Search Results: "Sarah Graves"


BOOK REVIEW

TRAP DOOR by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Graves fits one too many plots into a compact space, giving short shrift to a clever solution."
Rotting beams and carpenter ants are the least of Jacobia Tiptree's worries when the ghost of her ex-husband settles into her ramshackle retreat in downeast Maine. Read full book review >

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WRECK THE HALLS by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2001

"Charming prose undermined by hopeless plotting and the heroine's blundering: for fans of the previously paperback series (Repair to Her Grave, etc.) only."
The bull market has a lot to answer for. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF OLD HOUSES by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"Fans of Jake and her Eastport pals will enjoy this convoluted tale, packed equally with incidents and tips on household repair."
A gun-toting college professor arrives in Eastport, Maine, looking for revenge. Read full book review >

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THE GIRLS SHE LEFT BEHIND by Sarah Graves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Although they're also set in Maine, Graves' Jacobia Tiptree and Ellie White cozies (A Bat in the Belfry, 2014, etc.) are a far cry from this tense and fast-paced tale of love gone horribly and fantastically wrong."
A case hits close to home both literally and figuratively for Maine deputy sheriff Lizzie Snow. Read full book review >

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TOOL & DIE by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 28, 2004

"Not every wall is plumb, but the tale holds up for a few hours of cozy entertainment."
Jacobia Tiptree contends with moose cud, her son's love life, an impending family reunion, and a compulsive housekeeper in her ninth helping of home repair and homicide (Mallets Aforethought, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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MALLETS AFORETHOUGHT by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 2004

"Graves ends up resolving several major problems by smoothing them over with spackling and good will. The resulting carpentry is entertaining but not always structurally sound."
Amateur detective and home-repair expert Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree pitches in on a volunteer house restoration project to discover something worse than dry rot: two corpses, one old, one brand-new. Read full book review >

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UNHINGED by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2003

"If you can forgive all the squibs and sparklers, the main fireworks provide a show that's entertaining, however loud and flashy."
When home repair queen/amateur sleuth Jacobia Triptree (Wreck the Halls, 2001) falls off a ladder while fixing her gutters, the resulting head trauma gives her a case of Benign Positional Vertigo and the conviction that her nosey old neighbor Harriet Hollingsworth has been murdered. Read full book review >

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KNOCKDOWN by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 2011

"Although the cozy, down-home Maine feeling is there, the breathless ending can't make up for the lack of suspense fans expect from the best of Graves' Home Repair series (Crawlspace, 2009, etc.).

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It's hard to enjoy the Fourth of July celebrations in your lovely Maine community when you're the target of a psychopath bent on making you pay for your past misdeeds. Read full book review >

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NAIL BITER by Sarah Graves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Reliable entertainment for fans who enjoy nooks, crannies, subplots and carpentry tips."
Renting their decrepit beach house in downeast Maine seems like a great idea to best pals and part-time sleuths Jacobia Tiptree and Ellie White (Tool and Die, 2004, not reviewed, etc.) until Jake discovers a body in an outbuilding. Read full book review >

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UNCLE BLUBBAFINK’S SERIOUSLY RIDICULOUS STORIES by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But it's hard to imagine an adult able to bear reading it to them. (Picture book. 7-10)"
"OK, so I'm Uncle Blubbafink. Hello already. Read full book review >

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SECOND BANANA by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Take this off the shelf to share with primary-grade students who are navigating the ever changing landscape of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Under the big top, the show must go on, but the relationship between a spotlight-grabbing monkey and the amiable gorilla that assists him is ripe for a change. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Unfortunate Events galore, served with relish. (finished illustrations not seen) (Melodrama. 11-13)"
The creator of such picture books as Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and Three Nasty Gnarlies (2003) dishes up a first novel seasoned with the same delightfully twisted, ghoulish sensibility. Read full book review >