A Few Dying Words

A Few Dying Words

by Paula Gosling
     
 

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With the summer tourists gone, the locals are ready for the Howl, the yearly Halloween festival. Events turn ugly when Sheriff Matt Gabriel's friend is crushed beneath the wheel of his vintage Corvette and dies with an unfinished--and baffling--confession on his lips. The words send Matt down a dark path to a tragic Halloween night long ago. HC: Mysterious Press.

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With the summer tourists gone, the locals are ready for the Howl, the yearly Halloween festival. Events turn ugly when Sheriff Matt Gabriel's friend is crushed beneath the wheel of his vintage Corvette and dies with an unfinished--and baffling--confession on his lips. The words send Matt down a dark path to a tragic Halloween night long ago. HC: Mysterious Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Deft plotting and an appealing cast mark the second in Gosling's series, begun with the The Body in Blackwater Bay , set in a small Great Lakes resort town. While bracing for the Blackwater Bay's annual Howl--a traditional Halloween celebration of carnival rides and pranks--Sheriff Matt Gabriel agrees to meet with clearly agitated retired pharmacist, Tom Finnegan. While driving to the sheriff's office, however, Finnegan is run off the road. Matt reaches the older man's side before he dies and hears him whisper ``not an accident'' along with the name ``Jacky Morgan.'' Aided by his secretary, Tilly Moss, lawyer Dominic Pritchard and reporter Emily Gibbons, Matt learns that Jacky Morgan died during a Howl 30 years earlier when he went over a cliff in a barrel, an event that, ruled an accident, involved a group of the town's most important citizens. Then the subsequent murder of another man involved in Morgan's death impels Matt and his friends to determine which of the remaining participants in the earlier incident might be trying to silence the group. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The plot of Gosling's latest boils down to what the title indicates: a dying man attempts to relay a message to his friend, a sheriff who subsequently unravels its intent and finds the man's murderer. Matt Gabriel, the Blackwater (Great Lakes area) cop in question, quickly links the murder to the Halloween Howl, a local event of questionable propriety that often results in destructive pranks and that, 30 years previously, resulted in death. An attractive package, wrapped by small-town characters and tied together with the usual romantic subplots. A likely selection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446404600
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
08/21/2009
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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