A House to Die for

A House to Die for : A Darby Farr Mystery

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Red-hot real estate agent Darby Farr has spent years trying to forget her hometown of Hurricane Harbor, Maine--especially the painful memories of being raised by her controlling aunt following her parents' tragic deaths. Then one morning, she learns her aunt is dying, and the calculating woman has one final demand: clinch the multimillion-dollar sale of Fairview, a breathtaking waterfront estate.

The deal seems simple, but trouble is brewing on the rocky coast. Within hours of Darby's arrival, an obscure deed restriction scuttles the sale just as the backup buyer is found bludgeoned to death on the property's grounds. Assisted by handsome journalist Miles Porter, Darby uncovers dark secrets that reveal an ugly scandal . . . and even uglier motives for murder. As a brutal storm surges up the coast, Darby must salvage the deal, find the killer--and somehow stay alive.


"An appealing debut . . . the author does a good job portraying Darby in her efforts to make peace with her childhood past and solve a murder on a picturesque Maine island."--Publishers Weekly

"A superb prologue, wonderful story, atmospheric with a good plot."--Crimespree Magazine

"Light and entertaining, A House to Die For is a fun mystery and fantastic way to spend an evening!" --Suspense Magazine

"[Doudera] expertly weaves a tale of suspense on a Maine island, where murder and real estate are an explosive combination."-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Mephisto Club

"Here's a fast-paced and well-told story with a smart, savvy real estate agent as the heroine, solving crimes while making sales. Bring on the next one!"-Barbara Corcoran, real estate contributor for NBC's Today Show and author of Nextville: Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Midnight Ink
  • Woodbury, MN, United States
  • English
  • 0738719501
  • 9780738719504
  • 1,275,226

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"[Doudera] expertly weaves a tale of suspense on a Maine island, where murder and real estate are an explosive combination." -- Tess Gerritsen
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About Vicki Doudera

Vicki Doudera's debut mystery A House to Die For, was selected to the Best of 2010 list in Suspense Magazine. She is the author three nonfiction books on real estate and the Darby Farr Mystery Series, starring a crime-solving real estate agent. Doudera's articles have appeared in Parenting, People, Reader’s Digest, Yankee and Down East magazines.

Doudera has been profiled on WCSH-TV’s “207,” and her writing has been favorably reviewed in prominent mystery and book industry magazines, as well as in the Bangor Daily News, Times Record, Kennebec Journal, Lincoln County News and Midcoast Beacon. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America (MWA), is on the board of Sisters in Crime, New England, and blogs regularly for Maine Crime Writers (mainecrimewriters.com).

Doudera lives with her family in Camden, Maine, where she enjoys spending time with her friends, kids and funny pets; hiking, cycling and knitting; and living in a beautiful, old house. Like her protagonist, Darby Farr, Doudera also sells real estate with a busy coastal firm. She is president of her local Habitat for Humanity chapter and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.
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346 ratings
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A House to Die For By: Vicki Doudera Copyright April 2010 Publisher Midnight Ink Darby Farr is not a happy camper. She has too many irons in the fire at her successful Real Estate business and is not in the mood to have to go home (a home she ran from ten years earlier) to deal with her sick aunt. But the phone call from Tina Ames telling her she not only has to return to Hurricane Harbor on the next day's flight out. Tina informs her that her aunt is in the hospital and wants her to finish her last big sale. A multimillion dollar one at that. Reminding Tina that she is not licensed in the state of Maine, Tina tells her "you take the Maine Law portion of the exam on the plane. You pass it, and you're licensed." Your plane leaves at 12:45 today and an envelope will be waiting with your ticket. Fill out the exam and you get your license. Your aunt is very insistent about this. So begins Darby's trip not only home, but also to face her demons. She has built a successful life in California and never expected to have to return to Hurricane Harbor, Maine. The twists and turns this deal and her life are about to take would make a lesser woman's hair turn white. Having grown up in the family real estate business, with both grandparents as Licensed Brokers and Appraisers I know what this life is all about. Ms. Doudera gives us a taste of the business, personal loss, and a young woman finding herself and her family again. FTC Full Disclosure: I was borrowed this book from my local library with the full intention that I would review it. This is Vicki Doudera's first book and I highly recommend it. She is hard at work on her next one as I type this. Ms. Doudera can be found at her website http://www.vickidoudera.comshow more
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