Successful real estate agents pay great attention to the details of the transaction. Steps must occur in the proper order, paperwork must be completed in a timely manner, and nothing can be taken for granted until everyone walks away from the closing table.
Mystery writers need the same attributes. Clues must be shared in a timely fashion, in the proper order and the identity of the guilty party can’t be taken for granted until the final chapter of the book.
Author Nancy Lynn Jarvis packs a double punch with her mysteries. Jarvis is both a successful REALTOR© and skilled mystery writer. Her heroine, Regan McHenry, just happens to be a real estate agent in Santa Cruz, California. Like Jarvis, McHenry works in partnership with her husband.
In “Buying Murder,” the third novel in the series, McHenry finds herself the owner of a property where an undiscovered murder took place years before. When the home inspector uncovers the body, McHenry determines to solve the mystery that seems to be of little interest to the local police.
I found myself becoming fond of Regan and her husband, Tom Kiley. Their relationship is warm and loving, but subject to the pressures of business and personalities that mesh nicely, but don’t match exactly. They aren’t perfect, but they are very human. Jarvis has given them a depth of personality often overlooked in novels.
Their police officer friend, Dave Everett, brings a third perspective into the mix. His affection for the couple alternates with exasperation as Regan gets herself involved in potentially deadly situations.
As Regan pursues her unofficial investigation, she receives threats and has several near-misses. She meets several possible culprits for the murder along the way and uncovers secrets someone wants left hidden. The question becomes “Can Regan solve the crime before she becomes another victim?”
Jarvis puts real estate jargon in terms that any reader can understand. While the real estate profession provides the setting of the story, it doesn’t overshadow the flow of a well planned narrative. While there is some violence in the book, “Buying Murder” is not a gory blood fest. The action fits and makes sense.
Although this is the third book in the series, you’ll enjoy it even without having read the first two; but I think you’ll want to go back and read them. If you enjoy stories of a crime fighter who isn’t a professional investigator, you’ll like “Buying Murder.” If you like action seasoned with wit, get it immediately. You won’t be sorry.
“Buying Murder” by Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Published by Good Read Mysteries, an imprint of Good Read Publishers