Home Repair is Homicide

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,111 ratings

The Dead Cat Bounce Publisher's Summary

Since she bought her rambling fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn't so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there's the little matter of the dead man in Jake's storeroom, an ice pick planted firmly in his cranium. Jake's unknown guest turns out to be local boy turned billionaire Threnody McIlwaine. When Jake's best friend, quiet and dependable Ellie White, confesses to the murder, cops and journalists swarm into the snowbound Eastport. Jake smells a cover-up, and begins poking into past history between McIlwaine and Ellie's family. But someone doesn't like nosy neighbors...and Jake's rustic refuge may become her final resting place.
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  • Book 1

    • The Dead Cat Bounce

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    Since she bought her rambling fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn't so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there's the little matter of the dead man in Jake's storeroom, an ice pick planted firmly in his cranium. Jake's unknown guest turns out to be local boy turned billionaire Threnody McIlwaine.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slow starter, but gradullay gets there.

    • By Doug Wilkie on 06-25-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Triple Witch

    • A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery
    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    Jacobia Tiptree saved her sanity - and her son, Sam - the day she abandoned Wall Street for the seacoast village of Eastport, Maine. In her new home, a charmingly dilapidated fixer-upper, she looks forward to repairing old radiators and restoring antique shutters for years to come. But Jake's hopes of serenity are dashed when tiny Eastport erupts in a crime wave. Hometown bad boy Kenny Mumford - old flame of Jake's best friend and fellow sleuth, Ellie White - is the first victim.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Second in the series and looking forward more

    • By Doug Wilkie on 08-17-14

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 3

    • Wicked Fix

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    For ex-Wall Streeter Jacobia Jake Tiptree and her teenage son, Sam, September promises tranquil days winter-proofing their rambling handyman's special of a home in Eastport, Maine. But there's nothing idyllic about this Down East autumn. For starters, the return of truly vicious native son Reuben Tate stirs up the town. And when somebody slits Reuben's throat and hangs his corpse on the cemetery gate, the police trace a bloodied scalpel to surgeon Victor Tiptree - Jake's former husband.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Meet the neighbors.

    • By Kindle Customer on 07-20-16

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 4

    • Repair to Her Grave

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    Jacobia Tiptree and her teenage son are used to their Eastport, Maine, home attracting more than its share of houseguests. This year Jake is hoping the plaster dust will keep them away while she finally gets her gem of a fixer-upper into shape - from doorknobs and chandeliers to ghostly phenomena... But when the charming and mysterious Jonathan Raines appears on her doorstep and then just as suddenly disappears, remodeling the house becomes the least of Jake's problems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is a great read!!!

    • By Beatrice on 05-01-11

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 5

    • Wreck the Halls

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining few hours

    • By Stacey on 03-20-15

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 6

    • Unhinged

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    It began with the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Hollingsworth - Eastport, Maine's, snoopiest resident. Everyone is convinced the old busybody bolted out of town to escape her creditor - everyone except Jake and her best friend, Ellie, who suspect otherwise. But they'll need to come up with proof more sinister than a pair of abandoned binoculars. Just as Jake starts poking around for clues, things take a troubling turn for the worse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent addition to a great series

    • By Beatrice on 01-05-13

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 7

    • Mallets Aforethought

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    When DIY enthusiast Jacobia Jake Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, agree to refurbish Eastport's most disreputable old dwelling, Harlequin House, pulling up the floorboards reveals something far more sinister than dry rot. A hidden trapdoor unearths the skeleton of a notorious 1920s flapper with a fresh corpse sitting neatly beside her. With a good old-fashioned Maine murder on their hands, Jake and Ellie are hot on the trail of the murderer - but this time more than their reputations may be on the line.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better and Better

    • By Beatrice on 03-28-18

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 8

    • Tool & Die

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree's leisurely summer dreams involve rebuilding the front porch of her Maine fixer-upper and shingling the leaky tool shed out back. That's why she's hired the avenging angel of household hygiene, Bella Diamond, to keep her house--and her teenage son Sam--in tip-top shape. But when Bella confides in Jake that she's been receiving death threats, Jake has two choices: find out who is frightening the hapless housekeeper--or risk losing her.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I've come to dislike most of the characters

    • By Sophielei on 07-21-14

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 9

    • Nail Biter

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Jake Tiptree has a problem. A coven of self-styled witches has taken over her Eastport, Maine, waterfront rental property for Halloween - and their repair requests are annoyingly frequent. But while Jake is normally game to take on any fixer-upper challenge, she'd rather be tackling her own needed repairs on her 1823 Federal-style home. Until, that is, preacher Gene Dibble turns up dead - and the whole town is convinced that Jake and her tenants are up to sorcery and skullduggery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 stars

    • By Beatrice on 03-25-18

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 10

    • Trap Door

    • Home Repair Is Homicide, Book 10
    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Spring has sprung in Eastport, Maine, and in Jacobia Jake Tiptree's 1823 Federal style fixer-upper, that means a housecleaning so thorough even the skeletons in the closet get polished! But nothing can prepare Jake for what she'll uncover: a trio of mysteries certain to make her usual home repair projects seem as simple as scraping paint. What do an old book hidden in Jake's cellar, the appearance of her ex-husband's ghost, and the murder of her housekeeper's son have in common? Only Jake can jigsaw the clues into place - and she'd better do it fast, before a killer snares her in a trap she can't escape.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dark but good

    • By Beatrice on 04-09-14

    Regular price: $15.36

  • Book 11

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    • The Book of Old Houses (Home Repair is Homicide, #11)

    • By: Sarah Graves
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  • Book 12

    • A Face at the Window

    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    As a toddler, Jacobia Tiptree watched a man kill her mother. Jake once believed that man to be her father. Now, 35 years after the murder, as the real killer's long-delayed trial is about to begin, the defendant has vanished. Jake tries to distract herself from murder with the constant attempts to keep her 1823 Federal-style fixer-upper from tumbling down on her head. But when her best friend's infant daughter suddenly goes missing, Jake feels her dark past wrapping itself around her.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Missed the Mark

    • By N. Richard on 01-22-09

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 13

    • Crawlspace

    • A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery
    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 107

    The infamous Dodd murders are hardly among Eastport's proudest legacies. So when bestselling true-crime author Carolyn Rathbone arrives to research the case for a new book, the locals in the seaside town let her know that she's about as welcome as a spoiled clam. But surely no one would harm a crime writer out of a sense of civic pride--or would they?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner

    • By Beatrice on 08-10-11

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 14

    • Knockdown

    • A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery
    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project 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. Back in her days as a hotshot financial manager she did business with plenty of shady characters, but she's still baffled as to the identity of her nemesis - until she receives a photo of a murdered man. Now Jake knows what she's up against.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Knock out

    • By beatrice on 01-21-12

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 15

    • Dead Level

    • A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery, Book 15
    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    >Driving deep into the woods to her husband's cottage with her best friend in tow, Jake knows she has a challenging week ahead of her. Aside from saying good-bye to paved roads and indoor plumbing, Jake bet her husband that she could finish building the cottage porch in only a few days. But as they set to work, they soon realize that they're not alone. Recently escaped from prison and having fled into the woods, Dewey Hooper recognizes Jake the instant he sees her. Her testimony got him sent away for murder years ago and here he can finally exact his revenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Entry

    • By Beatrice on 06-27-12

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 16

    • A Bat in the Belfry

    • A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery, Book 16
    • By: Sarah Graves
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    As an epic nor'easter bears down on the idyllic island town of Eastport, Maine, Jacobia Tiptree hurries to prepare her antique house for the big blow, while the town battles to evacuate tourists and save the beloved 200-year-old Seaman's Church steeple, threatened by the storm. But when a local teen beauty-pageant winner from a troubled family is found murdered in the steeple's bell tower and Jake's son Sam's visiting childhood friend comes under scrutiny as a suspect, the resulting storm of gossip and suspicion rivals anything the Atlantic could brew up.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Her Best Yet!!!

    • By Beatrice on 06-21-13

    Regular price: $34.99