and screams but no physical beings are there. Then when they start digging in the crawl space to shore up the foundation they come across human bones. The regular cast of secondary characters help the local police chief. A solid mystery.

  • Holly
    2019-05-18 17:26

    I really like this series! This is book #2. This has everything I love in a cozy mystery- an awesome intriguing mystery, interesting likeable characters, romance & friendship. Avery & Derek buy a house to renovate but people died in it years ago. There are noises while they are working on it, and then they find bones in the crawl space. Someone is unhappy they found the bones but who? Avery & Derek & friends need to find out who is trying to scare them off.

  • Jeanie Harper
    2019-05-13 12:44

    What a great new series. Also has DIY PROJECTS in the back of the book.

  • Pianogirl1126
    2019-04-30 18:17

    Great 2nd book to the series. I am really enjoying these

  • Karen
    2019-04-28 19:20

    Good cozy mystery series to read in the winter when you want to stay in bed all day.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-20 18:28

    A good, quick cozy with a fairly standard and predictable plot.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-21 13:26

    This is taking forever to read because life keeps getting in the way. Flooded basement, cleaning up that, making list of damaged items. Blech. Then daughter getting her Driver's license.Dec. 11: Finally finished this one, the story was just ok for me. The first one in the series was a lot better. I'm not sure if I will look for more books in this series or not.

  • Drebbles
    2019-05-24 14:35

    Avery Baker and her boyfriend/business partner, Derek Ellis, know they are taking a big risk when they buy a house to flip and resell: a horrific murder/suicide happened there years ago, and the place is rumored to be haunted. Avery doesn't think she believes in ghosts, but she starts to wonder when she hears footsteps and there is no one there. However, Avery and Derek soon have even bigger problems when evidence of a more recent murder is uncovered. Avery wonders if they'll ever get the house fixed and sold or if the house will forever be associated with murder. "Spackled and Spooked" is a nicely done mystery - the second in Jenny Bentley's cozy mystery series. Although I haven't yet read the first one (Fatal Fixer-Upper (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery)), I never felt lost and quickly came to know and like the characters involved. While the idea behind the murders/suicide is a horrible one the book is mostly a cozy and it is never too gruesome. The premise of fixing up and flipping a house is a nice one, and author Bentley does a good job of showing how much work goes into such a project. I love Avery as a character, and I enjoyed Bentley's description of the clothes Avery was wearing (Avery was once a New York textile designer who likes funky clothes), and more than once I wished the book had illustrations. As for the mystery elements, there are several mysteries in this book - the solutions to some are easy to figure out; some are much harder. There is no surprise in the murder/suicide case but there are plenty of surprises in the more current case. Readers should easily figure out who the murder victim was but the identity of the killer is less evident until towards the end of the book (the scene where the killer is finally caught is particularly well done and did not go into cliché direction it first seemed to be heading). Readers will quickly figure out that one character isn't quite who they say they are but that adds some poignancy to the book. As for the ghostly footprints - the explanation makes a lot of sense but the ending of that storyline seems a bit rushed. All in all, while the mystery had some flaws it is generally a good one that will keep readers hooked. "Spackled and Spooked" is a good cozy mystery.

  • Susan Ferguson
    2019-05-01 18:45

    A fun book from the shelves in teh break room as work. I picked it up since we are currently working on our house.Avery Baker has moved to Waterfield, Maine, because she inherited her great-aunt Inga's Victorian Cottage. There she has gone into business with her boyfriend Derek Ellis to buy and redecorate houses. Derek makes an offer on a house that has stood empty for years because of the murders that took place there. Avery agrees to go in with him on this. They rip up the carpets and move out the appliances and strip the bathrooms (mostly). Then they find the kitchen floor is very uneven, so Derek goes into the crawl space to put supports under the floor. While he is digging a spot to put the support, he finds a human bone. Derek had been studying to be a doctor when he decided he'd rather flip houses than doctor.The police bring in cadaver dogs to make sure there are no more bodies (or skeletons) when the dog alerts on the house next door - and a neighbor is found dead. Her head has been basked in by a vase of flowers. The first body turns out to be a girl that Brandon, a policeman had dated in high school, who had disappeared. Everyone thought she had gone to Holllywood or Las Vegas where she always said she would go. Avery hears footsteps in the house when she is alone, as does Derek. Then things begin to escalate. Derek and Avery have to find out who killed Holly before they become victims themselves.

  • Kourtney
    2019-05-14 13:44

    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. :)

  • Roberta
    2019-05-23 14:47

    Spackled and Spooked is an unexceptional series mystery about renovating houses that is set in Maine. Avery Baker and her boy friend and business partner, Derek Ellis, buy a late '50's early 60's ranch that has been empty for a while because it is reputed to be haunted. They intend to renovate it and flip it. In the process they find a not-so-supernatural explanation for the haunting and solve a murder. Avery says that she graduated summa cum laude from Parsons The New School of Design. That's hard to believe because her design ideas seem to come straight out of Trading Spaces but we already know from Fatal Fixer Upper that she got her first design job in Manhattan by sleeping with the boss. There are real instructions at the end of the book like there are in the other series mysteries that have instructions for crocheting a bookmark or baking cupcakes. In this case you will learn to wallpaper your walls with used grocery bags, paint stripes on your walls, turn an old dresser into a bathroom vanity, install a vessel sink made out of a salad bowl on the vanity and make your own peek-a-boo shower curtain.

  • Kate
    2019-05-10 19:22

    This book was great! I can't wait to read all the others in this series. The main character renovates and flips old houses, and when a skeleton is found in the crawlspace of her latest project, a home where a man murdered his family many years ago, she hopes to solve the case and clear the house of its haunted stigma. She also wants to get back inside the house so she can keep working. Even though I don't really know anything about home renovating, I found this book to be really fun- the level of DIY is similar to what's presented on HGTV so it made me feel like I could get some ideas and maybe even do these projects myself one day. The mystery was really solid and had a lot of great twists and turns- I also felt like the author did a good job pointing out all the different reasons why each person was a truly plausible suspect. I'll be reading more of this series :)

  • Irene J.
    2019-05-18 12:26

    As I wrote in my previous review about the D-I-Y Mystery series from Jennie Bentley, actually I like how the author tells the story. Writing mystery novel from first person point of view is quite hard, I believe, but Bentley nails it. The characters presented in the series are also interesting.But unfortunately I have to say that I felt quite disappointed after reading the second novel. The plot is way too easy to be predicted. At about the half way of the book, I became pretty sure about the major problem of the story (about how someone related to the murder and why), and I've guessed correctly the murderer before reach the climax part of the book--not to mention the end. I almost put away the book and left it unfinished, but eventually I finished it. Hopefully the third novel would be as interesting as the debut! *crossing my fingers*

  • Vickie
    2019-04-30 12:37

    I bought this cozy because of the title. I really thought I was going to get a new-to-me paranormal cozy. I didn't...and that's okay. Good, in fact. Wee hint of ghosty activity, the rest is good ol' fashioned cozy mystery fun.Avery is a neat lead character, still has issues with taking on this house renovation in this tiny little town in Maine, when she could be back in exciting Manhattan creating her textile designs. The extra characters are filling and a good combination working with Avery on figuring out the mystery and keeping the story moving along. Home renovation tips in the back, cozy mystery with good characters and a good story to make you want to try them.Five flip this house beans.....

  • Jill
    2019-05-23 19:33

    Murder Interrupts – Construction DelayedFlipping a house finds Avery and Derek flipping out over murder.*** Anyone who does home repair expects some unexpected and unpleasant surprises during remodeling. Avery and Derek, co-partners and friends with benefits, were well aware that selling a house where a murder/suicide was committed a long time ago could be a sticking point when the renovation is completed. What they didn’t expect was to find a skeleton in the crawl space or a new murder next door. It is a race between completing the renovation and finding the murderer before the murderer puts an end to the renovation and them. Spackled and Spooked in the second book in the “home-renovation and design tips” mystery series by author Jennie Bentley.

  • Jeanie Jackson
    2019-05-25 20:37

    The second book in the A Do-It-Yourself Mystery is just as good as the first; I loved it even more because I was already attached to the characters. Outstanding plotting, great writing and wonderful characters are all hallmarks of Ms B's novels. This one kept me flipping although I zoned in on the villain from the beginning but there were so many real possibilities. That is one of the things that always hits me; although the characters are suspicious of almost everyone, their reasoning is, well, reasonable. Derek and Avery are pretty much in agreement on suspects this time and I love seeing the way they play off each other as they discuss possibilities. I also love watching their relationship develop.

  • Diane ~Firefly~
    2019-05-17 12:46

    Good second book. Avery and her new business partner/boyfriend, Derek, buy a house to renovate but there are rumors it's haunted.What I liked:* The main character - Avery. She isn't perfect, she is giving this new life a try and seems to be an interesting person.* Avery and Derek's relationship. It is nice and laid-back. No triangle.* Decent mystery. Some things I knew pretty quickly, but some were in doubt until almost the end.What I didn't like:* A bit high on the coincidence meter. Stuff Avery is just glancing through in microfiche turns out to be pretty important.* Kind of weird how the college students are so willing to hang with adults.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-16 17:44

    An easy read for those days that you just want a no brainer. Being a Realtor, I thought it would be fun to read a mystery having to do with renovating a house to sell. It was not a cliff hanger. It was more of reading how they were going to figure out who the murderer was, which was almost handed to you near the beginning of the book when Avery hears someone outside her house one night, and the next morning finds an electrical connector in the yard. I won't explain everything so I don't give away the story. I still enjoyed it and would probably give another book by this author a chance. It is good for relaxation.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-25 14:37

    This is the second book in the home renovation and design mystery series. Avery and her new boyfriend Derek, having finished renovating the cottage Avery inherited from her great aunt, buy a 1950's ranch house to flip. 20 years previously a man had murdered his wife and in-laws in the house, then turned the gun on himself. The house has been vacant since. A visit to the crawl space under the house reveals human bones. Whose are they and how long have they been there? Will Avery and Derek be able to flip the house and get any buyers?

  • Gail
    2019-05-21 15:23

    Avery has settled into her home in Maine. Her boyfriend bought a house for them to renovate, decorate and flip. Twenty years ago, a man had murdered his family and they bought it from the surviving son, now an adult. Their renovations are interrupted by strange footsteps and noises. Since neither one of them believe it ghosts, they continue. As they are renovating, another body is discovered..... and the mysteries begin.Another delightful book with Avery and Derek and the endearing characters of the Maine town.

  • Jane
    2019-05-07 17:34

    book #2. Tami Paxton's friend wrote itok. not as good as first.Avery Baker and her boyfriend Derek buy a house to renovate. Been empty 17 years since Dad shot mom and in-laws then himself. 5 y/o Patrick runs away. Now Patrick sells the house through his lawyer. It's "haunted."Turns out to be creepy former h.s. guy. He'd killed the h.s. girl who supposedly ran away to Hollywood at grad'n. He'd buried her under the empty house which now Derek found! They all had gone to h.s. together, including the new policeman that loser man tried to frame.