A Bat in the Belfry
by Sarah Graves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Bat in the Belfry is book number 16 in the Home Repair is Homicide Series and could very well stand on its own as a very good murder mystery/who dunnit –and I know this how? Because this is the first book in this series that I have read, but trust me, it won’t be the last!
Talk about a puzzling mystery! Set in a small town in Maine, full of colorful characters who know everything everyone is doing, there is a warm feeling to this read in spite of the brutality of the crimes. Imagine hearing the bells toll in the old church tower when no one can remember the last time they rang and finding a brutally murdered young girl in the belfry. Add to that the huge storm coming in and the fact that the tower is unsafe and likely to come crashing down, destroying any evidence there may be. Told through various POVs, each with their own take on what is happening the uglier side of living in a small town is exposed and scraped apart. The police find the most likely suspect and consider the case closed, but will a former Boston detective, on her own personal mission help find the truth or will Jake, home renovator and part time sleuth get to the bottom of this heinous crime, saving her son’s friend from being wrongly accused? Will the bereaved father invoke his own kind of justice in an act of revenge and guilt for never being the father he should have been?
Sarah Graves has done well in creating that small town feel where anyone who is new or different stands out as a topic for gossip! With her ability to create each scene, I swear I felt the tower sway in the wind! A great cozy mystery, not too dry, not to flowery, definitely intense!
An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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