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A Bat in the Belfry: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery Hardcover – April 30, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Home Repair is Homicide (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition / First Printing edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345534999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345534996
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Burns VINE VOICE on June 4, 2014
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Wow - no one can accuse this book of having a dull moment! The storyline was frenetic and chock-full of new characters as well as series regulars. While I liked it for the most part, that old quote from Bob Dylan - "Chaos is a friend of mine" - did pop into my head.

It's November and Eastport is bracing for a Nor'easter. On the eve of the storm a teen age girl is found murdered, and an old friend of Jake's son Sam is taken into custody. Meanwhile, a stranger shows up in Eastport and raises a few eyebrows. With her polished good looks and abrasive manner, Lizzie Snow has the gossip mill working overtime. While Lizzie is in Eastport on personal business, she sort of stumbles into the murder investigation and much of the storyline revolves around Lizzie and how/why she winds up in Maine.

While most of the series regulars get at least some page time, Jake actually has a fairly small role. It seems that this 16th installment is meant to introduce us to the character of Lizzie Snow, who will feature prominently in the author's upcoming release:Winter at the Door: A Novel (Home Repair is Homicide)

For a while now this series has been straddling the line between "cozy" mystery and "thriller". The local "color" and domestic details have been downplayed somewhat and some of the storylines have become darker and edgier. When a series has gone on this long (16 installments!), it's bound to evolve and I'm willing to take a "wait and see" approach to this new character of Lizzie.

There's a whole lot going on in this story and there are a lot of characters. I didn't find it confusing, though I can't say that all the threads are woven seamlessly into the plot.
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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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I found the early chapters very confusing with too many characters and subplots. The ending was okay but no surprise! I am not sure I will buy any more of her books.
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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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While camping we visited the town the books are in and saw places like the hardware store and others mentioned, Seeing that increased my interest in the books I had already read. So, now I'm hooked on Sara Graves books.
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Once again, like visiting old friends and being with them as they solve yet another murder, it all comes together in the last 100pages, so when you get that far pour a beverage of you're choice, lock the door and enjoy the ending!
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I really love reading Sarah Graves books on Home Repair. This book was good but, not up to her usual standards. It just didn't have her usual punch that I like. I have read all the home repair books and I loved all of them but, this book just seemed to be missing something.
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I have read all her books in this series and enjoy the characters she has developed. This was not my favorite, I think because there was not enough following the characters, but having to do with the plot. Still, it was a good read.
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