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The spirit of Asey Mayo's homecoming is quickly dampened by the discovery of a body in the buttery. One fact is clear: Someone murdered Philemon Mundy with a blunt instrument. The sudden disappearance of the corpse is only the first of many baffling developments. And there is no guarantee that the killer won't strike again. The spirit of Asey Mayo's homecoming is quickly dampened by the discovery of a body in the buttery. One fact is clear: Someone murdered Philemon Mundy with a blunt instrument. The sudden disappearance of the corpse is only the first of many baffling developments. And there is no guarantee that the killer won't strike again.


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The spirit of Asey Mayo's homecoming is quickly dampened by the discovery of a body in the buttery. One fact is clear: Someone murdered Philemon Mundy with a blunt instrument. The sudden disappearance of the corpse is only the first of many baffling developments. And there is no guarantee that the killer won't strike again. The spirit of Asey Mayo's homecoming is quickly dampened by the discovery of a body in the buttery. One fact is clear: Someone murdered Philemon Mundy with a blunt instrument. The sudden disappearance of the corpse is only the first of many baffling developments. And there is no guarantee that the killer won't strike again.

30 review for The Six Iron Spiders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    The Six Iron spiders (Asey Mayo Cape cod Mystery, #18) by Phoebe Atwood Taylor. A war is going on and the Cape Cod crowd is busy learning how to care for the wounded and uncover spies. Asey Mayo is returning home for a vacation from the Porter Motor Tank Plant he's been working. His cousin Jennie Mayo, however, is not at home or at the airport to greet him. For that matter neither is Doc Cummings. Instead, what he does observe is a meeting for Red Cross volunteers going on right there in the hou The Six Iron spiders (Asey Mayo Cape cod Mystery, #18) by Phoebe Atwood Taylor. A war is going on and the Cape Cod crowd is busy learning how to care for the wounded and uncover spies. Asey Mayo is returning home for a vacation from the Porter Motor Tank Plant he's been working. His cousin Jennie Mayo, however, is not at home or at the airport to greet him. For that matter neither is Doc Cummings. Instead, what he does observe is a meeting for Red Cross volunteers going on right there in the house. Bandages and splints everything needed including a dummy to simulate real emergencies. Be prepared! Asey and Doc Cummings (the Cape's physician) wait until the coast is clear and everyone has left to enter the house. They uncover a bag covering the dummy's head and discover it's not what they expected. And so the sleuthing begins. It's a trail of suspects and cars. Personalities and motives abound. It's another great ride with Asey and Doc until Asey has it all wrapped up in a neat bundle. I've read this entire Cape Cod mystery series with Asey Mayo and intend to read every last one again. This marvelous author brought us a great Hayseed Sleuth with all the trimmings.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The reason I enjoy these is for both the mysteries and for the period technology. First I learned Beach wagons were the precursors to station wagons and now I learn about iron spiders for cooking. These are cast iron skillets with broad flat bottoms and deep slanted sides for ~5 quart capacity. They are footed to stand on three legs in coals. The lid also was ridged to hold coals so the spider was a dutch oven. There should be two briquettes for every inch of pan diameter and there should be two The reason I enjoy these is for both the mysteries and for the period technology. First I learned Beach wagons were the precursors to station wagons and now I learn about iron spiders for cooking. These are cast iron skillets with broad flat bottoms and deep slanted sides for ~5 quart capacity. They are footed to stand on three legs in coals. The lid also was ridged to hold coals so the spider was a dutch oven. There should be two briquettes for every inch of pan diameter and there should be two more briquettes on top than there is on the bottom. There will be some pretty big variation in cooking temperature but it's a starting point. Since these stories are written in the time they talk about they read with so much more assumed common knowledge. This one is the first set in WWII so the culture is changing. Asey returns to find people not acting as they were accustomed. The rationing has limited their movement as well as choices. Tires and petrol being unavailable people are using bicycles and horses for transportation. Civic involvement has people learning first aide, emergency responses are practiced, and enemy craft ID are learned. This is told as the culture is currently changing so reads and feels very immediate compared to reading a history written by a later generation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Nice enough Asey--wartime mystery on Cape Cod (of course) with disappearing bodies and Red Cross drills and the usual cast of wacky characters. Maybe trying a little too hard to be wacky. The spiders are frying pans, by the way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Rowland

    A bit clearer of a plot than some Asey Mayo's, and a neat glimpse into World War II civilian life (of a bit exaggerated). A bit clearer of a plot than some Asey Mayo's, and a neat glimpse into World War II civilian life (of a bit exaggerated).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Loved it

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    In this World War II mystery, Phoebe Atwood Taylor's iconic detective, Asey Mayo, returns home for a long weekend break from his war work at employer Bill Porter's tank factory to find Cape Cod much changed. It's year one of the War, and the local citizenry have thrown themselves into home guard, Red Cross and vigilance with a vengeance. Some of that vengeance, however, is not directed at the enemy abroad. Asey finds a body in his cousin Jennie's buttery, apparently killed by an iron spider--loc In this World War II mystery, Phoebe Atwood Taylor's iconic detective, Asey Mayo, returns home for a long weekend break from his war work at employer Bill Porter's tank factory to find Cape Cod much changed. It's year one of the War, and the local citizenry have thrown themselves into home guard, Red Cross and vigilance with a vengeance. Some of that vengeance, however, is not directed at the enemy abroad. Asey finds a body in his cousin Jennie's buttery, apparently killed by an iron spider--local lingo for a cast iron frying pan. With help from Doc Cummings, and interference from pretty much everyone else, Asey negotiates the suspicions of the war-ready populace while trying to track down the killer, avoid man-hungry women, and find his perpetually on the move cousin Jennie. As a capsule view of the home front in the early part of World War II, this is an enlightening outing for the classic Yankee detective. I was disappointed with the ending, where way too many loose threads were tied up in the final pages, some of which were not even visible in the preceding chapters. I loathe mysteries where the clues are so obscure the reader doesn't see them at all, or they're just plain not shared. Still, the characters were fun, and Asey's personality is attractive enough to make a few hours in his company enjoyable. Give this one a try if you're curious about Atwood Taylor's series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Felicity

    Who knew that a cast iron frying pan was called a spider on Cape Cod a century ago? Huh. These are fun and well plotted - I got almost 3/4 through before I guessed the murderer - and despite the use of dreaded dialect, they're a nice period slice of New England in the 1930s and 40s. This is the second one I've read and I'm going to look for more. Who knew that a cast iron frying pan was called a spider on Cape Cod a century ago? Huh. These are fun and well plotted - I got almost 3/4 through before I guessed the murderer - and despite the use of dreaded dialect, they're a nice period slice of New England in the 1930s and 40s. This is the second one I've read and I'm going to look for more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    The Six Iron Spiders gives us Cape Cod during the war and Asey Mayo is back home for a weekend leave from his job managing the manufacture of tanks. A good enough mystery with distinct characters and wonderful (and humorous) details of home life during WWII.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    ugh! struggled through this.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tristy

    an oldfashioned fun Cape Cod mystery.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Denise M.

    AKA: Alice Tilton, Freeman Dana

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheri Desalvo

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dwer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Otto

  17. 4 out of 5

    Walleyedave

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  19. 5 out of 5

    Edna Patterson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Henderson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hana

  24. 5 out of 5

    Margery

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosellen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Schwartz

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kajehas

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric

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