Nov 02 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Giveaways, Reviews / 56 Comments


When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian.

But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris—the bones of a teenage girl who went missing fifteen years ago. Locals had always assumed Lily Brogan ran away from her difficult life, but it seems her troubles followed her to the grave. If Shannon has any chance of getting her renovation back on track, she’ll need to tackle the cold case. But with new suspects coming out of the woodwork every day, she’ll have to be careful to pry the right secrets and clues from the poor girl’s problematic past…


About the Author:

Kate Carlisle-Jean Shirt (Opt 30, 72 dpi)New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle is a native Californian who worked in television production for many years before turning to writing. It was a lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding that led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Her first book, Homicide in Hardcover, debuted in February 2010, followed by If Books Could Kill, The Lies That Bind, Murder Under Cover, One Book in the Grave, Peril in Paperback, A Cookbook Conspiracy, The Book Stops Here, and Ripped from the Pages. She also wrote a Bibliophile e-novella, Pages of Sin, available in e-format only.

With the publication of A High-End Finish in November 2014, Kate launched the Fixer-Upper Mysteries featuring building contractor Shannon Hammer, who specializes in Victorian home renovation and repair. The series is set in Lighthouse Cove, a seemingly idyllic town with many dark secrets hiding under its floorboards. This Old Homicide and Crowned and Moldering continue the series.

Kate has also written romance for Harlequin Desire, beginning with The Millionaire Meets His Match, the first book of the Duke Brothers trilogy. An Innocent in Paradise was selected by Japanese readers as one of the top ten romances for the second half of 2014.

Kate’s television credits include numerous game shows, music videos, concerts, and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show, most notably as a member of the girl group, The Whispers. They didn’t sing, exactly, but spit water on the host of the show.

Kate also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect hero husband.

Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is the proud recipient of the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier awards, and her first Bibliophile Mystery received a Best First Mystery nomination from RT Book Review. Kate loves to travel and read and drink good wine and watch other people cook.



Review of Crowned and Moldering

Review (4.5 Stars):  Shannon is back at it again and finds another dead body in the house that she is renovating, which leads her on the hunt for a killer of a girl that has been missing from long ago.  I love Shannon because she is a fun character and her ability to transform Victorian houses is downright amazing. I love her new relationship with Mac, the mystery writer, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

Crowned and Moldering is a delightful cozy mystery laced with humor and suspense that is sure to please readers.  Kate Carlisle is a very talented writer and I love reading each of her entertaining mysteries.  This is the third book in the Fixer Upper Mystery series and I can’t wait to see what is up next for Shannon and her sleuthing skills.



I’m excited to give away a copy of Crowned and Moldering. This giveaway is for US Residents only.  To be entered in the drawing by November 10th, please leave me a comment below:


56 Responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle”

  1. Cynthia St. Germain

    I have read her first Fix Her upper novel. I would love to win and read this one.

  2. Dawn

    I can’t wait to read this book! I LOVE this series along with your bibliophile series!!

    • Kate Carlisle

      Hurray! I really love writing both the Bibliophile Mysteries and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries. It’s been a dream of mine to have two ongoing series, and alternate between them. I love my life!

  3. Pamela Johnson

    I can’t wait to read this book — I love your books and read this series and the other series also. I love your books — nothing better than a good dead body mystery.

    • Kate Carlisle

      That’s really nice of you to say, Pamela. Thank you! (I mean the “I love your books” part. 😉 Though I do agree that there’s nothing better than a good mystery!!

  4. Sue Farrell

    Old houses and old mysteries—this sounds like a fun series. Thanks for the contest.

  5. Geri Gear

    I would love to win a copy. Really enjoy your books. Look foward to reading them.

  6. Barbara Hawk

    This book sounds awesome! I would love to give a copy a happy home! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Brenda Rumsey

    I always thought it would be fun to find old things in a house I was living in….but not this…LOL. Would love to read this book!

  8. Elaine Klingbeil

    I would love to win a copy! I just received my ARC today but I would love a copy with the beautiful cover. Can’t wait to read my ARC, though.

  9. Amanda Wilcox

    I’m excited for this book! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  10. Peggy Wiegand

    Looking forward to tomorrow, when this comes out! It is on my to do list for tomorrow

  11. Missy Starliper

    Sounds like an awesome read. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  12. Kate Carlisle

    Jennifer, I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed CROWNED AND MOLDERING! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review it and share your thoughts with other readers. I appreciate it!

  13. Ann Mettert

    I really enjoyed the first and have been looking forward to this one. 🙂

  14. holdenj

    I am looking forward to dipping into this series by Carlisle. I already am a big fan of her Bibliophile series. Thanks!

    • Kate Carlisle

      Thank you! I really do think that fans of the Bibliophile Mysteries will love the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, too. Lots of fun little historical tidbits woven into a modernday whodunit. Plus strong heroines with a great group of friends and some quirky neighbors. You can read free excerpts at Enjoy! 😀

  15. Debbie Chute

    I LOVE your books and am excited to read Crowned and Moldering! Thank you!

  16. Bethany

    a big fan of both your series. Can’t put them down and find something new each time I retread them!

  17. Lola Donnelley

    Love your bibliophlie series so I’m looking forward to reading about Shannon in the fixer-upper series. Thanks for the hours of entertainment that you have provided!!

  18. Jeanetta

    Crowned and Moldering sounds like a fun read, and the cover art is adorable! I am looking forward to this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Jeanie

    Shannon has her hands full with the remodel and poor murdered girl’s case; I am looking forward to seeing how she resolves this and is able to get Mac’s refurb schedule back on track! This is a fun series, especially for someone who has been around construction. Congrats on the new release!

  20. jane chizmar

    Love Kate’s books and would love to have this one. Keep up the good work Kate!!!

  21. Meg C

    Most of us have that list of authors whose works are (usually) so good that we will read their latest regardless of what anyone else may have to say. Kate Carlisle has earned her place on my list of authors. So I can’t say how much I am looking forward to reading Crowned and Moldering. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

  22. Lori B

    Love Kate’s books and especially love the Fixer-Upper ones. I love the characters, they have depth and have fun in life – good attributes for anyone! Looking forward to reading this one!!

  23. Gloria Burke

    I love cozy mysteries. I can’t help but wonder where you get the great ideas for the covers.