Zapped: An Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery


“I loved Zapped . . . Good writing with humour and a dab of irony . . . had me hooked right from the opening chapter.” —Jenni Buhr, Goodreads review
“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

Who’s out to kill Ashley Dillon? Nobody’s supposed to know she’s in Las Vegas except her parents and Haggis Mack, the rock-bagpiper she’s divorcing. But threats from a cell-phone stalker, and nearly drowning in the Bellagio pool, send Ashley fleeing home to Cape Cod. Where better to turn 21 than at the posh waterfront party her mom, inventor Pam Nash, is throwing to launch Zappa, her revolutionary “Taser for pacifists”?

Pam appeals to her fellow genius Edgar Rowdey: How the hell do I add a birthday party to a weapon demonstration? Edgar, famous for his sinister little black-and-white storybooks, refers her to local soup-chef Lydia Vivaldi and Wampanoag pastry artist Mudge Miles. Champagne and cake, military brass and venture capitalists—Ashley’s thrilled, Zappa’s a hit, and Pam is hugely relieved . . . until Lydia spots a partygoer dead in the water. Did Ashley’s stalker drown the wrong target? Can the police find out in time to stop another attack? As ripples of violence widen, Edgar Rowdey reluctantly changes from guest of honor to sleuth.
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About the author

San Francisco writer CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright, theater director, and author of five international literature collections, a multimedia memoir, and two mystery series. She started her literary career early, telling stories to stuffed animals; she wrote her first novel and won her first prizes in her early teens. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, the venue for her first full-length theatrical production (a rock-protest musical), she became a part-time cocktail waitress, proofreader, and boat builder, and then an in-house and freelance editor and writer for book publishers on both coasts. Her adventures on the noir side of science publishing inspired her Cory Goodwin mystery Silent Night Violent Night. For its sequel, Another Number for the Road, she toured New England with a band and went looking for lost time in Paris. In between, her nonfiction anthology Ourselves Among Others kept her busy on Cape Cod by day and left her nights free for theater. Staging plays with her Yarmouth Port neighbor, the artist and writer Edward Gorey, inspired her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey On Stage and her play Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians, winner of the 2011 Ashland New Plays Festival and 2012 Centenary Stage Women Playwrights' Series. Their friendship also sparked her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series, beginning with Croaked (one of their lunchtime idées du jour) and Zapped. Since Gorey’s death, Verburg has lived in San Francisco, where her roll-top desk holds his X-Files mug of pens and pencils (along with three computers) and overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Nov 28, 2016
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