Review of A Killer Location


A Killer Location

A Home Sweet Home Mystery

Sarah T. Hobart

5 Stars


As this captivating cozy mystery series featuring real estate agent Sam Turner continues, a dream home turns into a crime scene when murder intrudes on an open house.

Thanks to a few sales and a self-help book on becoming a super-agent, Sam Turner is well on her way to becoming real estate royalty in Arlinda, her eccentric hometown on the Northern California coast. And after settling into her new house with her teenage son, she’s finally a homeowner, too. Sure, things aren’t perfect—for example, her sister still doesn’t know that Sam is dating her ex, police chief Bernie Aguilar—but perfect is boring. And Sam’s life is never boring.

When Sam’s boss, Everett Sweet, assigns her an open house in Arlinda’s most exclusive neighborhood, she brushes up on her super-agent tips, hoping to wow potential buyers. But there’s nothing in the manual about stumbling upon the owner’s dead body halfway through the tour. When suspicion falls on her boss, Sam and her co-workers are suddenly out of work, their real estate licenses suspended. Now, with her job on the line and a mortgage to pay, Sam will need every trick in the book to clear Everett’s name. (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I had so much fun getting to know Sam.  She is not afraid of hard work and is very determined to make a good life for her son, Max, and herself.  She may not be the most seasoned realtor but no one tries harder than her.  She has a sarcastic personality and I found her delightful.  The secondary characters were also enjoyable to meet and I thought they added a lot to the story.   

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I got pulled into the story from the very first page.  I really felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place.  I thought the mystery was well plotted and there were enough twists, turns and red herrings to keep me guessing until the reveal at the end of the book.  I also think the author is very talented in writing humorous scenes.  I was actually laughing out loud when I was reading about the open house.  That was by far my favorite scene in this book.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted, humorous cozy mystery with characters that you will enjoy spending time with.  I am looking forward to reading the first book in the series and any other ones that the author writes.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing House-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.