Death on Nantucket

Death on Nantucket

Book - 2017
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"Spencer Murphy is a national treasure: a famous war correspondent who escaped captivity in Southeast Asia, his books and television appearances have made him a fortune for half a century. But Spencer, a venerable member of the Wharf Rats--Nantucket's exclusive club for fishermen, storytellers, and characters--is growing forgetful with age. When Spence starts to wander and his half-Asian daughter disappears without a word, Nantucket police detective Meredith Folger is called in to investigate. The timing couldn't be worse: It's the Fourth of July, Merry's planning her wedding to cranberry farmer Peter Mason, and her new police chief is gunning for her job. When a body is discovered at Step Above, the sprawling Murphy house near Steps Beach, Merry is inclined to call it a tragic accident ... until another member of the Murphy clan comes to a brutal end. As Merry grapples with a family of unreliable storytellers--some incapable of recalling the past, and others determined that it never be known--she suspects that the truth may be forever out of reach, trapped in the failing brain of a man whose whole life turns out to be a lie"--
Publisher: New York :, Soho Crime,, 2017
ISBN: 9781616957377
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 24, 2018

The author's full name is Francine Stephanie Barron Mathews. This contemporary series seems to have been laid aside between 1998 and the publication in 2017 of this title, the fifth "Merry Folger mystery". [My guess is that she has been busy during those 19 years writing her very popular "Jane Austen mysteries" as "Stephanie Barron".] I liked Death on Nantucket. It's setting is beautifully described, the characters were interesting, and the story was well paced and engrossing. Hope Mathews does more, and in the meantime I'll read the earlier titles.


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