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video 2013-11-10 18:59
Wreck the Halls (Home Repair Is Homicide Series #5) - Sarah Graves

Day 11: Name a book set within a holiday.  (Carol)


Choir music!   /choir geek in high school.

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review 2013-10-24 20:00
Trap Door (Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries)
Trap Door - Sarah Graves Cozies are, well, cozy. An ordinary person, just like you and me, finds crime in her community, sometimes right at her door. Unlike you and me, she just has to solve it, every time, even when she knows from experience how likely things are to go wrong in such an equation. What I love about cozies, besides the just like you and me part, is the gimmicky aspect of the genre. This one is a caterer, that one is a librarian. Oh, there's a rich gal who solves crime with the help of a ghost. Some knit, some bake cookies, some are young and callow and some have age and experience. Jacobia--Jake--Tiptree fixes things. More specifically, she continuously fixes the aged house in Maine to which she repaired when she divorced her husband (who has since died, and may be haunting said house) and left her job as a money launderer for the mob. Surprisingly, crime just seems to find Jake, no matter where she is. In Trap Door, the tenth Home Repair is Homicide mystery, Jake and her sidekick Ellie are trying to find the connection between the apparent suicide by hanging of a young local man, the former mob hitman whose barn he was found in, and the appearance in Eastport of Jake's former mentor, the amoral Jemmy. And, not only does the house need a new roof, but the roofbeams turn out to be infested with carpenter ants. What's a girl to do but throw up her hands, roll up her sleeves, and get to sleuthing? This is an adequate, middle-of-the-road series made more appealing by three things. First, there are the helpful home repair hints that appear at the beginning of each chapter. Second, the ongoing litany of the repairs themselves, which are terrifying (and hilarious) in their own right. And finally, there is the mysterious book. It popped up in a previous installment of the series and was sent off to some rare book experts for analysis (a very old book, it had been found squirreled away in the house and contained the names of all the owners of the house...including Jake's); the reader is tantalized by occasional e-mail communications between the men analyzing the book, and by a chilling announcement that comes at the very end. One hopes this means the book will be taking center stage in a subsequent volume of this series.
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review 2013-04-30 11:33
My introduction to a series I hadn't read before (but I think I'm going to love!)
A Bat in the Belfry - Sarah Graves

This is the first book I've read by Sarah Graves so I have no history with this series but I enjoyed it very much!  I'm sure there were things I didn't catch since this is pretty far along in a series but whatever they were, they didn't change my enjoyment of the book.  

This book falls into the genre I think of as Contemporary American Cozies, my favorite genre!  It's not as soft as some, it does have a few hard edges, but it's definitely still comfort food for the cozy reader.  It's set in Maine, which is always a great setting for mysteries, and has a female sleuth with a distinct identity as a home repair addict.  

There were a lot of characters and a lot of intertwining story lines.  In fact, that's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.  It jumped from story line and POV to story line and POV a little more often than I was completely comfortable with but that was a minor distraction.  

The race to the finish at the end where all the story lines are tied up was great!  It was definitely a page-turner and impossible to put down.  A very fun read.  I'll be going back and starting at the beginning with this series!

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review 2012-08-20 00:52
The Craft & Business Of Writing: Essential Tools For Writing Success (Editors of Writers Digest)
The Craft and Business of Writing: Essential Tools for Writing Success - Writer's Digest Books,Robert Lee Brewer Number 1! book for that spare tool in the toolbox or cement and brick work! :)
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review 2011-07-18 00:00
Crawlspace - Sarah Graves Strangely incompetent people nearly die, over and over.
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