By Sarah Graves
When it involves domestic fix, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree is a fervent wielder of strength drills and paint brushes. And while catching criminals, she’s been recognized to actually deliver down the hammer. but if a surprising homicide rocks the small city of Eastport, Maine, Jake could be the subsequent sufferer for whom the bell tolls.
it's approximately hour of darkness while the large 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 teen Karen Hansen, who had climbed the belfry’s darkish, rickety stairs for a nighttime rendezvous. yet rather than the promise of a thrilling new lifestyles, 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meantime, as an epic nor’easter bears down at the idyllic island city, Jake Tiptree hurries to shore up her ramshackle outdated condominium opposed to the massive blow. An novice detective, she has sworn off chasing criminals. but if the inside track of Karen’s homicide spreads and masses of the facts issues to Jake’s likable houseguest, she and her sleuthing associate, Ellie White, get to work.
They become aware of 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 unfastened and the townsfolk fight opposed to the pounding, screaming typhoon, the ensuing tempest of gossip and suspicion opponents whatever 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 comprises 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 venture and switch it right into a firstclass secret the best way Graves can. It’s a among the best story.”—RT ebook Reviews
“Graves does the Down East sector justice, nailing not just the scents, sounds, attractions, and other people, however the tradition. . . . It doesn’t damage that she’s a rattling sturdy storyteller, as well. [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 was once a Soldier
“Just listening to her record the methods you could kill your self solving up an outdated condo . . . is a hoot.”—The ny occasions booklet 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 unique descriptions of the town.”—Los Angeles Times
“Graves makes rehabbing shutters and different chores suspenseful.”—The Boston Globe
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Extra info for A Bat in the Belfry (Home Repair is Homicide, Book 16)
Still crying a bit, but not so hard, and starting to chat with us. ‘Have something to eat, Julie,’ says I, and off she goes to the cupboard…” “Yes? ” “I couldn’t make it out. She seemed all in a flutter, and rushed out like a mad thing. ” The cupboard contained only kitchen utensils, a basket of apples, some soused herrings on a dish, and two dirty plates, the streaks of grease on which suggested there had been cold meat on them. “May I venture to suggest, Inspector,” said the mayor with labored politeness, “that we make a start?
She had had no time to dress, and had slipped an overcoat over her long white nightgown. Her slippered feet were bare. “It’s too terrible, sir. You simply can’t imagine… Do please go up at once. Perhaps…” When Maigret opened the door, the doctor, who had been bending over the bed, was just straightening up. The expression on his face showed that he had given up hope. “Police,” said Maigret. “Yes? Quite so… It’s all over. Two or three minutes more, perhaps. ” He went to the window and flung it wide open, as the dying man seemed to be gasping for breath.
Another photograph, this time of Joris himself at the age of twenty-five. Already inclined to squatness, with a broad good-humored face, in which, however, was a hint of obstinacy. A typical Breton. Finally, in a canvas wallet was a sheaf of documents, ranging from a school award to a master’s ticket in the merchant service; some official forms, a birth-certificate, a soldier’s service-book, passports. An envelope fell on the floor. Maigret picked it up. The paper was already yellow with age.
A Bat in the Belfry (Home Repair is Homicide, Book 16) by Sarah Graves