Published for the first time in the UK, Sarah Graves mixes death with DIY in this delightful mystery series.
When a bestselling true-crime author arrives in Eastport, Maine, to research the infamous Dodd murders for a new book, she finds herself about as welcome as a spoiled clam. But surely no one in the quaint seaside town would harm the crime writer - or would they? Suddenly the unsolved and not-quite-forgotten slayings of the wealthy Dodd women go from cold case to hot topic, while just as quickly, one time Wall Streeter Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree turns from probing the mysteries of old-house insulation to an investigation that's reopened old wounds and unearthed a string of deadly secrets. Jake would have preferred to insulate herself and her family from danger, but someone with a taste for terror has already crept closer than she dares to imagine.
Anyone who can mix slaughter and screwdrivers is a genius. Plus, anyone who has bought a home that needs even a new toilet seat is probably consumed with murderous thoughts. - Boston Herald
Like the old Victorian homes she describes... Graves' stories seem to grow better with the passing of time... Readers who enjoy solving mysteries and fixing up older homes will appreciate Jake's do-it-yourself expertise in both areas. - Booklist
A sleuth as tough as the nails she drives into the walls of her 1823 Federal home enhances a clever plot, which comes to an unexpected and explosive conclusion. Many will relish the vividly described Down East setting, but for anyone who's ever enjoyed making a home repair it's the accurate details of the restoration of Jake's old house that will appeal. - Publishers Weekly
Think Diane Mott Davidson with a tool belt instead of recipes! - Denver Post
Graves transcends the boundaries of the conventional mystery. - Library Journal
Just hearing [Graves] list the ways you can kill yourself fixing up an old house . . . is a hoot. - The New York Times Book Review