Death in Rough Water (Merry Folger Series #2)

Death in Rough Water (Merry Folger Series #2)

by Francine Mathews
     
 

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Fresh from her first murder case, Merry Folger is unwillingly sucked into her second. The daughter of the Nantucket police chief, Merry spent her first case proving to her father and herself that she had what it takes to solve a murder. Now she's more savvy and experienced, but this time one of her friends is involved. Del Duarte has returned to Nantucket with a baby,… See more details below

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Fresh from her first murder case, Merry Folger is unwillingly sucked into her second. The daughter of the Nantucket police chief, Merry spent her first case proving to her father and herself that she had what it takes to solve a murder. Now she's more savvy and experienced, but this time one of her friends is involved. Del Duarte has returned to Nantucket with a baby, but she's keeping quiet about her daughter's parentage. When her own father, Joe, an experienced fisherman, is swept overboard in a spring storm, the death is pronounced accidental. Del thinks it's murder - and when she and her baby receive threatening letters, Merry defies her own father to investigate. What she finds is a confusing tangle of fraud, murder, and revenge, where the motives are as murky as the bottom in fifty fathoms of water. Torn among her obligations to Del, her responsiblitites to her father, and her growing love for Peter Mason, a quiet and intense farmer, Merry fights on alone - through increasingly rough water.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nantucket police detective Merry Folger sails surely through choppy seas of murder, insurance fraud and infidelity in her second outing (after Death in the Off-Season). Merry's childhood pal Del Duarte, unmarried and with a two-year-old daughter, returns home for the funeral of her fisherman father, whose death at sea, she believes, was not the simple accident it seemed. Although Merry welcomes the chance to renew their friendship, everyone else in town wonders who fathered the child that caused Del to flee in the first place, and few are happy that she has decided to stay in Nantucket to make a go of fishing herself. First the Town Pier goes up in flames, and then Del is found dead, stabbed with her own harpoon. Merry's father, the police chief, refuses to give her the case; but she can't just ignore her friend's death. Her investigation leads her into Del's past, to a leading developer on the island and to Del's father's brooding, violent first mate. Mathews skillfully incorporates close-knit relationships, small-town gossip and a salty Nantucket flavor as she steers this intricate tale to a satisfying conclusion. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380723355
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
Merry Folger Series, #2
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.79(d)

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