Death in the Off-Season

Death in the Off Season When Rusty Mason scion of one of Nantucket s oldest and wealthiest families is found dead in a flooded cranberry bog one foggy fall night thirty two year old detective Meredith Folger is faced with

  • Title: Death in the Off-Season
  • Author: Francine Mathews
  • ISBN: 9780380723348
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Rusty Mason, scion of one of Nantucket s oldest and wealthiest families, is found dead in a flooded cranberry bog one foggy fall night, thirty two year old detective Meredith Folger is faced with her first murder case Rusty, it seems, had been absent from the country for over a decade ever since he was indicted for securities fraud No one expected him to show up tWhen Rusty Mason, scion of one of Nantucket s oldest and wealthiest families, is found dead in a flooded cranberry bog one foggy fall night, thirty two year old detective Meredith Folger is faced with her first murder case Rusty, it seems, had been absent from the country for over a decade ever since he was indicted for securities fraud No one expected him to show up that night No one, that is, except his killer Peter Mason, the bog s owner, seems less than moved by his brother s brutal death The two men, it turns out, had been nursing a decade old grudge over a woman Could Peter have killed Rusty, or was Rusty attacked by mistake in the fog when the killer thought he was Peter As Merry wrestles with her attraction to Peter, she gradually wins the trust of the community and unravels a ten year old tangle of family betrayal, blackmail, and violence It soon becomes apparent that any number of people had motives for killing Rusty Could it be Lucy Jacoby, whose tortured past threatens her future with Peter Mason Or Sky, the family lawyer, whose stellar career was built on a shady past Or Mayling, his exotic wife, a clothing designer, one of whose distinctive buttons is found next to Rusty s body From the fog shrouded lanes of Nantucket to the plush suburban lawns of Greenwich, Connecticut, Death in the Off Season is a riveting, atmospheric mystery Brainy, gutsy, and witty, yet vulnerable and determined to prove herself to the community and her own father who just happens to be the chief of police Merry Folger is an unforgettable new heroine Death in the Off Season is sure to make Francine Mathews one of the brightest, most watched new stars on the mystery scene.

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    About "Francine Mathews"

    1. Francine Mathews

      Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls now live with their families Francine s passion for Nantucket and the New England shoreline dates from her earliest memories She grew up in Washington, D.C and attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a two hundred year old Catholic school for girls that shares a wall with Georgetown University Her father died of a heart attack during her freshman year.In 1981, she started college at Princeton one of the most formative experiences of her life There she fenced for the club varsity team and learned to write news stories for The Daily Princetonian a hobby that led to two part time jobs as a journalist for The Miami Herald and The San Jose Mercury News Francine majored in European History, studying Napoleonic France, and won an Arthur W Mellon Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities in her senior year But the course she remembers most vividly from her time at Princeton is The Literature of Fact, taught by John McPhee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker John influenced Francine s writing than even she knows and certainly than she is able to say Francine spent three years at Stanford pursuing a doctorate in history she failed to write her dissertation on the Brazilian Bar Association under authoritarianism can you blame her and left with a Masters She applied to the CIA, spent a year temping in Northern Virginia while the FBI asked inconvenient questions of everyone she had ever known, passed a polygraph test on her twenty sixth birthday, and was immediately thrown into the Career Trainee program Boot Camp for the Agency s Best and Brightest Four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA were profoundly fulfilling, the highlights being Francine s work on the Counter terrorism Center s investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, and sleeping on a horsehair mattress in a Spectre era casino in the middle of Bratislava Another peak moment was her chance to debrief ex President George Bush in Houston in 1993 But what she remembers most about the place are the extraordinary intelligence and dedication of most of the staff many of them women many of whom cannot be named.She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later Fifteen books have followed, along with sundry children, dogs, and houses When she s not writing, she likes to ski, garden, needlepoint, and buy art.

    873 thoughts on “Death in the Off-Season”

    1. 1994, #1 Merry Folger, third-generation police officer, Nantucket Island, New England. Cosy police procedural with an interesting case and a good plot, wonderful characters, will gladly try another. Merry Folger works for her Dad, in the family business: she's a police detective, and he's the Chief of Police. Male detectives hate and/or envy her, even her Dad seems to think she can't do the job. Locals accept the family, the rich look down their noses at the locals, and the tourists don't seem t [...]


    2. There are 5 books in the Merry Folger series. The first four were written in the mid 90's to late 90's. When the author was recently asked to write the 5th book, she went back and updated her first 4 books.I enjoyed this first book in the Nantucket series. I found that the book pulled me in the more I read. Part of it was due I think to the author peeling back another layer regarding the characters. The mystery was very good. It started out with a body face down in a cranberry bog. It had me gue [...]


    3. Francine Mathews writes excellent historical thrillers (Jack 1939, Too Bad to Die) that I always look forward to reading, so when a trusted source told me that she'd also written a police procedural series set on Nantucket Island, I knew I had to read at least one. After turning the last page on Death in the Off-Season, I know I'll be reading the rest of the series.What's to like? First off, there's the setting of Nantucket Island. Although I've always been curious about Nantucket, I'd never rea [...]


    4. I got introduced to the author via a blog posting on the Jungle Red Writers mystery blog. I was intrigued by what I read in both the interview with author Francine Mathews and with the basic plot explanation behind this series.In a couple of weeks I acquired all five books in the series and started reading the first one last week. I wound up enjoying this introduction to Nantucket police detective Merry Folger. For the Folger family, law enforcement is a family tradition. Merry works for her fat [...]


    5. 4.5 stars I think I have found a new series to glom! I saw this one mentioned on Lauren Willig's blog and it piqued my interest. The books were originally written in the 1990s, but the author recently reworked them to fit them into the 21st century as well as to reflect what she describes as the evolution of her writing style. I haven't read the original version of this book, so I'm not sure what I think of this.Set in the fall just as the last tourists are leaving Nantucket, we see the island a [...]


    6. This was an exceptionally good first novel. Mathews evokes Nantucket and brings it to life, and her main characters deepen over the course of the book. Subsidiary characters remain one-note performances, however, and the pacing of the book is somehow off. You know that "Sundance" is going to be important early on, but it's not until too close to the end that you have even a chance to find our who that is and why it matters. I look forward to seeing how the author's craft improves over the rest o [...]


    7. I read this over 20 years ago when the 1st edition was published; the author essentially rewrote this to bring it into the 21st century. I really enjoyed it, and didn't notice anything that may have dated the book.Recommended!


    8. Merry Folger is a newly minted Detective on the police force and she is confronted with her first murder case. The son of a wealthy Nantucket family is found lying face down in a cranberry bog, dead. He has been out of the country for a decade--and it seems his brother, and others on the island, have no idea he has returned until they learn of his death. Yet, there are motives a plenty for his murder. Merry has to unravel fact from fiction and fit the pieces together in order to solve the case. [...]


    9. So glad an old friend is backI loved this series when it first came out years ago and I was elated to hear that Francine Mathews had decided to continue it. I am re-reading from first to last and enjoying the mystery and the Nantucket atmosphere enormously. Hope there are many more books to come.


    10. Pretty good story and I liked the setting on Nantucket - to where I plan to travel this summer.Only 3 stars because I HATE female protagonists with serious responsible jobs who constantly doubt themselves and whose insecurities put their functioning at risk. After 40 years of working with serious and excellent female professionals - I have met nobody like this.


    11. I really appreciate it when a novelist takes the time to actually research a location when setting a book in a specific place. Especially a place I am familiar with. Really impressed, especially the way the fog is described. Enjoyable first novel in this series.


    12. After enjoying Too Bad to Die, I decided to go back and read some of this author's earlier books. So glad I did. This was a terrific read. Good character and plot development. Kept me guessing until the very end. Think I'll work my way through the whole series over the winter.


    13. There are lots of characters as potential murderers, or even potential next victim. Lots of twists and turns keep readers guessing. The Nantucket setting adds atmospheric fog, cranberry bogs, and locals trying to make a living.I'll read more of Mathews' mysteries.


    14. Berta picked this up at Duck's Cottage this summer and I remember she flew through it. She liked it enough to buy the next three. I must admit, this is a good, well-rounded murder mystery and I'm ready to read the next one of Detective Merry Folger on the island of Nantucket.


    15. Murder mystery on Nantucket with a woman detective. I read the updated version, which makes reading the next book in the series a little strange, as it's set about 20 years earlier. Supposedly the author will be updating them all.





    16. I really liked this book and have bought the rest of the series to read. It may take me awhile to get through them because I slowly savor the books I like!






    17. I love how she makes the characters real, they are complex and full of unexpected qualities. I also like the twists in the plot that keep the story churning.



    18. Originally this book was written and published twenty years ago in the mid-1990s. It's been completely upgraded with cell phones and contemporary CSI procedures, seamlessly.Merry's father is the police chief and her boss. Her grandfather was also police chief. But the island of Nantucket is still wary of their first female police detective. And her father is so wary of perceived favoritism that she has to fight him to be assigned the island's first murder case.Peter Mason moved to the island ful [...]


    19. Don't be misled by the innocuous title or cover design and pass this book over. This story has everything a mystery lover could want - a vivid sense of place (Nantucket), exceptionally well drawn characters, and a juicy puzzle to sink your teeth into. The fact that it takes place on an island within a somewhat insular community - and all the small-town gossip, secrets and history that entails - just adds to its appeal. Merry Folger is a young, female police detective working in a mostly male pol [...]


    20. This is a terrific little mystery set in Nantucket. What made this even more enjoyable was the fact I was with people on a trip who have a second home in Nantucket. Liked this so much that I ordered the second book in the series on my Kindle and am thinking about reading the third one.Recommended!


    21. A fifth book is to be added to the series originally published 1994-98. To avoid a 20 year gap in the lives of the continuing characters, the original books are being revised and updated. A military death in Iraq was probably changed from Viet Nam.Merry Folger series - Spunky but inexperienced, third-generation Nantucket cop Meredith Folger investigates murder in this debut. Wealthy farmer Peter Mason is shocked to learn of his estranged brother's return to the island. Rusty, who'd fled to Brazi [...]


    22. I've been reading through the Stephanie Baron-Francine Mathews series of Jane Austen (all read to date), the spy novels (all read to date) and now the Merry Folger Nantucket series (one more to go.)I enjoy her writing style very much. Of all of her works, I like these the least, and yet I am passionate about Cape Cod. It has to do with the characters that have recurring roles,, more than anything.Nonetheless, I enjoyed this as a light read. I look forward to anything else she puts out.


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