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The Tinkling Symbol (Asey Mayo Cape Cod Mystery #7)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The residents of West Weesit had good reason to start calling Crooked Cliff "Suicide Cliff." Four women's bodies had been found at its foot, Kay Truman's only last month. Her father, Dave Truman, had already been depressed after his wife left him and his business failed. So when the folks at the tea party across the bay saw him come out of his home with a gun and point it ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 17th 1993 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1935)
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This might be my favorite so far. Moves very quickly, good narrator, great Cape Cod setting of course, weird clues, and a spooky night with a cat's bell ringing very softly. Or is it the cat? Thirties setting is realistically odd and entertaining (smugglers, market crashes, communists) with a very wide range of rich and poor and cultured and not; though there is the occasional jarring ethnic or racial slur, unfortunately. Luckily, not often.

Jan C
Very enjoyable. I like the Asey Mayo stories. Have no idea if it is an accurate depiction of life in Cape Cod either now or in the ‘30s when this was written. There are a few references that show it to be dated - waiting for the ice man, references to Ben Turpin and Mack Sennett and rum-running.

I didn’t know who it was. Every time Asey turned around he was eliminating another suspect. It got so I was wondering who was left.

But it was fun.
They have an earlier spelling, clew, in 1935 and 'people lighted fires' rather that today use that has 'people lit fires'.
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Taylor is an American mystery author. She is best known for her Asey Mayo series, based in Cape Cod. She additionally wrote and published under the pen names Alice Tilton and Freeman Dana.
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