Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project - repainting the porch of her lovingly restored house in Eastport, Maine - when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable: Blood shows up again. Murder will out. Then there's the anonymous email warning her to beware the Fourth of July - just two days away. Jake remembers some shady characters from her days as a hotshot financial manager, but she's baffled as to the identity of her nemesis-until she receives a photo of a murdered man.
From home invasion to kidnapping, this twisted killer is slowly but surely plotting a knockdown, not just for Jake but for the entire town of Eastport.
In chapter one of Graves's unsettling 14th Home Repair Is Homicide mystery (after 2009's Crawlspace), Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is scraping paint off the front steps of her 1823 Federal house in Eastport, Maine, when a guy in his 20s on a bicycle rides by yet again and gives her a dirty look. Soon after, the man returns and this time gets off his bike and accuses Jake of some unspecified crime. "Murder will out," he declares, quoting "that famous guy's play." After recovering from this unpleasant encounter, Jake begins to plan for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration with her family, but an e-mail message from "Nemesis" "Beware the Fourth" sets her back on edge. Memorable characters and helpful household tips enhance a dark cozy that will keep the reader turning the pages until the surprising and dramatic conclusion.