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Buying Murder (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Lynn Jarvis
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Book Description

Murder gets personal when human remains are found in the beach cottage that realtors Regan McHenry and her husband, Tom Kiley, buy. The murder victim has been hidden away for sixteen years, and although the authorities quickly discover his identity, the trail to his killer is cold after so many years.
Regan has sworn off playing amateur detective, but when it becomes clear the police have to focus on more pressing crimes, she has to break her promise. As her friend police ombudsman Dave Everett says, “Your house, Regan, your murder.”
Welcome back to Santa Cruz, the community whose unofficial motto is “Keep Santa Cruz Weird,” for the twists and turns of the third book in the Regan McHenry Mystery Series.


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"...the story flows really well and the ending felt right...extremely satisfying. --Morgan Rankin, editor Battle Mountain News

This third book in the Regan McHenry series by Nancy Lynn Jarvis gives readers a gripping mystery. When police cannot make this cold case a priority, Regan breaks her previous vow to stop playing amateur detective, taking readers along with her following the clues to attempt to solve the murder.

Has Regan bought more than she can handle this time? Jarvis keeps readers caught up in this excellently plotted story, with its unanticipated twists and turns, right to its satisfying conclusion. --Angie Mangino, November 6, 2010, Reviewer for the San Francisco /Sacramento Book Review

About the Author

Nancy Lynn Jarvis has been a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor for more than twenty years. She owns a real estate company with her husband, Craig. After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz. Nancy’s work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years. Writing is her newest adventure. She invites you to take a peek into the real estate world through the stories that form the backdrop of her Regan McHenry mysteries. Details and ideas come from Nancy’s own experiences.

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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982113579
  • Publisher: Good Read Mysteries; 1 edition (July 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUY29U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting more for your money! September 3, 2010
Format:Paperback
In Nancy Jarvis' "Buying Murder", Regan McHenry, a savvy real estate agent from the Santa Cruz area, gets a call to list an old, unoccupied cottage on the beach and finds the spot so darling; she decides to buy it for herself. In a rush to make the purchase, Regan neglected to do the usual inspections before closing. Shortly after the purchase, Regan had a known inspector come over and take a peek and advise on some renovating when they realize that the house was already occupied...by a corpse. Regan, intent on finding out what happened to the soul that had rested inside the walls of the cottage for so long, embarks on a fact finding mission. Unfortunately, someone is on a mission of their own. A mission to silence Regan. Has she come to close to the murderer or is she dealing with a disgruntled son of an eviction she had assisted with?
This was the first of the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries I had the pleasure of reading and was not disappointed. Working in the real estate industry myself, I found Nancy's views and perceptions spot on with reality. The story was very entertaining with a hint of eerie realism to it. While several times I would have bet my book money that I knew the outcome, within pages I would realize I was wrong. After doing this three times, I gave up on trying to speculate and just enjoyed the read. This is an easy reading, solid murder mystery that keeps you turning the pages and asking the ever famous question "who dunnit?".
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must buy "Buying Murder" if you love mystery January 21, 2011
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Author Nancy Lynn Jarvis packs a double punch with her mysteries. Jarvis is both a successful REALTOR© and skilled mystery writer. Her heroine, Regan McHenry, just happens to be a real estate agent in Santa Cruz, California. Like Jarvis, McHenry works in partnership with her husband.

In "Buying Murder," the third novel in the series, McHenry finds herself the owner of a property where an undiscovered murder took place years before. When the home inspector uncovers the body, McHenry determines to solve the mystery that seems to be of little interest to the local police.

I found myself becoming fond of Regan and her husband, Tom Kiley. Their relationship is warm and loving, but subject to the pressures of business and personalities that mesh nicely, but don't match exactly. They aren't perfect, but they are very human. Jarvis has given them a depth of personality often overlooked in novels.

Their police officer friend, Dave Everett, brings a third perspective into the mix. His affection for the couple alternates with exasperation as Regan gets herself involved in potentially deadly situations.

As Regan pursues her unofficial investigation, she receives threats and has several near-misses. She meets several possible culprits for the murder along the way and uncovers secrets someone wants left hidden. The question becomes "Can Regan solve the crime before she becomes another victim?"

Jarvis puts real estate jargon in terms that any reader can understand. While the real estate profession provides the setting of the story, it doesn't overshadow the flow of a well planned narrative. While there is some violence in the book, "Buying Murder" is not a gory blood fest. The action fits and makes sense.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying Murder is a tale of Murder & Deception September 22, 2010
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Author Nancy Lynn Jarvis has used her 20+ years as a Realtor and a BA in behavioral science to craft a believable and entertaining mystery with a glimpse behind the scenes into the world of real estate. You might say that "Buying Murder" is a cautionary tale of what could happen if you buy a home and fail to have it inspected before settlement. All the television home shows stress the importance of that inspection and now we know why. All the characters in "Buying Murder" seem real and not forced. I can imagine sitting down to dinner with many of them but the major characters of Regan, Tom and Dave, seemed liked old friends by the time I finished the book. I particularly liked the way Ms. Jarvis tied up all the loose ends at the conclusion of the book so the reader is not left to wonder about some detail or other. Reading "Buying Murder" was a rare treat for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster July 16, 2012
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Nancy Lynn Jarvis did a superb job of mixing real estate info with the curiosity of her main character Regan McHenry. This story contained a roller coaster ride for the reader as one suspect after another was detained and then discharged. The author kept you guessing right till the end. good job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy a house, find a body, solve the murder! August 30, 2010
Format:Paperback
When I read the jacket cover for Nancy Lynn Jarvis's third novel Buying Murder, I was hooked. I fell in love with the title, and then the premise. I had my next cuddle up with a cup of tea, music, and a quiet evening--mystery.

Buying Murder happens when protagonist Regan McHenry and her husband decide to buy a beach house. Before beginning a remodeling project, they have a home inspector come in. During the inspection, a partially mummified body is discovered in a wall. Regan, who claims to have sworn off playing detective since her narrow escape in Backyard Bones, cannot resist trying to find the answers to whom, what, and when. After all, she knows where, and as her friend, Dave Everett says, "Your house, Regan, your murder." How can a naturally inquisitive person just walk away from such a quandary, especially when the police put the murder on the back burner?

What I find the most intriguing about Regan's adventures and Ms. Jarvis's writing is that the stories of the buyers and sellers are interwoven. As Ms. Jarvis weaves her tale of fiction, she shows us the quirks and foibles of the real--real estate industry. Ms. Jarvis did this in her first two novels and skillfully continues it in her newest novel--Buying Murder.

In this story an eviction hearing, something that is supposed to be clear-cut and simple is anything but. Her life is threatened when the defendants take Regan's testimony personally. As the mystery of the dead man in Regan's beach house wall begins to unravel, the death threats become more serious. Whom should Regan fear? The family, friends, and enemies of the dead man, or the tin foil wearing, alien fearing, renters.

The author, Nancy Lynn Jarvis is a real estate agent; Ms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the time I spent reading it
This is a very readable book. I enjoyed the time I spent reading it.
Published 11 days ago by N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Been reading the whole series. I enjoy the plot and characters. It's a easy read and I don't want to put it down once I pick it up.
Published 1 month ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars captive read
Love this writers way of keeping you on the edge of your seat til the end, love all her books
Published 2 months ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying Murder review
The third Regan McHenry book, Buying Murder, is once again, an excellent murder mystery. This series just keeps getting better.
Published 3 months ago by Bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Aliens and Gut Feelings
This is a murder mystery, a different kind of love story, and and a thriller all in one book.
I enjoyed that we were taken along as Regan discovered clues and fit the pieces... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DogsMom
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nancy Lynn Jarvis Series
I enjoyed the series as the author got right into the stories right away,
Then I did not want to put the books down.
Published 4 months ago by Mary Ellen Rajotte
4.0 out of 5 stars really good
I really enjoyed this book as well by Nancy Lynn Jarvis. In this book there are several different possibilities given of who could be the murderer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ragen Mandell
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it very quickly. I found it to be very entertaining and I intend to read more books by this author. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beverly Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Great read. Every page kept me in suspense. Not as predictable as most murder series, but then again, this was the first Jarvis book I've read. Will definitely read the rest.
Published 13 months ago by Alexander Saenz
3.0 out of 5 stars cute story
I enjoyed the story. I did read through it quickly and got a kick out of the characters. Worth the time.
Published 14 months ago by Sami
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More About the Author

Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor for twenty-five years but was having so much fun writing that she let her license lapse in May of 2013.

After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz. Nancy's work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years. Writing is her newest adventure.

She put Regan, Tom , and Dave from the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Series on hiatus to write Mags and the AARP Gang, a comedy/adventure about a group of octogenarian would-be bank robbers, but she missed her characters, so they're back to solve another murder in recently released "The Murder House."

Nancy squeezed in editing "Cozy Food," a compilation cookbook in which 128 cozy mystery writers contributed recipes from their books and their lives. What she will work on next is unclear. She has ideas for a sixth Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries book, a complete departure book of historical fiction, and an idea for a new cozy series called Geezers With Tools about two old guys who encounter murder while working as handymen and pursuing widows.

She'd love to hear from you about what you might like to read.

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