The Book of Old Houses is one in a series of mysteries written by Sarah Graves. It is part of the Home Repair is Homicide Mystery Series and an enjoyable book.
Jacobia Tiptree ("Jake") is the owner of a house built in 1823 in Eastport, Maine. This house needs a lot of fixing, and Jake is just the person to do it (not). An old book recently turned up in the foundation of Jake's house, and when the local book historian she sends it to is murdered, Jake has a mystery on her hands. Plus, her old book has disappeared as well. So Jake must do some sleuthing to find out what is going on.
Jake is a very likable heroine. She is married, has a son recovering from alcohol addiction, and is determined to do much of her house renovations by herself, which makes for a lot of funny episodes. The Book of Old Houses was an interesting novel, a great addition to the Home Repair is Homicide series. Sarah Graves has kept me entertained with her novels, and I eagerly await the next installment.