By Sarah Graves

When it involves domestic fix, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree  is a fervent wielder of strength drills and paint brushes. And whilst catching criminals, she’s been identified to truly convey down the hammer. but if a stunning homicide rocks the small city of Eastport, Maine, Jake could be the subsequent sufferer for whom the bell tolls.
 
it truly is approximately nighttime whilst the large bell within the belfry of All religion Chapel—silent for decades—booms forth, startling unsleeping the complete city of Eastport. Upon inspection of the steeple, the police discover the physique of neighborhood youngster Karen Hansen, who had climbed the belfry’s darkish, rickety stairs for a nighttime rendezvous. yet rather than the promise of an exhilarating new existence, Karen meets her death.
 
in the meantime, as an epic nor’easter bears down at the idyllic island city, Jake Tiptree hurries to shore up her ramshackle outdated condominium opposed to the large blow. An beginner detective, she has sworn off chasing criminals. but if the scoop of Karen’s homicide spreads and lots more and plenty of the proof issues to Jake’s likable houseguest, she and her sleuthing companion, Ellie White, get to work.
 
They observe an unforeseen best friend in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a girl from “away” who looked as if it would have blown into city with the nor’easter, and who additionally turns out to grasp much concerning the brain of a killer. Can Jake and Ellie belief her? As a killer roams loose and the townsfolk fight opposed to the pounding, screaming hurricane, the ensuing tempest of gossip and suspicion competitors whatever the Atlantic may perhaps brew up—and threatens to maintain Jake and Ellie from placing the ultimate nail during this cold-blooded case.
 
Complete with domestic fix Is murder fix tips!

BONUS: This variation comprises an excerpt from Sarah Graves's Winter on the Door.

Praise for A Bat within the Belfry
 
“Stylishly suspenseful.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“Nobody else can take a house fix venture and switch it right into a top quality secret the way in which Graves can. It’s a the most effective story.”RT e-book Reviews
 
“Graves does the Down East sector justice, nailing not just the scents, sounds, points of interest, and other people, however the tradition. . . . It doesn’t damage that she’s a rattling stable storyteller, as well. [Her] prose is sharp, clever, and witty.”Crimespree Magazine
Praise for Sarah Graves and the house fix Is Homicide series
 
“Graves’s emblems are edgy, conventional mysteries peppered liberally with humor, and sprinkled with layered, well-written characters.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling writer of One was once a Soldier
 
“Just listening to her record the methods you could kill your self solving up an outdated condominium . . . is a hoot.”The manhattan instances booklet Review
 
“What distinguishes the unconventional are its likable, no-nonsense protagonist-narrator, her references to domestic fix that the writer cleverly matches tongue-and-groove into the tale and, specifically, the specific descriptions of the town.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Graves makes rehabbing shutters and different chores suspenseful.”The Boston Globe

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No, none of them. I told her that her husband was dead. She nodded. Then she asked how it happened. Did someone kill him? I asked her why she should think so, and she replied that with a house full of cops, it was more or less evident. Then she asked me again how it had happened. ” Cassell was on his feet again, demanding that this testimony be stricken as prejudicial. “This policeman is, in fact,” he shouted, “telling the jury that my client is a soulless person. On what basis? ” “That’s enough, Mr.

But how? And who’s the killer? Feona Scott? ” Masuto shook his head. “I wish I were defending the lady,” Geffner said moodily. “I’d tear the state’s case to shreds. I’d be another F. Lee Bailey. You know, in England that’s the way it works. Lawyers switch from the prosecution to the defense and back again. Makes more sense than the way we do it. ” “I work for the city. That doesn’t leave me much choice. I argued with Wainwright, but I guess the same voice from Washington convinced him to close the book.

No, I don’t think so. It just came together that way. You know, someone who’s not in our business will give you a lot of mathematical crap about the improbability of coincidence. ” “There is one thing,” Masuto said thoughtfully. “The laws of probability are based on reality. ” Beverly Hills, a self-governing and independent city possessed of its own fire department, its own police department, its own school system, and its own table of social and civic services, is nevertheless totally surrounded by the City of Los Angeles.

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