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Trap Door (Home Repair is Homicide #10)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  989 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
When Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree left behind her high-powered, high-risk career on Wall Street for the charming town of Eastport, Maine, she expected a quiet life spent fixing up her 1823 Federal-style house. But there are skeletons in her closet that may prove beyond repair...Suddenly the perils of the stock market pale in comparison to the murder, mayhem, and mystery of remod ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2006)
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Linda Baker
May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
While I am still enjoying this series for it's characters and setting, Trap Door was just ok for me. Jake strays into "too stupid to live" category a few times too often. The notion of her going to talk to a hit man to persuade him into not killing her old friend Jemmy was too far-fetched for me. And I really miss Victor, the nutso ex-husband now that I have gotten more background on him. That being said, I will be dipping into the next book in the series soon. The idea of a mysterious book buri ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I blame the major problem with the downfall of these books on George R. R. Martin. Because of Game of Thrones, and how wonderful those books are, writers think they can kill off major characters. Stop the Madness! Most of the time a better story line for these characters could be explored. But, not in hauntings! Are you kidding me? I'm done with these books.
Debra Belmudes
I liked this book, but I was confused about the rare book Jake sends for evaluation. What was the outcome or is that something for a future book? I had the sense the experts were debating what to disclose to her but the book never gets into that ... it simply ends with an obit of one of the experts.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set off the coast of Maine, the saga of Jacobia continues as she and her friend work on solving a supposed murder that could involve someone she used to know. It's a tricky plot and an enjoyable afternoon read.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
The mystery itself was good but the added parts about the book found in her basement made no sense, had nothing to do with the story and had no conclusion. If this were the first book by Sarah Graves I were to read, I would say 'no more'.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ab
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I find myself coming back to this series mainly because of the ongoing story line of Jacob's relationship with her young adult son. You won't find that particular dynamic explored in many novels--especially not in cozy mysteries. This entry wasn't my favorite but it didn't put me off the series.
Elly Wendy
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mimi Wolske
I picked this up at the library and didn't realize it was part of a series.
Not 100 percent cozy mystery genre theme.
Some good imagery.
Some home repair hints intermixed.
Slow in parts.
Needed editing for grammatical errors.
Plot didn't seem to be planned very carefully...but, that's just my opinion, so readers should judge that for themselves.
Difficult to become invested in the story.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I just don't even know what to say about this series anymore. I'm slowly working my way through the series, but I picked this one up right away because the last one left such a bad taste with me - poorly written, grammatical errors, ill conceived non-sensical plot, stupid actions by heroine, etc etc. On the plus side, at least the denouement did not include Jake stupidly and blindly throwing herself into an impossibly dangerous situation. Also, we got a bit more (teaser, though) on the mystery o ...more
Ellen Listens 24/7 Eberhardt
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
They just keep getting better! The characters splinter and go through strife added with some murder and a haunting? Not to mention the Tiptree Tips... love them!!
Better than the previous book--Nail Biter--in the series but not up to some of the earlier books, in my opinion.

It's possible Graves is running low on ideas for the series.

Jacobia's ex-husband Victor's death in the last book and her son Sam's drinking problem in this one seem a little too forced yet convenient. Her old home which had been haunted by ghosts in some of the first books in the series has been ghost-free until Victor started haunting it in this one. And Sam, who has had drug abuse pr
Kitty Skinner
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery, series
Home Repair is Homocide is a quirky cozy mystery series. It's set in Eastport, Maine, the main characters are a mix of locals and refugees from large cities. Jake (Jacobia) is from NYC where she was a financial advisor for folks on the shady side of the law. She spends most of her time fixing up her home which seems to be falling apart more quickly than she can take care of it. The house was haunted when she moved in, and in this book her recently deceased ex-husband is the latest spirit, haunti ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I'm afraid I didn't really enjoy this book. It's another faux-cozy, trying to combine a cozy mystery setting with big-city crime rings, assassins and psychopaths (which are generally considered cheating in the cozy genre). Perhaps the author was trying to appeal to readers of both genres, but it didn't work for me, and it didn't help that most of the main characters were just not very likeable, so I didn't much care what happened to them. There was also a throughline about a mysterious book foun ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Another guilty pleasure, even though Jake’s impulsiveness and recklessness leads her to push too far in investigating the latest town murder. I can’t seem to help myself; even though Jacobia Tiptree just goes too far, I still like these books. At least Ellie, the local, town born and bred character and best friend of Jake seems to get pulled out of the fray, before it gets too dangerous. After all, she is now the mother of a very young girl (not even a toddler yet) and shouldn’t be putting herse ...more
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I’m afraid Sarah Graves has succumbed to the dread disease newbookawfulitis, also known as “Help! My standards have slipped and I can’t raise them!” After years of solidly enjoyable reads, her newest book is haphazard, vague, and baffling. In the previous book, Jake discovered an old manuscript in her basement and sent it off to be analyzed. Throughout this book, the men working on the project send excited “Is it really a…?” “Yes! It is a…!” “Should we tell her that she has a…?” e-mails to each ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fluff
Wellll, it was entertaining. Not too deep, not very tightly written. There was a point (past the 75% mark) that I seriously considered abandoning the book because I really wasn't invested in finding out whodunit.

Full of red herrings and eliciting an occasional chuckle, the story built on existing characters in the series (though it is certainly not necessary to read any previous story for this to make sense).

The 'reveal' seemed a bit rushed; there were more pages afterward to explain what everyo
Feb 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, not-recommended
I am about halfway through the book and I am not finding a flow to the writing. I can usually read a book and find my reading groove. This book has been hard to find and keep the groove. I like the writing style and can find mental pictures every so often. Book seems to be a slow read and drags on and on about nothing. I like the history and rapport building with characters, but I don't feel the process needs to take up endless pages. By now, at halfway through, I should be seeing the point of t ...more
Jan C
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoy this series. although this volume may have been a mite more confusing than most. and her old partner in crime Jemmy makes a reappearance. and she left us hanging just a little about a mysterious book that was found in the end of the last book.

I think I may have caught her in another factual error. She makes reference to Kramden's perennial comment "to the moon Alice" and then makes an offhand comment about canned laughter. IIRC "The Honeymooners" started as a 15-minute segment on Jackie
Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Goodreads needs a "I couldn't even finish it" category. It doesn't have one so I made my own. I had this as an audio book and couldn't stay with it. It dragged on, and on, and on. There wasn't one straight forward scene in the portion that I read. The hit man in the beginning kept reviewing all the action and his motivation as the storyline plodded on - I think an attempt to produce suspense. Then we jump forward and home repair woman tells 15 stories in the process of getting her housekeeper to ...more

Descript 7 sound discs (8 hrs. 39 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 cm.
Subject Tiptree, Jacobia (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
White, Ellie (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Women detectives -- Maine -- Eastport -- Fiction.
Dwellings -- Maintenance and repair -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
Eastport (Me.) -- Fiction.
Genre Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Series Home repair is homicide mystery ; 10
Graves, Sarah. Home repair is homicide mystery ; 10.
Performer Narrated by Lindsay Ellis
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the 10th of the Home Repair series. I have actually listened to it before but had no other CDs so listened again. Jacobia Tiptree used to be a fincance guru for memebers of the mob, she gave up her job and moved to Maine, bought an anciet falling down mansion and set to work to restore it. Jake and her best friend have a knack for getting into the middle of any murder that happens in their small town and helping the police to solve them. I like the characters in the stories they are true ...more
Elizabeth Kennedy
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mysteries
I do not enjoy this series, but I try a book here and there sometimes. This one I had given to my grandmother a few years ago and I decided to try it in a moment of throwing caution to the wind. It was a pretty good story with lots of thrilling moments. The problem is hat the characters are unbelievable. And Tiptree's tips are just annoying. Since this is the third book in the series that I have read and not particularly enjoyed, I will not be coming back for more.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the last two that I read in the series. I am reading out of order because I'm getting them from the library as they become available. This book is slightly earlier in the series and retains the first-person narration and sense of humor that made the earlier books unique and enjoyable for me. I hope I find that Graves returns to this type of book after departing to another form.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another murder mystery featuring Jacobia Tiptree. Wiseguy Jemmy Wechsler, a friend of Jake's from the past, turns up in Eastport to confront the latest hit man who has been contracted to kill him. At the same time, the hit man finds his daughter's ex-boyfriend hanging in his barn. Jacobia believes he has done this and tries to prove this so he will be incarcerated and can no longer harm Jemmy. As usual everything goes awry and there is a surprise ending.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I like this series but felt this book was the weakest of all I have read. I hope the author is not running out of oomph for the home repair series. I have more in my queue to read. I had the feeling that this one was sorta written to fulfill the contract with the publisher. It reached way too far for action.
Jerry Ramsey
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could hardly put this book down once I started it, but am sorry I didn't read these books in sequence. I think it was a mistake to kill off Victor, and was upset that my favorite character, the son Sam, was now an alcoholic. I don't know how many more times she can involve herself in something and end up getting hurt or nearly killed.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I like this author. Deaths are too gruesome, like learning more about Maine, humorous main character & her sidekick, plot is interesting, and I didn't easily figure out who did it. Glad my sister brought this author's 2 latest books from the Home Repair is Homicide series. Look forward to reading the earlier ones in the series.
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this series. The home repair procedures do take up a lot of this book. The recurring characters continue their lives with the addition of the hit man who has moved to Eastport. The plot winds around a bit, especially before the big revelation scene at the end. Still it is a delightful, quick read.
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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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