It follows the stereotype: a woman in the middle of her life fresh from divorce moves to a secluded little town where everyone knows everyone, and takes up a challenge- a business or otherwise, and finds herself solving murder mysteries. For such a worldly woman- being on her own since the age of 16 and scraping enough money together to go to co I realize that the first entry in a cozy mystery series isn't always showcasing the author's best work, but Dead Cat Bounce seems a little iffy at best.
The Dead Cat Bounce
For such a worldly woman- being on her own since the age of 16 and scraping enough money together to go to college and deal with the stock market, money and accounting, Jacobia sure isn't very smart or put together. It takes her ages to figure things out, and she accuses all the wrong people of the murder. The house that she purchased is a literal death trap, and it makes zero sense to keep trying to fix it. Anyone else would tear the thing down and start from scratch. So not only is her sleuthing frustrating, so is her money pit of a house.
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The plot also seems random and meandering. We're introduced to new characters without much warning, and we're supposed to care about who they are and what they do, even though we're given next to no information about them. It feels very much like there are chapters or information missing. I even double checked to make sure this was the first in the series, and I hadn't skipped over an entire book by mistake. The take-away here is that the premise is interesting, but the story wasn't.
The next might be better, but it will be awhile before I try to pick it up.
Aug 26, Cheryl rated it really liked it. Jacobia bought an old fixer-uuper of a hourse and when she has a water leak she finds a man dead in the basement along with the rotting floor joinsts. It turns out to be a local man who became a billionaire. Jacobia's best friend confesses to the murder and Jacobia knows she didn't do it. Jacobia knows she didn't do it and figures out there is a coverup. She begins investingating past history and puts herself in danger.
There isnt as much home repair as I thought there would be. The conflict bet Jacobia bought an old fixer-uuper of a hourse and when she has a water leak she finds a man dead in the basement along with the rotting floor joinsts. The conflict between her ex-husband, herself and her son adds to the story. Feb 25, Caryn Zdan rated it liked it. It was a little hard to get into at first but then it got better. Her way of telling the book was a little off. It mostly was in present tense but then would switch to talking about the past so it was weird. I will probably listen to the next one to see if i can get into it more.
Jan 31, Falina rated it really liked it. I could definitely read and enjoy more books in this series. Without merit This will probably be my last "cozy mystery," so I will indulge myself with a lengthy diatribe on the topic. Unfortunately, this book, and similar series that I've tried, uses a lazy "write by numbers" formula that leads to material that is not just unremarkable, but substandard. In the books written to fit this niche, the heroine is a mature woman who is Without merit This will probably be my last "cozy mystery," so I will indulge myself with a lengthy diatribe on the topic.
She is well liked, and an observer of both human nature and of some quaint and picturesque place. She has in her new life, or meets, some idealized version of a hyper-masculine man who is everything she found lacking in her past relationship. He is the strong, yet sensitive man that every movie from the first half of the 20th century has assured us should be every woman's fantasy. The protagonist also needs a loveable pet, and a vocation that is the theme of a basic cable channel i.
Her town needs to be populated with a series of two-dimensional, forgettable, and generally oblivious characters that could be lifted directly from any 80's television crime-drama that needed its audience to know if someone was a good guy or bad guy within the first 5 minutes of an episode. The townspeople are also required to know the complete history of every person in town, know everything that happens in the town within an hour, and be willing to share this information at any given moment.
All of these standard 'fill in the blank' elements wouldn't mean that the book had to be bad, but the real problem is in the execution. The writer seems to operate under the assumption that if they provide the basic format, they don't need to worry about writing well. Thus, we end up with the literary equivalent to romance novels, but without the titillating features that at least make romance novels appealing to some.
Graves did try slightly in that vein with this laughable line: I wanted to drape myself on him as if I were ivy and he were a trellis. I almost stopped reading this particular "cozy mystery" immediately when the writer went on some awkward tangent extolling the virtues of guns in small towns and then trying to sell their use as a therapeutic activity , but I found the liberal use of SAT words and the detailed financial world insights slightly intriguing.
After a while, I became curious which of the never-ending parade of Cabot Cove style characters that were impossible to keep track of was actually the perpetrator since the main suspect that the protagonist was so persistently and single-mindedly focused on to the point of obsession got so much attention that there was no way it could have been her. In the end, it wasn't worth the wait, and the only real pleasure I derived from the book was being able to write my review knowing I finished the entire thing. Sep 05, Sfdreams rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed. This is the first book in Sarah Graves Repair is Homicide mystery series.
I first read it many years ago ? I love this series! I made a concerted effort recently to read my way through once again and get caught up to date. This first book is perhaps the weakest of the series, but Ms. Graves is only getting better and better. The protagonist is Jacobia Tiptree Jake to her friends ,a high powered stockbrocker who moves to Eas This is the first book in Sarah Graves Repair is Homicide mystery series. The protagonist is Jacobia Tiptree Jake to her friends ,a high powered stockbrocker who moves to Eastport, Maine, a tiny island community on the coast of Maine.
She is recently divorced from a controlling, cheating husband, and her son, Sam, has gotten involved with drugs and unsavory friends in their Manhattan neighborhood. Eastport Maine works wonders and her son blossoms and is happy. Jake is kept busy repairing and fixing up her old home. Then a dead man turns up in her ice room, and her best friend is charged with the murder. It is up to Jake to clear her name. Regarding the title: I remember being somewhat alarmed at the title when I read it back in It is from a stock term for a slight rebound in stock prices after a significant drop.
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May 11, Peacejanz rated it it was amazing Shelves: completed. Where have I been? This delightful mystery author has been around for a long time and I just found her. If you love mystery and if you love the Northeast coast of the US, run to get this book - the first of a series, A Home Repair is Homicide. This author is a poet; her descriptions of the physical area, the people, and her thoughts are so compelling that I found I was dwelling on them, rather than racing through to grab the clues and solve the mystery. So many characters - the weird neurosurgeo Where have I been? So many characters - the weird neurosurgeon ex-husband, the dead guy's wife who has a boyfriend in waiting, the nasty old lady the mother of her friend, the accused murderer and the mean-as-sin neighborhood kid.
I expect to read everything Sarah Graves writes. Jacobia Jake has stopped financially advising evil wealthy folks and moved to Eastport, Maine with her son. She has purchased an old home and has repairs beyond what she ever thought possible. Meanwhile, she finds a rich dead man in her storeroom with an icepick in his head. A fascinating read!! Jul 29, Nadine Jones rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. A perfectly charming murder mystery set in Eastport, Maine.
I have no idea if the Maine descriptions are accurate or not, but I assume they are since the author lives in Eastport. It wasn't clear to me how she was supporting herself once she moved to Maine - I guess she had made so much money on Wall Street that she was all set. One day she happens upon a dead body in her unheated storage room where sh A perfectly charming murder mystery set in Eastport, Maine.
One day she happens upon a dead body in her unheated storage room where she stores dahlia bulbs, dog food, and, now, dead bodies! I adored the description of her dog, Monday, bounding over to the dead body, wagging her tail the way she does for humans "of the unmet persuasion" - and then sadly walking away when she realized the stranger is dead. Lots of well-defined characters, lots of plot twists. Got a little confusing at times. I'm looking forward to reading every book in this series. Mar 19, Lynda rated it it was ok. Another new series for me. Dead cat bounce is the beginning of an interesting cozy series set in Maine about a divorced mother named Jacobia known as Jake.
In her previous life she was a financial consultant. As in all series beginnings, a lot of time is spent setting up the scene and major characters. There was a little too much financial data for me but hopefully that was limited tgo this book. Jake's friend Ellie has confessed to murdering a local man whose body was found in Jake's home.
Jake Another new series for me. Jake and company have to locate the real killer and deal with Maine winter weather, her difficult ex-husband, and Ellie's parents. I guessed the identity of the real killer but could not figure how they did it.
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Nov 03, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: own-copy , chicklit. Jacobia Jake Triptee is a "retired" commodities broker who moved with her son to an island off the coast of Maine to escape life in the city as well as her controlling ex-husband. Jake falls in love with a year old house and spends her time either repairing her "money hole" residence or solving a mystery or two. I'm still trying to figure out how someone so well versed in the financial world found time to learn how to properly glaze a window or repair lath, or to acquire all the knowledge Jacobia Jake Triptee is a "retired" commodities broker who moved with her son to an island off the coast of Maine to escape life in the city as well as her controlling ex-husband.
I'm still trying to figure out how someone so well versed in the financial world found time to learn how to properly glaze a window or repair lath, or to acquire all the knowledge about boats, tides, etc. Jul 02, Suezq rated it it was ok Shelves: It's a mystery set in Maine about a single mom who finds a dead body in her storeroom. It's not the most difficult mystery.