Saturday, March 23, 2013

Back again....and book review

Things are beginning to quiet down a bit after the Nashville Market rush.  I have been working on some new designs and have been reading a bit also.  Nashville was good this year.  Thanks to all of you who have purchased my latest design--Celtic Charm.  I hope you enjoy stitching it.

Recently I was sent a pre-release copy of a book for me to review.  It is by Sarah Graves and the title is A Bat in the Belfry.   I really enjoyed this one and encourage you to get it as soon as it is released.  You can pre-order it from Amazon  (No affiliation just a good read)

Review:  A Bat in the Belfry: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery by Sarah Graves

Who killed 14 year old Karen Hansen?  This is the question facing the police department of Eastport, Maine.   Karen was a teenager raised by a drunken father who was trying to find her way out of Eastport.  She wanted to go to NY and become a model but she needed some money.  Her plans were all made but something went terribly wrong.

Sam Tiptree was a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser.  Still in his mid-twenties he is struggling with his personal relationships.  Maggie, his steadfast true love and Carol, the young daring thing out to get her man. 

Chip Hahn had been friends with Sam Tiptree since they were kids in Manhattan.  Facing problems with his girlfriend Carolyn, he decides to go to Maine to visit with Sam and get his head together.  But what is he hiding?

Lizzie Snow quit her job in Boston and heads to Maine trying to find more information about her still missing niece.  Her sister Sissy was killed eight years ago and her 1 year old daughter was never found.  But now Lizzie has reason to believe she may be in Eastport.  So she turns in her badge and gun and is determined to find her.

When her houseguest is accused of the murder, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree begins her own investigation along with her best friend Ellie White and Lizzie Snow, the retired police detective.  While a raging storm rains down on Eastport, they work relentlessly to prove Chip's innocence and discover the truth.

More characters include the frustrated police chief-Bob, the local drug dealer-Harvey, his sidekick, Bogie, Dylan the state police officer, Karen Hansen's father and many more.

My thoughts:

The plot of this book tends to ramble a bit, but Ms. Graves writes in the first person which makes this book easier to follow.  There are some ambiguous scenes which I really feel distracted from the overall plot but they did help develop the characters.  The storyline was very interesting and kept me reading chapter after chapter.  This is my first time reading Ms Graves but I am now going to locate her other books and read them.

Until next time....