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The Perennial Boarder

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The familiar Cape Cod setting works its spell, and the cranky, colorful New England characters work their way through a deftly amusing and baffling story of plot and counterplot.
She had come every summer for twenty-nine years to stay at what used to be Mrs. Mercer's boarding house but was now Ye Olde Whale Inn. She knew all about Quisset, and Quisset thought it knew all about her. So when Miss Olive Beadle arrived for her thirtieth season, ...

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Overview

The familiar Cape Cod setting works its spell, and the cranky, colorful New England characters work their way through a deftly amusing and baffling story of plot and counterplot.
She had come every summer for twenty-nine years to stay at what used to be Mrs. Mercer's boarding house but was now Ye Olde Whale Inn. She knew all about Quisset, and Quisset thought it knew all about her. So when Miss Olive Beadle arrived for her thirtieth season, there was nothing to hint at disaster.
The murder at Ye Olde Whale Inn hung on a curious series of chance events: if Ann Joyce and Mrs. Hingham hadn't both been stage-struck; if departing ministers hadn't passed out group photos to the congregation; if Cousin Jenny hadn't found the stuffed tomato and if a sprained ankle and a load of overdue clams hadn't put Asey Mayo on the scene, matters would have been very different.

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What People Are Saying

Dorothy B. Hughes
"Miss Taylor plots are smart, her characterizations penetrating, and her understated social comments timeless. The series in its entirety is a requirement on the bookshelf of all mystery collectors."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881500790
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/17/2006
  • Series: Asey Mayo Cape Cod Mysteries Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 342,010
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909-76) was born in Boston, and was the first member of her family to have been born off Cape Cod in more than 300 years. Taylor was one of the first mystery writers to give a regional and rural focus to mystery writing during its "golden age" (1918-39). Taylor authored 33 books, most of which are volumes in the Asey Mayo private-eye series. Among Taylor's fans was Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell.
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