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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Graves Narrator: Lindsay Ellison Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Home Repair is Homicide Mysteries Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9781482975611
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When Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, agree to refurbish Eastport’s most disreputable old dwelling, Harlequin House, pulling up the floorboards reveals something far more sinister than dry rot. A hidden trapdoor unearths the skeleton of a notorious 1920s flapper with a fresh corpse sitting neatly beside her. With a good old-fashioned Maine murder on their hands, Jake and Ellie are hot on the trail of the murderer—but this time more than their reputations may be on the line.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Offers all the pleasures of the ‘cozy’ subgenre…[with] its feisty amateur sleuth…[and] quirky assortment of friends and family…The plot is leavened with home repair passages full of detail and a nice dose of attitude.”

    New England Today

  • “An enjoyable read for those who like their mysteries well-built.”

    Bangor Daily News

  • “Like the old Victorian homes she describes…Graves’ stories seem to grow better with the passing of time…Readers who enjoy solving mysteries and fixing up older homes will appreciate Jake’s do-it-yourself expertise in both areas.”

    Booklist

  • “[An] innovative cozy series…Readers will relish the author’s evocative descriptions of small-town Maine, strong characters whose relationships evolve, sense of humor, and, of course, helpful home-repair hints.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Graves make rehabbing shutters and other chores suspenseful. The novels are as well-crafted as the household projects are carried out.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • Mallets Aforethought does not disappoint…Do expect at least one very useful tip on home repair…to go with the careful and sensitive development of characters, which I have learned to anticipate with pleasure. Not to mention that rich and well-developed plot.”

    Washington Times

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 2/18/2014

    " I usually like the books in this series, but not this one. I finished it, but only to be sure that I know I had the right person as the killer. Weak entry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/10/2014

    " Jacobia needs to be more careful. I need to visit Maine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/28/2013

    " This was a great read, and I loved Jake and her friend finding a secret room with a dead body! They had to discover then who the person was and what had happened. One of the better Jacobia Tiptree stories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/8/2013

    " I really do enjoy Jacobia Tiptree and her Home Repair is Homicide Series. Excellent writing and a pleasure to read. Or, as I like to do, to listen to them. The Reader, Lindsay Ellison's voice does the character so well! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 International Cat Lady | 12/7/2013

    " Meh. This is only the second Sarah Graves book I've read (the other being Dead Cat Bounce, which - despite its appalling name - was quite good). This one just didn't quite do it for me. I have nothing particularly negative to say, but nothing particularly good either; disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 11/10/2013

    " Another very good Sarah Graves mystery. Can't imagine how a real live person could sustain all the injuries she receives in every book, but then that is what makes it fiction. Good plot once again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bevjirwin | 11/8/2013

    " loved it-stayed up way too late reading. she just keeps getting better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/20/2013

    " I've had this title on reserve for forever!! I'm in love with this title! AND I'm really getting into this Maine stuff "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Austin Murphy | 10/4/2013

    " Pretty bad as far as mysteries go, but the local flavor of "Downeast" Maine was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 7/8/2013

    " Another interesting murder set in small town Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie are involved in a volunteer effort to renovate Harlequin House when they discover two dead bodies in a seemingly locked room. Again I completely missed the clues to the murderer but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bella Sandberg | 4/6/2013

    " A single continuity error popped up, tempting me to list two stars, but it's not a problem in this novel, only the series. The book itself is easy to read, enjoyable, and very human in the blunders of our amateur sleuth and heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lis Carey | 3/23/2012

    " Yes, the murderer was fairly obvious early on. Murder mystery series set in a small town in Maine, eventually that happens. (Just ask Jessica Fletcher/Angela Lansbury.) Still quite well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LDuchess | 3/2/2012

    " more than enough complexities "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/9/2012

    " I love all the "themes" in mystery books. This one is part of the Home Repair is Homicide series. And now I know how to repair window sashing in an old home... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/31/2011

    " This was pretty good. It kept my attention, but there was a lot of similarities to the one I just finished by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily Barto | 10/3/2011

    " I knew "who done it" from about the second chapter...meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 8/27/2011

    " never trust real estate types "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelli | 7/25/2011

    " I was happily surprised. Kept me guessing all the way to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastacia | 7/16/2011

    " I have really enjoyed this series. It is an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca Hurley | 4/13/2011

    " ha. this was a funny one. i thought it was cool that she said 'malletts aforethoguht' instead of 'malice aforethought.' it was a pretty good book, seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " never trust real estate types "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Austin | 11/22/2010

    " Pretty bad as far as mysteries go, but the local flavor of "Downeast" Maine was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/10/2010

    " This was pretty good. It kept my attention, but there was a lot of similarities to the one I just finished by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bella | 5/22/2009

    " A single continuity error popped up, tempting me to list two stars, but it's not a problem in this novel, only the series. The book itself is easy to read, enjoyable, and very human in the blunders of our amateur sleuth and heroine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 4/19/2009

    " I've had this title on reserve for forever!! I'm in love with this title! AND I'm really getting into this Maine stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 3/14/2008

    " ha. this was a funny one. i thought it was cool that she said 'malletts aforethoguht' instead of 'malice aforethought.' it was a pretty good book, seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/16/2008

    " This was a great read, and I loved Jake and her friend finding a secret room with a dead body! They had to discover then who the person was and what had happened. One of the better Jacobia Tiptree stories! "

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