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Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review: Death in the Off-Season by Francine Mathews

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Soho Crime Press, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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The first Merry Folger Nantucket mystery

When Rusty Mason, scion of one of Nantucket’s oldest and wealthiest families, is found dead in a flooded cranberry bog one foggy fall night, thirty-two-year-old detective Merry Folger is faced with her first murder case. Merry is the daughter of the local police chief and granddaughter of his predecessor; her father is a strict boss and Merry feels pressure to go the extra mile to prove her promotion to detective isn’t just nepotism. But the Mason murder is a demanding first test. Merry’s investigation brings to light all the tensions that plague the tiny community of Nantucket: the decades-old grudges, the skyrocketing real estate that only wealthy weekenders can afford, the resentments of the old Nantucket families who are barely keeping their homes and heritage fishing businesses alive. But Merry knows the island and its politics in a way only a local can.


I LOVED LOVED LOVED Merry. As a 3rd generation police officer she has countless hurdles to overcome, the least of being, trying to prove to her father that she CAN do the job as well as any of his male officers. SIGH. No matter what department, some issues will remain. But Merry has a secret weapon- her grandfather, who hadn't hung up his 'gunbelt' quite yet- he not serves as her sounding board, but offers her wonderful insights into island history that she is unaware of, that could have some dwelling on the case she is trying to solve. Add in some romance trying to blossom between Rusty's brother and herself, a Summer intern that vexes and helps her, and her trying to protect her friends, and you have a page turner you just can NOT put down. In many ways she reminded me of Hermione from the Harry Potter series, but in an American Muggle version- she is smart, tough, loyal and dedicated, and a character you will WANT to read more of! I can't wait to read the next book (Death in Rough Waters) in the series! 

About the Author:

Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written twenty-five books. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Check out her website for more info,

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