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Fixer-upper Fiction

Whether it's a mystery, romance, or any other type of fiction, houses and homes can be powerful symbols, especially when they're fixer-uppers.

Card, Orson Scott
Homebody: A Novel
A grieving widower takes on the project of restoring a Victorian mansion with an ominous past.
 
Churchill, Jill
The House of Seven Mabels: A Jane Jeffry Mystery
Best friends Jane Jeffrey and Shelley Nowack agree to decorate a house being renovated by a group of outspoken feminists. When they come across the contractor's body in the basement, however, the job turns to crime-solving... and staying out of harm's way.
 
Fforde, Katie
Restoring Grace
Paradise Fields, pregnant Ellie needs a place to stay and Grace needs a lodger in the wonderful but dilapidated house she has inherited. Both of them need a friend
 
Graves, Sarah
Tool & Die
Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree plans to spend the summer working on her Eastport, Maine fixer-upper, but her plans change when the housekeeper she hires starts receiving death threats. Number eight in the Home Repair is Homicide series.
 
Henry, Sue
Murder at Five Finger Light: A Jessie Arnold Mystery
Invited to a put-your-guests-to-work housewarming party at an old lighthouse, Jessie ends up doing more sleuthing than scraping when one of the other guests is found dead.
 
Rause, Vince
Handy as I Wanna Be: A Novel with Tools
Vinnie is a regular guy whose life revolves around his bottomless love for his wife and his insatiable need to tackle any and all home repair projects. Unfortunately, these two things are not always compatible!
 
Roberts, Nora
Midnight Bayou
Declan Fitzgerald leaves his successful law career to renovate Manet Hall, an old deserted plantation outside of New Orleans. Will the remnants of the house's painful history allow him to do that?
 
Smolens, John
Fire Point: a Novel of Suspense
When Hannah meets Martin, they begin build a life together, and rebuild Martin's newly-acquired, dilapidated house. But when Hannah's ex-boyfriend comes back to town, he's not willing to accept that Hannah's moved on, and the tension builds as his behavior gets more and more threatening.
 

Updated: 06/09/2009