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Book Information: Wreck the Halls

Wreck the Halls (2002) [Novel]
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Series: Home Repair is Homicide Mysteries

Summary (From the publisher):

When ex-Wall Streeter Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree bought a charming 1823 fixer-upper in tiny Eastport, Maine, she figured she'd also bought herself a tranquil, stress-free life. But Jake soon learned that appearances can be deceiving, and that even small towns have their share of dark secrets, including murder.

People hardly ever lock their doors in Eastport. So when Jake and her best pal, Ellie, arrive at Faye Anne Carmody's kitchen door, they knock and walk right in. But though Christmas is just two weeks away, what they find is far from festive: a dazed Faye Anne covered with blood, and her no-good husband, the town butcher, Merle, nowhere in sight. Nowhere, that is, until Jake discovers his body, tidily wrapped in his own butcher paper...

It doesn't take long for news of the murder to race through the small town, and just about everyone has a theory about the grisly crime that has robbed Eastport of its least-liked citizen. But while police chief Bob Arnold considers it an open-and-shut case, Jake and Ellie aren't convinced of Faye Anne's guilt.

Jake has enough going on in her life without trying to investigate a murder. After all, she's just married her longtime love, Wade, and the pair plan to spend the winter rehabilitating the paint-encrusted windows in Jake's old house.

But Jake has to admit that there are a lot of details that don't add up: for example, Faye Anne's complaint that she was being stalked, and blood-splattered evidence at the crime scene that just doesn't make sense. Then there is the diary that Faye Anne's secret, sometime boyfriend claims is hidden somewhere in her house. Could Faye Anne's own journal be the key to unlocking an even more fiendish murder plot, or is her double-crossing lover trying to frame her?

When yet another Eastport citizen turns up dead, Jake realizes the murderer's trail began long before the night Merle Carmody died. But what keeps eluding her and Ellie is the motive behind the mystery. The truth is so close, they can almost taste it, but can they stop the shrewd killer before he chisels another victim's name onto a tombstone?

Original title: Wreck the Halls
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesAmateur
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: Wreck the Halls

Wreck the Halls (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "Graves' characters are very human creations, warts and all, with Jake in particular making fine company." Publishers Weekly
  • "Graves affectionately creates believable characters...who lend depth and warm humor to the story...The cozy details of small-town life and home repair make for an enjoyable read." Publishers Weekly
  • "Ms. Graves has created a bright and personable new detective who has been welcomed into the Eastport community with warmth and affection." The Dallas Morning News
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Wreck the Halls (October 2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 9780553582260
Dimensions: 7.12 x 4.28 x .91 in
Pages: 320

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