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Crawlspace: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery    by Sarah Graves order for
by Sarah Graves
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Bantam, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Sarah Graves again hammers home why she has become one of the more successful mystery writers and garnered so many fans across the country. Skillfully crafting murder and mayhem with a liberal dose of plaster and paint, the Eastport, Maine author's Home Repair is Homicide series has made amateur sleuth Jacobia 'Jake' Tiptree a much admired character in the cozy suspense genre.

In Crawlspace the home repair ace must confront the worst nightmare a mother can experience - her son has suddenly gone missing. Jake has undertaken another project, installing insulation in her old home, but there's a much more serious problem facing the indomitable woman than a drafty mansion.

A true crime writer has arrived in town to research her next book on Eastport's infamous Dodd murders. Stirring up old memories and fears, the nosy writer has obviously hit a nerve in the community and re-opened old wounds. It doesn't seem to be a coincidence that suddenly Jake receives threatening phone calls and then her son suddenly goes missing.

Someone wants to keep the past buried and obviously feels that Jake in some way poses a threat. As she tries to construct a reason for this personal attack and unwarranted intrusion into her family's life, Jake does what she does best. In a race against the clock, the clever remodeler pokes into the past to save both her son's and her own life.

As with the earlier novels in the series, Crawlspace is not only a riveting whodunit but also offers tips and handy advice on how readers can solve their own household improvement dilemmas.

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