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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
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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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.