A Bat in the Belfry (Home Repair is Homicide, Book 16) by Sarah Graves

By Sarah Graves

When it involves domestic fix, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree  is a fervent wielder of energy drills and paint brushes. And while catching criminals, she’s been identified to truly convey 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 hour of darkness while the large bell within the belfry of All religion Chapel—silent for decades—booms forth, startling wakeful 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 dead night 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 residence opposed to the massive blow. An beginner 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 companion, Ellie White, get to work.
 
They notice an unforeseen best friend in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a girl from “away” who appeared to have blown into city with the nor’easter, and who additionally turns out to understand much in regards to 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 hurricane, the ensuing tempest of gossip and suspicion competitors whatever the Atlantic may brew up—and threatens to maintain Jake and Ellie from placing the ultimate nail during this cold-blooded case.
 
Complete with domestic fix Is murder fix tips!

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 first class secret the way in which Graves can. It’s a among the best story.”RT e-book Reviews
 
“Graves does the Down East zone justice, nailing not just the scents, sounds, attractions, 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 logos 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 e-book Review
 
“What distinguishes the unconventional are its likable, no-nonsense protagonist-narrator, her references to domestic fix that the writer cleverly suits tongue-and-groove into the tale and, in particular, the distinct descriptions of the town.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Graves makes rehabbing shutters and different chores suspenseful.”The Boston Globe

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