The Mystery of the Cape Cod Tavern

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The Mystery of the Cape Cod Tavern
First edition
Author Phoebe Atwood Taylor
Country United States
Language English
Series Asey Mayo
Genre Mystery, Detective novel
Publisher W.W. Norton & Co
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 283 pp
OCLC 12655032
Preceded by The Mystery of the Cape Cod Players (1933)
Followed by Sandbar Sinister (1934)

The Mystery of the Cape Cod Tavern, first published in 1934, is a detective story by Phoebe Atwood Taylor which features her series detective Asey Mayo, the "Codfish Sherlock". This novel is a mystery of the type known as a whodunnit.

Plot summary[edit]

Eve Prence is the glamorous and publicity-seeking owner of the famous Cape Cod Tavern, and uses her publicity to keep the Tavern filled with famous and/or wealthy guests. She has a house-full the night she's found at the bottom of the grand staircase, claiming somebody had tried to kill her. The following day, she is found with a knife in her ribs. Asey Mayo must work out the meaning of clues like a pair of antique pistols that contain a pair of antique daggers, and what exactly the blind boy on the scene of the crime heard, and a pair of dirty indentations on a windowsill before bringing home the crime to a surprising figure.