Dead Level by Sarah Graves

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Somehow, author Sarah Graves manages to make this latest Home Repair is Homicide story, the 15th book in the series, fresh and unpredictable.
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In this new Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery, 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, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree 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.
Praise for Sarah Graves and the Home Repair Is Homicide series
“Readers won’t be able to put this page-turner down—but it will certainly make them think twice about vacationing at that Maine lakeside cottage.”—Leslie Meier, author of the Lucy Stone mysteries
“Just hearing her list the ways you can kill yourself fixing up an old house . . . is a hoot.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Graves makes rehabbing shutters and other chores suspenseful.”—The Boston Globe

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Sarah Graves's A Bat in the Belfry.

Complete with Home Repair Is Homicide repair tips!

About Sarah Graves

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Sarah Graves lives with her husband in an 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine, where her mystery novels are set. When she is not scraping, painting, glazing, sanding, hammering, or otherwise repairing (or failing to repair!) the old house, she is working on her next Home Repair Is Homicide novel.
Published May 1, 2012 by Bantam. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on May 04 2012

Somehow, author Sarah Graves manages to make this latest Home Repair is Homicide story, the 15th book in the series, fresh and unpredictable.

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...the psychotic killer on the loose with revenge on his mind and the isolated cabin where the intended victims are trapped are simply all too familiar plot devices that do little to generate any excitement for the reader in how it all plays out.

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Reviewed by Tina on May 01 2012

It's a fully developed, well-plotted, exceptionally well-written page turner.

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