Title: The Carriage House Series: The Carriage House #1
Release Date: 2013-11-01
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Tess is given a carriage house instead of payment for her graphic design services. Now, the owner is missing, and she’s stuck with a tax bill. Tess decides to go out to the carriage house in order to ascertain her best course of action–sell it or keep it?
While there, she meets her next door neighbors: a sexy architect, his precocious daughter, and his tough, ex-cop cousin. Worse, though, she discovers a skeleton in the cellar.
She doesn’t tell anyone what she has seen until it is too late. Someone steals the body.
Tess doubts herself a lot. If she had been confident and hadn’t worried so much about what other people thought, it wouldn’t have happened.
Once people start to believe that she really did see a skeleton, she places herself in danger. Too many people want her to be quiet, each for their own reasons.
Meanwhile, Tess and the architect, Andrew, get more involved with one another than they are ready for.
There were some things that bothered me about the story, but I liked it overall.
My biggest complaint is that the author makes it way to easy to figure out whose bones are in the carriage house. It’s also way to easy to figure out who killed him. Plus, I never get the feeling Tess is that scared.
Although most of it is predictable, and there really isn’t much suspense, the characters make it worth reading. I especially liked Tess’s father and her godfather. The little girl was fun, too.
I’m a sucker for books that have animals. This one ranks up there for me because of the inclusion of a pregnant cat and, later, her litter of kittens.
I’d read the next book in the series, and I definitely want to read more by Carla Neggers.