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Publisher's Summary

When DIY enthusiast 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.

©2004 Sarah Graves (P)2010 BBC Audio

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Better and Better

This is a great series. Each story is better than the previous book. What makes this book and series good is the relationship between the characters. It only enhances the mystery and how the story develops.

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Good

What did you love best about Mallets Aforethought?

I was slightly let down but I think it's because I prefer it when the main characters aren't in the hot seat, so to speak. A good book but not her best in my opinion.

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EXCELLENT STORY, WELL WRITTEN BOOK. READ IT!

What did you love best about Mallets Aforethought?

THIS STORY IS AN EXCELLENT MYSTERY, BUT IN SUCH A COZY, FUNNY FASHION. JAKE IS FULL OF QUIPS WHICH ARE KEEPERS TO USE ON YOUR HUSBAND AND FRIENDS WHEN THEY LEAST EXPECT IT. AN EXCITING STORY LINE, ALL OF SARAH GRAVES BOOKS, I RE-LISTEN TOO, AND I JUST NEVER DO THAT WITH ANY OTHER AUTHOR. I SEEM TO SHOCK AUDIBLE WHEN I NEED THERE HELP WITH WHERE TO PUT ALL THESE BOOKS, THEY CAN SEE I AM A READER. CHASING VILLAINS IN EVERY BOOK IN THE MOST JOYOUS PART OF MY DAY OR NIGHT. DO CHECK THIS ONE OUT FOR FUN, IS SO WORTH THE CREDIT OR MONEY ON SALE.

Who was your favorite character and why?

JACOBA TRIPTREE, SAM, AND WAYNE. ELLY, I WOULD LOVE TO MEET OR HAVE SARAH GRAVES HAVE A STORY LINE WITH HER AS THE LEAD CHARACTER AND JAKE TAKING UP "THE WATSON" CHARACTER. WE COULD HAVE STORIES TILL SARAH GRAVES IS A VERY OLD LADY, LIVING LARGE IN HER BEAUTIFUL HOUSE.

Which character – as performed by Lindsay Ellison – was your favorite?

ELLY

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

OH MY, YES!

Any additional comments?

DO NOT HESITATE TO GET THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT A GREAT READ, AND BE HAPPY THAT YOU BOUGHT IT.

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just ok

there is a lot of details of what the main character see's/hear's/taste ect. the main character in this series always struggles to find who killed the person or how but needless to say Elle her friend is always a head of her, heck everyone is a head of her so by the time she comes to the conclusion of how and who everyone else but maybe 1 person knows before her. she has yet to get a killer before they strike again and her friends never tell her who it is, almost like they just want her to learn like a kid. she gets attitude to everyone who try's to help and has to talk to herself to understand they are just trying to help i probably should not be upset but look it here do as i say you see! sorry not the best series to listen to but i have heard almost all of them because i don't like to give up.

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Very complicated with many characters. I Had to concentrate in order to keep it all straight in my mind.

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Not Ellison's Best

I feel like someone told Graves to make Jacobia younger and so she keeps fiddling with timelines (didn't know till now that Victor was a genius). Ellison, who in the last book gave Clarissa a "down east" accent, seems to forget Ellie's accent here.

I enjoy these books but Jacobia is far too concerned with her ex husband than is healthy