Mallets Aforethought

Mallets Aforethought

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Jacobia a€œJakea€ 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. Ita€™s Eastporta€™s most notorious landmark: the old Harlequin House. Named for the disgraced physician Chester Harlequin, it was used as a hideout for gunshot gangsters and their molls during Prohibitiona€™s heyday. Now fixer-upper enthusiast Jake Tiptree and Harlequina€™s only living descendant, Ellie White, are refurbishing the mansard-roofed mansion to host the local Historical Societya€™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 a€œGuilty.a€ The less-than-scrupulous tycoon has been poisoned, and when ita€™s learned that the offending substance is the poison that Elliea€™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 Georgea€™s vulnerable old aunt out of her life savingsa€”and George out of his inheritance. With George held for murder, Jake and a pregnant Ellie swing into action. In between Elliea€™s Lamaze sessions, baby showers, and CPR classes taught by Jakea€™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 Elliea€™s husband. Hea€”or shea€”is planning to nail everyone who stands in the way. From the Hardcover edition.A clever culprit is not only building an airtight case against Elliea€™s husband. Hea€”or shea€”is planning to nail everyone who stands in the way. From the Hardcover edition.


Title:Mallets Aforethought
Author: Sarah Graves
Publisher:Bantam - 2004-03-02
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