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The Book of Old Houses: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery

Sarah Graves, Author
Sarah Graves, Author . Bantam $22 (294p) ISBN 978-0-553-80430-0
Reviewed on: 11/12/2007
Release date: 12/01/2007

In this multilayered cozy, the 11th in Graves’s home repair series (after 2006’s Trap Door ), Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree has uncovered what looks to be a very old book while fixing up her 1823 house in Eastport, Maine. Local rare book expert Horace Robotham offers to take a look at it, but then dies in what appears to be a mugging gone wrong. Jake doesn’t think too much about this until a stranger drives up to her house three weeks after Horace’s death. He introduces himself as a friend of Horace’s, says he might have some information about the book and then asks Jake if he can hide a gun in her house. Meanwhile, Jake’s father is putting the moves on her sassy housekeeper, Bella. Although the development of minor characters is a little thin, local color and an entirely unexpected denouement combine for engaging reading. (Jan.)