A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery
By Sarah Graves
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553593426, 384pp.)
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project—repainting the porch of her lovingly restored house in Eastport, Maine—when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable: Blood shows up again. Murder will out. Then there’s the anonymous email warning her to beware the Fourth of July—just two days away. Jake remembers some shady characters from her days as a hotshot financial manager, but she’s baffled as to the identity of her nemesis—until she receives a photo of a murdered man. From home invasion to kidnapping, this twisted killer is slowly but surely plotting a knockdown, not just for Jake but for the entire town of Eastport.
Sarah Graves lives with her husband in an 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine, where her mystery novels are set. When she is not scraping, painting, glazing, sanding, hammering, or otherwise repairing (or failing to repair!) the old house, she is working on her next Home Repair Is Homicide novel.
“Reigning master of the [cozy] genre.”—RT Book Reviews
“Think Diane Mott Davidson with a tool belt instead of recipes.”—The Denver Post
“Memorable characters . . . will keep the reader turning the pages until the surprising and dramatic conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly
“Blends do-it-yourself home repair tips into a very suspenseful murder mystery, with well-depicted characters and plenty of action. . . . Always staying one suspenseful step ahead of the deductive reader, this scary story nails it.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star