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  • L. Burns says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Home Repair #15 – Everyone should have a friend like Ellie!, July 29, 2013
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    L. Burns (New England) –
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    This 15th entry in the series has Jake and her long-time best friend Ellie heading off to tackle some repairs at a remote cottage owned by Jake’s husband Wade. What starts off as a quiet work/vacation soon turns into a fight to survive when an escaped convict targets Jake. With no way to signal for help, Jake and the ever resourceful Ellie have no intention of giving up without a heck of a fight.

    First things first: The set-up of the story requires a major suspension of disbelief. Similar to those teen horror flicks where the half-dressed girl insists on going down into the dark basement to check out a weird noise, Jake and Ellie’s decision to trudge on out to an isolated cabin with an escaped murderer on the loose was ridiculous. Once I got past that though, there was a lot I liked about the story. There are a few intertwining storylines, and I really enjoyed the page time devoted to Sam. (I feel so old – I’ve watched Sam grow up over the course of this series!). I also liked reading a bit more about Wade and a few other Eastport regulars. I did find the scenes with Ellie and Jake at the cabin became almost claustrophobic after a while, and welcomed the break when it switched to another storyline.

    The parts of the story dealing with Jake & Ellie at the cabin are told in the first person; the rest of the story is told from the third person. I mention this because I know some readers don’t care for the alternating POV. This series has strayed pretty far from its “cozy mystery” routes, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A long running series will grow stagnant if the author doesn’t shake things up a bit.

    Little (if any) strong language; no sexual content. If you are new to this series I wouldn’t recommend starting here. The first book is The Dead Cat Bounce: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery .

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  • Ann W. Gael says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love Sarah Graves!!!, May 9, 2013
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    Judy Riggenbach (WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ, US) –
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    Every book Sarah Graves has written has been amusing and still a nail biter. Having lived in an 1850’s Victorian i can truly relate to the home repair parts of the books. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, her family ( alive and otherwise) , friends , her home, and her town of Eastport, Maine all suck you into their story. Dead level is no exception.
    In this case Jake and her friend Ellie are building a deck on the “camp” cottage and Jake has bet her husband she can do it in a week. Jake is a bit concerned because her x-husbands “deathiversary” has just passed and she has seen his ghost a few times. Her StepMother/ house keeper is acting strange, and there is an escaped killer on the loose though everyone thinks he has headed south.
    It seems he has not.
    the problems start when he decides that Ellie is his reincarnated wife and he has to kill her all over again
    Jake and Ellie have to pit their ingenuity against his. and while not the brightest he is inventive and clever.
    Jakes son is having a hard time of his own at the boatyard with a personable boat owner and his beautiful sister who are not quite what they seem.
    IT seems even Jakes late x-husband has to be on his toes to help keep everyone alive in this one!
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  • Anonymous says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Too action-oriented, February 19, 2013
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    Ann W. Gael (NYC) –

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    This review is from: Dead Level: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery (Mass Market Paperback)
    I like Sarah Graves’ home improvement series for its home improvement tips, for character development, and for its fascinating pictures of isolated, small-town Maine. So I was especially disappointed when most of this volume took place out of town at a vacation camp (in Maine parlance, vacation home). Also, although generally one of the family – Jake, Sam or Wade – gets into a dire situation and one or both of the others effects or helps in a rescue. This one imperils all three and felt more like an Arnold Schwarzenegger actioon thriller than a Gravesian mystery. It kept me up all night, not a situation I enjoy. I just hope for better next time.
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