When Isabel Anders ran away to New York as a teenager she thought she had seen the last of the strict, demanding great-aunt who raised her in the Florida panhandle. But fifteen years later she finds herself heading for Cape Cache in response to a cryptic note from the old woman's lawyer. Aunt Merriam has had an accident.
Unfortunately, it seems that the whole town remembers the bad blood between Isabel and Merriam, and the welcome wagon consists of threatening notes slid under the door and deadly snakes slithering under her bed. But her one new friend in town, little Kimmey Dee, lets Isabel know that Merriam's fall may not have been an accident at all. As Isabel sorts through the conflicts of her childhood and her aunt's mysterious behavior, she finds herself caught in dangerous crosscurrents of greed and murder.
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Mickey Friedman grew up in the Florida panhandle and now lives with her husband in New York City. A full-time writer, she is the author of six previous mysteries, most recently A Temporary Ghost. (Viking, 1989).From Publishers Weekly:
Friedman's seventh suspense, after A Temporary Ghost , is a ripping good yarn marred by the annoying inconsistency of its lead character. Isabel Anders, an out-of-work artist in New York City recently abandoned by her lover, learns that the aunt who raised her in Florida has had an accident on the beach. Although Aunt Merriam was a harsh, embittered woman from whom Isabel had run away as a teen, Isabel decides to return to Cape Cache, where she quickly senses that something fishy is happening. Merriam is agitated about a man in a hood who is trying to hurt her; the arm of a missing Coast Guard patrolman is found in a shark's gullet. Remembering her unhappy past, Isabel talks to Harry Mercer, with whom she'd had an affair as a teen; she meets a little girl whose father is in prison for transporting marijuana. After Merriam's suspicious death, Isabel learns that Harry and a shady partner have found a sunken Spanish ship and are treasure hunting. Friedman deftly weaves these diverse strands into an exciting tale flawed only by Isabel, who alternates unpredictably between resolute self-reliance and a cloying, indecisive vulnerability.
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