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Unhinged

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Unhinged

By Sarah Graves

Bantam, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553582277, 368pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2003

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Description
Once a Wall Street hotshot, Jacobia Jake Tiptree chucked it all for a charmingly dilapidated fixer-upper in the tiny town of Eastport, Maine. She was certain she d left the dangers of city life behind until she discovered that no place, no matter how idyllic and peaceful it may appear, is safe from murder.
It began with the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Hollingsworth Eastport'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 know Harriet would never leave home without her most prized possession. But before Jake and Ellie can persuade police chief Bob Arnold to open an investigation, they ll need to come up with proof more sinister than a pair of abandoned binoculars.
Just as Jake starts poking around for clues, things suddenly take a troubling turn for the worse. A suspicious accident nearly kills her teenaged son, Sam, and her husband, Wade, just misses getting his head blown off. Jake is prepared to attribute these incidents to a spate of bad luck until another accident leaves a visitor to Eastport unmistakably dead.
Most perplexing, all this mayhem coincides with the unexpected arrival of a man from Jake's past: a former New York City cop. Harry Markle claims he has unintentionally brought an unwelcome guest into Eastport: a crook determined to knock off everyone with ties to Harry.
Twenty-four hours ago, Jake's only worry was fixing her broken-down gutters and downspouts before the big storm swept into town. Now, everything seems to be falling apart all around her. Jake knows from experience that the truth is usually as messy and complicated as do-it-yourself remodeling. As it becomes chillingly clear that appearances in this quaint community are more misleading than ever, she ll have to find a way to lure a homicidal maniac into the light--before he nails another victim.


About the Author
Sarah Graves lives with her husband in Eastport, Maine, where her mystery novels are set. She is currently working on her twelfth Home Repair Is Homicide novel.


Praise For Unhinged

"Think Diane Mott Davidson with a tool belt instead of recipes!"—Denver Post

"Graves hits the nail square on the head in her Home Repair is Homicide series!"—Booklist

"Lively and charming!"—Dallas Morning News

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