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Hammered, Nailed and Screwed (A Designer Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Hering
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Book Description

“Your call is very important to us . . .”
Interior decorator Laura Howard is receiving messages from her husband on her telephone answering machine. It’s his voice all right. But his ashes are in the urn on Laura’s fireplace mantel. . . Now wealthy from her husband’s life insurance benefits, Laura tries to put her life in order. She strains to keep her sense of humor and sanity as vandals destroy her car and burglars ransack her house. Is it the final straw when the new resident of the home she shared with her late husband is killed on the very designer tile Laura selected for the entryway?

All this—plus mysterious and threatening messages from her cheating, lying, no-good husband—begins to push the ever-tasteful Laura to that tacky place known as despair.

Oregon Detective Chris Pfeifer has everyone including Laura on his suspect list while Laura has everyone including Detective Pfeifer on her dinner date list. Between decorating gigs, Laura and her co-workers – a cantankerous retiree and a handsome young contractor – assist Detective Pfeifer as he unravels the truth behind the bizarre twists in Laura’s life.


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  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GG9XEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered etc March 9, 2012
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I am always hesitant to invest in a new author so I was thrilled to discover that Kathleen Hering's Hammered, Nailed and Screwed, the first of the author's Designer Mysteries, is a seriously funny book very cleverly written. I'm looking forward to book number two.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars H, N & S March 27, 2012
By JimMac
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a clever, interesting and at times funny book. First time book author Hering takes you on an journey with the heroine, Laura Howard as she tries to understand her husband's death and all the events that occur after his demise. It's not a simple trip but with the help of friends and a detective the real story unfolds. I especially enjoyed the decorating comments at the end of each chapter. The author's tongue in cheek comments from her characters doesn't let this mystery take itself too seriously.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous with some mystery October 28, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyable! The title had me hooked, the plot was simple but enough to maintain interest. I looked forward to seeing the hints on decorating at the end of each chapter.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action and romance December 20, 2012
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This was a great read!

Laura Howard is a widow with a huge amount of cash because her husband Todd purchased numerous insurance policies while he was on "business" trips for the firm he worked for. Unfortunately, Todd was a womanizer and he was killed while in Mexico with his latest paramour. Or was he? Laura is starting to receive phone calls from her deceased husband and it appears that someone is trying to kill her.

Laura Howard has become partners with Russ Graham and his aunt Esther Graham, they have a great partnership, Russ handles all the construction, Esther manages the office and Laura is the decorater for the new homes and renovations that the company does.

With the help of the detective assigned to the case and Russ, Laura works to discover if Todd is still alive and why someone is trying to kill her.

This was a very quick read but it didn't drag on with a lot of useless information, I really enjoyed this and will be reading more by this author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered, Nailed and Screwed December 21, 2012
By JackieD
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A much different kind of humor than I'm used to, however, I enjoyed it. Nice, light reading. Not heavy and thought provoking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humourous December 21, 2012
By Paola
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Enjoyable reading. Dialogues are full of humour. There's mystery and a touch of romance too. didn't mind tips about decorations! A nice blend, all in one novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A total mess in every way July 19, 2013
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I read a lot of these "cozy mysteries" and I don't expect much but I like comprehensibility. The plot was all over the place and characters popped in and out of nowhere. Every man was inexplicably in love with the main character - hit on by a doctor while being treated in an emergency room - are you kidding me? I encourage the author to try again but with some input from and editor or outside source.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read with a few twists October 21, 2012
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This is the perfect book for a little escape time. Sure, the characters could have been a little less predictable. There are a few twists that keep you guessing and some may find those predictable as well. But, after a long day at work this was a great book for a relaxing evening
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered, Nailed and Screwed
Quick moving read. Loved the characters, believable plot which moved along quickly. Read it in one sitting. Will read another in this series.
Published 8 days ago by Nannette Rife
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book !!
I love this book !! I bought several copies for my friends.
Published 16 days ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered, Nailed and Screwed
:very good reading. Have never read one of her books before, but I will certainly try another one by her in the near future.
Published 18 days ago by Deloris Hissam
5.0 out of 5 stars I just like her books there's humor and activity in them all
I just like her books there's humor and activity in them all
Published 20 days ago by Barbara Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast read - good mystery.
Cute main character... First time reading this Author. I'll be back to read more from her...
Published 21 days ago by Glenn
3.0 out of 5 stars The book was interesting, but all over the place. Writing feels too...
Honestly, I would rate the book 4 stars for entertainment value, but I found myself constantly stopping and wondering if it was 'good' too many times to give it that high of a... Read more
Published 28 days ago by knitting in Colorful Colorado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Just the right humor and mystery, couldn't put it down. Laura is a hoot and Russ is a dream. Keep them coming, Kathleen.
Published 1 month ago by DARLA R
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Loved the male character the most, it's fun to visualize a handsome man stumble around, while chasing a woman. Yeah, us!!!
Published 1 month ago by pandora
3.0 out of 5 stars Has great potential. Hops around and its as if a ...
Has great potential. Hops around and its as if a few chapters might have been misplaced before going to print. Interesting plot line.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
Great characters, crisp dialogue with good humor, story kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Published 1 month ago by JayD8418
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