Book Review-Tear Down and Die: Book #1 Cara Mia Delgatto Mysteries-Joanna Campbell Slan | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Tear Down and Die: Book #1 Cara Mia Delgatto Mysteries-Joanna Campbell Slan

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

This is a good clean cozy mystery! Cara Mia takes a road trip to see her son in Florida. She knows she should stop to see her grandfather--but--Her car breaks down right near the town her grandfather lives in--and he is a mechanic--so off she goes to get help from him.

He and his garage, not to mention his house are in terrible shape. It was like he gave up after his wife died. Cara Mia just has to help him.

Somehow she ends up buying a building, saving a tiny dog, and finding a dead body in the building she bought! She makes two really good friends and decides to make a go of the store. Cara Mia misconstrues a lot of things along the way. She does manage to get everything straight and figures out who killed the man---but there is another mystery brewing--and she is with Cara Mia's ex boyfriend from years ago! I will be reading the second in this series to find out what happens with that!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

She began a journey of self-discovery. She never expected to uncover an old boyfriend and a dead body…

Stuart, Florida. With her parents deceased and her son away at college, Cara Mia Delgatto longs to reinvent herself. And a sentimental purchase of a fixer-upper in a small, coastal town seems ideal for a new business selling repurposed relics. But when she trips over a corpse at her rundown building, she flips from renovator to prime suspect.

Desperate to clear her name, it shocks Cara to discover that her property once housed a multi-million dollar art collection—stolen after the original owner’s death. And when her first love shows up and tugs at her heartstrings, her whirlwind life upgrades to a hurricane. With accusations of murder and theft looming, she’s running out of redos…

Can Cara crack the case and rebuild her reputation, or will her desire to upcycle treasures send her to jail?

Tear Down and Die is the charming first novel in the Cara Mia Delgatto traditional mystery series. If you like cozy reads, witty heroines, former flames reconnecting, and Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast, you’ll adore Joanna Campbell Slan’s captivating tale.
Buy Tear Down and Die and relive the joy of a second chance at life and love today!
(Previously published as Second Chance at Love)

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

New York Times Bestselling, USA Today Bestselling, and Amazon Bestselling author Joanna Campbell Slan has won a variety of awards for her writing, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Joanna has written nearly 40 non-fiction and fiction books. She was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors as well as working on the original FarmAid concert to benefit farmers.

Joanna's non-fiction includes a college textbook for public speakers that's been endorsed by Toastmasters International, how to books on scrapbooking, and self-help books.

When it comes to fiction, Joanna writes books that feature spunky female characters. Her work has been praised by Library Journal as "topically relevant and chock-full of side stories." Publisher's Weekly calls her cozies, "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy."

RT Book Review describes one of Joanna's typical heroines as "our best friend, our next-door neighbor and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous."

In her ongoing quest never to see snow again, Joanna lives with her husband and their Havanese puppy, Jax, on an island off the coast of Florida. You can email her at or visit her website at

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tisme143 said...

This sounds like a great book to read and what a great looking cover to this book.

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