Bridge Tender is the second book in the Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross.
The little swing bridge that takes you to Topsail Island has been there for over half a century. It's seen just about everything, who comes across, who goes across-with whom, at what times, and how often. It's all normal for small-town life and small-town gossip.
But as the population of the island soars, sights it's never seen before have become commonplace. There's been another murder and it seems that it is not only the good that die young. The nefarious events are rocking the very core of the small coastal town and thought Topsail Island may be used to sudden thunderstorms cropping up from time to time, now, when lightening of a more sinister nature strikes twice in succession, the local police detectives realize there's more to it and the unexpected twists and turns are baffling.
Meanwhile, the bridge tender keeps a watchful eye on everything.