Sane people are boring, Sabrina Dunsweeney tells her friends when they try to convince her that she is crazy to travel to tiny, isolated Comico Island to recover from a cancer scare and the sudden loss of her mother.
Sabrina, who has a tendency toward hypochondria and very bad cooking, soon meets Lima Lowry, the tallest tale-teller on the island. He tells her all about the pirate Walk-the-Plank Wrightly, who died two hundred years ago and who has recently made a cameo reappearance in Sabrina's rose garden.
Lima invites her to a campaign fund-raising tea party at the prestigious Tittletott House, where Sabrina is surprised to find the stoic islanders clutching monstrous neon teapots as they begin a mass stampede toward the lone bathroom, spurred on by an unexpected ingredient in the chocolate scones. It seems someone is determined to ruin Brad Tittletott's campaign for the most coveted title on the island: president of the sanitary commission. Everyone is sure it's the crazy Wrightlys, who have hated the Tittletotts for centuries, but could it be a member of Brad's own family?
Then Sabrina finds the ghostnow truly dead in her rose garden and is soon drawn into a maze of deadly island intrigue!
Island Intrigue starts a fascinating new series.
Ohio teacher Sabrina Dunsweeney was expecting a month of rest and relaxation on Comico Island in this entertaining first of a new series from Mills (Death of a Mermaid), but instead finds herself caught between two feuding families, the Tittletots, who own most of the isolated, vaguely Southern island, and the Wrightlys. Years earlier, Rolo Wrightly was accused of stealing a neighbor's silver and then setting her house afire. Rolo disappeared in the middle of the night and, with the exception of occasional letters to his mother, was never heard from again. Now, Rolo reappears on the island-and shortly after striking up an acquaintance with Sabrina, he's murdered. Unimpressed by the island's police force, Sabrina elects to do a little sleuthing herself. After unmasking the killer (quite literally on Halloween), Sabrina decides to stay on at Comico, a choice that, while unsurprising, will leave readers eagerly anticipating another Comico adventure. (Jan.)--Publisher's WeeklyCopyright 2005 Reed Business Information.