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When a mysterious book is unearthed from the foundation of Jake's 1823 fixer-upper, she immediately sends it off to local book historian Horace Robotham. After all, there must be a logical explanation for why the long-buried volume has her name in it - written in what looks suspiciously like blood. But all logic goes out the window when the book disappears - and Horace turns up dead. 

When two more victims turn up in a town better known for its scenic views and historic homes than its body count, Jake and her comrade-in-sleuthing, Ellie White, need to go on the prowl to find someone who may believe the pages of an ancient book are the blueprint for a perfect murder. 

©2007 Sarah Graves (P)2008 AudioGO

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Another great installment

Sarah Graves has written another great installment in The Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery Series. All the characters from previous stories were present in this one as well. Lindsey Ellison once again brought it all to life.

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I hate to be negative but…

Where to start? I can’t finish this book. I tried. I am over halfway through, but for me (I am sure there are some who like his writing style), it was a lot of unnecessary detail and rambling on with many off topic bits thrown in here and there. The whole thing was a long conversation between the main character and various people in her life. I really wanted to like it but just couldn’t get into it. I hate to give negative reviews on something as subjective as fictional stories, but I don’t think I will be the only one to comment. Even if the book were shorter, removing all the unnecessary detail would make it much more captivating.

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I can't get my time back.

how many times must the skull crushed friend be mentioned in the first chapter? I couldn't take it any longer. can't say much for the narrator improving the writing.

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Family Drama

I was really hoping for intrigue and mystery in this book - what it amount to IMO was a history of family drama.

A book which appears to be very old is unearthed from the foundation of Jake's 1823 fixer-upper, she immediately sends it off to local book historian Horace Robotham. When the book disappears - and Horace turns up dead - why Jakes name is written in this old book raises more than a few questions.

I think this book was trying to be a murder mystery, and IMO felt more like bad reality television.