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Wreck the Halls
by Sarah Graves
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Bantam, 2002 (2001)
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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Denver Post says of Sarah Graves' Wreck the Halls, 'Think Diane Mott Davidson with a tool belt instead of recipes.' And how right that newspaper is. In Graves' A Home Repair Is Homicide series, Jaocbia Tiptree, in the midst of constant renovations of her old house in the hinterland of northern Maine, becomes embroiled in a rather gruesome murder. As if all that isn't enough, her ex-husband begs her to help him capture the new love of his life.

The characters in this book are very likeable. The incidents move the action right along. Graves' sense of humor is keen and evident on almost every page. Even in the direst of circumstances, her wry comments tickle the funny bone. But the solving of the mystery gets a little too complicated for my sleuthing skills. One must pay close attention to all that unfolds.

I never did guess who was the actual culprit - came as a complete surprise. That's not the problem. It was getting to the conclusion that taxed my concentration. However, Wreck the Halls still is a fun book, one that I enjoyed enough to try others of this author's work.

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