Sarah Graves’ “Home Repair is Homicide” series continues this month with the release of her newest mystery, Knockdown (Bantam, New York, NY; hardcover; 288 pages; $25). Heroine Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree becomes the one in peril as her past as a financial manager puts her in harms way when a former client’s son seeks vengeance. And, of course, there’s the home repair, too, based on Graves’ real-life 1823 Federal-style home in Eastport.
If you’re looking for a lighter mystery, check out B.B. Haywood’s second in the “Candy Holliday Murder Mystery” series. Town in a Lobster Stew (Berkley Prime Crime, New York, NY; paperback; 374 pages; $7.99) takes place in the fictional seaside village of Cape Willington, where an annual lobster stew cook-off goes terribly awry