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3.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 5 3.15 (33 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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781482976137
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Hutto | 2/7/2014

    " This is the ninth book of a series, but the first book that I read. Didn't matter, the book was easy to follow and sent me to the library to find the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/19/2014

    " overstretched credulity, piss-poor payoff on subplot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/16/2014

    " Graves writes a nice mystery--a little edgier than a cosy, and full of regional description. I also like her home repair hints scattered throughout the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lbaker | 12/29/2013

    " I have liked other books in this series, the oddities in this story did not enhance the story, they were more of a distraction, as was the subplot of child abuse which may or may not have occurred. All in all, this book was a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 12/22/2013

    " Always a good read, even for those not interested in home repair. Ending of this one a surprise because didn't anticipate the removal of one character from the collection of people in Eastport, Maine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/20/2013

    " Witches, dead body, missing 15 yr old, coming to terms with childhood incest...makes for a differenct kind of read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 12/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but there were a few things about the author's writing that annoyed me. She would make a great allusion to something, and then continue on and ruin it by explaining what she meant. Intelligent people read cozy mysteries too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 11/17/2013

    " Set in Eastport, Maine, this is the latest (at the time) in a series about a former financial wizard who restores an old house and solves crimes in a struggling small town Down East. Always enjoyable with good characters, plots and setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 2/9/2013

    " Pins and Needles! Yes, I was sewing so there were pins involved, but I have to say, this one had me on the edge of my seat, on pins and needles! Good story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 11/14/2012

    " I like the idea and the premise of this book (and the series) but I am not a fan of the style of writing. I probably won't read another of these. Also, if you read one of the later ones first like I did, you will know what happens in the earlier ones, so you should read them in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/11/2012

    " This was interesting to read because it was set in Eastport Maine and so all the terrain and surrounding places were familiar to me. It had a stead climb and the people were interesting. I thought the witches would have a bigger play but they didn't. I will read other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 11/11/2011

    " Another fun read by Sarah Graves in the Home Repair is Homicide Series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan R | 8/14/2011

    " Picked up this book as the series title "home repair is homicide" is very funny and true, at least at my house! Reminded me of Diane Mott Davidson's books - same set of characters. Enjoyed it but feel that Davidson is the better writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/6/2011

    " This is another in the home repair mystery series. It adds new development to the characters, and continues the interesting happenings in the small coastal town. I really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca Hurley | 8/5/2011

    " this one was really cool. that's all i have to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 6/24/2011

    " Spooky ending. Even better than Sue Grafton. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 5/19/2011

    " OK. I think I'm just getting tired of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/12/2011

    " This was interesting to read because it was set in Eastport Maine and so all the terrain and surrounding places were familiar to me. It had a stead climb and the people were interesting. I thought the witches would have a bigger play but they didn't. I will read other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " overstretched credulity, piss-poor payoff on subplot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/28/2011

    " Graves writes a nice mystery--a little edgier than a cosy, and full of regional description. I also like her home repair hints scattered throughout the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/7/2010

    " This is the ninth book of a series, but the first book that I read. Didn't matter, the book was easy to follow and sent me to the library to find the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/10/2010

    " I started this in Cleveland. I picked it up from a used book store while waiting for our table at Tommy's. On the jacket it isays "complete with Home Repair is Homicide repair tips." I enjoyed it, but like many of this genre I quickly move on and forget what I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 4/28/2009

    " I enjoyed this book, but there were a few things about the author's writing that annoyed me. She would make a great allusion to something, and then continue on and ruin it by explaining what she meant. Intelligent people read cozy mysteries too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 4/22/2009

    " I like the idea and the premise of this book (and the series) but I am not a fan of the style of writing. I probably won't read another of these. Also, if you read one of the later ones first like I did, you will know what happens in the earlier ones, so you should read them in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/19/2009

    " Witches, dead body, missing 15 yr old, coming to terms with childhood incest...makes for a differenct kind of read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mtl (Meg the Librarian) | 1/13/2009

    " I enjoyed this book but not as much as the rest of them. First of all it is shorter and second I don't know why she decided to kill off Victor. I don't see what purpose it served. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 3/14/2008

    " this one was really cool. that's all i have to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/16/2008

    " This is another in the home repair mystery series. It adds new development to the characters, and continues the interesting happenings in the small coastal town. I really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/3/2008

    " Set in Eastport, Maine, this is the latest (at the time) in a series about a former financial wizard who restores an old house and solves crimes in a struggling small town Down East. Always enjoyable with good characters, plots and setting. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Graves

Sarah Graves lives with her husband in Eastport, Maine, in the 1823 Federal-style house that helped inspire her books. This series and the author’s real-life experience have been featured in House & Garden and USA Today.

About the Narrator

Lindsay Ellison is a narrator, producer, director, editor, performer, teacher, and a published and recorded songwriter and poet. She has narrated hundreds of audiobooks for the Library of Congress and the Perkins School for the Blind. She is an improvisational storyteller and a spokesperson for art and literacy on several New England television stations, and she coaches the art of narration nationally.