In Book 4 it is the end of the long summer of 1894 and Emily escapes to Woods Hole on Cape Cod where the scientists of the University of Chicago run the Marine Biological Institute. The welcome respite is interrupted when Emily and her best friend find a body in one of the fish tanks. To rescue Clara from suspicion, Emily investigates academic rivalries and local tensions. Against a backdrop of clambakes, sails, a visit to a Newport mansion and a wild storm, she seeks to clear her friend’s name.
Praise for Death at Woods Hole
“McNamara, a librarian at the University of Chicago, proves, if anyone was asking, that librarians make great historical mystery writers. She captures the tension of the times between the male and female scientists, both professionally and personally…Also so accurately portrayed is that small-town-in-summer feeling, when towns are overtaken by visitors, who coexist uneasily with locals. This was my first Emily Cabot mystery, and as a fellow Chicagoan, I was initially disappointed this was set outside the city, but that feeling didn’t last long. I’d follow Emily to any location.”
— Ellen Keith, Historical Novels Review
“This is a fun, satisfying read for a summer afternoon à la hammock or back porch.”
— The Barnstable Patriot