St. John's Folly
Bella Rosa Books
ISBN 978-1-62268-041-2 print
ISBN 978-1-62268-042-9 e-book
In this twelfth installment of the award-winning series set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Bay Tanner finds herself at the center of her own mystery when she becomes the object of a stalker. The strange, almost childish messages appear at random and quickly escalate from mildly annoying to frightening. While her apparent admirer ramps up the pressure, the inquiry agency accepts a new client. Hub Danforth wants his aging uncle, owner of a dilapidated bungalow on a beachfront property worth millions, placed under surveillance. Malcolm St. John has been acting strangely, and Hub hopes Bay and her associates can help him prove the old man incompetent, paving the way for Danforth to assume control of his assets. Although he claims he has the old man’s interests at heart, Bay begins to have her doubts, especially when she discovers a large real estate conglomerate, headed by Danforth’s ex-wife, also has designs on the valuable property.
Then Malcolm St. John is attacked and one of the principal players is found dead in a hotel room. Are the two incidents related? As Bay tries to probe the erratic memory of the old man, she becomes increasingly aware that he is living in a world long past, one in which life was far simpler, but which keeps him from a full realization of his own vulnerability. Can Bay keep him safe? And who exactly does he need to fear?
As her life seems to slide inexorably toward disaster, Bay Tanner must find the courage to face all her demons—both personal and professional—and to realize that reliving the past can be both a blessing—and a curse.
“ . . . as rich and aromatic as a simmering pot of Frogmore stew . . .” Les Standiford, author, Deal with the Dead
“. . . not only a good Hilton Head novel, but a good novel, period.” Don McKinney, former editor, McCall’s, and book reviewer. The Island Packet
“. . . rife with intriguing characters, rippling with surprise revelations . . .” Margaret Holly Evans, editor, Low Country Weekly