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Crowned and Moldering: 09/14/22
Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle is the third Fixer-Upper mystery. Mac Sullivan has hired Shannon Hammer and her crew to restore and modernize (within reason) the lighthouse mansion. On the initial inspection, Shannon and he find a skeleton.
The remains end up being those of a teenager who went missing from Shannon's year, some fifteen years earlier. The mystery, then is set primarily in 2000 but has ties to the Vietnam war. This makes Shannon and her cohorts millennials with the dead teen's parent, an older Boomer.
In other cold case based cozy mysteries I've read, there's usually a modern day murder. This book doesn't go that route. Frankly I was both surprised and relieved. The present day murders rarely make any sense if the murderer has managed to go decades without getting caught.
The murderer here is pretty obvious. They're so obvious to almost be unbelievable as the main suspect. They were such a caricature to bring to mind certain cartoon villains from cartoons that were popular when the book was first released.
The fourth book is Deck the Hallways (2016).