Spencer Murphy is a national treasure. A famous correspondent during the Vietnam War who escaped captivity in Southeast Asia, he made a fortune off of his books and television appearances. But Spence is growing forgetful with age; he’s started to wander and even fails to come home one night. When a body is discovered at Step Above, the ...
Spencer Murphy is a national treasure. A famous correspondent during the Vietnam War who escaped captivity in Southeast Asia, he made a fortune off of his books and television appearances. But Spence is growing forgetful with age; he’s started to wander and even fails to come home one night. When a body is discovered at Step Above, the sprawling Murphy house near Steps Beach, Nantucket police detective Meredith Folger is called in to investigate.
The timing couldn’t be worse: It’s the Fourth of July, Merry’s planning her wedding to cranberry farmer Peter Mason, and her new police chief is gunning for her job. Merry is inclined to call the death at Step Above a tragic accident . . . until another member of the Murphy clan comes to a brutal end. As Merry grapples with a family of unreliable storytellers—some incapable of recalling the past, and others determined that it never be known—she suspects that the truth may be forever out of reach, trapped in the failing brain of a man whose whole life may be a lie.
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“What a treat to have a new addition to one of my very favorite series! Francine Mathew's prose is elegant, her heroine appealing, her setting vivid, and her characters shine. For mystery lovers, the Merry Folger books hit every note.”
–Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lamentations
“Wonderful . . . Nantucket and its impenetrable fog and characters come to life.”
—Diane Mott Davidson
“Mathews uses her setting and its unique population skillfully.”
—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“A wonderful find.”
—The Denver Post
“An exceptionally smart mystery about long-buried family secrets ... a literary vacation I couldn’t bear to see end.”
–Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye
“This fifth in the Folger series and the first since 1998’s Death in a Cold Hard Light gives the resourceful cop plenty to deal with—not just the murder case, but also the busy Fourth of July holiday, a new and antagonistic boss, and her own impending wedding. It’s nice to see Folger back in action after a too-long hiatus.”
“Death on Nantucket expertly balances an increasingly suspenseful mystery plot set within an imploding family, with the personal and professional challenges that pile up on Merry’s shoulders during one of the most intense periods of the year on the island. The sense of place in the novel is very strong, those who know Nantucket and those who dream of visiting it someday will love the armchair travel aspect of the story.”
“Mathews has a keen eye for family relationships and the damage that poor parenting can do, as well as for the moments that can save a relationship and keep it going. The characters are well-developed...The story is complex, well-plotted, and believable. This is the fifth Merry Folger mystery and a good one it is.”