A Bat in the Belfry

A Bat in the Belfry

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When it comes to home repair, Jacobia a€œJakea€ Tiptree is a fervent wielder of power drills and paint brushes. And when catching criminals, shea€™s been known to really bring down the hammer. But when a shocking murder rocks the small town of Eastport, Maine, Jake may be the next victim for whom the bell tolls. It is nearly midnight when the enormous bell in the belfry of All Faith Chapela€”silent for decadesa€”booms forth, startling awake the entire town of Eastport. Upon inspection of the steeple, the police uncover the body of local teenager Karen Hansen, who had climbed the belfrya€™s dark, rickety stairs for a midnight rendezvous. But instead of the promise of an exciting new life, Karen meets her death. Meanwhile, as an epic nora€™easter bears down on the idyllic island town, Jake Tiptree hurries to shore up her ramshackle old house against the big blow. An amateur detective, she has sworn off chasing criminals. But when the news of Karena€™s murder spreads and much of the evidence points to Jakea€™s likable houseguest, she and her sleuthing partner, Ellie White, get to work. They discover an unexpected ally in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a woman from a€œawaya€ who seemed to have blown into town with the nora€™easter, and who also seems to know a lot about the mind of a killer. Can Jake and Ellie trust her? As a killer roams free and the townsfolk struggle against the pounding, screaming storm, the resulting tempest of gossip and suspicion rivals anything the Atlantic could brew upa€”and threatens to keep Jake and Ellie from putting the final nail in this cold-blooded case. Complete with Home Repair Is Homicide repair tips! BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Sarah Graves's Winter at the Door. Praise for A Bat in the Belfry a€œStylishly suspenseful.a€a€”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a€œNobody else can take a home repair project and turn it into a first-class mystery the way Graves can. Ita€™s a top-of-the-line story.a€a€”RT Book Reviews a€œGraves does the Down East region justice, nailing not only the scents, sounds, sights, and people, but the culture. . . . It doesna€™t hurt that shea€™s a damn good storyteller, to boot. [Her] prose is sharp, smart, and witty.a€a€”Crimespree Magazine Praise for Sarah Graves and the Home Repair Is Homicide series a€œGravesa€™s trademarks are edgy, traditional mysteries peppered liberally with humor, and sprinkled with layered, well-written characters.a€a€”Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier a€œJust hearing her list the ways you can kill yourself fixing up an old house . . . is a hoot.a€a€”The New York Times Book Review a€œWhat 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.a€a€”Los Angeles Times a€œGraves makes rehabbing shutters and other chores suspenseful.a€a€”The Boston GlobeA Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery Sarah Graves. and rummaged in the refrigerator for lunch stuffa€”today was Monday, so Bella was upstairs scrubbing the bathroom faucet handles with a toothbrush and bleach, wiping down every surfaceanbsp;...

Title:A Bat in the Belfry
Author: Sarah Graves
Publisher:Bantam - 2013-04-30

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