Carol Ann Ross

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Carol Ann Ross

Thallasophile - lover of the ocean. That's me. I have a strong affinity for that entity and express those feelings through my writing--my books. They may span many genres but are all connected to the place I call home. Genres published: historical fiction, literary, murder, essays--they all are set on Topsail Island where I grew up. It is my way of perserving this wonderful place and the people with whom I share my life. The first book in the Murder series is WATERLOGGED. Don Beldon, is a former Marine, now a detective with the Surf City Police Dept. He's a conflicted man, to say the least, as he struggles to accept his past and find solace in the small beach town. Bitterness runs deep between the locals who have populated the area for generations and the "new" folks who think they've found paradise. Oh, Topsail Island may be the perfect tourist attraction, but in the summer it's just plain MURDER. (there are 5 more books in the series)

Books

Bridge Tender

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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THE TOWER

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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WATERLOGGED

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Delete - There are three communities on Topsail Island - Surf City, Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach. Residents of all three enjoy a low key, laid back lifestyle most months of the year. Folks stop and chat for a few minutes at the grocery store romantic souls stroll leisurely along the beach, searching for sand dollars and shark's teeth. Many relax by fishing and boating in the calm coastal waters. Yes, life is easy. But when summer arrives and vacationers flock to the Island, things change. The pace quickens as the population quadruples. Smells of suntan lotion and outdoor barbeques permeate the air. A constant ripple of wakes made by boaters fills the waterways and beaches become crowded with sunbathers and surfers frolicking in the Atlantic. There is no doubt that tourist season is a far cry from the easygoing off-season months. To most, it is a time for fun in the sun on Topsail Island. But for a few, it's just plain old murder.

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sometimes things aren't what we'd hoped for.

Too eager for love and romance, Carrie had rushed into something she wasn't ready for. Surprise, surprise!

the second body

Topsail is normally a peaceful town. Then suddenly a body shows up---then another. Detective Belkin, new on the police force, suspects everybody, even the local duffus.

Sometimes people are sooo annoying.....

Topsail Island is a tourist destination-slow and easy going in the off season. Locals settle into that laid back way of life-they become family. But in the summer, the tourist season, things change. The pace is faster, that ease of familiarity changes and things are simply MURDER.

Bridge Tender

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Delete - Bridge Tender is the second book in the murder series. The quiet North Carolina barrier island of Surf City is used to sudden thunderstorms cropping up from time to time but when lightning of a more sinister nature strikes twice in succession, the local police detectives realize that the case they've been investigating is taking a few unexpected twists and turns...meanwhile, the bridge tender keeps a watchful eye on everything.

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THE TOWER

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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THE MERMAID DID IT

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

This is the 4th book in the Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross. What a bad mermaid!!

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ALL THESE LITTLE THINGS

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The sixth book in the Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross. She's back at it.

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SHARKS BREATH

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

This is the 5th book in the Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross. Set on Topsail Island, Shark's Breath continues the life and times of Carrie, Det. Don, Lev and Paula.

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THE TOWER

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

This is the third book in the Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross

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Bridge Tender

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Bridge Tender is the 2nd book in the Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross. A new character immerges, she's bound to change things. Watch out Hank!

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THE MERMAID DID IT

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THE MERMAID DID IT

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Delete - THE MERMAID DID IT is the 4th book in the series by Carol Ann Ross. The story continues as even the fantastic becomes more so.

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Shadows from the past.

Early morning, somewhere between darkness and light, all things appear as the better part of ourselves would like them to. We all know Carrie is the better part of ourselves. She's thoughtful, kind, unselfish. But can she trust herself?

THE TOWER

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THE TOWER

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Delete - The Tower is the third book in the series by Carol Ann Ross.

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A new beginning or a continuation of the past

Estelle has hopes, high hopes, to be better, to be more. But that would mean she would have to want to be better, to be more. Can she?

Bridge Tender

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Bridge Tender

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Delete - Bridge Tender is the second book in the murder series. The quiet North Carolina barrier island of Surf City is used to sudden thunderstorms cropping up from time to time but when lightning of a more sinister nature strikes twice in succession, the local police detectives realize that the case they've been investigating is taking a few unexpected twists and turns...meanwhile, the bridge tender keeps a watchful eye on everything.

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Hank reminisces about Emma

Why is Hank the way he is? What has caused him to hate so much? What loss has hurt him to the bone? Some pains are just to hard to bear.

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