"Everything I want in a mystery...a plot that keeps you turning pages, terrific dialog.... I enjoyed every minute of it."
Cape Cod! To Lydia Vivaldi, the quaint seaside village of Quansett looks like sanctuary -- until she learns her one friend here is dead. How could an expert Fix-It Chick fall off a ladder at a film shoot? When Lydia lands a soup-chef job at Leo's Back End, she starts asking questions. Gossip and recollections from the locals -- a hippie bookstore clerk, an ex-police photographer, a Wampanoag pastry chef, a pair of Broadway musical composers -- reveal some dark secrets behind those white picket fences. Still Lydia's stonewalled by the flirtatious filmmaker and warned off by the police. Only Edgar Rowdey, famous artist-author of creepy little storybooks, shares her doubts about the "accident." Can this unlikely pair of detectives find out what really happened before it happens again?
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About the Author
CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright and director and the author of best-selling books including 5 international anthologies (Bedford/St. Martin’s). She wrote her first prize-winning play at 16 and her second, a full-length rock musical, in 1968. As a Cape Codder for 15+ years, she helped found the Provincetown Playwrights’ Lab and headed theater companies in Provincetown, Bourne, and Cotuit. Meanwhile, as a freelance science editor and writer, she worked on projects from Powers of Ten (Scientific American Library) to Ghosts in the Mind’s Machine (Norton). Her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey Plays Cape Cod, and her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series (starting with Croaked and Zapped), grew out of her long collaboration on theatrical and other adventures with her neighbor and friend, the artist and author Edward Gorey. Verburg’s plays include The Whistling Pig, Lady Day in Love, and Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians (winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival). Her Cory Goodwin mystery series (starting with Silent Night Violent Night and Another Number for the Road) stars the international journalist daughter of Rex Stout’s NY private eye Archie Goodwin.