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Wreck the Halls

By: Sarah Graves
Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
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Christmas is just weeks away, but what Jacobia Jake Tiptree discovers at Faye Anne Carmody's house is far from festive: a dazed Faye Anne covered with blood. Her no-good husband, Merle--Eastport's butcher and least-liked citizen--is nowhere in sight. Nowhere, that is, until Jake finds his body--wrapped in his own butcher paper. It looks like an open-and-shut case, but Jake isn't convinced. Then another resident turns up dead, and Jake knows the trail doesn't begin--or end--with Merle. Jake had planned to spend the winter rehabilitating her old house, but now she'll have to work on nailing a killer before her beloved town gets even smaller.

©2001 Sarah Graves (P)2010 BBC Audio

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I wish she would get a backbone with the ex-husban

Great mysteries and stellar performance by narrator. I just can't stand how she continues to let her ex walk all over her in the pretense of being civil for their son. Even he stands up to him more than she does and she talks big in her head, but never says it out loud to his face. Gets old after 4 or 5 books.

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Some minor narrative inconsistencies, I think

The Arnold’s baby was born a healthy 8lbs girl and is now a boy.
Sam’s drug addiction was emphatically nothing harder and is now everything under the sun.
Tommy’s (Sam’s friend from Eastport) last name changes but he keeps the raccoon tails on his car indicating same Tommy.

Small things awful quick in a much beloved franchise.

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Such an Enjoyable Mystery Series!

This mystery series is one of the best I’ve listened to. I can’t wait to listen to the next book! Thanks, Sarah Graves and Audible.

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really good

the series is really good.....the stories are great. however, the main character, Jacobia, I highly unlikable. flat personality, kind of bitchy and really needs to get over her ex husband.
plus as a carpenter with 30 years experience, the ho e repair portions of the book are torture to listen to. but I will continue to listen.

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Entertaining few hours

This was an okay listen but not as good as some of the others in the series. There were a lot of facts presented at the end of the "whodunit" that the listener couldn't possibly have known. This book felt like one the author sort of three on for a seasonal (Xmas) read. Still, you gotta love the characters and the narrator does a good job - except for consistently mispronouncing the word "criminy," which drives me nuts. All in all, it's a nice, light read/listen for when you want to escape the drama of your own life. If you like the series, you have to listen to keep track of what's going on in the lives of our friends in Eastport.

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Just another winter in Eastport

This is another addition to a great series. Jacobia is at her best in this latest installment. The subject matter was dark and complex. The book was very good with a fast pace that kept me turning the pages.

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Surprise!

I’m usually pretty good at figuring things out, but this one surprised me! Great storytelling, an exciting mystery and fabulous narration makes this installment of this entertaining series one of my favorites!

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Enjoying the series

On to the next book, driving, cleaning or walking these are good. Like the characters

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very interesting

you never know how long it is going to take them to solve the problem which keeps you listening cuz you have to find out what's going to happen next! can't wait to listen to the next one!

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Another great read!

Just one warning... pay attention, no napping! Lots of bodies, lots of suspects, complicated plot but very well written and read!!!