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Knockdown

By Sarah Graves

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Published for the first time in the UK, Sarah Graves mixes death with DIY in this delightful mystery series.

Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project - repainting the porch of her lovingly restored house in Eastport, Maine - when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable: Blood shows up again. Murder will out. Then there's the anonymous email warning her to beware the Fourth of July - just two days away. Jake remembers some shady characters from her days as a hotshot financial manager, but she's baffled as to the identity of her nemesis-until she receives a photo of a murdered man.

From home invasion to kidnapping, this twisted killer is slowly but surely plotting a knockdown, not just for Jake but for the entire town of Eastport.

Biographical Notes

Sarah Graves lives in Eastport, Maine with her husband and their dog, Evelyn. When she's not writing the 'Home Repair is Homicide' mysteries, she works on fixing up an old house.

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  • ISBN: 9781444793130
  • Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
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  • Imprint: Mulholland Books
Just hearing her list the ways you can kill yourself fixing up an old house . . . is a hoot — New York Times Book Review
What distinguishes the novel are its likable, no-nonsense protagonist-narrator, her references to home repair that the author cleverly fits tongue-and-groove into the story and, especially, the detailed descriptions of the town — Los Angeles Times
Anyone who can mix slaughter and screwdrivers is a genius. Plus, anyone who has bought a home that needs even a new toilet seat is probably consumed with murderous thoughts. — Boston Herald
Like the old Victorian homes she describes... Graves' stories seem to grow better with the passing of time... Readers who enjoy solving mysteries and fixing up older homes will appreciate Jake's do-it-yourself expertise in both areas. — Booklist
A sleuth as tough as the nails she drives into the walls of her 1823 Federal home enhances a clever plot, which comes to an unexpected and explosive conclusion. Many will relish the vividly described Down East setting, but for anyone who's ever enjoyed making a home repair it's the accurate details of the restoration of Jake's old house that will appeal. — Publishers Weekly
Think Diane Mott Davidson with a tool belt instead of recipes! — Denver Post
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