Phoebe Atwood Taylor – The Perennial Boarder (1941)


Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: A Red Object
Date Finished: June 18, 2017
TBR #42
Follow the Clues step #37: from Nightshade (a perennial) to Perennial

While delivering some clams to the Whale Inn with his cousin Jennie, Asey Mayo discovers a dead body in a phone closet. The dead woman’s body disappears and then is supposedly seen alive before definitely being found dead again on the porch. Various oddball characters abound in this off-season hotel in a small Cape Cod town. Asey Mayo is the one to straighten out all the strange doings.

Jumping ahead in the series, this is the 17th in the Asey Mayo series. Rather than being told from the first-person viewpoint of a wealthy, urban, middle-aged widow/spinster, Taylor had by this point switched to a third-person style that follows Asey’s activities throughout. Asey is no longer portrayed as a strange object of wonder, an idiot savant, and the Cape Cod dialects are downplayed. The first books in the series wasted a third or more of the action just getting the old lady out to Cape Cod. Here the action begins right away and moves along nicely. Very enjoyable.

Vintage Golden Scavenger 2017-06-18


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