Garrison Keilor of the Eastern Shore. She is Helen
Chappell, and that should be praise a-plenty.”
—John Barth, author of The Floating Opera, Giles
Goat-Boy, and Tidewater Tales.
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Watch out for trouble on Maryland’s Eastern Shore when
Hollis Ball and her ghostly ex, Sam Wescott are on the case!
Hollis’ waterman brother Robbie, desperate to support
his growing family through a hard winter, has headed down
the Bay to isolated Shellpile Island, where he hopes to make
money oystering with island local, Sluggo Fotney, a slick
operator with a slippery moral sensibility.
When Sluggo is found dead, Robbie, the outsider, is
charged with the crime.
But when Hollis and Sam head to Shellpile to investigate,
they find plenty of local suspects to chose from, including
Sluggo’s fellow watermen and his three ex-wives.
And behind the Shellpile Islanders’ wall of stony silence, there
are bigger secrets than who murdered Sluggo Fotney. Secrets
that could land Hollis into deep, dark waters, even with
the help of a special guest ghost, a long dead pirate who
knows all the island’s secrets.
Helen Chappell lives on the Eastern Shore of
Maryland, where she covers the waterfront in fiction
She has been awarded the Manderly Prize and The
Jane Austen Society of Maryland Award. Grants include
The Maryland State Arts Council and The Sumner T.
She has received a Maryland-Delaware Press
Association Award and the E.A. Emmart Prize. She is
looking for a foolproof plan and an airtight alibi.
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