Mallets Aforethought

Mallets Aforethought

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Agreeing to help refurbish Eastport's disreputable old Harlequin House, a one-time hideout for wounded gangsters, do-it-yourself expert Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and her friend, Ellie White, uncover the skeleton of a notorious 1920s flapper, an unsavory discovery that is complicated by the all-too-fresh corpse sitting next to the old one.

Blackwell North Amer
It's Eastport'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 Prohibition's heyday. Now fixer-upper enthusiast Jake Tiptree and Harlequin's only living descendent, 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.

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Agreeing to help refurbish Harlequin House, a one-time hideout for wounded gangsters, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree uncovers the skeleton of a notorious 1920s flapper, a discovery that is complicated by a new corpse sitting next to the old one.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780553803082
Branch Call Number: MYS Graves, S 100 2004
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 24 cm


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