The Dead Cat Bounce (Home Repair is Homicide #1)
dead cat bounce n. Stock market jargon for a small, temporary rise in a stock's trading price after a sharp drop.
Since she bought her rambling old fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn't so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there's the little matter of the d...more
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#1 Home Repair is Homicide mystery featuring Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree in Eastport, Maine. Jacobia is a former financial adviser who lived in New York and had some pretty high-flying clients--including some unsavory 'connected' folks. A year ago, she decided to abandon the rat race and bought a 200-year-old house in Eastport, Maine and moved in with her teenage son Sam. Since then, her life has been one big ins...more
Despite this aspect, I intend to read every single Sarah Graves novels.
What I enjoyed:
* The town has an interesting personality, as does its residents.
* Sam, wow could there be a more perfect son?
What could have been better:
* The killer was obvious, I don't know why Jacobia and the town had such a difficult time figuring it out. (view spoiler)[Jacobia was just so stuck on Heddda's hand issues, that she oouldn't see the killer in...more
This first book is perhaps the weakest of the series, but Ms. Graves is only getting better and better. The protagonist is Jacobia Tiptree (Jake to her friends),a high powered stockbrocker who moves to Eas...more
Dead Cat Bounce is the first installment of the Home Repair is Homicide series, set in Eastport Maine, the easternmost US city, in the modern day. Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree has traded her fast-track life as an investment analyst for 'fat cats' including high-level mobsters, and escaped her marriage with an egotistic, narcissistic brain surgeon, for a more peaceful life in Maine with her...more
Jacobia is a formerly poor child, turned Wall Street wiz kid, turned Maine ... something. It wasn't clear to me how she was supporting herself once she moved to Maine - I guess she had made so much money on Wall Street that she was all set. One day she happens upon a dead body in her unheated storage room (where sh...more
When the body is revealed to be that of a local billionaire and Tiptree (the newcomer in town) begins to investigate why he wound up in her house, her safety and that of her son i...more
I appreciated that the protagonist, Jacobia Tiptree, was a multifaceted individual who has overcome challenges (and is currently overcoming challenges) in her life. It is often...more
I wouldn't say "Wow" about this book. In fact, I could put it down and not pick it up, wishing I were reading something else.
A man is found with an ice pick in his head; the pick disappears and then turns up under the body. Someone confesses to the murder but was it her that really did it? If so, how did she move the body from one hou...more
Dead Cat Bounce was a 4 star book for me. Earlier I was thinking about calling it a 3...more
The main character is Jacobia Tiptree, former money manager for big-time movers and shakers in NYC, and also former wife of a jerk of a neurosurgeon. She and her teenaged son moved to Maine mostly to escape her husband, but also her job which...more
Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
This isn't necessarily a book I would normally pick up, but once I started I was well drawn in. As with many of these Jessica Fletcher type mysteries, there is a murder in a small town, and Jacobia Tiptree is set to solve it. Pretty good, well rounded characters, and the interaction between characters is well rendered. There's a very strong setting here, with Graves interspersing nearly every "action" paragraph with a description of either the sma...more
p: 140: "More promises: the island seemed full of them today, and people kept them, here. You couldn't vanish into the anonymity of a mass of people, and pretend you hadn't given your word. In Eastport, there wasn't a mass of people; just you an...more
- which is funny because this is very much a small town setting where everyone is into everyone else's business. I suppose it is really that "I can pick on her but you can't" loyalty that you find in close-knit families that shines through in this book. I enjoy that sort of bent sense of ho...more
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