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Lethal Legend (Diana Spaulding Series #4)

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Diana's wedding preparations are interrupted when her fiance Ben receives an urgent plea for help from a reclusive childhood friend in the final volume of this mystery series. Working on a secretive archeological dig on Graham Somener's island off the coast of Maine, a team of men have all been poisoned. When one is murdered in a diving accident and Graham refuses to call the police, Diana and Ben fear he may have fallen under the spell of a confidence woman posing as an archeologist from the Peabody ...
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Diana's wedding preparations are interrupted when her fiance Ben receives an urgent plea for help from a reclusive childhood friend in the final volume of this mystery series. Working on a secretive archeological dig on Graham Somener's island off the coast of Maine, a team of men have all been poisoned. When one is murdered in a diving accident and Graham refuses to call the police, Diana and Ben fear he may have fallen under the spell of a confidence woman posing as an archeologist from the Peabody Museum. Their investigations threaten Ben’s friendship and imperil Diana’s life before the conundrum is finally solved.
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"Emerson's . . . final mystery in her Diana Spaulding series . . . offers plenty of intrigue, eccentric characters and well-researched history."  —Publishers Weekly

"Emerson's fourth and final tale of the sleuthing pair (No Mortal Reason, 2007, etc.) is both historically interesting and suitably mysterious."  —Kirkus Reviews

"It's always refreshing to read a period piece where the female characters do not indulge in fainting fits or heaving bosoms . . . loads of fun."  —Mystery Scene Magazine

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Set in Maine in 1888, Emerson's fourth and final mystery in her Diana Spaulding series (Deadlier Than the Pen, etc.) offers plenty of intrigue, eccentric characters and well-researched history. Diana's fiancé, Dr. Ben Northcote, has crossed Penobscot Bay to Keep Island, home of wealthy boyhood pal Graham Somener, to care for three men assisting on an archeological dig who've been poisoned. When Diana fails to hear from Ben, she becomes alarmed and follows him to the island, which she's warned is "a dangerous place." There, while observing an excavation headed by archeologist Serena Dunbar, Diana and Ben witness a suspicious accidental death. Graham and Serena, in apparent romantic cahoots, want to hush it up to avoid publicity, and the sheriff is happy to comply. Suspecting fraud, murder and old-fashioned gold-digging, Diana and Ben investigate leads that unveil professional jealousy, revenge and more murder. Newcomers will find this period cozy works just as well as a stand-alone. (Apr.)

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A long-awaited marriage in 1888 Maine has to wait for the solution of a murder. As his wedding day approaches, Dr. Ben Northcote is called away to lonely Keep Island, home of his wealthy, reclusive friend Graham Somener. His fiancee, reporter Diana Spaulding, thinks her biggest challenge will be keeping peace between their respective mothers, redoubtable ladies of eccentric character. But she's wrong. Somener has allowed his old family friend Serena Dunbar to dig on the island in search of artifacts to prove that Keep was the site of a pre-Columbian wreck of European explorers. Ben finds her crew suffering from morphine poisoning and lucky to be alive. When charismatic private eye Justus Palmer suggests that something illegal is going on at Keep, Diana, who hasn't heard from Ben in three days, packs a bag and heads out. Ben's suspicion that the diving accident that killed a member of Serena's crew was actually murder is opposed by Serena and Somener, who suffered from terrible publicity when a building he financed collapsed and killed several people. Suspecting that Serena is a confidence woman and fortune hunter, Diana and Ben set out to investigate her background and protect Somener, who plans on marrying her. They chase a gaggle of wild theories before discovering the truth. Emerson's fourth and final tale of the sleuthing pair (No Mortal Reason, 2007, etc.) is both historically interesting and suitably mysterious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977191352
  • Publisher: Pemberley Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Diana Spaulding Series , #4
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Lynn Emerson is the author of more than 40 books, including Deadlier Than the Pen, the Face Down Mystery series, Making Headlines, and That Special Smile. She has won the Agatha Award for her nonfiction book How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries. She lives in Wilton, Maine.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In 1888 Maine Dr. Ben Northcote travels across Penobscot Bay to Keep Island to help three men suffering from poisoning. When he fails to return home or send a message to his fiancée Diana Spaulding, she becomes concerned as that is so out of character for the considerate Ben. Adding to her fears is that she has been told Keep Island is a dangerous place.---------- Still the intrepid Diana ignores the warning and her trepidation she travels to Keep Island where an archeological dig led by archeologist Serena Dunbar near the home of wealthy Graham Somener, is occurring. There, Diana finds Ben looking into a questionable death that the sheriff, Graham and Serena want kept quiet to avoid negative publicity. Realizing that Graham and Serena is a couple and fearing illegal activities perhaps fraud but also likely murder, Diana and Ben investigate the goings on at the dig site.---------- LETHAL LEGEND is an entertaining late nineteenth century regional cozy starring an intrepid heroine who joins her beloved as they try to uncover the truth only to meet official obstacles from the law, the property owner and the lead archeologist. Their conspiracy only encourages Ben and Diana to seek what happened on Keep island. Fans of the series (see DEADLIER THAN THE PEN, FATAL AS A FALLEN WOMAN and LETHAL LEGEND) will appreciate the latest entry in the stupendous Spaulding saga.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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