For ex-Wall Streeter Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her teenage son, Sam, September promises tranquil days winter-proofing their rambling handyman’s special of a home in Eastport, Maine. But there’s nothing idyllic about this Down East autumn. For starters, the return of truly vicious native son Reuben Tate stirs up the town. And when somebody slits Reuben’s throat and hangs his corpse on the cemetery gate, the police trace a bloodied scalpel to surgeon Victor Tiptree—Jake’s former husband. Yet Jake knows her troublesome, trouble-prone ex is capable of just about anything except murder. Proving that, though, will involve nailing the real killer.
Since she bought her rambling fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn’t so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there’s the little matter of the dead man in Jake’s storeroom, an ice pick planted firmly in his cranium. Not much happens... Read more »
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... Read more »
For ex-Wall Streeter Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her teenage son, Sam, September promises tranquil days winter-proofing their rambling handyman’s special of a home in Eastport, Maine. But there’s nothing idyllic about this Down East autumn. For starters, the return of truly vicious native son Reuben Tate stirs up the town. And when somebody slits... Read more »
Jacobia Tiptree and her teenage son are used to their Eastport, Maine, home attracting more than its share of house guests. This year Jake is hoping the plaster dust will keep them away while she finally gets her gem of a fixer-upper into shape—from doorknobs and chandeliers to ghostly phenomena. But when the charming and mysterious Jonathan... Read more »
Christmas is just weeks away, but what Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree discovers at Faye Anne Carmody’s house is far from festive: a dazed Faye Anne covered with blood. Her no-good husband, Merle—Eastport’s butcher and least-liked citizen—is nowhere in sight. Nowhere, that is, until Jake finds his body—wrapped in his own butcher paper. It looks like an... Read more »
It began with the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Hollingsworth—Eastport, Maine’s snoopiest resident. Everyone is convinced the old busybody bolted out of town to escape her creditor—everyone except Jake and her best friend, Ellie, who suspect otherwise. But they’ll need to come up with proof more sinister than a pair of abandoned... Read more »
When 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... Read more »
Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree’s leisurely summer dreams involve rebuilding the front porch of her Maine fixer-upper and shingling the leaky tool shed out back. That’s why she’s hired the avenging angel of household hygiene, Bella Diamond, to keep her house—and her teenage son Sam—in tip-top shape. But when Bella confides in Jake that she’s been... Read more »
Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree took thedangerous plunge from Wall Street power broker to homeowner. Now the do-it-yourselfenthusiast is about to discover that her own dream house is built on afoundation of murder.
Buying a beachfront fixer-upper tolease out to Eastport, Maine’s, burgeoning tourist crowd seems like a good ideato Jake Tiptree and her best... Read more »
Spring has sprung in Eastport, Maine, and in Jacobia Jake Tiptree’s 1823 Federal style fixer-upper, that means a housecleaning so thorough even the skeletons in the closet get polished! But nothing can prepare Jake for what she’ll uncover: a trio of mysteries certain to make her usual home repair projects seem as simple as scraping paint. What... Read more »
When a mysterious book is unearthed from the foundation of Jake’s 1823 fixer-upper, she immediately sends it off to local book historian Horace Robotham. After all, there must be a logical explanation for why the long-buried volume has her name in it—written in what looks suspiciously like blood. But all logic goes out the window when the book... Read more »
As a toddler, in a room illuminated only by the flames of a fallen candle, Jacobia Tiptree watched a man kill her mother. Jake once believed that man to be her father. Now, thirty-five years after the murder, as the real killer's long-delayed trial is about to begin, the defendant has vanished.Jake tries to distract herself from murder with the... Read more »
The infamous Dodd murders are hardly among Eastport’s proudest legacies. So when bestselling true-crime author Carolyn Rathbone arrives to research the case for a new book, the locals in the seaside town let her know that she’s about as welcome as a spoiled clam. But surely no one would harm a crime writer out of a sense of civic pride—or would... Read more »
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