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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (488 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: March 2009 ISBN: 9781482978469
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Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree’s leisurely summer dreams involve rebuilding the front porch of her Maine fixer-upper and shingling the leaky tool shed out back. That’s why she’s hired the avenging angel of household hygiene, Bella Diamond, to keep her house—and her teenage son Sam—in tip-top shape. But when Bella confides in Jake that she’s been receiving death threats, Jake has two choices: find out who is frightening the hapless housekeeper—or risk losing her. With a marauding moose loose in town, a troublesome love triangle occupying Sam, and her estranged relatives about to descend for the Fourth of July—and the upstairs bedroom still unpainted—Jake’s summer is sure to be anything but peaceful. No matter how carefully you remodel your life, murder can take up residence anywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anyone who can mix slaughter and screwdrivers is a genius. Plus, anyone who has bought a home that needs even a new toilet seat is probably consumed with murderous thoughts (against the previous owner, the mortgage company, the lousy inspector, the spouse).”

    Boston Herald

  • “Mixing slaughter with screwdrivers, renovator-author Sarah Graves wields the pen and paintbrush behind the Home Repair Is Homicide series.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Home repair is Graves’ gimmick, and she uses it very successfully. But it is her light, humorous tone and well-chosen cast of characters that grow and evolve from novel to novel, her obvious love for coastal Maine and its inhabitants, and her ability to marry all of those ingredients to serviceable plots that make this a series whose popularity will continue to grow.”

    Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

  • “If there’s more mayhem way down east, Sarah Graves must be back…The entertaining Tool & Die will keep most mystery readers guessing until nearly the end. Graves ties up things pretty neatly, but there’s still plenty to explore in the lives of her characters in her next novel.”

    Bangor Daily News

  • “Graves provides an entertaining read sprinkled with practical tips. A recipe for success—even if it makes you want to start one of your long-overdue home-repair projects!”

    Wichita Falls Times-Record News

  • “[Filled with] strong and believable characters…Plenty of fun.”

    Contra Cost Times

  • “Sharp, clear characterizations and an intricate, precisely fitted plot make this latest Home Repair Is Homicide mystery a pleasure from first page to last.”

    Romantic Times Bookclub

  • “Entertaining…a  nicely drawn cast of characters, both human and animal, plus humor built around domestic bliss and angst, personal foibles, and outrageous situations all make for plenty of cozy fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hours of cozy entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Lindsay Ellison deals efficiently with ex-cons, ex-husbands, ex-girlfriends, and a housekeeper suffering from CCD—compulsive cleaning disorder—brought on by stress. Ellison switches from standard speech to a down-east accent without slipping into caricature. She’s especially winning as Jake copes with exploding radiators, long-lost relatives, and moose puke in her kitchen.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 11/21/2013

    " I listened to this one in the car. It took me a little while to get into the story, but eventually I did. It's my first of this series. Wonder if I would've gotten into the story sooner if I'd read earlier books in the series first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/27/2013

    " These people grow on you when you read series of cozy mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 10/20/2013

    " Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and friend, Ellie, figure out who murdered housekeeper, Bella's ex-husband. Enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 8/28/2013

    " I think that has been my favorite one so far! Great story, indeed! Can't elaborate lest I tell too many spoilers! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 5/19/2013

    " This book just didn't capture my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 3/27/2013

    " I enjoy these because they're about Maine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/12/2012

    " This book in the series was a little less interesting, and I felt it went a little too much into the excessive cleaning of the housekeeper who helps out Jake, but it did have a good tip on fixing a hairline plaster crack! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 3/15/2012

    " I tried to listen to this on audio, but, like Diane Mott Davidson, it seems that these are meant to be read, not read to you. Typical cozy mystery with local flavor - enjoyable, mostly forgettable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jack | 2/21/2012

    " An unfocused, meandering narrative and excruciating dullness make this decidedly not worth your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/11/2012

    " Okay plot, excessively perky writing, delightful Maine coast setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca Hurley | 1/4/2012

    " now this book was absolutly awsome. i loved it to death. i couldn't put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 10/28/2011

    " "yeow", said the cat. "mmrrfff" went the moose. blech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 6/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one, it even made me laugh out loud! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edna Little Fish In Running Waters Spring | 4/20/2011

    " I didn't need ALL the Repair tips! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Eastport, moose spit, killer granny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one, it even made me laugh out loud! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 10/23/2010

    " I listened to this one in the car. It took me a little while to get into the story, but eventually I did. It's my first of this series. Wonder if I would've gotten into the story sooner if I'd read earlier books in the series first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 5/24/2010

    " This is a mystery book. clean language. Easy reading. Jake is repairing her home and wins a month of free cleaning. The lady who comes to clean, cleans too much-things she shouldn't. Her husband ends up dead and Jake figures out who the killer is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/27/2009

    " This book just didn't capture my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/4/2009

    " I enjoy these because they're about Maine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edna Little Fish | 1/11/2009

    " I didn't need ALL the Repair tips! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/2/2009

    " Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and friend, Ellie, figure out who murdered housekeeper, Bella's ex-husband. Enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 5/25/2008

    " I tried to listen to this on audio, but, like Diane Mott Davidson, it seems that these are meant to be read, not read to you. Typical cozy mystery with local flavor - enjoyable, mostly forgettable. "

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

    " now this book was absolutly awsome. i loved it to death. i couldn't put it down. "

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

    " This book in the series was a little less interesting, and I felt it went a little too much into the excessive cleaning of the housekeeper who helps out Jake, but it did have a good tip on fixing a hairline plaster crack! "

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