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Subject: Sea/ Beach Themes
Date Posted: 11/6/2007 9:05 PM ET
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I love reading books that take place on the beach, sea or tropical areas.  Especially, when the author paints a picture in my mind of the waves, the breaze, and the sea glass on the beach. What are the books that you have recently read that have a sea side, or tropical setting?

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 10:45 PM ET
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CREATURE by Peter Benchleys ( the author, of JAWS)  Takes place off the coast of Connecticut,  a very suspense-filled novel.  A good thriller!   

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 11:50 AM ET
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One of my absolute favorite - a great love story (a great story, period) - Remembering Blue by Connie May Fowler

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 4:28 PM ET
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Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series takes place on an island in South Carolina and they have some really good "sea" descriptions.  John MacDonald's Travis Mcgee series is on the coast of Florida and those books really have good ocean descriptions and talk alot about how the Florida coast has changed over the years.

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 7:55 PM ET
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I just tried Linda Greenlaw's novel Slipknot and really liked it. It's her first murder mystery and I'm looking for more of her's. Set in Green Haven, Maine about a marine insurance investigator it's got good descriptions, and lots of info on boats and boat lore plus a good love interest. I haven't posted it yet, since my account is on hold at the moment, but would be willing to trade if someone's interested. :)

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 2:21 PM ET
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Just finished reading the three Caribbean mysteries by Kate Grilley - "Death Dances to a Reggae Beat" is the first one...lots of beach scenes and fun books.  Also the Jersey shore mystery series is good...by Beth Sherman  "Murder Down the Shore" are good reads.  Of course Tom Corcoran and the Key West series are pretty good mysteries as well.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 4:11 PM ET
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Try the Pet Sitter series by Blaize Clement (Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, etc.) - they're set on the seaside near Sasrasota, FL.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 8:58 PM ET
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I didn't know Linda Greenlaw had published her first mystery!  It's on my WL now, yay!

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 4:04 PM ET
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Good grief I didn't know either and I live in Maine!  How lame is that?  :)

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 5:40 PM ET
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Try the Kathy Brandt series. Her female diver-detective moves from Colorado to the West Indies and joins the police force there. Everything is about the beach, boats, and water. 

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 10:57 AM ET
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I am so different than most people--I love books set by the sea but the WINTER sea--waves crashing, grey skies, being bundled up in a warm coat walking on the stormy beach and then going inside to a fireplace...that's the perfect setting for me-LOL!  I love books set in winter on the coasts of Great Britain or New England.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 12:04 PM ET
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I just finished A MATTER OF TIME, by David Manuel.  It takes place in Bermuda ( the 3rd Faith Abby Mystery. )  The Abby is located in a fishing harbor of Eastport on Cape Cod.  A middle-aged monk Brother Bartholomew " plays" detective and investigates a brutal case of torture and murder.  Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Gold Cup Regatta.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 3:52 PM ET
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The bulk of this series is set inland, but check out Shooting at Loons (Deborah Knott Mysteries) by Margaret Maron.  It's one of my favorite series and this particular book is set on the coast of North Carolina.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I guess the entire Rita Lakin and Nora Wald series would count? Both have retirees in Florida who are ameteur sleuthes.


Date Posted: 7/19/2008 9:08 PM ET
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Oooh, for something completely different, don't forget the classic "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier. Mystery, psychology, rugged coast of Cornwall...doesn't get much better than that!
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 8:54 AM ET
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The second book in Linda Greenlaw's Jane Bunker series, titled Fisherman's Bend, was released July 1.

Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide series takes place in Eastport, Maine. There are frequent references to fishing, the ocean, etc.

Linda Hall has the Coast of Maine series. http://www.writerhall.com/index.html

Out of the mystery genre, don't forget books by Anne Rivers Siddon and Dorothea Benton Frank.

Jessica Speart has a series featuring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Rachel Porter that is set in New Orleans.  http://www.jessicaspeart.com/



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Date Posted: 7/20/2008 9:34 AM ET
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Ooooh, you guys!  I just added a wagonload of books to my WL !!!!  LOL