A Bat in the Belfry (Review)

Book Title and Author: A Bat in the Belfry by Sarah Graves (This book is #16 in the Home Repair is Homicide Series.


When it comes to home repair, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree  is a fervent wielder of power drills and paint brushes. And when catching criminals, she’s been known to really bring down the hammer. But when a shocking murder rocks the small town of Eastport, Maine, Jake may be the next victim for whom the bell tolls.
It is nearly midnight when the enormous bell in the belfry of All Faith Chapel—silent for decades—booms forth, startling awake the entire town of Eastport. Upon inspection of the steeple, the police uncover the body of local teenager Karen Hansen, who had climbed the belfry’s dark, rickety stairs for a midnight rendezvous. But instead of the promise of an exciting new life, Karen meets her death.

Meanwhile, as an epic nor’easter bears down on the idyllic island town, Jake Tiptree hurries to shore up her ramshackle old house against the big blow. An amateur detective, she has sworn off chasing criminals. But when the news of Karen’s murder spreads and much of the evidence points to Jake’s likable houseguest, she and her sleuthing partner, Ellie White, get to work.

They discover an unexpected ally in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a woman from “away” who seemed to have blown into town with the nor’easter, and who also seems to know a lot about the mind of a killer. Can Jake and Ellie trust her? As a killer roams free and the townsfolk struggle against the pounding, screaming storm, the resulting tempest of gossip and suspicion rivals anything the Atlantic could brew up—and threatens to keep Jake and Ellie from putting the final nail in this cold-blooded case. (source)

My Thoughts: I've been wanting to read this series for a long time, so I glad I got a chance at this advanced readers copy. At first I was confused because it doesn't follow the 'normal' pattern of telling the story from just the protagonists point of view. Once I realized I was going to see a culmination of many different stories from different angles I was hooked. A couple times I thought it might be too much, but in the end I really enjoyed it. So much so I read it in one day! :)

Now of course I will have to find the books in this series and catch up, since I think there was stuff that went on in the past that although didn't completely leave me at a loss, would have been much easier to understand. This did not take away from the book at all.

This book is scheduled to be released in May of this year so if you're a fan of this series make sure you pick it up!

*I received an Advanced Readers eBook copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review of the book*


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