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Mallets Aforethought (Home Repair is Homicide, Bk 7)
Mallets Aforethought - Home Repair is Homicide, Bk 7 Author:Sarah Graves Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree left her high-powered career for a dilapidated fixer-upper and the dream of a quiet existence in the quaint town of Eastport, Maine. But she found that no matter how carefully you remodel your life, murder can take up residence anywhere. It's Eastport's most notorious landmark: the old Harlequin House. Na... more »med for the disgraced physician Chester Harlequin, it was used as a hideout for gunshot gangsters and their molls during Prohibition's heyday. Now fixer-upper enthusiast Jake Tiptree and Harlequin's only living descendant, Ellie White, are refurbishing the mansard-roofed mansion to host the local Historical Society's upcoming gala. But when stripping down old wallpaper reveals a secret door to a room containing not one but two corpses, Jake and Ellie once again find home repair leading to homicide.
One of the bodies is a skeleton dressed in 1920s flapper chic. But the other is that of real-estate mogul Hector Gosling, and in his pocket is a paper bearing the single word "Guilty." The less-than-scrupulous tycoon has been poisoned, and when it's learned that the offending substance is the poison that Ellie's husband George has been using to kill red ants, he is immediately taken into custody. Then it develops that George had recently accused Gosling of a scheme to scam George's vulnerable old aunt out of her life savings -- and George out of his inheritance. With George held for murder, Jake and a pregnant Ellie swing into action. In between Ellie's Lamaze sessions, baby showers, and CPR classes taught by Jake's ex-husband Victor, the two amateur sleuths must sift their way through a trail of seemingly contradictory clues. Then another corpse surfaces and suddenly Jake and Ellie realize they must find this killer fast. A clever culprit is not only building an airtight case against Ellie's husband. He -- or she -- is planning to nail everyone who stands in the way.« less
This book is about two female friends who discover a secret door in a mansion being refurbished by their Historical Society. Old Harlequin House is Eastport, Maine's most notorious landmark, once a hideout, hospital and makeshift morgue for gansters and their molls. One of the bodies is a skelton dressed in 1920's flapper chic but the other is a local real-estate mogul with a chilling message pinned to his pocket: "Guilty". The two amateur sleuths must find a killer who's building an airtight case against one of their husbands.
A fun, well-written adventure.
I am enjoying this series of books. Jacobia and her friend Ellie are wonderful characters - strong women. The "cast of characters" is interesting. I like the way Graves incorporates murder and mayhem into home repair, Wall Street, and New England life. In this one Ellie's husband, George, is accused of murdering a local real estate mogul. But 2 bodies are discovered: his and one from the roaring twenties. Parallels between the murders are discovered. Can they solve the murder and save George? And, in doing so, discover what happened back all those years ago? Of course they can!!!