Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree still lives in Eastport on Moore
Island seven miles off the coast of Maine where she still is fixing
up her 1823 Federal home. In a raffle, she won the housekeeping
services of Bella for several weeks, but the woman acts loony
driving Jake's household crazy. When Jake confronts her, Bella says
she has been receiving death threats letters left in her home; she
thinks her ex-husband Jim Diamond, just released from jail for
forging checks, is the culprit.
Jake and her best friend
Ellie visit Jim but when they get to his apartment, he keels over on
Jake. Someone caved in his head with something heavy. Jake and Ellie
decide to find out who did the deed because the State Police believe
Bella is the guilty party as she had motive, means and opportunity.
Besides Bella, her daughter, Jake's son ex-girlfriend, and the town
banker who was scammed by him, wanted him dead. Their sleuthing
comes to the attention of the killer who decides Jake and Ellie will
be the next victims.
TOOL & DIE is a very exciting
amateur sleuth mystery due in part because readers get to see Jake
as a wife, mother and daughter as well as a snoop. There are
practical easy to follow home repair tips scattered throughout the
book which gives another layer of authenticity to the storyline. It
is obvious the author knows about home repairs and the instructions
she gives will prove useful to homeowners. There are a lot of
suspects with motives making it very difficult to decide who the
murderer is even with a few good clues sprinkled throughout the
entertaining amateur sleuth plot.
REVIEWED BY HARRIET
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