By Sarah Graves
When it involves domestic fix, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree is a fervent wielder of energy drills and paint brushes. And whilst catching criminals, she’s been identified to truly deliver down the hammer. but if a stunning homicide rocks the small city of Eastport, Maine, Jake could be the subsequent sufferer for whom the bell tolls.
it's approximately dead night whilst the big bell within the belfry of All religion Chapel—silent for decades—booms forth, startling unsleeping the total city of Eastport. Upon inspection of the steeple, the police discover the physique of neighborhood youngster Karen Hansen, who had climbed the belfry’s darkish, rickety stairs for a nighttime rendezvous. yet rather than the promise of an exhilarating new existence, Karen meets her death.
in the meantime, as an epic nor’easter bears down at the idyllic island city, Jake Tiptree hurries to shore up her ramshackle previous apartment opposed to the large blow. An novice detective, she has sworn off chasing criminals. but if the scoop of Karen’s homicide spreads and masses of the proof issues to Jake’s likable houseguest, she and her sleuthing accomplice, Ellie White, get to work.
They notice an unforeseen best friend in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a lady from “away” who appeared to have blown into city with the nor’easter, and who additionally turns out to grasp much concerning the brain of a killer. Can Jake and Ellie belief her? As a killer roams loose and the townsfolk fight opposed to the pounding, screaming typhoon, the ensuing tempest of gossip and suspicion competitors something the Atlantic may possibly brew up—and threatens to maintain Jake and Ellie from placing the ultimate nail during this cold-blooded case.
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BONUS: This version contains an excerpt from Sarah Graves's Winter on the Door.
Praise for A Bat within the Belfry
“Stylishly suspenseful.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Nobody else can take a house fix undertaking and switch it right into a first class secret the best way Graves can. It’s a probably the greatest story.”—RT e-book Reviews
“Graves does the Down East area justice, nailing not just the scents, sounds, points of interest, and folks, however the tradition. . . . It doesn’t damage that she’s a rattling sturdy storyteller, in addition. [Her] prose is sharp, clever, and witty.”—Crimespree Magazine
Praise for Sarah Graves and the house fix Is Homicide series
“Graves’s emblems are edgy, conventional mysteries peppered liberally with humor, and sprinkled with layered, well-written characters.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling writer of One used to be a Soldier
“Just listening to her record the methods you could kill your self solving up an outdated condo . . . is a hoot.”—The big apple occasions ebook Review
“What distinguishes the radical are its likable, no-nonsense protagonist-narrator, her references to domestic fix that the writer cleverly suits tongue-and-groove into the tale and, specially, the special descriptions of the town.”—Los Angeles Times
“Graves makes rehabbing shutters and different chores suspenseful.”—The Boston Globe
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Additional info for A Bat in the Belfry (Home Repair is Homicide, Book 16)
It all happened so quickly, he was taken completely by surprise. When Robert Åkerblom disappeared behind the house, he ran after him. No car, he thought as he went. No car, and no Louise Åkerblom. He caught up with Robert Åkerblom just as he was about to throw a broken brick through a window at the back of the house. Wallander grabbed his arm. “It’s no good,” said Wallander. “She may be in there,” yelled Robert Åkerblom. “You said she didn’t have any keys to the house,” Wallander pointed out. “Drop that brick so that we can look for a door that’s been forced.
At first she was surprised to hear Robert had left so early. Then she remembered he was due to meet their accountant that afternoon. She left a message on the answering machine: “Hi there! I’m just going to take a look at a house at Krageholm. Then I’ll be off to Ystad. It’s a quarter after three. ” She replaced the car phone in its holder. Robert might go back to the office after his meeting with the accountant. She pulled over a plastic folder lying on the seat, and took out the map she had drawn from the widow’s description.
She knocked a third time, before going to see if there was a back door. Behind the house was an overgrown orchard. The apple trees had certainly not been pruned for twenty or thirty years. Some half-rotten garden furniture was standing under a pear tree. A magpie flapped its wings loudly and flew away. She couldn’t find a door, and returned to the front of the house. I’ll knock just one more time, she thought. If nobody answers, I’ll go back to Ystad. There’ll be time to stop by the sea for a while before I need to start making dinner.