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The Dead Cat Bounce (Home Repair is Homicide #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,822 ratings  ·  155 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bantam (first published 1997)
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"It's pretty good. But," she said, "the author uses this device all the time."

"What," he asked, "device do you mean?"

"The device," she replied, "of splitting dialogue around stage directions."

"Oh, that," he remarked, "is so annoying."

"Yes, it," she answered, "is."
"I think," this reader says, "that breaking up sentences," she notes especially in dialogue,"is extremely irksome and distracting." "Could this be," she muses, "an editorial issue?" "Although this is a wonderfully fun," she exclaims, "and enjoyable and nicely written tale," she continues, "is it really necessary to use employ this style," this writer moans, "on every single page?"

Despite this aspect, I intend to read every single Sarah Graves novels.

Note that this review refers to the audio version, which I couldn't find listed anywhere!

#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
I'm hoping to start some remodel work on my house this fall. With that in mind I picked up this book, it's qualifications being - it's a mystery and although it's fiction it deals with home repair (the first in the Home Repair is Homicide series) and it was sitting on my library's bookshelf. So I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it's a pretty good book. A 'cozy' set in Eastport Maine. I looked it up and the town is real. Apparently NPR did an interview with some of the locals back in 20 ...more
Not bad, just okay. I liked that the setting is a small town in Maine (I have a soft spot for Maine and any small harbor town) but for the most part, I found this mystery to be kind of boring. Since the main character, Jacobia, used to be a financial advisor, there is quite a bit of financial mumbo jumbo throughout the book that was very uninteresting to have to read through. Overall, it started off extremely slow but it did get better and more exciting towards the end so I'll check out another ...more
Melissa Morley
I like this author for light mystery tales. She adds home do it yourself projects and financial planning to her suspense. Her characters are not predictable in nature, and relationships in this series have some interesting elements. I like her descriptive word pictures, as well as her sense of humor. I listen to these on audio.
Where have I been? This delightful mystery author has been around for a long time and I just found her. If you love mystery and if you love the Northeast coast of the US, run to get this book - the first of a series, A Home Repair is Homicide. This author is a poet; her descriptions of the physical area, the people, and her thoughts are so compelling that I found I was dwelling on them, rather than racing through to grab the clues and solve the mystery. So many characters - the weird neurosurgeo ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
I started off giving it 3 stars but as the could have been better section kept growing and the enjoyed didn't, I had to go back to 2 stars.

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)
This is the first book in Sarah Graves Repair is Homicide mystery series. I first read it many years ago (1998?), along with the next two or three, then lost track of the series. I love this series! I made a concerted effort recently to read my way through once again and get caught up to date.

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
"dead cat bounce": stock market jargon for a small temporary rise in a stock's trading price, after a sharp drop.

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
Nadine Jones
A perfectly charming murder mystery set in Eastport, Maine. I have no idea if the Maine descriptions are accurate or not, but I assume they are since the author lives in Eastport. :-)

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
Another new series for me. Dead cat bounce is the beginning of an interesting cozy series set in Maine about a divorced mother named Jacobia known as Jake. In her previous life she was a financial consultant. As in all series beginnings, a lot of time is spent setting up the scene and major characters. There was a little too much financial data for me but hopefully that was limited tgo this book. Jake's friend Ellie has confessed to murdering a local man whose body was found in Jake's home. Jake ...more
Jacobia (Jake) Triptee is a "retired" commodities broker who moved with her son to an island off the coast of Maine to escape life in the city as well as her controlling ex-husband. Jake falls in love with a 200 year old house and spends her time either repairing her "money hole" residence or solving a mystery or two. I'm still trying to figure out how someone so well versed in the financial world found time to learn how to properly glaze a window or repair lath, or to acquire all the knowledge ...more
I listened to this one in audio and so I didn't notice that it was book #1 in a series. Now that I see that I am very surprised because we jump into the middle of a lot of things that felt like they might have been in a previous book. But I guess not!

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
Patti Phillips
The ‘Home Repair is Homicide’ series gets off to a hammering start with this first installment, “Dead Cat Bounce.” Jacobia Tiptree has purchased a fixer-upper on an island in Maine and while handy with a wrench and other assorted tools, she is not prepared for the corpse she discovers in her storeroom one murky morning.

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
Aaron Pogue
The setting is vivid, the characters are strongly portrayed, and the story of murder is fascinating. Unfortunately, Graves refuses to tell the story. She constantly interrupts the narrative, and that makes it a chore to ferret out the scattered bits of real story along the way.
Terrible. The writing is very disjointed, and floats back and forth between past and present without warning. I tried to give this a chance, and went past my 50 page rule, but half way through I closed up the book, and put it away. It wasn't worth my time.
A single mother, Jacobia Tiptree, and her good, but troubled teenage son have moved to remote Eastport, Maine to get away from an annoying ex-husband and the busy urban life they had led. Eastport has a wealth of interesting characters, all of whom the reader meets in the course of solving the mystery of a murdered stock trader that Jacobia finds in her house, the one that she is hopelessly attempting to remodel herself. Set among artists and fishermen, this is a gentle read loaded with humor. T ...more
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A single mother, Jacobia Tiptree, and her good, but troubled teenage son have moved to remote Eastport, Maine to get away from an annoying ex-husband and the busy urban life they had led. Eastport has a wealth of interesting characters, all of whom the reader meets in the course of solving the mystery of a murdered stock trader that Jacobia finds in her house, the one that she is hopelessly attempting to remodel herself. Set among artists and fishermen, this is a gentle read loaded with humor. T ...more
According to the book, "dead cat bounce" is stock trade jargon. Who would have thunk it? This book does talk stock. There was some definite inside trading going on.

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
Nathan Trachta
Normally I don’t read many murder mysteries; however, after chatting with Ms. Graves on another reviewer’s review (on Amazon) of a different work of Ms. Graves, I decided to read at least one of her books and me being me, I decided to start at the beginning. Dead Cat Bounce is Ms. Graves initial forte with Jacobia Tiptree as the protagonist; it takes place in Eastport, Maine, interestingly Ms. Graves’ hometown.

Dead Cat Bounce was a 4 star book for me. Earlier I was thinking about calling it a 3
Set in a small town on an island on the northeastern coast of Maine, practically in Canada, this is formula mystery fiction at its....well, not best, but at its formulaic-ist. The mystery portion was pretty obvious, but again getting to "how" was the issue.

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
Saw this series in the library and decided I would try it. This is the first book in the series, not carried by my library but I got the mass market paperback at Barnes and Noble. There are a lot of books in this series, and I have to wonder how there can possibly be so many murders in such a small quaint town - my general complaint about all mystery series. Set in Maine (something I'm noticing about my reading), it's a fairly typical small towns are so interesting themed book, with the requisit ...more
Mark Baker
Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree has moved to Maine and bought a fixer upper in an attempt to get away from the rat race. But it doesn't quite work out when she finds a dead man in her house and her best friend confesses to the murder. The book starts out very slowly, but as I went along, it did begin to get better.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Got ab halfway through and quit. Not quite compelling enough for the work required. Didn't care for the way the author frequently broke up quotes in the middle of sentences (ie, "I didn't," she said, "care for it.") Some of the writing was sophisticated, but in other spots it was overly technical. Enjoyed characters of Wade, Sam, and Ellie, but not enough to find out why Ellie took the fall for a crime she obviously didn't commit.
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Julie P
This was a rather well written mystery. Not perfect, but good especially for the first in a series. The typos were a bit distracting, but I thought the writing was very intelligent and the characters were likeable.
Sarah Graves is my new flavor of the month. Her heroine, Jacobia Tiptree, is a smart, sensible, believable character in the ilk of Rose Connor's Marty Nickerson, Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, or Kate Wilhelm's Barbara Holloway. I've now read four books in the series (the first two and the two most recent--apparently it is not that necessary to read them in order), and I find all of the characters thoroughly engaging. I also like that the heroine is not superwoman, not unaccountably lucky, and r ...more
Connie N.
This one started out a bits low but I soon became caught up in the mystery and greatly enjoyed the delightful Downeast Maine characters. It took a while for me to understand that the "dead cat" is a financial term referring to a stock that makes a bit of a last ditch jump before dying. Clever title, really, when I figured it out. Jacobia Tiptree (really?) is a financial wizard now retired to a quiet life in Maine, the ex provides some interesting negative and blustery dynamics, the teenage son S ...more
This started out very slow, this author reminds me of Hemingway, she has to tell you all the trivial stuff that I am not always sure is important.
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Sarah Graves lives with her husband John, a musician and luthier, and their black Labrador Retriever in a house very much like the one Jacobia Tiptree is remodeling in Eastport, Maine. When she's not writing Jake's adventures, Sarah works with her husband on the house and she plays the 5-string banjo.

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