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 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 truly is approximately dead night whilst the big 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 youngster 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meantime, as an epic nor’easter bears down at the idyllic island city, Jake Tiptree hurries to shore up her ramshackle outdated apartment opposed to the massive blow.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 proof issues to Jake’s likable houseguest, she and her sleuthing companion, Ellie White, get to work.
They become aware of an unforeseen best friend in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a girl from “away” who looked as if it would 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 opponents 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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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 top quality secret the best way Graves can. It’s a one of the best story.”—RT ebook Reviews
“Graves does the Down East quarter justice, nailing not just the scents, sounds, points of interest, and folks, however the tradition. . . . It doesn’t damage that she’s a rattling reliable 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 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 used to be a Soldier
“Just listening to her record the methods you could kill your self solving up an outdated apartment . . . is a hoot.”—The long island instances 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, 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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In addition to, it used to be no longer my ambition to die by means of having a two-hundred-year-old church steeple squash me. “Next? ” I settled again into the passenger seat. “Next,” I grated out as premonitory spatters of rain washed a maple leaf down the windshield, “next we’re going to discover my son, the activity quitter. ” Ellie correctly made up our minds to not say whatever. “And then,” I stated as a very harsh gust of wind flung the leaf away, “then he’s going to inform me simply what the …” I paused. Crude speak, Bella continually stated, was once unladylike and unbecoming; an clever girl may well definitely locate another manner of expressing herself in addition to uttering grime. “… what the freak he thinks he’s doing,” i ended. Uncrudely. Unprofanely. Unfilthily, even. yet very, very truly. eleven “Where’re we going? ” requested Dylan. They handed a small twine paddock with ponies in it, around the highway from a tiny airfield whose apron sported a gas approach, a small wood-frame place of work, and a handful of Quonsets. “That was once Bob Arnold at the telephone, again within the room simply now,” she acknowledged. “Asked me if I’d take a force, preserve an eye fixed peeled for that Hansen man. The useless girl’s father, he’s long past AWOL, it appears. ” It used to be why Paulie Waters have been trying to find her, she guessed, yet she’d controlled to irritate him adequate to make him fail to remember his errand, confirming back her doubts in regards to the hotheaded younger cop. in the meantime, this was once on no account what she desired to be doing, yet she intended to stick within the Eastport police chief’s reliable graces if she may well. in addition to, reacquainting herself with this territory used to be no longer a nasty inspiration. the line S-curved alongside the sting of an inlet the place the tide used to be simply now starting to flip inward, the sloping shore suffering from storm-flung driftwood and clots of darkish eco-friendly seaweed. popping out of the flip, she placed her foot at the accelerator, then had a brand new proposal and slacked off back. “I should still take you again for your personal crime scene quickly, although, correct? I suggest, you could have your individual paintings to do, I shouldn’t have assumed—” yet he was once already shaking his head. “Those men don’t desire me, they be aware of their jobs. they usually convinced as hell don’t wish me of their faces, both. To them, I’m only a secret agent for the bosses. ” He half-turned to her. “So, you actually imagine a person faked these Eastport postmarks simply to get us the following? ” Lizzie shrugged. “Can you think that of the other rationalization? ” She may perhaps, yet she didn’t are looking to inform him approximately it. now not but. He settled again opposed to the seat. “I wager now not. bizarre, notwithstanding. I’m going to need to cogitate a bit in this one. ” Yeah, she notion. You cogitate on it. forward one other Quonset hut, this one lengthy deserted, bore a rusted signal proclaiming that it had as soon as bought clean C-FOOD! “So, what’s this Hansen man seem like, d’you understand? ” Dylan requested. “I simply obtained a bit glimpse of him on the scene the opposite evening. ” Uphill clear of the water, the line ran instantly among stands of scrubby bushes, their slim trunks and naked, spidery branches silver-gray within the susceptible sun. Lizzie remembered this stretch from again whilst she was once right here trying to find Nicki, correct after Sissy died.