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Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Review: Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews

.Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Soho Crime, 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.

And now for Book 5 in the nantucket island Mysteries series, perfect for Summer reading!

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Spencer Murphy is a national treasure. A famous Vietnam War correspondent who escaped captivity in Southeast Asia, he made a fortune off of his books and television appearances. But Spence is growing forgetful with age; he’s started to wander and even fails to come home one night. When a body is discovered at Step Above, the sprawling Murphy house near Steps Beach, Nantucket police detective Meredith Folger is called in to investigate.

The timing couldn’t be worse: It’s the Fourth of July, and tourists are arriving in droves to celebrate on Nantucket’s beaches, so the police force is spread thin. On top of that Merry is planning her wedding to cranberry farmer Peter Mason, and her new boss, an ex-Chicago police chief with an aggressive management strategy, seems to be trying to force her to quit. Merry can’t conclude the Murphy investigation quickly enough for him. As she 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 may be a lie.


Meredith is a main character that readers will love- she's honest, realistic, and seems like the girl next door. Course not every girl next door is a police officer, from a long line of them! LOL. And not all girls have their Dad as their boss! But her dad has now retired and she has to face a new boss who seems to not like female police ifficers, and her especially. Add in wedding stress and you every reader will be able to relate to her being a bit on edge! But when the current mystery requires some help to solve, merry isn't above seeking out the best resources she has- her dad and grandfather! The closeness of the family is what makes this series special and unique, and for this tale, an integral part! This is a light read, but one that will still have you rapidly trning the pages to see what will happen next, and it's not to be missed. You can step into the series at any time, but I would recommend reading 3 and 4 before this one, just for the background! Then read 1 and 2 as well.

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, including four other novels in the Merry Folger series (Death in Rough Water, Death in a Mood Indigo, Death in a Cold Hard Light, and Death on Nantucket) as well as the nationally bestselling Being a Jane Austen mystery series, which she writes under the penname Stephanie Barron. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.  Check out her website for mroe info 

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