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The Cape Cod Mystery Set within the brooding landscape of Cape Code, these classic whodunits are sure to please dedicated Phoebe Atwood Taylor fans and newcomer mystery buffs alike First, a bestselling author turns up dead Then Asey's best friend becomes the chief suspect and Asey knows he has to do something There's only one clue: a sardine can And only one weekend to clear it all up



10 thoughts on “The Cape Cod Mystery

  1. Abbey Abbey says:

    1931, #1 Asey Mayo, with Miss Prudence Whitsby, Cape Cod
    nasty author gets his head bashed in - well, he *did* seem to enjoy making enemies, so there's lots of suspects, including several of Miss Prudence's visitors - and friends; classic small-town cosy mystery, three-and-one-half stars.

    When author Dale Sanborn rents the little cottage back of Miss Prudence Whitsby's comparatively palatial (for 1931) one, most folks just thought it might make things interesting... over the summer - he had a habit of stirring things up where-ever he went, and this summer is no exception. Found a day after his arrival lying on the floor of his summer home, wrapped in a blanket and with his head bashed in, numerous suspects make their appearance and weave back and forth through the story, as Taylor slowly builds up a tale of cruelty and kindness, new beginnings and old memories. When Bill Porter, a family friend and all-round nice guy (but with a bad temper) is picked by the less-than-astute sheriff as the killer, Asey Mayo steps in to work his way through the many clues and false trails, to the bitter end.

    Asey Mayo was, IMO, one of the all-time best detectives. He, and his style of sleuthing, used to be extremely popular but the all-knowing, always-a-step-ahead-of-everybody-else sort of sleuth, has fallen out of favor now. And although the character is one of my most favorite, the hayseed-ish tendencies Taylor was pretty much required to add to his persona to sooth public opinion now pretty much don't work, becoming downright annoying at times to this long-time (and long-lived) Bostonian. However, Taylor slowly, over the series, switches the emphasis from stereotype into beautifully formulated satire - with Asey as the instigator of it, not the puppet or the object. It quickly becomes clear even in this first novel that he is an enormously subtle - and intelligent - man, who uses his stupid local appearance as camouflage, and it works really well, too. Um, except for the local accent dialogue stuff, but that's a Pet Peeve of mine and isn't really badly done here, it's just something I hate anywhere I find it, but especially in my own neck of the woods.

    Very talky and rather slow-moving by modern standards - the death of Dale Sanborn is the only murder in this novel - there is a lot of running around The Cape via motorcar to seek out clues and information, a couple of fistfights, several tell-all sorts of Gather The Suspects settings, until the final one, with a nice, if very sad, ending twist. Several fun, and also some extremely astute characterizations brighten things up, the plotting is solid if a mite over-worked, and, really, he *was* the sort of person you love to hate.... And the setting is superbly wrought.

    This was a lovely trip down memory lane for me (it's my Nth reread...) and still a decent beach read for anybody. The very good beginning to what becomes one of my all-time favorite cosy mystery series. Very smooth for a first book, well plotted, albeit overly complicated, but that was a very popular style in 1931. Take any of her books with you to the beach - they're funny, entertaining, actually still somewhat mysterious, and the later books are very fast moving as well, with her books from the late 1930s becoming broadly farcical, like the bizarre, wildly popular movies of the period (i.e. Bringing Up Baby). And her books from the early 1940s are superb.

    Taylor is a pretty much forgotten author now, but her stories make excellent summer reads for anyone who'd like a quiet afternoon by themselves, whether you're on Old Cape Cod or not, at the beach or at home. Taylor sets the scene so well I've taken to rereading these in the dead of winter! Always transports me away, to a slower-moving time and place, where most folks had manners, cars had rumble seats, and lovers generally knew when to just say no - and meant it!

    BOTTOM LINE: Not sexy, not bloody, not nasty (despite the murderee's reputation), this version of 1930s Cape Cod is a lovely place to be, with a wonderful puzzle to solve, amongst Very Nice People. Happy Summer!


  2. Pamela Mclaren Pamela Mclaren says:

    Despite a rocky part where two of the secondary characters made mini speeches of the silly sort, and one of those was shown in a totally negative light, this 1931 novel based in a small town on Cape Cod was a pretty good read.

    An older woman (only in her 50s!), Prudence Whitsby, and her young niece Betsy are vacationing on Cape Cod and considering who to invite to visit with t


  3. Diane Diane says:

    Prudence Whitsby (Snoodles to her niece Betsey) decides to rent a cottage in Cape Cod for the summer. They choose two friends to spend the summer with them: Dorothy “Dot” Cram, a former college classmate of Betsey’s who works in a settlement house in New York City, and Emma Manton, the widow of a clergyman from Boston. Bill Porter, a lifelong friend of Prudence and Betsey (and suitor of


  4. Jan C Jan C says:

    The murder of an unpleasant man. He apparently betrayed everyone he ever knew. People who took him in. His family. His friends. The story of the murder of an evil man who appeared pleasant on the outside, was a real freak about his dislike of sardines.

    He is renting a cottage or a little cabin in Cape Cod over a weekend in a beastly hot August and just about everyone is coming to Cape C


  5. Linda K Linda K says:

    A new author for me, this story is like taking a little vacation to Cape Cod and meeting the most interesting people.

    When a murder occurs in Wellfleet, the obvious suspect is quickly arrested, but it is too obvious to local resident Asey Mayo. Asey is the quintessential Cape Cod-er, full of stories and sayings and wisdom all spoken in the perfect New England dialect. He was a man of many jo


  6. Judy Judy says:

    Just discovered this mystery series set on Cape Cod, and written by a young woman in the 1930's. It's folksy, dated and filled with local color and charm. Fun to read a story and learn about some old expressions and styles. This was a decent mystery to boot. I'm interested in continuing with this series - I like to intersperse my reading with light mysteries, especially those set in New England. The series i


  7. Dave Dave says:

    Wanted to read the first Asey Mayo for awhile, since Taylor's early books were less silly than her later ones. But this one is just a little tentative--good narrator and murderer, but Asey is more hayseed here, and some of the best regular characters are yet to be introduced. The plot is overcomplicated, too. So far, my favorites are #7 and #10--but I have an order in for #s 6 & 8. It's a long winter--need to


  8. Molly Molly says:

    Wonderful mystery. A lot like the original Nancy Drew mysteries. Written in the 1930's but a classic who done it. Fast easy read, enjoyable and I didn't figure out the murderer! First book in the series.. on to the next!


  9. Jessi Jessi says:

    The first in the Asey Mayo series, I picked up this book because I had heard about it on the Classic Mysteries podcast. I didn't find it quite the romp that had been described but still a good book.
    Miss Prudence Whitsby and her niece Betsey have once again taken a cottage at Cape Cod. Since it is a particularly


  10. Allison Allison says:

    This was a fun read and a great introduction to the Asey Mayo series. Set on my beloved Cape Cod, Phoebe Atwood Taylor definitely mixes in bits of local flavor while also giving the reader a strong murder mystery.

    The fact that this was written (and therefore set) in the summer of 1931, is both delightful and at times, unsettling. One of the main characters explains that there's no garbage collection on the Cape, so


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