“Verburg is a must for fans of the ‘smart cozy’. . . a wonderful cast of characters I hope to meet again soon.” —Sandra J. McGibbon, Amazon review
A posh waterfront lawn party. To inventor Pam Nash, it’s the perfect VIP launch for Zappa, her new “Taser for pacifists.” To Pam's daughter Ashley, it’s the perfect way to celebrate turning 21—and lose whoever's been texting her death threats. To Haggis Mack, the rock bagpiper Ashley's divorcing, it's one last shot. To soup-chef Lydia Vivaldi and her Wampanoag partner Mudge Miles, it's a catering offer they can't refuse. Even Cape Cod's famous artist-author Edgar Rowdey joins the party.
Sunshine and seafood, champagne and cake, military brass and venture capitalists—what could go wrong?
Lydia spots the grim answer floating face down beside the Nashes' dock. Did Ashley’s stalker hit the wrong target? Is her childhood nanny lying about why she came back to Compass Point for her baby's birthday? And what happened to the Zappa launch guest who sailed here from D.C. but never showed up at the demo? As rumors, dark secrets, and violence ripple through their village, it's time for Edgar Rowdey to switch from spectator to sleuth.
CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright, director, and author of best-selling books including Ourselves Among Others. She launched her literary career at age one, telling stories to stuffed animals; wrote America's first rock musical in college, and became an editor for Boston and California publishers. On Cape Cod she collaborated with the artist Edward Gorey on diverse theatrical and other adventures, sparking her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey On Stage and her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mysteries Croaked and Zapped. In her Rex Stout-inspired Cory Goodwin series, Another Number for the Road will follow Silent Night Violent Night in Spring 2017.