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The Six Iron Spiders (Asey Mayo Cape Cod Mystery #18)

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The spirit of Asey Mayo's homecoming is quickly dampened by the discovery of a body in the buttery. One fact is clear: Someone murdered Philemon Mundy with a blunt instrument. The sudden disappearance of the corpse is only the first of many baffling developments. And there is no guarantee that the killer won't strike again.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 17th 2007 by Countryman Press (first published 1942)
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Dave
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice enough Asey--wartime mystery on Cape Cod (of course) with disappearing bodies and Red Cross drills and the usual cast of wacky characters. Maybe trying a little too hard to be wacky.

The spiders are frying pans, by the way.
Nicole
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The reason I enjoy these is for both the mysteries and for the period technology. First I learned Beach wagons were the precursors to station wagons and now I learn about iron spiders for cooking. These are cast iron skillets with broad flat bottoms and deep slanted sides for ~5 quart capacity. They are footed to stand on three legs in coals. The lid also was ridged to hold coals so the spider was a dutch oven. There should be two briquettes for every inch of pan diameter and there should be two ...more
Deb
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
In this World War II mystery, Phoebe Atwood Taylor's iconic detective, Asey Mayo, returns home for a long weekend break from his war work at employer Bill Porter's tank factory to find Cape Cod much changed. It's year one of the War, and the local citizenry have thrown themselves into home guard, Red Cross and vigilance with a vengeance. Some of that vengeance, however, is not directed at the enemy abroad. Asey finds a body in his cousin Jennie's buttery, apparently killed by an iron spider--loc ...more
Felicity
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who knew that a cast iron frying pan was called a spider on Cape Cod a century ago? Huh. These are fun and well plotted - I got almost 3/4 through before I guessed the murderer - and despite the use of dreaded dialect, they're a nice period slice of New England in the 1930s and 40s. This is the second one I've read and I'm going to look for more.
Tim
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
The Six Iron Spiders gives us Cape Cod during the war and Asey Mayo is back home for a weekend leave from his job managing the manufacture of tanks. A good enough mystery with distinct characters and wonderful (and humorous) details of home life during WWII.
Kate
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
For my full review click on the link below:
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Carla
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
ugh! struggled through this.
Tristy
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
an oldfashioned fun Cape Cod mystery.
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Sep 24, 2016 marked it as to-read
AKA: Alice Tilton, Freeman Dana
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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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