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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (485 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Graves Narrator: Lindsay Ellison Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Home Repair is Homicide Mysteries Release Date:
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Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree took the dangerous plunge from Wall Street power broker to homeowner. Now the do-it-yourself enthusiast is about to discover that her own dream house is built on a foundation of murder.

Buying a beachfront fixer-upper to lease out to Eastport, Maine’s, burgeoning tourist crowd seems like a good idea to Jake Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie White. But working double-time as landladies to a coven of wannabe witches is not what they had in mind. And it only gets worse when Jake is called out one stormy night to make a repair—and stumbles on a dead body in the utility shed.

A small-time thief and street preacher with a particularly violent message, the deceased was no favorite of Jake’s nor of anyone else in Eastport. But what’s he doing shot to death on Jake’s property? Jake’s bewitching tenants—including an ex-cop, a con man, and a mute teenage girl—claim to have been too busy conjuring spells to have heard or seen a thing. Then a member of the coven disappears without a trace, and Jake doesn’t think it’s a case of witchcraft but a kidnapping—or worse.

Scandal, secrets, and a mysterious box buried deep in the foundation of her own home are just the beginning of a mystery that threatens to bring Jake’s house—and life—crashing down. Now she and Ellie are racing to find a missing girl who may either be the key to it all—or lead them to a killer holding the final nails to their coffins.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sarah Graves’ latest whodunit is good reading…Just hearing [Jake] list the ways you can kill yourself fixing up an old house is a hoot.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Complete with simple home repair tips, Graves’ latest will certainly appeal to cozy fans."

    Romantic Times Bookclub

  • “In Graves’ neatly constructed ninth whodunit set in Maine, former New York financial whiz Jacobia ‘Jake’ Tiptree…balances sleuthing with the never-ending restoration work on her 1823 Federal home and the relationships with her new husband and her former one. Readers will enjoy Jake’s repair tips as they follow her dogged investigation all the way to its startling conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For fans who enjoy nooks, crannies, subplots and carpentry tips.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Think Diane Mott Davidson with a tool belt instead of recipes!”

    Denver Post

  • “In Graves’ ninth Jake Tiptree mystery, Jacobia ‘Jake’ Sorenson is coping with her antique home and her quirky family life in Eastport, Maine…Lindsay Ellison has read six Jake home repair mysteries and handles the Down East accents with ease…Recommended for large mystery collections.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/18/2014

    " This is a new series for me, and I like it. Not subtle or complex, but an engaging and well spun tale with an ample batch of suspects and likable protagonists. I'll read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shelley | 2/18/2014

    " This was an okay book - I think I was a little bothered by her writing style because (a) she used stupid a's and b's to make lists, and (b) it was very distracting. It got to the point where I was just waiting for her a's and b's to show up. And the plot was a little confusing. It's a mystery, so it's supposed to be confusing, but she purposefully held back info, and it was so obvious that she was just trying to drag out the story. And the home repair tips were few and far between, and too basic to really be called "tips." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynda | 2/11/2014

    " Jacobia puts herself amd eventually Ellie in more danger than ever before. While searching for a missing mute teenage girl, the readers learn more about Jacobia's childhood and gain insight into her behavior. An unexpected development concerning her ex-husband Victor provides even more insight into Jacobia's chracter and past life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " I finished reading this book, but I don't plan to read anymore in this series. Jakes emotional problems are so over the top that I just get tired of reading about it. Honestly, the woman needs therapy! "

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