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Death in the Off-Season
     

Death in the Off-Season

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by Francine Mathews
 

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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

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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.

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Praise for Death in the Off-Season

“Wonderful . . . Nantucket and its impenetrable fog and characters come to life.”
—Diane Mott Davidson

"Death in the Off-Season is a wonderful find . . . Detective Merry Folger comes across as a real person, albeit a smart one, with doubts and concerns."
—The Denver Post

"Mathews uses her setting and its unique population skillfully."
The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Spunky but inexperienced, third-generation Nantucket cop Meredith Folger investigates murder in this spare, atmospheric debut."
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616957261
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Series:
A Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
208,440
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet 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.

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Death in the off-Season (Merry Folger Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, although I felt very sorry for the murderer in the end. Thinking back on it, it seems to be a tale of how a wicked person is able to ensnare so many otherwise nice people. What would the moral be, to thy own self be true? I just wished his deserved end envolved a little more suffering, the booger deserved it. The author has a deft touch introducing us to the various characters, they seemed to be real people that I might know and more importantly care about. Although if I'd been on that boat I'd be very tempted to give that witch of a mother a bump in the fanny and send her over the rail. After a bit I might haul her out, or maybe not. If I might make a suggestion: the lady author needs to get her drill down about various guns she plans to use in her stories. Browning doesn't make a revolver and a revolver won't have a saftey catch. I'm picking on those poor nits here but when I bump into a little mistake in the story flow, it tends to pop my bubble of belief and I'm reminded that it isn't real. It's kind of a let down thump, especially when the author was doing such a good job of casting her spell. I hope I didn't hurt her feelings. It looks like these same characters continue in the next book, (the live ones anyway) hope it's up to the quality of this one! But anyways, thanks for a great read!!!
dswaggs More than 1 year ago
Love this book, great story and wonderful setting, just purchased the second one and look forward to reading all her books. :))
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a person who loves to vacation in Nantucket, I was thrilled to read a novel set there. Also, as it happens, a great story with very interesting characters. I went on to read other books in this series and liked them just as much. The references to real places on Nantucket was a treat, and brings back some great memories. I recommend this highly.