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The Book of Old Houses
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Blackstone Publishing 2008
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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 that the pages of an ancient book are the blueprint for a perfect murder.

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Unabridged
Street Date:
01/01/2008
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English
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9780792753551
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Sarah Graves. (2008). The Book of Old Houses. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Sarah Graves. 2008. The Book of Old Houses. Blackstone Publishing.

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Sarah Graves, The Book of Old Houses. Blackstone Publishing, 2008.

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Sarah Graves. The Book of Old Houses. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2008.

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      • content: Do-it-yourself home repair can be a killer, but this eleventh addition to Graves's popular Home Repair Is Homicide series is a delight. Narrator Lindsay Ellison infuses each colorful Maine character with just the right amount of moxie and charm. Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree escapes Manhattan and her former life of laundering "dirty" money to purchase a fixer-upper in Eastport, Maine. After attacking a wall, Jake finds the rambling 1823 home holds a secret book that may have caused the deaths of three people. Lovable Jake's exploits send the listener on a chilling murder mystery. And don't stop before you get to the end--that last step is a doozie. R.O. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
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        Jake Tiptree is back wielding sledgehammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches in the old Maine house she is attempting to renovate. With more enthusiasm than sense or skill, she decides to remove a claw-foot bathtub from the bathroom on the morning she is hosting an afternoon tea honoring a respected pillar of the community. The suspense buildswill the tub be stuck halfway out the window when all the ladies arrive? Miss Fargeorge, the honoree, doesn't have much use for Jake, but she wants her to persuade a visiting professor to stop bothering people with questions. Professor DiMaio believes that his old friend, rare book dealer Horace Robotham, was murdered because of an old book Jake found buried in her cellar. Jake had sent Horace the mysterious bookwhich listed all the owners of Jake's house written in bloodbut he died suddenly, and the book disappeared. Jake doesn't want to believe the professor and certainly doesn't trust him, but she begins half-heartedly to investigate. When more deaths follow, Jake turns her enthusiasm to sleuthing and hires a local carpenter to take over her bathroom project. Narrator Lindsay Ellison's appealing voice and entertaining Maine accent carry the story; she gives Jake's character a straight interpretation even though she is the Calamity Jane of Maine. Recommended for larger mystery collections.Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA

        Copyright 2008 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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