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Knockdown: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery (Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries) Hardcover – April 26, 2011

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Praise for Sarah Graves and the Home Repair Is Homicide series
 
“Think Diane Mott Davidson with a tool belt instead of recipes.”—The Denver Post
 
“Like a runaway home renovation project, the appeal for her books keeps getting larger."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“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

"Memorable characters and helpful household tips enhance a dark cozy that will keep the reader turning the pages until the surprising and dramatic conclusion." -PW

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553807897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553807899
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Burns VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
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This 12th entry in the series opens with Jacobia ("Jake") Tiptree tackling yet another home repair project as the town of Eastport prepares for its annual 4th of July celebration. When a young man begins to harass Jake by making bizarre and threatening remarks, she's annoyed and puzzled but not overly concerned - not at first. But as the stranger grows bolder and the threats more menacing, Jake realizes that there is nothing random about these attacks. Jake's past is coming back to haunt her, and if the "stranger" has his way revenge will be swift - and fatal.

I wasn't crazy about this installment, in large part because it seemed like I'd read it before. How many times can your house catch fire? Haven't we already seen Jake trapped in a basement while a madman enacts an elaborate murder scenario? Hasn't Wade left Jake alone and vulnerable in dangerous situations more than once (it happens twice in this story). And let's be honest - how many times will every single member of Jake's household find some excuse to leave her "conveniently" alone in the house so that some madman can make his move? Sorry, I just didn't buy into much of this story. The book relied too heavily on coincidence and convenient plot devices at every turn and it felt forced.

Most of the Eastport familiar faces do make an appearance, and I was glad for that (although none really play an essential role in the story). The town itself is featured prominently providing that nice local "flavor" that has been a hallmark of this series.

With the last few entries this series has definitely moved out of the "cozy" category, and I'm fine with that. I trust the author to know when it's time for a new approach to keep the series fresh.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathi Farr on March 17, 2013
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When the series first began Jake Tiptree seemed like a really smart woman. I have enjoyed all the books until this one...This book was so stupid, I couldn't even finish it. Can you imagine, her husband, son, father and best friend all leave her at home alone when a person who wants to kill her is on the loose? Next she parades about town hoping the killer will find her, and when there is an explosion, again all the men in her life leave her stranded...if Wade were such an excellent husband he would have taken her with him in order to keep her safe. I tried to finish this book for three weeks and just didn't care anymore. This series of books has really gone downhill. I purchase the next book in the series but I won't read that either since the premise is that she takes off for the woods all by herself when a convict she knows has excaped from prision is roaming the area...I am so disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nnb2004 on January 7, 2012
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Not even a mystery at all. For the past several books this series has been leaning more towards suspense and this book is all the way there. This is not a good thing in my opinion.I waited for this book to come out in paperback so it would be cheaper and I am glad I did. The plot is moribund and boring. it is basically a two character book as all the well loved supporting cast of characters are mere shadows of their former selves. The antagonist is hateful as I suppose he should be but all the words wasted on describing him and his actions and motivations are just that, a waste and not interesting reading. The narrative is so leaden that I found myself skipping whole pages just to get through the book. With each successive book Jake's intelligence level drops so; that it is difficult to believe that she could ever have been a financial adviser to the Mob. I was not rooting for Jake to survive this book. I really had no interest in the outcome. It is highly unlikely that I will purchase the next book in the series.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 26, 2011
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In Eastport, Maine, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree scrapes paint off the front steps of her 1823 Federal house. However, a young man rides a bike pass her house giving her a look of anger that is so intense, Jake wonders what his problem is. He returns, but this time dismounts from his bicycle. Getting into Jake's face, the twentyish male accuses her of vague criminal activity. He departs with the words: "Blood shows up again. Murder will out."

Confused and upset, Jake looks forward to spending the Fourth of July with her family and Wade. However, she receives a threatening e-mail to "Beware the Fourth" from an unknown person using the alias "Nemesis." Although troubled by the bicyclist and email encounters, Jake is not one to sit idly by waiting for a stalker to knock her down. She assumes her predator is tied to her unsavory financial management days until the attack on Eastport begins.

The latest Home Repair Is Homicide amateur sleuth (see Crawlspace) is probably the darkest entry in the series. Jake will soon learn that her previous life in finance has come home to roost like a Dead Cat Bounce. Series fans will be hooked from the moment the bicyclist begins his spin. This is a great work in a fabulous series

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Perry A Wilson on February 16, 2012
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I liked the book. A few predictable scenes but still strong enough to entertain me through to the end. A couple of places she had me fooled into thinking I knew what was going on when there was a surprise waiting for me.
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