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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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
#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
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
I thought the book was decent, particularly if you like cozy mysteries or mysteries with the detective being a middle-aged-woman (lol, I recall being in a writing class when they talked about why so many cozy mysteries feature middle-aged-women as t ...more
Jacobia Tiptree and her son, Sam, relocated to Maine after her divorce. She was a former stockbroker/money manager who decided to get out while she still had a stomach left. She bought an old Victorian house that needs lots of renovation. Her best friend in town is Ellie White.
Imagine Jacobia's surprise when she finds a dead body in her storage room with an ice pick in his head. Also imagine her surprise when later her friend Ellie confesses to the crime but makes re ...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
"Not much happens in her tiny Maine town, but that's about to change. Jake's unknown guest turns out to be a world-famous corporate raider, local boy turned billionair ...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.
I find this kind of book a good goto when you are coming off a content rich book that you labored at. This type of book will get you excited about reading again.
* Home Repair is Homicide