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

Kathleen Hering
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

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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: 325 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475000766
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GG9XEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 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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25 of 27 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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24 of 26 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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11 of 11 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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6 of 6 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally loved it July 31, 2013
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(mrs.featherpicker reviewing)

This was such an excellent story. I loved the formatting, the way the characters and the story itself came together. Very intuitive of the author in the way she brought them all together and lined the plot up. It was funny, suspenseful too with just the right amount of hints to the romance beginning with a couple of lead characters, not full of too much description which was enjoyable for a change. The story itself was just exceptional I thought. I don't remember any grammatical errors or distinct omissions of facts, that sort of thing. A good job. I will highly recommend this book to anyone. I had to read it straight through as it was that good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read with lots of humor.
Funny and clever. I enjoy Kathleen Hering's writing style. She is funny and has a delightful way of keeping the reader in suspense. Read more
Published 16 days ago by D. Duggan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery
Loved the twists to this story. It kept me interested through the entire book. I already bought the next book, and I am looking forward to another. Good mystery.
Published 18 days ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I am a big fan of Janet Evanovich, and this book was every bit as entertaining as one of hers. Very witty and well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carouselfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, funny, good read
enjoyed the characters, the humor and dialogue. liked the way the mystery was weaved in with the ordinary daily lives of the characters, not occurring in 3 days. ready for book 2.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear, Ted Is Dead!
I found "Hammered, Nailed and Screwed" a delightful, light approach to grief management. There were helpful hints about starting a new season of living. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K.Agle
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my interest
Slow start but once you got into it I couldn't put the book down. If you are looking for a little mystery and a small dose of romance I would recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by KPitner
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
nice story line almost no sex it was a nice read and am looking forward to reading her next book
Published 3 months ago by Lindalou
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I enjoyed this novel. the author did a good job in bringing the characters to life and kept the story moving along nicely.
Published 3 months ago by ITPR
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting But Flawed
While the book was interesting it suffered from a few significant flaws.

One there was a real continuity problems. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Liked the story. It was a page turner at times. It was probably more interesting for me because the book took place in Portland, OR and I could relate to the story a little more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by raggedysam
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