Wicked Fix (Home Repair Is Homicide Series #3)

Wicked Fix (Home Repair Is Homicide Series #3)

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by Sarah Graves
     
 

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Do-it-yourself killer fixes small-town thug...

For ex-Wall Streeter Jacobia Tiptree and her teenaged 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.

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Do-it-yourself killer fixes small-town thug...

For ex-Wall Streeter Jacobia Tiptree and her teenaged 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—Jacobia's former husband. Yet Jake knows her troublesome, trouble-prone ex is capable of just about anything except murder. Proving that, though, is another matter.

Eastport is packed with tourists and former residents for the annual Salmon Festival—and Jake soon realizes any Eastporter, past or present, has motive for Tate's murder. To nail the real killer, Jake and her best friend, Ellie White, must probe a past as rotten as crumbling clapboard, while a secret hatred builds toward a series of murders even more brutal than Reuben Tate himself....

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The town [Eastport] and its warmly wondrous citizens continue to enchant."—Booknews from The Poisoned Pen
Toby Bromberg
Wicked Fix is a straightforwarded thriller and Graves has also done a fine job of characterization....readers will especially enjoy the realistic relationship between Jake and her son, Sam.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Everyone in the island town of Eastport, Maine, is cursing the return of Reuben Tate, a bad boy who terrorized half the town in his youth. So no one is too upset when Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, a transplant from Manhattan, and her friend Ellie White discover Reuben's dead body hanging from the cemetery gate. Jake had been busy getting her rambling old house ready for winter and working with her ex-husband, Victor, to open a trauma center, but their plans are jeopardized when Victor's scalpel turns out to be the murder weapon, and he's arrested. Victor and Jake have had their trouble in the past, but she knows he's no murderer. Jake and Ellie's investigation turns up no shortage of suspects; the list of those who might have wished Reuben harm is a mile long, and the annual Salmon Festival has brought many old residents back to the small town. Graves (Triple Witch) skillfully uses these suspicious folk to draw out the suspense. Though the psychological motive for the crime is a bit far-fetched, the oddball characters--especially a preacher and son who form a musical group called the Bible Belters--make for good entertainment. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553578591
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Home Repair Is Homicide Series , #3
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
362,316
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Graves lives with her husband in Eastport, Maine, where her mystery novels are set. She is currently working on her twelfth Home Repair Is Homicide novel.

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Wicked Fix (Home Repair Is Homicide Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this series. It is the first one I have read. I plan to read more in this series I thought Jacobia was a great amateur sleuth. She and Ellie worked well together. I would like to see more interaction between her and Sam and her and Wade. I was glad Victor wasn't around much. I liked the setting and her descriptions. I was surprised there wasn't more about home repair in there from the information on the cover of the book. I had an inkling as to the killer before she figured it out, but I wasn't certain and I didn't have all the details figured out. I recommend this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Eastport, Maine Jacobia ¿Jake¿ Tiptree has earned the life she wanted for herself and her son and is contented with her current situation. Jake can even deal with her former husband Victor although she occasionally wishes it were from the other side of the continent rather than in Eastport.

Jacobia, Wade (her significant other), her friend Ellie, Victor, and a few other people go to a restaurant where they run into the town¿s bad boy, Reuben Tate. Surprisingly, Victor and Tate exchange heated words. Even more shocking is when Jake and Ellie find the murdered corpse of Reuben in the town cemetery. His throat is slit open. The weapon is a surgeon¿s scalpel traced to Victor¿s medical paraphernalia collection. The police arrest the obvious suspect forcing the loyal and responsible Jacobia accompanied by Ellie, to make inquires. They quickly learn that Reuben has no friends but a plethora of enemies elated to hear that the man is finally dead. There are so many suspects Jake begins to doubt she will ever find the real perpetrator but she keeps on searching because she believes that Victor is not a murderer.

Sarah Graves captures the essence of small town Maine with an uncanny insight that turns WICKED FOX into a fun, page-turning read. The cast consists of a horde of eccentric characters that are indigenous to the region. The protagonist is a strong, down-to-earth person who the audience will identify with but they will also wonder why she goes to such extraordinary lengths to clear Victor of the charges against him. The who-done-it is an enjoyable regional cozy that succeeds because Ms. Graves makes the inhabitants of Eastport seem so genuine and alive.

Harriet Klausner

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I was ready to enjoy reading a light mystery, but this one was just a bit boring for me. I just couldn't get into the characters. Maybe it's all in the timing.
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U here?