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Witty and irreverent homicide detective Maggie Skerritt likes her quiet, sleepy workdays. Violence in Pelican Bay, Florida, was rarely an issue, and Maggie certainly wasn't itching for the tide to change. Maintaining a professional distance had always been Maggie's M.O., but the more she learned about the homicide victims, the less sleep she got. Each woman had started to get her life back on track--something Maggie had been meaning to do for years. It was a wake-up call--and Maggie was more determined, once she ...

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Witty and irreverent homicide detective Maggie Skerritt likes her quiet, sleepy workdays. Violence in Pelican Bay, Florida, was rarely an issue, and Maggie certainly wasn't itching for the tide to change. Maintaining a professional distance had always been Maggie's M.O., but the more she learned about the homicide victims, the less sleep she got. Each woman had started to get her life back on track--something Maggie had been meaning to do for years. It was a wake-up call--and Maggie was more determined, once she solved the case, to reevaluate her own life. Especially her relationship with a certain former police detective...

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  • ISBN-13: 9780373880591
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Next , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte was born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, but moved to the West Coast of Florida when she was eight years old. She learned to read at age three and always had her nose in a book. It was inevitable that some day she would write one.

Charlotte enjoyed the experience of growing up with her five brothers and sisters in a small beach community where she played clarinet in the school band, earned her varsity letter on the tennis team, and was editor of her high school newspaper.

After high school graduation, she earned her B.S. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While still in college, she married her high school sweetheart, also a student at UNC, and they moved into married student housing. During their college summers, they worked as lookouts for the U.S. Forest Service in Northwest Montana, a setting Charlotte has used for her books.

Charlotte taught middle school English, speech, and drama for 14 years, and taught college English for three years at St. Petersburg Junior College. She also worked for eight years as a church musician, directing both adult and children's choirs, and handbell choirs. She loves both teaching and music, but always had the dream of writing books of her own.

That dream was fulfilled in 1991 when her first book, Secrets in the Shadows, was published under the pseudonym Marina Malcolm. She has used her own name on all of her subsequent books. Most of her books are a mix of danger, romance, and suspense. In 1995 her first book for Harlequin was released, an American Romance, It's About Time.

Today Charlotte lives with her husband, Bill, and their two cairn terriers, Dandi andMacArthur, on Florida's West Coast, just a few miles from the town where she grew up. Her husband is the executive director of the National Armed Services and Law Enforcement Museum. Their favorite pastime is planning the summer home they will build on eight wooded acres of a mountain that overlooks the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific police procedural

    Five years have passed since the Florida West Coast town of Pelican Bay has had a homicide until now. Police detective Maggie Skerritt investigates who murdered the twenty-two years old obese Edith Wainwright in her home while her boss wants her to fail because he hates female cops. --- Clues at the crime scene lead to Karen Englewood, a counselor at the Pelican Bay Weight Management Clinic as it appears the victim died from cyanide laced chocolate apparently given as a reward by Karen. Maggie interviews Karen who insists she refuses to use Skinner¿s conditional behavior to help her clients lose weight they must do it themselves with her assisting them. She also says that Edith was upbeat this is confirmed by a co-worker. When a second victim Sophie Morelli dies from cyanide poisoning, the evidence again points towards her weight counselor Karen. Still nothing adds up as her retired former partner in Tampa and current lover Bill Malcolm tries to quietly help Maggie resolve what seems like a closed case in which a deranged weight counselor is killing her clients. --- PELICAN BAY is a terrific police procedural with a touch of a romantic subplot that stars forty-eight years old dedicated cop trying to look at a bewildering case from different perspectives because the obvious culprit seems innocent in at least her mind. The story line is action-packed as Maggie works the clues that a serial killer leaves behind to either paint Karen as a crazed murderer or she is. Though the killer¿s motives take a strange twist that seems unnecessary, fans will appreciate this fine tale and look forward to the next appearance of Maggie once she finishes her sailing vacation with Bill. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    Pelican Bay

    As a rash of mysterious deaths shake the habitual peace of Pelican Bay, police detective, Maggie Skerritt is determined to find out who is ending lives that were just beginning to come together. There is no apparent motive of gain in more than one of them, but they all do share a link. All of them were involved in the same diet program. As Maggie delves deeper, the case turns sicker and more sinister. If she's not careful, Maggie will never get a chance to get her own life on track. ....................... ** If you buy this book looking for romance, you're doomed to disappointment. It's very light on that aspect. However, this is a mystery with all the intricacy of a Columbo mystery, though the killer is not revealed until the end. **

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Maggie is a character you'll love

    Maggie Skerritt is my kind of heroine, smart, funny and independent. Maggie's ongoing relationship with Bill is delicious. After watching Maggie in action, I can't wait to find out what happens next in her family and her love life. Charlotte Douglas has crafted wonderful characters in Pelican Bay and Maggie's dry wit is not to be missed.

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