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A Boston lawyer investigates a prep school teacher’s suspicious suicide.

Brady Coyne never meant to become the private lawyer to New England’s upper crust, but after more than a decade working for Florence Gresham and her friends, he has developed a reputation for discretion that the rich cannot resist. He is fond of Mrs. Gresham - unflappable, uncouth, and never tardy with a check - and he has seen her through her husband’s suicide and her first son’s death in Vietnam. But he has never seen her crack until the day her second son, George, leaps into the sea at jagged Charity’s Point.

The authorities call it a suicide, but Mrs. Gresham cannot believe her son, like his father, would take his own life. As Brady digs into the apparently blemish-free past of this upper-class prep school history teacher, he finds dark secrets. George Gresham may not have been suicidal, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t in trouble.

©1984 William G. Tapply (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 11-27-14

Stinko!

What a tiresome…

Imagine living next door to a beginning bagpipe student. There will not be a happy ending, right? Or middle, or probably not a beginning worth enduring. Hey I paid for this Charity Point thing and kept listening , hoping it'd become minutely as fascinating as Lawrence Sander's Archie McNally. But nooooooooo. It just kept on droning through a tedious plot more improbable than a Victoria's Secret angel looking for love at a soup kitchen.

Yeah, I get it that William Tappley writes the ideas of authors who have ideas in a number of collaborations. Some of that sort of "collaborative" work drones like the noise from a freshman bagpiper's nozzles and bladder. I guess it was a combined loss of ideas and lack of creative discipline that caused this novel to annoy me.

Tapply may be good at ghost writing, here his corpus is less substantial than a ghost.

Avoid this thing even though Stephen Hoye works hard to sell it.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good first book in a mystery series

I had never heard of William Tapply and his Brady Coyne series before finding it on Audible. Thought I'd take a chance, and was not disappointed. Coyne is an attorney to wealthy people, leading a good life, with few requirements he can't comfortably handle. Until he is hired by Florence Gresham to check on the story behind her son's suicide--a jump off Charity's Point into the sea. This brings him to the private school where her son taught history to look into the situation, thinking it will only be a matter of reassuring his client. He is quite wrong. What he begins to uncover is shocking, at several levels, and he becomes a reluctant detective, in spite of his attempts to say he's only a lawyer and doesn't know how to conduct investigations.

If this is Tapply's first book, and if it continues to progress and get more fleshed out from here, it looks like this will be a series I'll read more of. It isn't a shoot-em-up, sit on the edge of your seat sort of book (which suits me just fine). It meanders along at a comfortable pace, with good narration that seemed to perfectly match the story quite well. There is action throughout the book, moving toward the final solution and wrap up . I found it very satisfying.

One small thing, if this matters to anybody. It is not the length advertised. It ends 20 or 30 minutes before expected, and the last part is a free reading of the next book (something I've seen done in paper books, never on Audible.) Recommend, especially thinking this is a good first book, and seems to have a lot of promise.

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Compelling

Would you listen to Death at Charity's Point again? Why?

Possibly, especially if it takes a long time for the missing books in the series to reach Audible.

What did you like best about this story?

Tapply tells a pretty good story. I got hooked on him when he co-wrote a few books withe the late Phillip Craig. I adore Craig's Martha's Vinyard books. I found Craig just after he died, though so shortly after I didn't know it at first. I like Tapply mostly because I have run out of Craig and Robert Parker books. I like them better, but Tapply and Coyne are decent and similar. I confess I am beginning to want to take up fly fishing after reading Tapply.

What three words best describe Stephen Hoye’s performance?

Hoye has a wonderful voice and overall good style. I have now listened to about 10 available Coyne novels in a binge, so obviously I find him fine to good. A few peeves: His variation for characters are kind of limited to Baahstan or not. I'm not from Boston and his Massachusetts accent sounds pretty good, but it is pretty much the same for all characters and I think he uses it for some characters that wouldn't sound like that. The other thing that gets to me after a while is he has a distinctive drop at the end of some sentences. I've listened to other books he has read and it is definitely a pattern for him. But again, I just binge-listened to ten books by him, so obviously the good outweighs the slightly irritating.

Any additional comments?

I like Tapply and Coyne pretty much, but I am not crazy about how "they" perceive and describe women. In one book, Charlie, Brady's best friend who always tells long groaner jokes, tells one about the difficulty men have understanding women. It is interesting as a woman to hear this perspective and I also have to say that both Tapply and his male characters suffer from this difficulty. The female charachters just don't quite ring true. Still, both Tapply and Brady seem to keep trying, which is a hopeful sign.

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