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Product Details

  • Series: Home Repair is Homicide
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553593439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553593433
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance praise for Dead Level
 
“Readers won’t be able to put this page-turner down—but it will certainly make them think twice about vacationing at that Maine lakeside cottage.”—Leslie Meier
 
“Sarah Graves continues successfully reinventing her much beloved Home Repair Is Homicide series. Her newest is a terrific thriller and an all-around treat, bearing Graves’s trademarks: edgy traditional mysteries peppered liberally with humor, and sprinkled with layered, well-written characters. This series is better than ever!”—Julia Spencer-Fleming
 
Praise for Sarah Graves and the Home Repair Is Homicide series
 
“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
 
“Nail-biting suspense that ensnares the reader . . . full of courageous women and compelling action. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal


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About the Author

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, A Bat in the Belfrey.

More About the Author

Sarah Graves lives with her husband in Eastport, Maine. She is working on the second Lizzie Snow novel, THE GIRLS SHE LEFT BEHIND. Visit her at www.sarahgraves.net or www.mainecrimewriters.com

Customer Reviews

Great who done it and character.
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It's bad folks - you won't miss a thing and might be better off for not having read this one.
J. Karl
I have read every book in the series, & look forward to her next novel.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on September 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie White, are heading for a Down East camp belonging to Jake's husband, Eastport harbor pilot Wade Sorenson, when they find a culvert on the remote woods road blocked. That's nothing unusual; the resident beaver often fills in that culvert, and the humans who use the road have to unblock it or have the road wash out. Jake, a former New York City financial advisor, moved to Eastport years ago after divorcing her brain surgeon first husband. Ellie is an Eastport native, wife of local handyman George Valentine and mother of a five-year-old daughter. Jake's only child, Sam, is a grown man of 25 now. But he still struggles with sobriety, all this time after his mother removed him from the temptations of the city where he once was well on his way to an early death from addiction or from the behavior that resulted. So when Sam meets a beautiful woman in the course of his job at the local boatyard, he finds himself reluctant to tell her that he doesn't, can't, drink alcohol. He takes the easy way out...and he winds up bound and gagged inside a motel room, because that beautiful woman and her "brother" (Sam's boat repair customer) aren't exactly what they profess to be. Meanwhile, Jake and Ellie start work on the deck that Jake has bet her husband she can build at his camp without his help. They don't know that a killer, escaped from a Maine prison and supposed to be on his way south, is actually there in the woods with them. Stalking them, and closing in to get rid of two women he hates: Jake Tiptree, whose testimony helped put him behind bars; and Ellie White, who looks uncannily like the woman he murdered. Whom he believes to be his wife, Marianne, come back to life and in need of killing all over again.Read more ›
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Once, a long time ago, Graves wrote good books. They were not as well written as now. She is much more polished (but still a long way from the top writers) but now lacks the humor and interest that she drew from her characters. If you have read any of her recent books they jumble into a sameness that, for me, says that she is more interested in getting a book out than in getting out a good book.

I stuck with her with the hope that she would get back to her roots, but only a half way through this book I shifted to skimming it and missed nothing, which is hard to do with a good author.

Several years ago, I even visited Eastport, I liked her books so much. But I am done. Too much formula and not enough of what drew me to the books in the first place.

Whoever wrote that this was bloodless obviously never read the book. Just about everyone ends up in the hospital with gunshots, timbers through their body, burns, hypothermia, cuts, bruises, auto accident injuries, blood bursts, and other general mayhem. Still, they gave it five stars which certainly makes the review suspect.

Another 5 star review has them over Mt Katahdin, which never happens in this book. But then, since she is formulaic, maybe they just confused this book with another one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kmcg on July 30, 2012
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I have really enjoyed this series, but this book has too many totally unbelieveable coincidences and saving of lives to be an enjoyable book to read. It tried to cover too many activities of too many people. If someone starts the series with this book, it could be a mass of confusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Burns VINE VOICE on July 29, 2013
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This 15th entry in the series has Jake and her long-time best friend Ellie heading off to tackle some repairs at a remote cottage owned by Jake's husband Wade. What starts off as a quiet work/vacation soon turns into a fight to survive when an escaped convict targets Jake. With no way to signal for help, Jake and the ever resourceful Ellie have no intention of giving up without a heck of a fight.

First things first: The set-up of the story requires a major suspension of disbelief. Similar to those teen horror flicks where the half-dressed girl insists on going down into the dark basement to check out a weird noise, Jake and Ellie's decision to trudge on out to an isolated cabin with an escaped murderer on the loose was ridiculous. Once I got past that though, there was a lot I liked about the story. There are a few intertwining storylines, and I really enjoyed the page time devoted to Sam. (I feel so old - I've watched Sam grow up over the course of this series!). I also liked reading a bit more about Wade and a few other Eastport regulars. I did find the scenes with Ellie and Jake at the cabin became almost claustrophobic after a while, and welcomed the break when it switched to another storyline.

The parts of the story dealing with Jake & Ellie at the cabin are told in the first person; the rest of the story is told from the third person. I mention this because I know some readers don't care for the alternating POV. This series has strayed pretty far from its "cozy mystery" routes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. A long running series will grow stagnant if the author doesn't shake things up a bit.

Little (if any) strong language; no sexual content. If you are new to this series I wouldn't recommend starting here. The first book is The Dead Cat Bounce: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery .
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