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by Jean Townsend Whatley
When a sadistic killer begins a spree a terror in the Grand Strand, it’s up to mystery novelist Daniel Farrington to put the pieces of the puzzle together and stop the murderer before it’s too late. With the help of his brother Joey, an officer for Myrtle Beach PD, their plucky journalist sister Marjorie, and savvy detective Georgia Pruett, Dan Farrington has to put together the killer’s clues while putting together the pieces of his own life, all before the next body shows up under the Surfside moon.
Modeled on the real-life case of the Zodiac killer, who puzzled police in California in the 1960s and ’70s, Surfside Moon is a perfect read for fans of C.S.I., Bones, and Castle. As the protagonists begin working to stop the killer, they are also forced to deal with their own pasts—with plenty of banter to boot. Surfside Moon becomes a battle of wits, and the reader must choose who to pull for: Hero? Or villain?
About the Author:
Jean Townsend Whatley is a South Carolina native who spent an adventurous childhood all over the American South. She married George Whatley in 1954, and their son Johnny was born later that year. Sixty-one years later, they have Johnny, three daughters, twelve living grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Though her first passion was music—in which she received her degree in ’76 from UNCC—Whatley found herself drawn to writing. She’s taken classes in writing and literature at UNCC, and has studied with the Long Ridge Writing Group. She is also the author of A Note for Teacher.
(2016, Hardcover, 122 pages)