This is the 5th book in the Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross.
The crew is vacationing at E.J.'s cottage near New Bern, It's supposed to be a respite from the hell Estelle has been putting them through for the past few years, But bad "juju" is in the air , a new love interest is there also, he's very good looking very charming, and very selfish. .
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 by the Sea series is WATERLOGGED. Don Belkin 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)
It might be easier to look up info about various things on the computer, like Yucca plants, but I prefer driving to the local nursery and talking to the man who gets his hands dirty. Most of these guys who work with plants, love their job and it shows on their faces and in the way they describe things. It's like getting two for the price of one. I get the info and a little insight into a personality.
“Yucca Gloriosa, that’s what they’re called.” Morgan placed the large tubs next to the stanchions of the jeweler’s tent. “They gonna bloom again in late summer.” He touched the white showy bells of the yucca and continued, “Sure are pretty, huh? But you can see they’re getting a bit brown cause they’re flowering time is really done.” He paused and looked back to Lucy, smiled to her and continued, “Be sure to water them once a week and best if you stick ‘em in the ground in a good sunny spot.