By Sarah Graves

When it involves domestic fix, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree  is a fervent wielder of strength drills and paint brushes. And while catching criminals, she’s been identified to truly deliver down the hammer. but if a surprising homicide rocks the small city of Eastport, Maine, Jake could be the subsequent sufferer for whom the bell tolls.
it's approximately middle of the night while the large bell within the belfry of All religion Chapel—silent for decades—booms forth, startling wakeful the whole city of Eastport. Upon inspection of the steeple, the police discover the physique of neighborhood teen 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 previous condominium opposed to the massive blow. An novice 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 accomplice, Ellie White, get to work.
They observe an unforeseen best friend in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a girl from “away” who appeared to have blown into city with the nor’easter, and who additionally turns out to understand much concerning the brain of a killer. Can Jake and Ellie belief her? As a killer roams unfastened and the townsfolk fight opposed to the pounding, screaming hurricane, the ensuing tempest of gossip and suspicion competitors something 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 undertaking and switch it right into a top notch secret the way in which Graves can. It’s a probably the greatest story.”RT booklet Reviews
“Graves does the Down East quarter 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, shrewdpermanent, and witty.”Crimespree Magazine
Praise for Sarah Graves and the house fix Is Homicide series
“Graves’s logos 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 used to be a Soldier
“Just listening to her checklist the methods you could kill your self solving up an outdated residence . . . is a hoot.”The long island instances publication 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, particularly, the targeted descriptions of the town.”Los Angeles Times
“Graves makes rehabbing shutters and different chores suspenseful.”The Boston Globe

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