Dead Level by Sarah Graves
The latest book in the Home Repair is Homicide mystery series, this is more suspense than mystery. Dewey Hooper, an escaped murderer, heads toward Eastport, Maine, with revenge in mind. City guy Harold takes a rare vacation, planning to hike in the Maine woods. Jacobia (Jake) and Ellie head out of Eastport to a remote cottage, where Jake plans to spend the week finishing a deck. The reader knows they are all likely to meet up, with possibly dire results. Jake’s son Sam is in Eastport, trying to keep a boat from sinking, hindered rather than helped by its new owner. He thinks about going to check on his mother, but is delayed. Jake’s stepmother, Bella, is uneasy and also wants to go check on Jake. It turns out that they’ve all seen the ghost of Sam’s father on the anniversary of his death, but none of them believe it. The only spooky part of the book is the ghost, but there is the feeling of listening to a ghost story around a fire, waiting for something to jump out of the dark. It turns out that Ellie and Jake are tough and resourceful, and probably up to the challenge of facing Dewey, while Harold and Sam face their own problems, as does Bella. Usually I like to start a series at the beginning, but it’s not necessary with this series. An exciting, suspenseful, satisfying read. For more about the series and Eastport, visit the author’s website.