Published for the first time in the UK, Sarah Graves mixes death with DIY in this delightful mystery series.
A killer with a screw loose sets his sights on Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, whose latest renovation project becomes a dire matter of life and deck.
Driving to a cottage in the Maine woods with her best friend, Ellie White, Jake has a challenging week ahead of her. She bet her husband that she could finish building the cottage porch in only a few days - a lofty goal for even the craftiest home renovator. But as Jake and Ellie set to work, they soon realize that they're not alone. Dewey Hooper, a recently escaped convict, is watching them. Jake's testimony got him sent away for murder years ago and here, in the remote wilderness, he can exact his revenge. Tough as nails and not afraid to defend themselves, Jake and Ellie are determined to keep their wits about them - to prevent the quaint little cottage from turning into the ultimate death trap.
Just hearing her list the ways you can kill yourself fixing up an old house . . . is a hoot - New York Times Book Review
What distinguishes the novel are its likable, no-nonsense protagonist-narrator, her references to home repair that the author cleverly fits tongue-and-groove into the story and, especially, the detailed descriptions of the town - Los Angeles Times
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