The Book of Old Houses (Home Repair is Homicide #11)
Once upon a time, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree was a hotshot money manager to Manhattan’s rich and dreadful—until she left city life behind for a centuries-old fixer-upper in the quaint seaside town of Eastport, Maine. But even this tiny haven has its hazards—and they can be astonishingly deadly….
What would you do if a long-buried book was unearthed from beneath your 1823 fixer-
Several books ago Jacobia Tree's father found an old creepy book in the cellar. This book resolves that story.
I li ...more
I am always reluctant to dive into mystery series that feature a detective, almost always female, who is also a knitter, a cupcake maker, a...home repairer like Jacobia. They usually fail to integrate the two threads effectively or credibly. ...more
The story revolves around a bok that Jake found while she was renovating her new home. She sends it off to have it appraised and the appraiser is found dead. The death is believed to be a mugging gone bad. This all changes when a friend of the appraiser shows up at her house claiming it was murder a ...more
There is also the subplot of Jake remodeling her bathroom. She grows irritated by the outdated bathroom and demolishe ...more
Jake's escape (not once but twice) from the killer's attempts to kill her seemed too contrived to be believable, based on luckily having just the right specialized tool handy for one and the timely arrival of help for the other.
An attempt to create a humorous situation out of a problem arising in a home repair project (in this case getting a large cast iron bath t ...more
In recent books, Sarah Graves has been flirting a bit with the super ...more
Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree traded being a hot-shot money manager in New York, for a centuries old "fixer upper" house in the wilds of Maine. Along with her son, who's just out of rehab, her father, who spent years on the run because he was suspected of blowing up his wife and Jake's mother [he didn't], and a host of other "unique" small town folks, Jake is trying t ...more
It’s a mystery, so the basic plot is that a book dealer who specializes in ancient books is murdered. His friend comes to Eastport, ME to figure out who murdered him, led to the town by the old book the the narrator, Jacobia Triptree, has found on her property and sent to the murdered book deal to be authenti ...more
I liked the main character but found several of the author's descriptions of more detailed scenes (i.e. removal of stuck bathtub and a suspense scene with Merkle, chiefly) confusing and disorganized. I understood the gist of what was going on, but Graves' description of the intricacies left me scratching my head. I had to read these sections several times before they even started to make sense and ended up just skimming most of these pages. Not a huge deal, but enoug ...more
Book continues to focus on complex mystery plot without any paranormal aspects.
I will say I was totally annoyed by the not so well thought out, utter destruction wrought by Jake (Jacobia) on her bathroom. I doubt anyone in the right mind would do tha ...more
There we ...more
Great misdirection, but I did not fall for it. I pegged the evil-doer early and nothing dissuaded me.
It should be great. This author would be a five-starrer if she had a clearer sentence structure. Her sentences go on and on ...more
It was an entertaining mystery interspliced with hysterical home repair stories and some good tips (I'm going to try the neosporin on stubborn mold on the shower grout). I have the rest of the series on hold and 3 are waiting to be picked up as I type this. My only problem was I came in so far into the series there were a few confusing moments but that was my fault.
This is generally h ...more
* Home Repair is Homicide