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Nantucket’s Francine Mathews Re-releases Popular Mystery Series

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Want to write? Then write what you know. That is exactly what Nantucket author Francine Mathews did in her popular mystery series featuring detective Meredith (Merry) Folger who lives in a familiar island setting.

Mathews will be at Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich this Thursday to speak about the publication of the first two books in that series (“Death in Rough Water” and “Death in the Off-Season”). The two books, which were first published in the 1990s, were re-released this month.

In “Death in the Off-Season”, Folger finds herself trying to uncover the mystery behind Rusty Mason’s death. Mason, a member of one of Nantucket’s oldest and wealthiest families, is found dead one foggy fall night in a flooded cranberry bog. The investigation brings to light the tensions that plague Nantucket, from decades-old grudges to skyrocketing real estate to a growing resentment of old Nantucket families who can barely sustain themselves.  

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Folger returns to work in “Death in Rough Water”, investigating the suspicious death of the father of a friend who is swept out to sea.

A graduate of Princeton and Stanford, Mathews spent four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She traded that job for one as a writer, currently living in Colorado, with more than 20 novels of mystery, history and suspense to her name, including “Jack 1939.”

To learn more about Mathews visit her website here. And to reserve a signed copy of either "Death in Rough Water" or Death in the Off-Season" call Titcomb's Bookshop at 508-881-2331.