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  • Beth D says:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Nail biter, July 13, 2015
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    L. Brooks (pennsylvania) –

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    I think this is the last home repair mystery I will purchase. The author has so much repetition from book to book along with pages of DIY repair projects that the actual story seems to occupy not much space. I have skipped over so many pages and it seems like nail biter was more than the others that though I really like the characters, I’m just tired of wading through all the other stuff.
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  • Anonymous says:
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I Don’t Have Enough To Do, I’ll Become A Landlord, March 22, 2008
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    Beth D (Omaha, NE) –
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    This review is from: Nail Biter: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery (Mass Market Paperback)
    Jacobia Tiptree gave up her Financial Consultant job in New York City to move to Eastport Maine, partly because she was sick of her job, but mainly to get her teenage son away from bad influences which had turned him into a drug addict as a young teenager.

    Things had really turned around since she bought her fixer-upper house and has spent the last years turning her house into a home and solving all the murders that suddenly seem to occur on a regular basis in Eastport.

    Now Jake and her best friend Ellie White have bought a beachfront house, planning on fixing it up and renting. But when a coven of witches asks to rent the house, they go ahead and do it before doing the necessary repairs, which results in almost daily excursions to the house as this group seems unable to change lightbulbs, let alone fix any other minor problem that seems to come up.

    It’s on one of these trips that Jake trips over the body of Eugene Dibble in the shed behind the house.

    Then Wanda, the teenage, mute daughter of one of the renters disappears, Jake goes into full detective mode as she is not only determined to solve the murder, but also to find the missing teenager, who she believes is in horrible danger.

    Highlights:

    Victor – Jake’s ex-husband, A prominent brain surgeon. In the first book in this series, when this guy showed up, I groaned. I’m sick of cozy’s thinking the lead always have to have a jerk of a husband, boyfriend, ex-husband, ex-boyfriend involved in her life. But as the series has evolved, so has Victor. He’s gone from annoying jerk, to the funniest character in the book. What he lacks in social skills, he more than makes up for his giving up his career, moving to Eastport and starting a trauma clinic.

    George Valentine – Local Handyman, married to Ellie White. He’s the guy who can fix anything and seems to have a lot more common sense than a lot of other characters in the book.

    Wade – He’s the harbor pilot and gun repairer. The reasons I like him so much, is that he’s very helpful to Jake but stays out of all the drama involving Victor, Jake & their son Sam.

    Lowlights

    The mystery. Most of the mysteries have been interesting, but this was boring. If you’re going to use child abuse as part of a storyline, please don’t have everyone claim they were abused. Several false stories are told about abuse in the book, just to hide real motives. The plot behind the murder is so complicated, when all the killer had to do, (since they were tracking their victim) is to walk up to them one night and shoot them, as there was no real connection that would have made the police suspect the killer.

    Jake & Ellie take such ridiculous risks in this story and because of their stupidity, real innocent people are severely injured or killed. (I’m not saying they’re nice, but they are innocent in this case).

    The Ending. In most of the reviews we’re all complaining about the same thing, but don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. The one problem with doing something irreversible, is that it can’t be corrected. There is no way to fix this and it changes the entire complexion of the storyline.

    Small Questions

    Jake was a big time Financial Consultant in New York, she had to have made millions, yet she is always worried that she can’t afford to fix her house up? Victor was one of the most prominent surgeons in the world, and has to have made millions also, yet she resents the money he spends on their son.

    Why did Ellie White keep her maiden name when she married George Valentine? Ellie is always worried about people talking about her and being part of gossip and keeping up traditions. I would thinking keeping your maiden name would have caused a lot of talk in this small town. And after reading, “Dead Cat Bounce” the first book in the series, where you got to meet Ellie’s parents you would thinking changing her name would be at the top of her list.

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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent series, February 15, 2017
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    John Chaggaris (Wakefield, MA United States) –

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    This review is from: Nail Biter: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery (Mass Market Paperback)
    Love the Home Repair is Homicide Mysteries.
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