Shadows of a Down East Summer: An Antique Print Mystery
Perseverance Press, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
hadows of a Down East Summer
takes place in Maine, in the fictitious town of Waymouth. Artist Winslow Homer is not fictional although most of the people surrounding the artist in this neat mystery are.
ntique prints dealer Maggie Summer and her beau Will Brewer visit his elderly Aunt Nettie on the coast of Maine. They both plan to buy and sell antiques as well as enjoying their surroundings.
hrough the death of a recent acquaintance, Maggie falls heir to a journal kept by a young woman who posed for Homer's paintings in the summer of 1890. Homer never married or had children to any one's knowledge, but a family claims to be direct descendents of the man.
he journal becomes very important to the history of the area at that point in time, as well as a device to clear Homer's name.
ea Wait is a fourth generation antiques dealer, and
Shadows of a Down East Summer
is the fifth in the Maggie Summer series. Maggie is an antique prints dealer and I found the description of an old print at the beginning of each chapter intriguing. It's a good, tightly written mystery with gobs of history thrown in for good measure. Right up my alley.
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