Home Repair is Homicide #7
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Featuring: Jacobia Tiptree; Ellie White
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Jacobia â€śJakeâ€ť 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.
Itâ€™s Eastportâ€™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 Prohibitionâ€™s heyday. Now fixer-upper
enthusiast Jake Tiptree and Harlequinâ€™s only living
descendant, Ellie White, are refurbishing the mansard-roofed
mansion to host the local Historical Societyâ€™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 â€śGuilty.â€ť The less-than-scrupulous tycoon has been
poisoned, and when itâ€™s learned that the offending substance
is the poison that Ellieâ€™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 Georgeâ€™s vulnerable old aunt out of her life
savingsâ€”and George out of his inheritance. With George held
for murder, Jake and a pregnant Ellie swing into action.
In between Ellieâ€™s Lamaze sessions, baby showers, and CPR
classes taught by Jakeâ€™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 Ellieâ€™s husband. Heâ€”or sheâ€”is planning to nail
everyone who stands in the way.
Home Repair is Homicide
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