The Cape Cod Mystery

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The Cape Cod Mystery
First edition
Author Phoebe Atwood Taylor
Country USA
Language English
Series Asey Mayo
Genre Mystery, Detective novel
Publisher Bobbs-Merrill
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 189 pp (Pyramid paperback edition, 1985)
Followed by Death Lights a Candle (1932)

The Cape Cod Mystery, first published in 1931, is a detective story by Phoebe Atwood Taylor, the first to feature her series detective Asey Mayo, the "Codfish Sherlock". This novel is a mystery of the type known as a whodunnit.

Plot summary[edit]

Dale Sanborn has made a lot of enemies in his career as a muckraking author, philanderer and occasional blackmailer. When he vacations at a cabin in Cape Cod, any of his many visitors—an old girl friend, his fiancee, an outraged husband, a long-lost brother and a few more—the night he died could have killed him, and all of them wanted to. When a respectable Boston matron is involved in the crime, local character Asey Mayo takes a hand and brings the case to a successful, if unexpected, conclusion.