"riveting amateur sleuth"
Jacobse "Jake" Tiptree lives on the small island of
Eastport off the coast of Maine in a home that needs
serious renovation otherwise it will soon crumble into
nothingness. Not being a millionaire, Jake does as much of
the repairs as possible but when she discovers the
foundation needs replacing, she advertises for a stone
mason. Lian Ash answers the advertisement and Jake hires
him on the spot because his rates appear reasonable.
At about the same time Jake hires Lian, the town's most
despised gossip, Harriet Hollingsworth, disappears and
Harry Markle, a retired NYPD detective, buys the house.
Strange things begin to happen on the island like Jake's
son getting hurt in a car accident because the brake hose
was cut and Jake's husband being injured by a bullet made
to explode. Harry thinks it is the work of the serial
killer that murdered his wife and girlfriend as well as
other police officers' relatives. Jake and her friend
Ellie don't buy into that theory and start their own
investigation, a move which brings them and their families
closer to death.
UNHINGED is a riveting amateur sleuth mystery filled with
enough red herrings to keep the reader totally befuddled
until the author chooses to identify the killer. After
reading this novel, those fans interested in buying a house
will want to purchase something new so they don't have the
aggravating repairs the heroine is forced to deal with,
sometimes with hilarious results. Sarah Graves imbues her
work with a subtle sense of humor so that the tension level
of the story line never rises to an unbearable level.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 8, 2002