A BAT IN THE BELFRY
Nobody else can take a home repair project and turn it into a first-class mystery the way Graves can. It’s a top-of-the-line story, wrapped around teenage thugs and drug dealing. We also meet a new character who appears to warrant her own series.
When a teenage girl is murdered in the belfry of the All Faith Chapel in Eastport, Maine, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree’s houseguest comes under suspicion. Though she’s sworn off her amateur investigative work, Jake knows she’s one of the few who believes in her houseguest’s innocence. She forms an uneasy alliance with a newcomer to Eastport, former police detective Lizzie Snow, who’s in town to find clues to her sister’s death six years ago and find her missing niece. All this happens as a pounding storm slams into their coastal town. When Jake’s son goes missing, it will take all her wits, and Lizzie’s help, to find him before a killer finishes him off. (BANTAM, May, 304 pp.,$25.00)