Triple Witch: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery
by Sarah Graves
Review by Gayle Surrette
Bantam Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0553578588
Date: 01 June, 1999 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Ellie White and Jocobia Tiptree find Ken Mumford, who has been shot in the head, washed up onto the beach with the tide. Ellie used to date Ken in high school and pulls Jake (Jacobia) into helping her notify Ken's father, Tim, and investigate the murder. Later the Triple Witch ties up at the dock in Eastport, ME spoiling the historic atmosphere of the town people are trying to get in place for July 4th. No one seems to know who owns it but hopefully it will be gone by the time Felictiy Abbot-Jones arrives for the July 4th fete - since she determines who gets the grants that could help the town. Jake's ex and her son's father, Victor, shows up and moves in with Jake and her significant other. And just when Jake thinks things couldn't get worse -- well, Tim Mumford is killed and Ken's girlfriend is missing.
There are several threads that are deftly handled. First, we have the murders of Ken and Tim Mumford. Then, there is appearance of heroin among the teens in the village. Next, Victor shows up and moves in; planning to run Sam and Jake's lives. And Baxter Willoughby is living not far from Eastport and raising llama's: which is out of character for this high roller that Jake helped put in prison for securities irregularities. There's a large cast of characters but there is no confusion since each person is clearly drawn and distinct.
The Maine connection of this series was a draw from me since I'm from Maine and reading about the characters movements geographically was like taking a trip back to the area. The plot is intricate, the characters engaging (though sometimes frustrating), and the setting evocative of place.