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Death at Woods Hole (Emily Cabot Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
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"McNamara, a librarian at the University of Chicago, proves, if anyone was asking, that librarians make great historical mystery writers. She captures the tension of the times between the male and female scientists, both professionally and personally...Also so accurately portrayed is that small-town-in-summer feeling, when towns are overtaken by visitors, who coexist uneasily with locals. This was my first Emily Cabot mystery, and as a fellow Chicagoan, I was initially disappointed this was set outside the city, but that feeling didn't last long. I'd follow Emily to any location." -- Ellen Keith, Historical Novels Review
"This is a fun, satisfying read fora summer afternoon à la hammock or back porch." -- The Barnstable Patriot
About the Author
- ASIN : B0089E13E6
- Publisher : Allium Press of Chicago (June 5, 2012)
- Publication date : June 5, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2622 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 217 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,912 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All at once, after the murder, the destruction of a scientist's research and their struggle for academic power, and the forming and deserting of love affairs, there is also the hint of a cache of stolen treasure nearby. To top off the fun, an acidic and domineering town sheriff takes out his "town and gown" resentment on the academics with their knowledge of obscure microscopic research work.
Author McNamara's prose is clear and accessible, a particularly remarkable feat in a book that includes a great many characters. While perhaps somewhat short on description, the characters and scenes do seem believable and engaging. One becomes involved in their many back stories.
The following is an example of a memorable life-threatening scene aboard ship as the students and police attempt to rescue refugee scientists and the lost treasure. I include it here as illustration of the author's considerable writing talent.
. . ."Gone? How could it be gone? I struggled up and followed Cornelia, who stumbled across the floor and out the doorway. I was struck in the face by a blast of wind and rain and felt the deck beneath my feet rise, then drop away. I grabbed the door jamb. Clutching that and a fixture on the outside wall, I saw what Elliot and Luther had seen. Water was rushing all the way up to the Main. The dock, or what was left of it, was barely visible in the trough of a wave, then covered again. There was nothing to pull up to, no way to stop and get off. The only alternative was to swim, and even that was not a possibility. The waves would smash a body against the shore and crush it. I could see figures on the roof of the Main. Stephen was there, surely." . . .
For a good, fast moving tale, I wholeheartedly suggest you add author McNamara's Emily Cabot Mystery to your library of nineteenth century American historical fiction. You'll be glad you did.
The chapter about the clam bake is interesting and pretty well done, particularly for a writer from way inland, but it really didn't add anything to the story except a pleasant interlude.
I really wanted to like this book and to be able to give it a glowing review. I can't and even the 3 stars was a stretch. The author had an interesting premise and several interesting characters but she needs to lighten up her narratives, and, perhaps go all imaginary characters or only use a very few real people, very incidentally. She also has to study mystery writing and, perhaps, read some of the masters -- some golden age writers such as Ngaio Marsh, Gladys Mitchell, Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey, Dorothy Sayers, etc.