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House Report (Kate Carpenter Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Nicholson
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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As the front-of-house manager of a large theatre complex in Calgary, Kate Carpenter is used to several things. She is used to the late nights and the demanding customers. She is used to improvising when things don’t go to plan. And she is used to a quiet life in her perfect apartment with her twin addictions of caffeine and good books.

She is not used to finding dead people in her theatre, but that all changes when Kate and her young assistant, Graham, find a dead man in the theatre’s public toilets – and the murder weapon was a hammer belonging to the theatre.

Despite warnings from virtually everyone, Kate is determined to investigate the murder – even when it leads her into serious danger. She is convinced she can be of more use than the detective assigned to the case, and if the murderer is somebody connected with the theatre then she is even keener to get involved. Two brutal attacks later and Kate still has no answers, but will that be enough to persuade her to stay out of the investigation?


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Canadian theater manager Kate Carpenter is a mystery buff, so when a man's body is discovered in the washroom of her theater, she's eager to play amateur sleuth and find out who killed him. Both the police and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Cam, try to dissuade her from the idea, but she refuses to listen. All the clues point to the killer being someone who has inside knowledge of the theater, but it's difficult for Kate to see any of her employees as murderers. Then the clues start pointing to Cam as the person with the motive, the means, and the opportunity. Can the man she loves really be a killer? Nicholson's first entry in this promising new series has plenty of red herrings and dramatic plot twists, along with a savvy, sassy, modern heroine who is a sort of Canadian Kinsey Milhone. The writing is enthusiastic, the characters appealing, and the overall effect engaging. Emily Melton
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  • Language: English
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read this for behind the scenes info, not the mystery. October 31, 2011
By Viola
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author's knowledge of the workings of community theater are obvious and enjoyable. Unfortunately, her knowledge of police procedure and mystery writing is seriously lacking. She plays detective, but washes the blood and skin from under her nails after she scratches her attacker? She knows she is being stalked, but continues to leave locked doors propped open, wanders around dark places alone, etc. Also, the information the killer has could only be obtained through video but how he obtains it is never addressed. The head of security, a strong character seen in the beginning, disappears in the dialog and is never heard or seen again.
The writing also suffers from a lack of grammar editing, which is common in these Indy books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mystery with a Canadian Twist April 2, 2004
By Jim
Format:Library Binding
I picked this up in Britain and read it on the flight home. With lots of twists and turns it kept me entertained for the duration. The interplay between Kate Carpenter and her boyfriend Cam makes for fascinating reading, particularly as the plot thickens. I work in theater so this book had an added attraction for me with the theater business being the backdrop for the novel. I wish that I had an extra hand so that I could give this book three thumbs up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Total suspension of common sense January 22, 2012
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Although it is very obvious this author has excellent writing talent, this book needs research on police procedure. For example, the tormentor kept coming to Katie's office where the corridor was videotaped. Yet no one ever asked about or thought to ask about viewing them. No finger prints were ever taken from victim's skin. There were so many loop holes in police procedures; it was ridiculous.

I also did not like the heroine. She was very immature, lazy, and silly. At any point in time, she had no clue what she was doing and readers could even guess why.

Could have been a wonderful novel with a lot more research.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't read it all the way through November 4, 2011
By Michele
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It starts off fine and there is some interesting information on theaters. However, I couldn't like Kate, the dialogue seem stiff and forced (especially between her & Cam) and the premise was absurd: a) the detective in charge of the case asks to use her phone so she leaves the room. He calls his wife or girlfriend all excited he got his first case & Kate overhears. Really? The detective is going to borrow a phone to make that call - *then*? Since this is his first case, Kate assumes that he doesn't know what he's doing and, of course, she'll need to investigate because she will know how to find a murderer. b) the ex-wife of the victim asks Kate to help find the murderer. Why? They weren't exactly close and what credentials does Kate have that would make anyone think she could do this?

I skipped and skimmed through the rest of the book and it just didn't get better: a) she kept thinking Cam was guilty of murder (this isn't a spoiler... the author very heavy-handedly tried to get you to believe this too) and he kept telling Kate that he loved her and wanted their relationship to work. Come to think of it, I didn't like Cam either; he is such a one-dimensional character - if someone accuses you of murder, don't you think you'd have some emotions about this? (b)the police actually guard her because her meddling got her death threats and then decided she didn't need it anymore - so the murderer strikes and the author - again - has Kate think it was Cam. c) when she "remembers" that Cam tried to kill her, she goes from the bed they were sharing to the theater to get away from him and calls the detective from there. d) the reason the killer did what he did was juvenile.

Thankfully this book was free; now I know to stay away from this series.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery from exciting new author March 14, 2004
Format:Library Binding
I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to read an advance copy of House Report, by Deborah Nicholson. Deborah is an excellent story teller, weaving charactors you care about into situations that have you turning the pages faster and faster to figure out who did what to whom, and why! Kate Carpenter and I could have been friends, and I would love to meet the inspiration for Cam in person. Also, as a native Calgarian (Alberta, Canada), I found setting the charactors and story in "my" city rather exciting, to say the least. Deborah keeps the twists and turns coming right to the very end, and in the style of Agatha Christie, has you guessing "who-dun-it" all the way through. It's frustrating, really, because once I had figured out who did it, not only would Deborah exonerate my villian, she'd make me end up liking them!
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys a good read and promoting bright new talent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT recommend December 6, 2011
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I really didn't care for this book. First of all, it was way too long. There was so much pointless chit-chat between the characters that I kept forgetting who the suspects were. Also, the relationship between Kate and Cam was very frustrating. *SPOILER* There is NO excuse for a man to hit is wife at all, let alone to do it so hard that he breaks her jaw!! I don't care how the author tried to explain it...this guy is a total loser! Given this, I could not buy into their romance. *END SPOILER* Kate herself was an annoying character. She carelessly puts herself into one dangerous situation after the next and then is shocked when bad things happen to her. The investigator on the case could not have been more ineffectual, basically allowing Kate to interfere in everyway including antagonizing the suspects and causing her coworker to end up in the hospital. I definitely cannot recommend this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I almost stopped half way through, but it ended okay. There was way too much life trivia and not enough mystery.
Published 4 days ago by Mary L
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of boring
This was an okay story--not great, just okay. Kate put herself in lots of situations that caused her to be hurt. She should have known better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Not read quite yet
Rated as a 4 because I have not read yet. It transferred to my Kindle and Amazon-Kindle account without issue so gave it a good rating for everything. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The story was a bit slow for my taste
There were parts of this book that I enjoyed and others that I didn't. The story was a bit slow for my taste. I learned fascinating things about how a theater works. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mark M.
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit slow
Not bad for the price but the story line drags on a bit. No real suspense until the final chapter. Many chapters but not a lot of depth to any of them.
Published 16 months ago by gymbok
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Theatre Anyone?
I selected this book because I was looking for a cozy mystery to read on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. For the low price I paid, I guess I got what I paid for. Ugh! Read more
Published 18 months ago by LATH
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Basically, I do like this book. It is a good storyline and interesting as a work of fiction.

The story is well written, and flows nicely. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dorothy
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but completely nonsensical
This could have been a great book. The author is obviously talented and knowledgeable about the theater; however, the main character is annoying, spoiled, shallow, and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tiffiny Sarradet
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
Good book especially for a long plane ride. Could hardly put it down. Want to read more of her books.
Published 21 months ago by DRSUSANNE M BROWNFIELD
4.0 out of 5 stars book
The service was very fast and I started reading. It is not as exciting as I would like but I wanted to see how it turned out
Published 24 months ago by rumpus
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More About the Author

Deborah Nicholson has always loved the arts. So much so that they inspired her Kate Carpenter Mystery series, based on her experiences as House Manager at Theatre Calgary. She has made numerous appearances on The Breakfast Show, Shaw Television and was a featured performed in "The Letters". Deborah is a member of Mystery Writers Ink, The Alexandra Writers Society, Crime Writers of Canada, The Alberta Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America. Deborah is a great supporter of charity and volunteerism and donates 10% of all profits of her novels to charity.

In 2009 Deborah wrote The Pain Diaries, a play based on her experience at the Chronic Pain Centre. She spent three years researching the topic, interviewing patients and experts in the field. The play won the CPS Pain Awareness Award in May 2009 and was then work-shopped in December 2009. Two sold-out public readings happened in February 2010, followed by a one week run at the Grand Theatre in Calgary in May 2010. A movie adaptation of The Pain Diaries is currently in production. Deborah continues to write and champion chronic pain, and has been invited to serve on several panels as a trailblazer in the field of Knowledge Translation.


Dr. Arlene Cox has been working in the field of health psychology her entire career. Health psychology is a fascinating field that explores how and why we make choices about our health and how best to promote good health choices.

Dr. Cox spent 10 years working at the Canmore Pain Clinic, a private interdisciplinary program for people with chronic pain. The last five years at the clinic were as the Director. In 2005 she moved to the Calgary Chronic Pain Program, one of the first publicly funded pain programs in Canada. Research and clinical interests include: stage of change for health behaviours, motivation, PTSD and neuroplasticity.

Initially eager to help people change, Dr. Cox has become increasingly aware of the complexity of all health issues and the need to be aware of the whole body/mind. "The people I work with aren't crazy, it is not 'all in their head' and they deserve respect for the choices they have made to survive their world so far." One of the most difficult challenges folks with chronic pain experience is the struggle with weight gain. Many of the medications used have weight gain as a side effect. Further, clients are no longer as active and their metabolism has slowed, partly due to ongoing stress and sympathetic arousal.

We have learned far more about what doesn't work over these last two decades. Zero tolerance doesn't work, telling people to stop doesn't work, shaming people, threatening people, ordering people around... do not work. What does work? Listening, sharing, respect, exploring connections, focusing on skills, feelings and thoughts and overall being curious ... works.


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