Small-town real estate agent Sam Turner discovers it’s bad for business when her clients keep dropping dead.
Newly armed with her real estate license, Sam Turner loves Arlinda, her quirky seaside hometown in Northern California. But life by the beach isn’t exactly a breeze: She and her teenage son, Max, are being evicted from their apartment, her long absent ex-husband unexpectedly resurfaces, and her possibly romantic relationship with sexy Chief of Police Bernie Aguilar is, well . . . complicated. All Sam wants is a quick and easy sale. What she gets instead is a killer headache—or three.
Sam’s trying to drum up interest in 13 Aster Lane, a rambling Victorian fixer-upper that’s more than a little neglected—and possibly haunted—so when a trio of offers arrive out of the blue, she can’t help thinking it’s too good to be true. But after a new client dies on the property, she fears she’s lost more than a commission. Before Sam’s out of house and home, she must unmask a killer targeting her clients, or the only property she’ll be moving will be plots—at the local cemetery.
“Hobart’s writing is breezy and funny, her heroine infuriatingly inept, occasionally prickly and oddly lovable.” —Mad River Union, May 2016
“I would buy the series in a heartbeat for someone needing a little cheer. Adding Ms. Hobart to my watch for list.” –Amazon review, May 2016
“A sassy and sarcastic page turner that keeps you guessing until the end…” — Goodreads, 2016
In the second installment in the Sam Turner real estate mystery series (written under the pen name Muriel Wills), Sam may have taken on more than she can handle when a mysterious arsonist threatens to send her real estate career up in smoke and a wacky new client who fancies himself a Jedi warrior takes extreme measures to block the sale of his family home. Her penchant for stumbling on dead bodies has her working closely—very closely—with the chief of police, and an unexpected houseguest may end up putting Sam and her son Max on the street. Driven by determination, nosiness and chocolate, she soon finds herself dogging the heels of a ruthless criminal–whose sights are now on Sam.
“Sam Turner is a charmingly flawed, utterly believable heroine. Like a House on Fire is a page-turner as much for its mystery-driven plot as for the pleasure of Sam Turner’s company.” —Arcata Eye, January 2013
“The humor in the book is non-stop. We can only hope that Sam Turner rides again, trying to sell bottom feeders fixer-upper real estate while her own place falls apart, and tripping over bodies while eating her chocolate bar for breakfast.” —Amazon review, November 2013
The first in the series, wriiten under the pen name Muriel Wills. Murder signs on the dotted line when rookie real estate agent Sam Turner stumbles on a body at a supposedly vacant house. Struggling to put together a deal for her first – and only – clients, Sam soon discovers there’s more to the cutthroat world of real estate than meets the eye. As she tangles with surly appraisers, suspicious police lieutenants, angry dogs and the eccentric characters of her small-town brokerage, Sam has to prove she has what it takes to succeed in real estate – before she herself becomes the target of a crafty killer.
“Written like Agatha Christie and Janet Evanovich threw a party and invited Ann Rice. I loved it!” —Amazon review, January 2016
“Great first novel: This is an enjoyable, fast-paced murder mystery with a likeable protagonist, written in the snappy style of Janet Evanovitch and Sue Grafton. I found it hard to put down, and the puzzle was clever. I can’t wait for the next mystery by Muriel Wills!” — Amazon review, September 2012
“Sam Turner is an engaging heroine . . . (and) has the legs to carry a number of additional adventures.” —Arcata Eye, January 2012
Coming in November: “A Killer Location”!