The autumn foliage is in full fiery glory on a beautiful day in the little coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, in this fifth entry in Jane Cleland's Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity AwardĖnominated series (following Killer Keepsakes). Josie Prescott arrives at the town's renovated lighthouse to conduct an antiques appraisal and is horrified to discover the bludgeoned body of the caretaker Frankie Winterelli, whose Aunt ZoŽ is Josie's friend and landlord. The owners of the lighthouse are high-profile antiques collectors, and Josie soon begins to suspect that a scrimshaw tooth from their collection may be the key to solving the crime that has shaken Rocky Point and broken ZoŽ's heart.
"Cleland once again smoothly blends antique lore and a plausible whodunit in her delightful fifth mystery featuring antiques dealer Josie Prescott.... Series fans will enjoy getting reacquainted with familiar characters and meeting new ones. Everyone will learn a lot about the arcane art of scrimshaw."óPublishers Weekly