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3.0 out of 5 starsSecond in series
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2016
Originally published in 1999. In this second in the series Jacobia the ex-wall street stock advisor is faced with two problems. First her evil ex-husband has come for a visit and secondly a series of murders involving drugs , smuggling, and llamas. The plot is good and the characters are interesting. A couple of problems with continuity. First I have problems with Jacobia the ex-high stakes stock advisor unable to deal with any confrontation with the ex. Just does not scan. One wonders how she got the courage to get a divorce. Second. Inspite of being called the home repair mysteries very little home repair is ever done. By the way you never remove paint from hundred year old shutters with a chisel. It is a pleasent read, but is a little expensive at almost eight dollars. With sixteen books in the series will have to think hard about continuing to read the series.
Jacobia Tiptree and her son, Sam, live in a small coastal town in Maine where Jacobia is fixing up an old Victorian home. Jacobia is divorced from Victor probably the world’s most manipulative man. Jacobia used to be a stock trader and had done some research for the SEC that got Willoughby Baxter imprisoned for skimming funds.
There are three murders in the book that at first seem to be linked to drug smuggling. When Jacobia and Ellie find Ellie’s Old boyfriend washed up on the shore with a gunshot between his eyes, nothing will do except finding out who did it.
There are lots of twists to the plot and the side element of Victor’s behavior adds another twist. How Jacobia has kept from killing the man is beyond me.
Unlike some series that cannot hold up to inventive plots this one does. I remember reading this series years ago. What I enjoy the most is that I don't remember the endings so it's like reading them for the first time again. The plots are not so predictable that you know the killer into chapter 5! The characters are believable. Good solid reads.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot as good as the first in the series but passable ..
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2009
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS +++++ After reading Dead Cat Bounce the first in this series I was anxious to get my hands on this one. The first left a set up that I thought would dovetail into this one alas it did not.
It is wonderful that we meet more residents of the town and get a clearer picture of the town itself so thoses were the plusses. On the downside the book felt like it was a series of sentences that were thrown up in the air and they just happened to fall together, causing me to go back and re-read a page or two since it felt like a sentence was missing.
What did make me uncomfortable was the large number of guns, psychotic characters and lack of concern for the welfare of teenagers. I am not from Maine but it seems to me that some of the behavior outlined seems a little unacceptable. I was very surprised that Victor went from being an annoying and womanizing ex-husband in the first book to a man that is seriously deranged - He reminded me of the ex-husband in the Goldy books by Diane Mott Davidson.
Truly, if your ex-husband was this twisted would you allow him to stay in your guest room and also in the pass Jake had shown herself not to be as wimpy as she was here. I am certain that Peter would have died waiting while Jake and Victor sorted out their lives before giving him medical attention. Isn't little Sadie just a laugh riot ? Seems she may end up being a murder victim in a future installment. I didn't care for the speech about guns and television violence - sounded more like the author stepped out of the novel and was preaching a bit.
I will try the third novel and see if it gets back to the pace and plot that I enjoyed in the first book.
A fun book for anyone who loves a good murder mystery and knows what it is like to remodel an older home. If remodeling doesn't make murder seem like a good idea drugs and a bad to the bone husband might.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2018
I couldn’t finish this book and that rarely happens. I’ve hung on through many a boring book if I liked the story and characters. I did not like the main character in this book. She was nasty and aggressive. The characters were flat. I was hoping this would be the first in a series of books to read but no more.
5.0 out of 5 starsGetting Tuff and Finding the Truth.
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
5 plus 100 more gold stars. Sarah Graves not only has a gift of being a writer, but she has one great series going A Home Repair is Homicide. A series that will delight anyone who loves a good mystery to read. Some language but most of all a book that will please mature people.