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Triple Witch

(Home Repair Is Homicide #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,390 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Jacobia Tiptree saved her sanity—and her son, Sam—the day she abandoned Wall Street for the seacoast village of Eastport, Maine. In her new home, a charmingly dialpidated fixer-upper, she looks forward to repairing old radiators and restoring antique shutter for years to come. But Jake's hopes of serenity are dashed when tiny Eastport erupts in a crime wave.

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Paperback, 291 pages
Published June 1999 by Bantam Books
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Jun 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, fiction
3 Stars for Triple Witch: Home Repair is Homicide Mystery Series, Book 2 (audiobook) by Sarah Graves read by Lindsay Ellis.
There isn’t enough home repair for me and what there is seems a little odd to me. Maybe it’s just the old east coast houses. Most houses that I work on are newer. I also can’t get into the characters and story. It’s falling kind of flat for me. I think I’m done with the series.
Jacobi Tiptree( nicknamed Jake) was a former
stock trader. She now lives in a small coastal
town of Eastport, Maine with her son. She is
divorced from her husband who was a
manipulative surgeon and difficult to live with.
She is renovating her fixer-upper home. Now
while she is working on restoring antique
shutters, her radiators need repairing.
The quiet town of Eastport is about to
experience disruption in the way of two murders,
robberies of home and the appearance of a man
Jake researched before
Lynn Pribus
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd listened on CD (with some difficulty) to #1 in this series while on vacation and got this one (in print) upon return. Jacobia deals with the same interesting characters, problems with her aged house, son, and ex-husband, and suspicious deaths in a small town.

A bit heavy on the HIBK* but basically a tongue-in-cheek cozy despite 3 murders. You know that everything mentioned from llamas to wax bullets filled with ketchup to evil 6-y-o Sadie will play key parts in the plot, but it's still engagi
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Dec 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
Why do cozy mystery authors keep writing about abusive ex-husbands? These aren't domestic thrillers, or family dramas. They are mass-market murder mysteries with a catchy theme. Jacobia is a divorced mother, who moved her son all the way up to Maine specifically to get away from her ex-husband. He shows up in this book, plops himself in Jacobia's house and mentally and emotionally abuses her in almost every chapter. Her boyfriend of two years says and does nothing to prevent it. This is disheart ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A beach read at best. I got tired of the main character talking to herself all the time while her ex-husband who she should talk with just keeps running over her. I like women with a purpose not just there.
Nathan Trachta
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m on a little vacation and decided to bring a nice light read from an author I’ve only read a little (Sarah Graves and her Home Repair is Homicide series). I’ll be honest and say I read the first years ago and started this one but put it aside because a book from one of my favorite authors came out (I’m sorry Ms. Graves, really).
Anyway while I’m not a huge murder mystery person I do enjoy a good one and have to say Ms. Graves writes an exciting one. The main character (Jacobia Tiptree) is a v
Jan C
May 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jan C by: Pam
Shelves: mystery, water
I enjoy this series. It's nothing really serious, but kind of the light side and a quick read. I usually describe it as Miss Marple meets This Old House. The main character is rehabbing her "new" old house in Eastport, Maine. She was formerly a financial wizard from Wall Street who apparently sometimes worked with mobsters and the SEC.

So you can pick up tips on both investing and rehabbing in these books. But I don't know if any of them are true or not. For instance, she indicates that if you pa
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2015-read
Jacobia Tiptree was a Wall Street wizard who abandoned it all for a fixer-upper in Maine with her son Sam. Among the things she abandoned was an ex-husband, a brilliant surgeon, a truly lousy husband. When Jacobia and her friend Ellie uncover the dead body of the local bad-boy-stayed-bad, she couldn't have known it would tie into her old life, but not only does it tie in, that one dead body starts a cascade of events that almost gets both women killed. Eastport, Maine is exactly what you would e ...more
This book is #2 in this series. It was just okay to me. The only other one that I have read in this series is #4 Repair to Her Grave and it was a whole lot better. It's set in Maine which is where I would love to live and retire to.There is a woman named Jake (Jacobia) and her son Sam that moved to Maine from the city. She bought an old house and is doing her own home repairs as well as solving murders with her best friend Ellie. The first book had a lot of funny parts in it. This one didn't. I' ...more
I have been re-reading this series after a few years. I have also been remembering how much I enjoy these books. This episode, the second of the series, contains a satisfying mystery with some exciting plot points.

I really like the protagonist, Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree. This book continues the development of Jake and the relationships she has with her friends and family and ex-husband. In her character, Jake Tiptree, the author, Sarah Graves, portrays a very real-seeming woman recovering from an
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting mystery. Some anti-Christian reference (sad). No bad language or sex, some violence - it's a mystery, afterall. Narrated well and, unlike some female narrators, clearly by Lindsey Ellison. ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
These books are cute. Not alot of substance, kinda entertaining.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting mystery but there was so much going on that wasn't part of the crime it seemed to bog down. will try another if I come across one. ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: I may or may not come back and write more of a review, but I wanted to get some notes down.

I started this series, Home Repair is Homicide, with this second book instead of the first, mainly because this is the one that was available at my library. Honestly, I love stories about old and maybe haunted houses, and that's what drew me to it. I've continued to read them, depending on availability at the library, and they are growing on me.

First things first, it's a good cozy series. I like the
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this amateur detective cozy. The main character was fun, witty, and engaging, but a bit of a pushover when it comes to her jerk of an ex-husband. She tells people it's to make life better for their son, Sam, but to let him freeload off her (he's a rich heart surgeon who took her for nearly everything she had in their divorce), become his slave, and cow-tow to his every whim, is doing their son no favors. Sam would be much better off if she stood up to her ex, as he needs to stand up to ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A few months ago I started searching area libraries for books, as this one, in the Home Repair is Homicide series. It's set in Eastport, Maine, and the protagonist is a former NYC trader/investment advisor who not only left her egotistical, abusive neurosurgeon husband, but who decided to move far away from the City when her son started hanging with a crowd that was into using drugs.

Even without the mystery aspect, this is a pretty good plot set-up, right?

Graves' writing is wonderful and she cap
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
I really enjoyed this book. Although I now have only two books in this series listed as "read" in Goodreads, I'm sure I have read several others (publication started in the 90s). I love the main characters, even Victor, Jacobia's ex, is a hoot! Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree used to be a high flying financial whiz on Wall Street before she left Victor, taking her teenaged son Sam to a remote island off the northern Maine coast. She is restoring an old house while solving mysteries with her best friend E ...more
Mary Ladd
Apr 29, 2022 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I thought I'd found a new (for me) mystery series but after reading 'Triple Witch' I'm having second thoughts. Ellie is a far more interesting and capable leading lady, unfortunately she's just Jacobia's sidekick. And as for Jacobia, she spends far too much time looking back on her past mistakes and yet, not learning from them. The nail in the coffin for this series for me though is Victor. It appears he's to become a recurring character and if tha ...more
Lori Gronewold
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Peter Barr
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Triple Witch is the second book by Sarah Graves in this series. I read one book by her previously but not in this series. I liked the other book better. If M.C. Beaton had written this book, Victor Tiptree would have been dead by page 3. Instead he is set up to be a recurring character in the series. I am a fan of M.C. Beaton. The main character (Jacobia Tiptree) is an intelligent character of strength and is likable but the book itself seemed to drag on forever. I'm not sure at this time if I'l ...more
Mary Ann
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jake and Ellie find a body on the shore when they were going to try out the "fake" bullets Jake made. While they continue to work around the area to get ready for a visit from a VIP, they continue to find bodies and Jake runs into a man she helped put into jail for scamming older adults out of their money. When people think she is onto the newest scam she becomes a target.

While this is happening, Jake's ex-husband has come to town and is staying in the guest room. While he is with her he goes f
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Triple Witch

Jacobia Tiptree and her son, Sam, live in a small coastal town in Maine where Jacobia is fixing up an old Victorian home. Jacobia is divorced from Victor probably the world’s most manipulative man. Jacobia used to be a stock trader and had done some research for the SEC that got Willoughby Baxter imprisoned for skimming funds.

There are three murders in the book that at first seem to be linked to drug smuggling. When Jacobia and Ellie find Ellie’s Old boyfriend washed up on the shore
Cheryl Kage
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
After finishing this book, I have to say ... that Sarah Graves is something else. She has a way of weaving a slow meandering story that keeps me invested enough that, when I am finally thinking "man this is moving rather slowly" things pick up and I am unable to go to bed till I finish.

The only things I don't like about the stories are Victor the ex-husband (I would like to see him slowly eaten by an alligator, toes first) and that dreadful, psychotic child that randomly wreaks havoc. Otherwise,
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really didn't care for this book. I had to force myself to get through it, and almost stopped with only 30 pages to go, because I just didn't care.

I don't like the main character, but I don't mind all of the supporting characters.

I also don't care for the authors technique of writing "suspenseful" scenes. Rather than write out fast moving, high anxiety scenes, she relies on retelling of the sequences. One moment the lead character is held at gun point, and them bam, she is sitting at the kitch
Jake (Jacobia Tiptree) is working on fixing up her home on Prince’s Cove. This book is the second in the series and takes place several months after the first. During the elapsed time Ellie has married and there is a new lawyer in town.

Three victims, horrible ex-husband, and blast from the past keep Jake and friend Ellie hopping, not to mention the police. This multilayered not-as-cozy mystery was an entertaining read. Jake is interested in that she is not so, “innocent”. I am glad that she is s
Christy Kelly
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good tale from Sarah

I gave it a 4 because she gets a little monotonous on shutters. Jake's ex is very prominent throughout the entire book. He's obviously a millionaire several times over with his erratic behavior which borders on the absurd and unbelievable. Jake's behavior morphs her from the strong independent woman she was in book one to a virtual doormat. It's unrealistic that she suddenly let's Victor move onto her house going from the first book's feelings.
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
I loved this series when I first read it. This time around, the details of Maine life seem a bit cloying, the girlfriend is too cute, the boyfriend is too perfect and the ex-husband is too psychotic for the job he supposedly holds. The writing is smooth as glass, the plot hangs together, and the amount of task-fulfillment that exhausts each day also exhausts me.

I'll let this series lie for a while. Back to non-fiction; I may just have stayed in Neverland a bit too long.
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed listening to this audiobook because it was well written and Lindsay Ellison did a very good job with the Maine accent. This is about Jacobia Tiptree leaving Wall Street and going to a seaport village of Eastport, Maine with her son Sam. Jacobia and Sam move into a fixer upper and get started on fixing up the house but when Jacobia starts looking for shutters for the house she fine there a a crime save in town an gets herself in the middle of everything.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the continuing saga of Jacobia Tiptree. These are great books to loose yourself in during stressful times. Jake and Ellie's perils are serious and they survive them cleverly. Good happens along the way. Life is jagged, but endurable, and there is real joy, often. Plus, the tips on house maintenance are real. I give the same review for all her Home Repair is Homicide books, they are good. ...more
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Sarah Graves lives with her husband John, a musician and luthier, and their black Labrador Retriever in a house very much like the one Jacobia Tiptree is remodeling in Eastport, Maine. When she's not writing Jake's adventures, Sarah works with her husband on the house and she plays the 5-string banjo.

Librarian’s note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.


Other books in the series

Home Repair Is Homicide (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Dead Cat Bounce (Home Repair is Homicide, #1)
  • Wicked Fix (Home Repair is Homicide, #3)
  • Repair to Her Grave (Home Repair is Homicide, #4)
  • Wreck the Halls (Home Repair is Homicide, #5)
  • Unhinged (Home Repair is Homicide, #6)
  • Mallets Aforethought (Home Repair is Homicide, #7)
  • Tool and Die (Home Repair is Homicide, #8)
  • Nail Biter (Home Repair is Homicide, #9)
  • Trap Door (Home Repair is Homicide, #10)
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