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Publisher's Summary

Jacobia Tiptree saved her sanity - and her son, Sam - the day she abandoned Wall Street for the seacoast village of Eastport, Maine. In her new home, a charmingly dilapidated fixer-upper, she looks forward to repairing old radiators and restoring antique shutters for years to come. But Jake's hopes of serenity are dashed when tiny Eastport erupts in a crime wave.

Hometown bad boy Kenny Mumford - old flame of Jake's best friend and fellow sleuth, Ellie White - is the first victim. When his corpse washes up on the beach at Prince's Cove, all evidence points to a drowning...except the bullet hole in his forehead. When bodies begin littering the Maine scenery, Jake and Ellie learn that the ante on Kenny's small-town antics has been upped.

Add a pair of unwelcome arrivals - Jake's ex-husband, and an unscrupulous New York ex-money mogul - and you've got a blueprint for more deadly danger than one old house can hold.

©1999 Sarah Graves (P)2009 BBC Audio

Critic Reviews

"[T]he cozy details of small-town life and home repair make for an enjoyable read." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Weak Female Main Character

As a Maine native, I wanted to love a story set in Washington County where I have very fond memories of digging clams and eating lobster rolls. The narrator does a fairly decent Down East ascent, with the exception of pronouncing Bangor as banger. Hint, there is no R in the Maine dialect, where beer is pronounced be-a.

However, the main character is incredibly weak and uneven, making her very difficult to like or admire. Jocobia was a financial wizard on Wall Street, who suddenly moved to Eastport Maine, where she miraculously knows everything about restoring an old house. Really?

Worst of all, she allows her surgeon ex-husband to insult and belittle her, supposedly to keep the peace for her teenage son. In reality, she is teaching Sam that it's okay to treat women like dirt. I can't image why this obviously talented female author would create such a sad and depressing character.

Hopefully Jocobia grows a backbone - and feeds the asshole ex-husband to a black bear - before I totally lose interest in this series...

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My new go to books

The more I read into this series the more I like them. Narrator was great (aside from the fact some characters sounds a bit older than what they should be) but it's hard to voice different characters by yourself so I wasn't even upset by that. I've been waiting for the next Nora Roberts book to be published so I decided I would read a few 'new' authors books and I have not been disappointed with this or the Cat Got Your series that I read prior to these. I'm excited to go to the next book now that the ex is seemingly a new permanent and Wade gets funnier and funnier. Can't wait to see what trouble Jake and Ellie get into next.

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Loved it

Just as good as the first. Can't wait to listen to the next one. And the ones after that too!

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Very good story super good performance

I have read this author before, but I think I liked this book "out of all the others" the best. The book is placed in the state of Maine with all the glories of that state. The main character is smart caring and brave. She tells us all about the challenges of life living in Maine, restoring an "old" house, with a live in ghost. She has a teenage son , crazed ex husband, a great boyfriend "all living with her", and there is murder in town. This is a small town where everyone knows everybody and everything about everybody! There is so much more to tell , read the book it's mysterious exciting great.

This reader's performance, is one of the best if not the best I have listened to! She really added to the book.

The author is a prolific writer, many books to pick from. This makes me happy, as I can count on good times from her books. Some authors books can disappoint, "not this one."

If you are a member of Audible books, and a Amazon Prime member, "I am," (this book is a free book!). What can I say (score) fun good read, free. and with staying at home I get books on line, yeah internet.

This book was fun , and a really good mysterious story. Recommend book, recommend author, recommend reader.

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each one

each one gets better each time looking forward to the next one 😉. !

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Good story, but that title does say a lot

Lindsay Ellison again delivers a solid performance again with good voice acting to build emotion and suspense and a good command of accents. Differentiating characters is hard in books and her reading is excellent. Good recording quality as well with not major audio issues.

I honestly enjoyed this one more then the first book (Dead Cat Bounce). I think the story holds together a little more and Ellie, who is an excellent character, gets to do a lot more. In many ways the book is more Ellie and Jacobia solve a tangled murder rather then the first book where Ellie spends much of her time locked away and unable to talk to Jacobia. I think the story itself makes sense on how the characters solve the crime, the motives make sense, and the conclusion was satisfying. The scene at the dinner table was excellently delivered in such a way that every character got a moment to shine.

Silly and over the top in places but in the ways that delight fans of this sort of book I really think Triple Witch is excellent. Though I think the title of the book lampshades a major plot point a little too much. My big complaint is that Jacobia's ex-husband takes up so much of the book but seems to be there mainly to be a chaos gremlin. I feel like he should have been done as a major character after book 1 and now he's clearly going to be sticking much more into the narrative.

So overall a good book and engaging. A little grim in places but this is about a series of murders after all. Good work and now I want to read the third book.

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interesting

Took a little time to get engaged with this book. Several different sub plots plus lots of twists and turns. Enjoyed the story in the end.

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Triple smart!

Smart story telling. I love how the murder mystery, though important, is not front and center the entire book. A local man is found murdered. While Jacobia didn't know him well, her best friend, Ellie, did. Then they find his father, also murdered. Ellie decides she must find out the truth and Jacobia agrees to help. In the meantime, a man from Jacobia's New York past, a man who because of Jacobia went to jail, has moved nearby. Jacobia needs to find out what he's up to.

Smart character development. Jacobia and her son Sam are already established in their small coastal Maine town after her divorce from Sam's father, a mentally abusive SOB, who, by the way, comes for a visit. Jacobia and Sam have found acceptance here. Sam plans on attending a trade school and is being groomed to take over a boating business. Jacobia has made friends and has moved on with a local man, Wade. Can I just say, I want a Wade? Sigh.


Smart narration. I like that Ellie and Wade have the definite Maine accent while Jacobia and others from New York and beyond, do not. Lindsay Ellison does an excellent, subdued performance. I had no trouble hearing the differences between each of the characters.

Hope to read/listen more to this author/narrator combo!

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Well Done

This is a well written story with great characters and a well developed mystery. I love the town of Eastport Maine. It's almost another character in the story.

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Loved it!

Don't miss this second in the series. Sarah Graves dances a fine line in this genre. She keeps it light...but the story still touches on serious topics and there is character development. Not many in this genre manage the finesse Ms. Graves does.

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