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A Bat in the Belfry: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery (Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Series: Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition / First Printing edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345534999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345534996
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for A Bat in the Belfry
 
“Stylishly suspenseful.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“Nobody else can take a home repair project and turn it into a first-class mystery the way Graves can. It’s a top-of-the-line story.”RT Book Reviews
 
“Graves does the Down East region justice, nailing not only the scents, sounds, sights, and people, but the culture. . . . It doesn’t hurt that she’s a damn good storyteller, to boot. [Her] prose is sharp, smart, and witty.”Crimespree Magazine

Praise for Sarah Graves and the Home Repair Is Homicide series
 
“Graves’s trademarks are edgy, traditional mysteries peppered liberally with humor, and sprinkled with layered, well-written characters.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier
 
“Just hearing her list the ways you can kill yourself fixing up an old house . . . is a hoot.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“What distinguishes the novel are its likable, no-nonsense protagonist-narrator, her references to home repair that the author cleverly fits tongue-and-groove into the story and, especially, the detailed descriptions of the town.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Graves makes rehabbing shutters and other chores suspenseful.”The Boston Globe

About the Author

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. She is currently at work on the first novel in her new mystery series, Winter at the Door, to be published by Bantam.

More About the Author

Sarah Graves lives with her husband in Eastport, Maine, where her mystery novels are set. She is currently working on her twelfth Home Repair Is Homicide novel.

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I love all of Sara Graves books in the series.
CATHY GABLE
The narrator usually does them all and she does an amazing Maine accent that really colors the book and adds flavor to it even more than reading the books.
L. Grant
Great story, a lot of suspense and edge of your seat twists and turns.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A huge storm is on the way as murder and mayhem ensue in the tiny island town of Eastport, Maine. Visiting is Sam Tiptree's good friend Chip, who is miserable. His girlfriend in the city continues to give him the run-around. She is unavailable by phone and then, when Chip finally is able to talk with her, tells him unconvincing stories about where she has been. Even worse, she asks him to get her an appointment with the criminal lawyer who Chip happens to have an "in" with. When he presses her, she assures him that it is for a "friend."

Meanwhile, Sam is also having difficulties with women. He adores Maggie, a local long-time friend who has become a romantic partner. However, fun-loving and extremely attractive Carol Stedman has decided that Sam is the guy for her...and Sam is finding it increasingly impossible to even want to fend off her advances. Eastport being the tiny town that it is, Maggie knows of Sam's dalliance. Naturally enough, she is not happy and doesn't mind sharing her displeasure with him. Carol texts him continuously, asking him to come party with her while Maggie calls to speak with him. Finally, exasperated and overwhelmed, he shuts his phone off and goes to the kitchen for a late night snack. Looking out the window, he sees Chip out for a stroll in the dark.

Fourteen-year-old Karen Hansen climbs the bell tower of one of Eastport's churches. It is night-time dark and spooky in there, but Karen has a goal. If she can climb to the top and flash her flashlight, she will win a bet and gain $50. Karen sorely needs that cash in order to flee Eastport and the terrible home she shares with her drunken father. However, this is the last night --- the last hour --- of Karen's life.

Eastport is rocked by the news of Karen's murder. A witness comes forward.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Baker on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Wow! What a read! I love these books set in Maine where we live and Sarah Graves certainly comes through with this incredible addition to her Home Repair is Homicide series by juggling any number of mysteries at once in this tough to put down, page turner of a thriller.

You'll want a good storm like the one in this book, so you can settle down and read this without interruptions such as work, errands, and anything else that might keep you from finishing this once you read the first page.

This Maine mystery is as incedible as a lobster dinner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on June 5, 2013
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Another good one by one of my favorite authors. This one features her son more and there is less of a supernatural element
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Hadden-Boyd on May 25, 2013
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Continue to enjoy this great series set in small-town Maine. Jake is a great character and this book takes us into the realm of bullying which I believe is an important issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Chancellor on June 10, 2013
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I will keep reading Sarah Graves. Always happy to find a series that keeps you anticipating the next volume. Keep writing Sarah!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By llbets on May 26, 2013
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Jake doesn't get knocked out! others do, but I'm glad the heroine was only in semi-danger this go around. Terrific!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Laney on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
4 STARS

A Bat in the Belfry: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery.

I have never read any of this series before but I would like to read more of them now.
Their are a lot of characters but does not take long to keep them straight. This book stands up by itself.

In reading the book I thought the main character was Lizzie Snow who came to town right after the murder happened. She finds a lot of the clues and is the center of things. I like the character of Lizzie Snow and would like to see more from her and her new job.
Jake and Ellie were in the book but never heard much from Ellie. I bet if I had read the other books in the series than a lot of characters mentioned just a little would fit in more.

Their is plenty of suspense and drama. I kind of guessed part of the story but not all of it. I would read more of Sarah's work in the future based on this one. It is also a clean read.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
Publication date: 4/30/2013 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
304 pages ISBN-13: 9780345534996
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Booth on May 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a fast-moving mystery set in a small Maine town that is experiencing a strong storm. The story has a number of characters, many of whom narrate different parts of the book. The descriptions of the people, places, and storm are detailed and interesting. At the end, all questions are answered, and the culprits arrested. Each chapter begins with a short home-repair tip, which are not connected directly to the story, but are interesting tidbits.
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