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Death on Tuckernuck

(A Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #6)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A hurricane ravages New England, and bodies and secrets are piling up on a secluded island off Nantucket. It would be just another case for Detective Folger, expect her long-anticipated wedding is in three days.

As a violent nor’easter bears down on New England over the final weekend in September, a luxury yacht grounds on the shoals surrounding a deserted barrier island of
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Soho Crime
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Cathy Cole
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read books that make you feel as though you're experiencing life on Nantucket Island, you need to read Francine Mathew's Merry Folger series. It also goes without saying that, if you want to "experience" a hurricane without actually living through one, you need to read Death on Tuckernuck.

The mystery is a cracker. Readers have a little inside knowledge that characters like Dionis and Merry don't-- how many people were on board that yacht for instance-- but that's certainly not eno
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this writer's other works, so I thought I would give this one a shot as a lover of Nantucket. The problem I was presented with off the block was a lack of knowledge of the main characters, since this is the sixth book of a series. This did not take away from the very exciting problems residents faced during the anticipation of a category 3 hurricane heading their way just as one policewoman was getting ready for her wedding.
It helps to know a bit about the coastal waters off Massa
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this on a hot July blue-sky day but when I look out the window I'm shocked not to see and hear a Cat 3 hurricane bearing down on me, such are the powers of Francine Mathews' narrative skills. Whether you're new to the Merry Folger mysteries or not, this is a terrific read. The setting is picture perfect, the characters vibrantly real, and the murder and the storm menacingly bracing. Hard to put this one down, there's hardly a moment to take a breath. Recommended. ...more
Oak City Books
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 Stars for Death on Tuckernuck by Francine Mathews.

The perfect storm is moving in on Tuckernuck. A Nor'easter is headed straight for Tuckernuck, the private island off of Nantucket where the police only set foot on it if called to a crime or accident scene.

One of the town's police officers has planned her wedding for the weekend, feeling it was the perfect time of year, historically slow and predictable for the rest of the force.

Three people are out on a yacht, one is jealous. One ends up de
Jo Dervan
It was a Wednesday near the end of September and a Cat 3 hurricane was headed in the direction of Nantucket and Tuckernuck , a small private island off the coast of Nantucket. Meredith Fogler, an officer with the Nantucket police department was planning for her weekend wedding to Peter, a wealthy man who also owned a farm.

Dionis Mathers and her father Jack ferried residents and supplies back and forth from Nantucket to Tuckernuck. They also acted as year round caretakers to the mostly seasonal
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-a-boooat
Picked this up, without having read any other books in the series, for the "people isolated together by a storm" trope, which is one of my favorites. I didn't realize how much I'd also enjoy the Nantucket and Tuckernuck settings! Lots of fun.

ETA, with some spoilers: I am amused. I was thinking of reading Book 1 of the series, and when I looked at the synopsis, it's all, "New detective Merry Folger is investigating her first murder. Could the killer be the dead man's intriguing brother, Peter Mas
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-read
This was a page-turner, and I loved it! The author took what could have been a run-of-the-mill drug heist/murder investigation into a novel that truly had my heart pumping.

Besides the heroine of the series, Det. Merry Folger of the Nantucket Police Department, her fiance, Peter Mason, and other characters who are well known in these mysteries, there is a Category Three Hurricane bearing down not only on Nantucket, but on the small, secluded island of Tuckernuck, where a good portion of the actio
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Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nantucket Detective Merry Folger is working in the week before her wedding. If that is not stressful enough, her boss is a jerk making her work until Thursday afternoon. A hurricane is bearing down and may make a direct hit on the Island. The will impact the police, the travels of wedding guests, the outside venue, and life in general. And then a classy yacht runs aground on the isolated island of Tuckernuck. The Coast Guard checks to see if anyone is on board, injured, in need of help, and evac ...more
joyce w. laudon
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Francine Matthews is the talented author of two mystery series.  As Ms. Matthews, she writes the Merry Folger series and, as Stephanie Barron, she pens a series with Jane Austen as the protagonist.  I have always preferred the Nantucket based series.

I had not read a book by this author for a number of years but the return was satisfying and easy.  I remembered the characters, loved the settings and expected a good mystery.  The author did not disappoint.

Throughout this novel, weather was a main
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Merry Folger Mystery and the 6th in the stand alone books in the series. I was fascinated by the setting - an isolated island off Nantucket during a Category 3 hurricane. Merry is preparing for her imminent wedding to Peter but her boss in the police department insists she do her part in getting people ready for the approaching hurricane and continue to work till the very last minute before her two-week leave.

Dionis and her father Jack are caretakers on Tuckernuck Island and ge
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intensely absorbing

Well I just wrote over 100 words and , poof, gone.
Superior plot line, extraordinary and finely thought out interesting characters . I started this late Saturday night and finished it at 11:30pm on Sunday.
Premiss starts out on a yacht, 2 men and an unexpected arrival of a young woman joining their trip . , Dionis, who works with her father as caretakers for an elusive island, at the beginning of a category 3 hurricane is hurrying to the island to take care of a private owners
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the 6th book in the Merry Folger series. I had not heard of this series before receiving an arc of this book from Net Galley. I am interested in reading the other books, and you can read and enjoy this book as a stand-alone.

Merry, a detective on Nantucket, is about to get married when a stage 3 hurricane is forecasted. As the storm reaches land, a luxury yacht with a dead body is found, The characters in the book prepare and endure the storm, prepare for the wedding, and try to solve the
Aleksandra Tasic
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Death on Tuckernuck - Francine Mathews

Thank you to @netgalley, author F.Mathews and the publisher for gifting me this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

This is the first book I've read from this author and I am hooked, I'm going to read the others as well.

In this one, detective Merry Folger deals with a Cat Three Storm, a murder and her wedding.
I liked the authors description of the surroundings and nature, although at times it could get a bit boring. You arr gently pulled in into the story,
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This solid series set on Nantucket keeps getting better and better. Fans will enjoy this latest installment, which has police officer Merry in the middle of an incoming hurricane, investigating a puzzling murder while battling the new hostile police chief. Oh, and Merry is also just days away from her wedding. Mathews excels in providing a fascinating grounding in island place and culture. This time much of the action centers around a remote, off the grid, tiny island that is part of the Nantuck ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gave this 3 stars more because I used to really like this series than what I thought of this book. The plot was convoluted and confusing, the characterizations simplistic, and most of all, much too much time spent on details of hurricanes, emergency preparedness, etc. This filler information does nothing to advance the story line and just acts as a means of showing the reader that the writer has done her research...akin to padding a term paper. This is the third book in a row (not all by Mathews ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another in the series of wonderful Merry Folger mysteries set on Nantucket. This one has a distinctive feel, because the setting includes a Category Three storm (one imagined by the author based on research on past storms and projected outcomes should such a storm hit the island now) and it creates both an interesting series of adventure-style scenes and some significant obstacles in the detectives' path to solving the mystery and bringing the bad guys to justice. And I like that while some of t ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a short book but very entertaining. The setting was the whole thing for me. I loved the New England island setting with a hurricane moving through. This is one of those books that a map really would have enhanced. As far as I could tell, all the places were real and I would have loved to see their proximity. Of course I could and did look them up online and in my atlas, but the author could have played up the important locations in her book map. This was #6 in the Merry Folger series an ...more
Darlene Messenger
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
From the first few paragraphs, this mystery grabbed me and like the whirlwind featured, didn't let up the action until the very end, spitting me out on the shoreline. Wild ride, deeply detailed and rich in content. This is my first of the authors' works and won't be my last. The characters are likeable and well written. Historical details of the region add to the feeling you are a partic
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Sometimes, after you have been reading some intense books you need to step back and just read something easy, but good. Thank you Net Galley for this very enjoyable mystery by an author and a series I have not read before. The locale is perfect, the characters are personable and of course you have your whodunit that will keep your interest and with a little twist at the end. Perfect!

Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started off really slow, building a backstory, but didn't give you anywhere near enough detail to really understand the backstory. Once the crime happens, it gets more interesting. But then the detective reaches a huge conclusion that solves the mystery, but there is no explanation of how she got there and not enough explanation of the aftermath.
I liked that the two female characters are portrayed as strong, smart, capable women who do not need to be rescued.
Deb White
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merry Folger is marrying Peter this weekend, but a hurricane is coming to Nantucket and two people have been shot on a yacht.
Dionis Mather is a caretaker for Tuckerneck; she returns to the island to care for 2 horses and encounters a man with a gun! Who is he? Will she survive the storm and him? Can Merry solve who the two people are on the yacht? Can she figure out what happened and still get married on time?
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast paced, gripping and entertaining read that I loved.
It's atmospheric and I loved the description of the setting.
The cast of characters is well thought and the mystery is solid.
It's the first book I read in this series and won't be the last.
It can be read as a stand-alone.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death on Tuckernuck by Francine Mathews This was a very enjoyable light read murder mystery. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will be anxious to read her other mysteries with the same caracters. ...more
Betty Adams
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Coming in the middle of a mystery series does put the reader at a disadvantage.
Pluses: wonderful description of the islands, very atmospheric
Minuses: plot that I couldn't understand, sense at the end that I was cut off - oh wait, that's for the next book in the series, some characters well-drawn but main ones a bit lie paper dolls
Mary Jo
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries are not my favorite genre but this one was very good. It met my preference for books, regardless of type, that have a strong sense of place and good setting details. I had not heard of Tuckernuck so the title caught my attention first. I really enjoyed it and think I need to find the rest of the series.
Helaine Mario
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wedding, murder victims at sea, a remote island, a missing woman, and a Cat 3 hurricane roaring in. Death on Tuckernuck has it all, and more. In this 6th book in her well-written and atmospheric Nantucket series, Francine Mathews adds new layers of personal and professional courage to Detective Merry Folger, who is caught in a race against time as a huge storm threatens the people and islands she loves. Mathews raises the suspense even higher by introducing an intriguing new character, Dionis ...more
This one had potential, but I didn't love it. A murder mystery set in a beach town during a hurricane is right up my alley, however, I found this one to be a little dry and predictable. I stuck with it though. The storyline was good, so this is one you can finish in no time if you're looking for a quick read. ...more
Beth Jolliff-sachs
A good series

I have read all of the other books in this series and was excited about this one. It still a good mystery , but seemed more about Howie and Sophia than Meredith Folger. There was also a lot of boat terms that were kind of hard to follow at times.

May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm so pleased that Francine Mathews took the time to write another book in this series. It was really interesting. I remembered the characters from before even though it has been many years since the last book. Please write a book 7; I can't wait to see what is next in Merry's life. ...more
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Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls. Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance. The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls now live with their families; Francine's passion for Nantucket and the New England shoreline dates from her earliest memories. She grew up in Washingt ...more

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