Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Any other animal
Date Finished: March 12, 2016
A new narrator this time for the third Asey Mayo mystery, but another single, mid-50s society woman out of Boston to Cape Cod for a rest after an illness. Her companion and maid accompany her to a secluded house overlooking the ocean. A troupe of traveling actors, hard up against it due to the Depression, arrive lost at her house. That night one of them is found shot to death. Asey Mayo soon arrives to shepherd the investigation.
Abounding in regionalism, this is filled with unique characters, but bogs down a bit with chapters of talk once the initial action has taken place. Also, though this is a new narrator, she is indistinguishable from the previous one. She immediately becomes Asey’s assistant, but despite the gumption she shows in investigating, she remains staid, even exclaiming “Fiddledeedee” at one point.
The solution is pretty obvious when some characters are reintroduced toward the end. One annoyance – the narrator’s son, who was adopted as a baby, is constantly referred to as the adopted son or to his real family, meaning his birth family. He sure must have felt loved.
I debated going with the animal on the cover option, not thinking that the partial image of the skunk would count. But if it was just the front end of the skunk it would, so why shouldn’t just the back end. The back end is the most important part of the skunk anyway.