by Cynthia Chow
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For Hammer Construction owner Shannon Hammer, having Raphael Nash as a client is an unquestionable coup. Not only is he dating her friend Marigold, Rafe is one of the wealthiest men in the world whose unlimited budget gives Shannon free reign over the possibilities to renovate his Victorian mansion. He is also contracting Shannon’s company for a literal barn-raising during his upcoming Future Global Survival Con, in which attendees will share and learn about the latest high-tech, forward-thinking methods of protecting the environment. While no one more than Shannon can appreciate advances in Green technology, not everyone is so positive about the Rafe’s new direction. His former business partner is infuriated that Rafe left their company and has a public confrontation with him, making Dillon Charles’ subsequent death in the newly constructed Ecosphere vertical garden problematic for all.
As the conference continues, so do the attempts at sabotage, which include food poisonings at a slow food demonstration, on-the-lam smart mice, and even rifle fire. While Shannon’s boyfriend MacKintyre Sullivan finds that the chaos provides inspiration for his bestselling thriller series, it’s mostly due to Rafe’s considerable investment and the presence of Nobel Prize winners that prevent the police from shutting it down completely. Instead, Rafe asks Shannon to engage in her Scooby-doo tactics of listing suspects, motives, and timelines to once again help track down a killer. An arrogant author claiming to be a former military soldier, a love-struck personal assistant, and a plethora of eccentric environmentalists are all Shannon’s suspects for placing the Survival Con on the endangered list.
This series has so fully developed its likable cast of characters that readers will enjoy scenes of the Shannon’s friends just hanging out as much as they will its timely and very complex plot. The romantic intrigue and new couples being formed are woven into the plot naturally, resulting in improbable but delightful combinations. As climate change raises and lowers temperatures to disastrous levels, none of the extraordinary measures or creative scientific experiments presented by the Survival Con attendees seem that outlandish or impossible. The idealism is refreshing, as are Shannon’s environmentally friendly construction designs that conserve and recycle. Who knew home construction could be so fascinating or so much fun? In this Northern California town of Lighthouse Cove, Shannon’s network of family and friends are her best assets in uncovering the secrets of these brainy futurists. Even readers who have never picked up a hammer will be charmed by this entertaining read full of clever plot twists, witty dialogue, and an admirable heroine for a lead.
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