Fans of light mysteries and local history - you won't want to miss this great, new book. I've been recommending it to everyone I know because I love to read light mysteries, but often struggle to find ones that are well-written. Local author David Healey does a brilliant job with "The House the Went Down with the Ship," creating a real page-turner full of vibrant, believable characters that you wish you could meet in real life.
The book revolves around Tom Martell, producer of the "Delmarva Renovators," a web-based show about restoring historic homes. While working to fix a Chesapeake City home in time for the big Canal Day celebration, Martell and his team make a gruesome discovery: a mummified body encased in the walls. While the body is very old and doesn't seem to be a big deal, the discovery unleashes old family secrets that lead to a terrifying rash of killings.
Unlike many light mysteries, this book will keep you guessing and ever-amused with the fascinating tidbits of history and local lore. Local residents will adore this book for the great portrait it paints of our beautiful area, but even those far away will enjoy the book for its strong, witty writing and characters. This book is the first in what's slated to be a series and I'm thrilled to see what local area David Healey will tackle next!
Recommended by Erica Jesonis