Waiting On Wednesday (177) @DianeKellyBooks @StMartinsPress

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Batten Down the Belfry
A House-Flipper Mystery #4
Diane Kelly
St. Martin’s Paperbacks, March 2022
Mystery, Cozy

From the publisher—

Here is the church, here is the steeple…

Carpenter Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck have successfully flipped houses, but this is the first time they’ve attempted to renovate a house of worship. Still, the colorful stained glass in the country church has caught Whitney’s eye, and she’d love to breathe new life into the abandoned building. What’s more, the place has perfect acoustics. Could the worship hall be reborn as an entertainment venue with its parsonage repurposed as a pre-show bistro?

Open the doors, and see all the trouble.

The owner of the horse farm next door has asserted a legal claim to the church property, rendering their title uncertain. If that’s not bad enough, while rehabbing the church, Whitney’s cat Sawdust discovers a bombshell in the bell tower―the body of the man who’d delivered their beautiful new replacement windows. What transpired in the spire? Who rang the man’s bell and why?

The steeple is keeping its secrets and, when a second body turns up, things become even less clear. Can Whitney help Detective Collin Flynn solve the crimes before someone else is sent to meet their maker?

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I’ve been a fan of all things HGTV for several years now and the housing market in the last year or two has been  a wild roller coaster ride with flippers apparently making out like bandits. This seems like the perfect time to try Ms. Kelly’s series and, having read some of her other books, I expect I’ll like this a lot. BTW, this is one of the best cozy titles I’ve seen in a while 😄.