Dead Duck

Dead Duck

by Helen Chappell
     
 

JUDGE FINDLAY S. FISH NEVER KNEW WHAT HIT HIM. . . .

The murder weapon was an expensive antique snow goose decoy—a treasure that a zillion others at the Eastern Shore Decoy Jamboree would gladly kill for.

Reporter Hollis Ball of The Watertown Gazette wasn't too crazy about Judge Fish, who recently gave a convicted wife murderer a light sentence.… See more details below

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JUDGE FINDLAY S. FISH NEVER KNEW WHAT HIT HIM. . . .

The murder weapon was an expensive antique snow goose decoy—a treasure that a zillion others at the Eastern Shore Decoy Jamboree would gladly kill for.

Reporter Hollis Ball of The Watertown Gazette wasn't too crazy about Judge Fish, who recently gave a convicted wife murderer a light sentence. But Hollis is certain that her old schoolmate didn't bash the judge, as the police suspect.

So she lets her dead ex-husband—that charming ghost Sam Wescott—suck her into finding the real killer. When they succeed, Hollis will have the story of her life . . . if she lives to write about it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hand-carving wooden duck decoys is becoming a lost art. On the shores of Chesapeake Bay ("land of certifiable duck nuts"), the Decoy Jamboree, Santimoke County's annual and only bonanza, brings out the worst in collectors. To Hollis Ball, girl reporter for the local Watertown Gazette, their lust permeates everything "like cheap cologne." When notoriously acquisitive Judge Fish is murdered on the very eve of the festival, the biggest worry is that his blood may have damaged the antique snow goose that was used to do him in. With its whimsy, dry humor and snappy dialogue, this makes for a brilliant series debut. Every action seems funny and true, every character (down to the ghost of Hollis's recently deceased ex-husband) seems natural and logical. It doesn't hurt that Chappell (Slow Dancing with the Angel of Death) loads the story with scads of information about decoys, their history, creation and collectingthe kind of thing that Sharyn McCrum did so well in Bimbos of the Death Sun. If Chappell keeps this up, she'll be every bit as successful. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574903201
Publisher:
Beeler, Thomas T. Publisher
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Beeler Large Print Mystery Series
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.73(d)

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