Reader Reviews of Mallets Aforethought by Sarah Graves

Fiction - Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths | Bantam Paperback | October 2004 | $6.99 | 0-553-58577-0

I had never before read any of Sarah Graves' books but after turning over the final page of this book, I can honestly say I've become a fan of her "Home repair is Homicide" series. What I liked about this book was that not only had the story a very intricate, multi-layered plot and more than one murder mystery within, but also the fact that the author provides simple and yet practical knowledge about home renovation and restoration including some ingenious homemade solutions and all through the central character of Jacobia 'Jake' Tiptree. The complex interpersonal relationships between and among the various central and side characters add depth and drama to the narrative. To top it all, Graves also successfully captures the essence of this small Maine town with its average citizens, its wild and unspoilt beauty, and its familiar, live-in-each-other's-pockets, rumor-spreading atmosphere.
Rashmi S.

I wanted to get right into the settings-have coffee with Jacobia Tiptree and ponder the several murders while helping with the restoration of Harlequin House. I loved the details of home restoration, as well as the references to recent issues in the news, the little trivia pieces, the comments on local Maine traits. It's the delightful humor and details of the setting that is the real treat in this book, along with the sharp detective work by the characters. This is the first book I've read by Sarah Graves, but I am going to get them all now. A very enjoyable read!

This was the first novel by Sarah Graves that I have read. Although I was pretty certain who the murderer was, I enjoyed the storyline and plot immensely. I plan to back up and read the first books in order. When the next one is published, I wil be ready to read it, too.
Maureen H.

I judge how much I like a book by how fast I finish it, and Mallets Aforethought was finished in 3 days. For me, with work that's a good book. I enjoyed it, a very easy read. This was the first book I'd read by this author and now I probably will read more of her. She's to the point, interesting and kept you wanting to read more to see who the culprit was.
Kim M.

I thought it was great and one of the best books I've read all year. Thanks for the opportunity!
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