Mallets Aforethought (Home Repair Is Homicide Mysteries) by Sarah Graves

By Sarah Graves

Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree left her high-powered occupation for a dilapidated fixer-upper and the dream of a quiet life within the old fashioned city of Eastport, Maine. yet she chanced on that regardless of how rigorously you transform your existence, homicide can take in place of abode anywhere.It’s Eastport’s such a lot infamous landmark: the outdated Harlequin residence. Named for the disgraced healthcare professional Chester Harlequin, it was once used as a hideout for gunshot gangsters and their molls in the course of Prohibition’s heyday. Now fixer-upper fanatic Jake Tiptree and Harlequin’s in basic terms dwelling descendant, Ellie White, are refurbishing the mansard-roofed mansion to host the neighborhood old Society’s upcoming gala. but if stripping down outdated wallpaper unearths a mystery door to a room containing no longer one yet corpses, Jake and Ellie once more locate domestic fix resulting in homicide.One of the our bodies is a skeleton wearing Twenties flapper stylish. however the different is that of real-estate wealthy person Hector Gosling, and in his pocket is a paper bearing the only be aware “Guilty.” The less-than-scrupulous wealthy person has been poisoned, and while it’s realized that the offending substance is the poison that Ellie’s husband George has been utilizing to kill crimson ants, he's instantly taken into custody. Then it develops that George had lately accused Gosling of a scheme to rip-off George’s weak outdated aunt out of her lifestyles savings—and George out of his inheritance. With George held for homicide, Jake and a pregnant Ellie swing into motion. In among Ellie’s Lamaze periods, child showers, and CPR periods taught via Jake’s ex-husband Victor, the 2 beginner sleuths needs to sift their approach via a path of possible contradictory clues. Then one other corpse surfaces and all at once Jake and Ellie observe they need to locate this killer quick. A smart perpetrator is not just construction an hermetic case opposed to Ellie’s husband. He—or she—is making plans to nail every person who stands within the way.From the Hardcover version.

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Maybe I wouldn’t have to at all. I positioned the length of weatherstripping in the window well, cut it to fit by tapping the chisel on it with the hammer, and lay the cut-to-fit strip on the bottom edge of the sash. “Join the club,” George said, perusing a section of the newspaper he’d picked up. “Can’t think of many who didn’t hate him. ” I began nailing the weatherstripping to the sash with little taps of the hammer. ” He looked unimpressed. “So you think I should get my ducks in a row? ” Tap, tap.

I’ve seen old pictures of her wearing the dress and the tiara. It’s Eva Thane, the woman my Uncle Chester was . . ” She’d gotten her wind back and was about to reenter the room, her shock giving way to the curiosity that was among her most prominent character traits. ” she demanded impatiently. “I want a closer look at . ” Then she understood, or thought she did. ” She drew one from her smock pocket. The windowless room was enclosed on all sides with a center hall at its rear, kitchen to its left, the parlor plus a vestibule and coatroom to its front and right.

George got to his feet. “Anyway, I better go double-check the stuff I was using this morning. ” Will followed him to the door. “I should get moving too. ” He’d been a restaurant manager in Boston and hoped to start one of his own, a seafood joint, here in Eastport. Which was another story; I had my doubts about it. “At least she’s eating well,” Ellie told him approvingly. But then George’s remark struck me. “Stuff? ” He took his slicker from its hook in the hall and draped it over Ellie’s shoulders.

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