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)
I meet all kinds of people. Some are so "out there' that they beg to be written about. Morgan Simpers is such a guy. He is for certain, my most fun character of all and of course, a composite of the many characters I have known or observed. A simple man, he often does not think things through, but he's right about flounder, it sure tastes good.
Then the desire to resume what he’d come to do tugged at him, he smiled again and thought about grabbing the pole, baiting the line and catching a fish. “A flounder. Man, that’s what I’d like. A big fat four-pound flounder.” He imagined himself reeling it in, pulling the net close to its body to assure that if it freed itself from the hook he still had it. He licked his lips. “Man, that would taste so freaking good.”