Detective Merry Folger won the hearts of readers in Francine Mathews's first mystery, Death in the Off-Season. Now, fresh from her first murder case, Merry is unwillingly sucked into her second.
When Joe Duarte, a fishing boat captain with decades of experience on the wild seas off Nantucket, is swept overboard during a spring storm, his death is pronounced accidental. But his estranged daughter, Del, is convinced it’s murder. She moves back to Nantucket to get closer to the truth, and enlists her old friend, detective Merry Folger, to help. But Del is also hiding secrets of her own, and the police are not inclined to help her on what they see as a goose chase. Merry has to defy her boss—her father—in order to investigate.
“Praise for the Merry Folger mystery series "Nantucket and its impenetrable, secretive fog and characters come to life in Mathews's capable hands." —Diane Mott Davidson "Mathews uses her setting and its unique population skillfully." —The San Diego Union-Tribune "Detective Merry Folger comes across as a real person, albeit a smart one, with doubts and concerns." —The Denver Post "Merry Folger sails surely through choppy seas of murder, insurance fraud and infidelity in her second outing . . . Mathews skillfully incorporates close-knit relationships, small-town gossip and a salty Nantucket flavor." —Publishers Weekly”