What safer haven could there be than a Quaker boarding school in a tiny New England coastal village? What secrets lie beneath its serene and quiet beauty?
Out of the blue, the campus is laid open, the peace of Old Harbor Friends shattered by the murder of lascivious, comptroller, Milt Wickie. Wickie is discovered in his office, a scrimshaw knife protruding from his chest, a knife belonging to beloved teacher and grieving widow, Bess Dore.
Initially a suspect, the forty-two year old, Bess is soon exonerated and jumps headlong into a murder investigation along with old flame, police detective, Roger Demaris, and Harry Winthrop, an amateur sleuth, prolific writer, and the son of the school’s wealthiest patron.
Will Bess find romance along the way, giving her heart to the gruff police officer, who still adores her, or to the fly-by-night, but charming Harry who is clearly smitten? Will the killer strike again? Will the silence and calm of the 200-year old Friends school ever again be restored?
A Note from the Author
Thank you so much for taking the time to read A Friend of Silence. After many years teaching in a Quaker school, this book and its setting are dear to me. I also love writing about village life and hope to follow Roger Demaris in his next investigation. I set this story in a New England village very much like one where I spent a number of years. Although I now live on a river, I return to the ocean often. Was fun to drop in a few local details, as I do in all my novels, even if actual persons and places are figments of my imagination!
A Friend of Silence is the first mystery featuring Bess Dore, Roger Demaris, and Harry Winthrop. A second in this series is in the works, probably within the next year or two. There is excitement and, I fear, some tragedy ahead for these characters and the peaceful village where they reside. Many authors have a favorite character, and, I must confess, Ricky Steele (of the Ricky Steele mystery series) is mine, however, in Roger Demaris, I have found what may be a second favorite! Look for his character to turn and develop as this series grows.