A Category 3 hurricane is bearing down on Nantucket Island. As caretakers of Tuckernuck, a private exclusive island off the western tip of Nantucket, Dionis Mather and her father Jerry have to make sure everything is battened down, but when Dionis gets word that a star NFL player's horses are unsecured, she's certain she can get them in their barn and still have plenty of time to get back to Nantucket before the hurricane hits.
Detective Merry Folger has more on her mind than a hurricane-- just a little something called her wedding-- and that jerk of a police chief is making her work practically right up until time for the ceremony. When the Coast Guard alerts Nantucket police of a luxury yacht grounded on the shoals off Tuckernuck's northern edge-- with two shooting victims in the main cabin-- Merry rushes to get to the crime scene before all the evidence is washed away. As she puts all the pieces together, she realizes that she might have to risk everything in order to bring a criminal to justice.
If you want to read books that make you feel as though you're experiencing life on Nantucket Island, you need to read Francine Mathew's Merry Folger series. It also goes without saying that, if you want to "experience" a hurricane without actually living through one, you need to read Death on Tuckernuck.
The mystery is a cracker. Readers have a little inside knowledge that characters like Dionis and Merry don't-- how many people were on board that yacht for instance-- but that's certainly not enough to put all the pieces together until Merry's hard work begins to pay off. (And that hard work of hers will pay off in unexpected ways.) The only real question is: Is the wedding still on despite a murder investigation and a hurricane?
That you will have to find out for yourself, and you are going to enjoy yourself while doing so. New to the series? I'll be honest with you. I've read only three books in this series, the first and the most recent two, and I haven't felt lost. But the setting is superb and the characters and stories so strong that you might just want to start with the first, Death in the Off-Season and enjoy the sea breeze along with a murder or two.
Death on Tuckernuck by Francine Mathews
Soho Press © 2020
eBook, 264 pages
Police Procedural, #6 Merry Folger mystery
Source: Net Galley