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Cape Cod Mysteries

Evan J. Albright. Cape Cod Confidential: true tales of murder, crime, and scandal from the Pilgrims to the present. Foreword by Paul Kemprecos. Nonfiction: 364.1523 ALB


Peter Abrahams. Revolution #9
Lobsterman Charlie Ochs is hiding out on Cape Cod, keeping his real identity a secret. Ochs is really radical Blake Wrightman, wanted since the 1960s for a deadly campus bombing. When government agents pay Charlie a visit on his wedding night, his cover is blown, and he must track down his co-conspirators in the bombing or he will end up doing time himself.


Stephen Anable. The Fisher Boy.
Boston comic Mark Winslow arrives with his troupe of improv actors ready to break into the Provincetown club scene. Mark becomes the prime suspect in the grisly butchering of a Boston blueblood, and he must find the killer or be charged with the crime.


Margot Arnold. The Cape Cod Caper
The discovery of a mutilated corpse in a cranberry bog and a frantic letter from an old friend send archaeologist Penny Spring and sidekick Sir Toby Glendower on the trail of a Cape Cod murderer.


Larry Bernhardt. The New England Connection.
Hal, Bill and Colleen Murphy are all involved in law enforcement on Cape Cod, as is their father. When they realize that they are working on related cases, they join forces to solve the crime.


Al Blanchard. Murder on Cape Cod: a novel.
The last thing on Steve Asher’s mind is murder when on a visit to his old college friend on Cape Cod for Columbus Day weekend. But he gets involved in a local mystery that will keep readers on edge.


Rick Boyer. Billingsgate Shoal
Oral surgeon "Doc" Charlie Adams tries to ward off a midlife crisis by spending a month at his cottage in Eastham. He is forced out of his funk when a young friend of the family drowns under suspicious circumstances, Doc investigates and gets tangled up with an arms smuggling ring. Other books in the Doc Adams series, Pirate's Trade, The Whale's Footprint.


Carol Higgins Clark. Wrecked: a Regan Reilly Mystery.
When Regan Reilly and her husband Jack join his siblings at his parents' vacation home on Cape Cod, it turns out to be anything but a relaxing time.


Mary Higgins Clark. Just Take My Heart.
Emily, one of three friends inseparable since childhood, becomes a pawn in a plan to save one life at the expense of another.


Mary Higgins Clark. The Lottery Winner: Alvirah and Willy Stories
In this book of related short stories, the queen of suspense chronicles the crime solving adventures of lottery winner Alvirah Meehan, a former cleaning lady, and her plumber husband, Willy. In Death on the Cape the pair helps to vindicate a would-be heiress who has been framed for murder. The perfect beach read! Other Clark titles with Cape Cod settings, Where are the Children? and Remember Me.


Mary Higgins Clark. Where Are the Children?
Nancy Eldredge, was tried six years earlier for the murder of her two children and found not guilty. Back on the Cape, she faces a new ordeal when the two children of her second marriage disappear and the police are determined to nail her this time.


Rose Connors. Absolute Certainty.
Martha "Marty" Nickerson is Barnstable County Assistant D.A. When a local college student is brutally murdered, the case against the defendant is solid and the verdict is guilty. Then, with the convict behind bars, another body turns up in similar circumstances. Did they convict the wrong man?


Rose Connors. False Testimony.
Charles Kendrick, Massachusetts U.S. Senator addressed a crowd at Cape Cod Community College. The TV news showed charming assistant Michelle responding to local reporters following the event. After extending the Senator's sincere thanks to all, she left the auditorium. And then she vanished.


Rose Connors. Maximum Security.
Cape Cod defense attorney Marty Nickerson is asked by her law partner and lover, Harry Madigan, to represent his former girlfriend.


Rose Connors. Temporary Sanity.
Is homicidal insanity ever a moral or legal justification for murder? What should a jury do when the facts are clear but don't tell the real story? Marty Nickerson, a former Massachusetts prosecutor, asks herself those questions in her new role as a Cape Cod defense attorney.


Philip R. Craig. Death on a Vineyard Beach.
Newlyweds Zee and Jeff Jackson get involved in murder, mayhem, and the Mob as they start life together on Martha's Vineyard. Others in the series, A Beautiful Place to Die, A Case of Vineyard Poison.


Patricia Driscoll. Shedding Light on Murder.
Grace Tolliver, ex-probation officer, purchases Pearl's, a rundown antique lamp shop in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod. She hasn't a clue that she'll soon be investigating the murder of a prominent local citizen who has been clobbered over the head with a heavy bronze lamp.


Sally Gunning. Deep Water
Small town island life featuring Jack of all trades/ detective Peter Bartholomew. On Pete's first vacation in twenty years, he sets out to catch mackerel but ends up with a dead lobster thief instead. Others in the series, Hot Water, Ice Water, Troubled Water, etc.


F. Edward Jersey. Paines Creek Mystery.
Longtime friends Tom and Sam embark on a Saturday of fishing on the Cape. They venture out to a new location for which they are unprepared. Days later, using technology and leads from some unlikely sources, authorities eventually rescue them under dangerous circumstances.


Paul Kemprecos. Neptune's Eye.
Part-time fisherman, part-time private eye "Soc" Socarides investigates a death in the seal pool of the Woods Hole Aquarium. Other Soc Socarides mysteries, The Mayflower Murder, Bluefin Blues.


Tracy Kiely. Murder at Longbourn : a mystery.
Joining her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year's Eve at Winnie's new Cape Cod B & B, Elizabeth Parker unearths old secrets and new motives in order to clear her aunt of suspicion when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim.


Marie Lee. Curious Cape Cod Skull.
Retired science teacher Marguerite Smith discovers a body in her storage shed on the same day that her nephew, and his two young sons arrive for a visit. The deceased is identified as archeology professor Peter Dafoe, who was working at a dig on the island.


Marie Lee. Fatal Cape Cod Funeral.
Retired teacher Marguerite Smith visited the local Native American burial ground, but didn't expect to find a funeral in progress. And the mourners were shocked to find a second dead body lying in the freshly dug grave. The unexpected corpse was a member of the local Mashpee Wampanoag tribe who had gone to the city and made good.


Marie Lee. Mysterious Cape Cod Manuscript.
Retired science teacher and amateur sleuth Marguerite Smith is vacationing in Florida when she finds out her ex-husband has been murdered and she is the prime suspect. Others in the series, The Curious Cape Cod Skull, The Fatal Cape Cod Funeral.


Jon Loomis. High Season.
Frank Coffin, a burned-out Baltimore homicide cop, returns home to resort the town of Provincetown, on Cape Cod. The headaches start with the murder of a vacationing, dress-wearing TV evangelist.


David Manuel. A Matter of Diamonds: a Faith Abbey mystery.
The body of a woman had washed ashore, and there was evidence that she had been tortured before drowning. The Chief was about to go down to the morgue, and he wanted lifelong friend and a collaborator Brother Bartholomew to accompany him.


David Manuel. A Matter of Roses: a Faith Abbey Mystery.
A storm washes the remains of a newcomer onto the beach in the harbor village of Eastport, near Cape Cod; then a beloved scientist dies from bee stings. Foul play is suspected and Police Chief Dan Burke calls in his childhood friend, Brother Bartholomew of Faith Abbey, to help.


Frances McNamara. Death at Woods Hole.
Emily Cabot is looking forward to a restful summer visit to Cape Cod. She plans to collect "beasties" for the Marine Biological Laboratory, alongside other visiting scientists. But her summer takes a dramatic turn when she finds a dead man floating in a fish tank.


Randall S. Peffer. Killing Neptune’s Daughter.
Tina had been trying to escape her past. Relocated in New York with a change of name and married to a rock star, it seems she had outrun her demons. But when Tina's body is found with a marlin spike through her heart, it seems they may have finally caught up with her.


Randall S. Peffer. Listen to the Dead : a Cape Islands Mystery.
While tending to his lighthouse duties, Harbormaster Corby Church finds bones of a human body on Bird Island off Cape Cod. He thinks they may be remains of the original lighthouse keeper's wife.


Randall S. Peffer. Screams & Whispers : a Cape Islands Novel.
Cape Cod public defender (& commercial fisherman) Michael Decastro goes to Saigon with his father, a Vietnam War vet, to help out long-lost client and love-interest Tuki Aparecio. She is in a fight for her life with a mysterious dragon lady from Indochina's underworld.


Tom Salvador. The Ring Master: a murder mystery, a love story.
The book depicts a murder of passion on Cape Cod. Although the mystery of the murder looms in the background, the story is about relationships. The protagonist, Veronica is strong, unyielding, but vulnerable.


Phoebe Atwood Taylor. Asey Mayo Trio.
Harkening back to a simpler time on Cape Cod, these vintage Phoebe Atwood Taylor mysteries feature Yankee handyman Asey Mayo, also known as the Codfish Sherlock, and an assortment of colorful Cape Cod characters.


Phoebe Atwood Taylor. The Annulet of Gilt: an Asey Mayo Mystery.
Asey, what is an annulet?" This innocent query would soon lead to some not-so-innocent questions. Asey would be tricked several times over, decoyed, robbed, and baffled by an elephant.


Phoebe Atwood Taylor. The Cape Cod Mystery.
A best-selling author turns up dead. Asey Mayo’s best friend becomes the chief suspect, and Asey knows he has to do something. The only clue is a sardine can. And only one weekend to clear it all up.


Phoebe Atwood Taylor. Going, Going, Gone.
An auction that begins as a treasure hunt, ends in murder. Were there secrets between the rival art dealers, Miss Pitkin and Mr. Harmsworth? And where does Quin Sharp, the auctioneer, fit in?


Phoebe Atwood Taylor. Punch with Care : an Asey Mayo Mystery.
When Asey Mayo happens upon the body of writer Carolyn Barton Boone in an antique railroad car, a punched ticket in her hand, things get interesting. But then the corpse disappears!


Marcel Theroux. The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: a Paper Chase.
A journalist is shocked to learn that he has inherited his uncle's island cottage off the Cape Cod coast. On visiting the property he discovers a fragment of an unpublished novel, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes (older brother of Sherlock). A sinister tale of murder and deception.


David L. Ulin, editor. Cape Cod Noir. Akashic Noir Series.
Youthful alienation and despair dominate the 13 stories in Akashic's noir volume devoted to Cape Cod. It will satisfy those with a hankering for a taste of the dark side.


Carol Verburg. Croaked : an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery.
Cape Cod! To Lydia Vivaldi, it looks like a sanctuary---until she learns her one friend in Quansett is dead. Only Edgar Rowdey, famous author of creepy little books shares Lydia's doubts about the death being an accident.


Lea Wait. Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding : an Antique Print Mystery
October on Cape Cod is always beautiful, and antique print dealer Maggie Summer is happy to visit there to help with her best friend's wedding preparations. Maggie doesn't anticipate the murder of a neighbor, nor being called into service as a counselor and interpreter.


Lea Wait. Shadows at the Spring Show; an Antique Print Mystery.
Antique print expert Lea Wait probes issues of heritage and identity in the world of antique prints, in her newest Maggie Summer mystery.


Ric Wasley. The Scrimshaw.
In 1858, the ship Elizabeth James enters Nantucket harbor, but the ship's dying captain has sworn the cargo (of pure evil) must never unloaded in the town of his birth. In 1968, Mick and Bridget ride a roaring motorcycle over the Bourne Bridge. They're heading for a relaxing vacation at a quaint inn on Cape Cod. But, they don't know that they are riding right into the middle of trouble that's been brewing 110 years.