Bermuda Blue

Summer, 1946.

When Boston reporter Jerry Canavan is sent down to cover the Newport Bermuda yacht race, the trip feels more like a reunion than an assignment. He stays at the luxurious home of Cam McShane, a classmate from Boston College, and runs into his childhood friend Paul Crump, who is an MP at the U.S. Army base.

For the three young veterans, Bermuda is like a tropical paradise. Cam hangs around the bars at night, socializing with other ex-pats and planning to start a business. Paul patrols downtown Hamilton and dreams of falling in love. With the War finally over, everyone wants to start living again, and the sailboat race is a symbol of the island’s future and the return of tourism.

Jerry tries to stay focused on his work until he meets Gabrielle, a beautiful and mysterious French girl who lives next door. But romance isn’t his only distraction because before the yachts even cross the finish line, the lives of his friends have started to unravel. Cam’s drunken philandering has a much darker side, and Paul’s relationship with a local black girl causes a scandal.

As Jerry’s time grows short, he learns a shocking truth about Gabrielle’s family. Only then does he realize that Bermuda is not all sunshine and Rum Swizzles. People may have flocked there to forget the past, but the War and its consequences is something no one can escape.

ABOUT

I grew up in Boston and attended public schools. After a brief career as a bicycle messenger, I graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in English Literature (1995). During my twenties, I wrote two unpublished novels, taught high-school in Ireland, lived in Mexico, worked as a prison librarian, and spent a month in Kenya, Africa before finally settling down three blocks from where I grew up.

I currently live in Boston (West Roxbury) with my wife Heidi and daughter Maeve.

HISTORICAL FICTION

Sunsets Never Wait

Ireland, 1981. Winters are long on the windswept coast of Connemara, where Tara Doherty has come to live after the death of her husband. The isolation is all but unbearable until a mysterious tenant moves into the house at the bottom of the hill. James Dunford has come from America but he won’t say why. He spends his days fixing up the old cottage and walking the beach with a stray dog that showed up on his doorstep.

As the weeks pass, Tara tries to get to know James, but he resists her at every turn. And it’s not until a local villager recognizes him from the news that she realizes his visit might be about more than just a vacation. On the night of a big storm, Tara finally confronts James about why he is there. But how can she expect him to be honest when she, too, is hiding her own dark secret?

Set against the backdrop of the Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland, Sunsets Never Wait is a story about love, loss, and the risks of hanging on to the past. No matter how much the world has let you down, there’s always a possibility for second chances.

The Storm Beyond The Tides

July 1939. War is on the horizon but on Monk Island, Maine life goes on as usual. As the daughter of a lobsterman, Ellie Ames’ future seems limited until a mysterious German couple comes off the ferry with their nineteen-year-old son. From the moment she meets Karl Brink, the two become inseparable and not everyone approves because locals are suspicious of outsiders. Ellie ignores their scorn, however, and the secret she learns about Karl’s family makes her even more determined to be with him.

The magical summer ends when the Brinks suddenly have to go home. And although Karl promises to return in the fall, by then Europe is at war. Two years pass and Ellie has all but given up hope when she gets a letter in the mail that will change her life forever.

The Storm Beyond The Tides is the story of the unlikely romance between a small-town girl and a German on the eve of the Second World War and explores a frightening time in America’s past—when U-Boats prowled the East Coast and put small, coastal communities on the frontline of a global conflict.

Jody Brae Crime Series

Whiskey Point

Of all his regrets in life, Jody Brae wished he hadn’t lost touch with his best friend Al Russo. They grew up in the slums of Boston during the Depression—enlisted in the Marines and fought together in Korea. As boys, they were like brothers, but the War changed them and they drifted apart.

Now a detective with the Boston Police, Brae has put those dark years behind him, finally finding in his girlfriend Ruth the love and stability he never had growing up. But after they return from a trip to Ireland, he is shocked to learn that Al Russo has been murdered. Brae has no time to grieve because days later a body is found under a bridge, then another in an alleyway. Not only are they all veterans, but they are all men from his old platoon who were in town for a reunion.

As the killings continue, Brae discovers a secret from the War which might explain why. And while he wants to get justice for Al Russo, he also wants to protect Ruth from the horrors of his past. The question is: can he do both?

Set in the gritty world of 1960’s Boston, Whiskey Point is a story about friendship, loyalty, and the cost of forgetting. Under tough circumstances, we all ignore things we shouldn’t, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t happen.

City of Small Kingdoms

Boston, 1968. On a cold winter morning, Detective Jody Brae drives by an old monastery and sees a crowd out front. A holy apparition has appeared, the image of the Virgin Mary in the frost of the belfry window. He remembers something terrible that happened there in his youth, but he is more concerned with the present. PTSD from the Korean War is threatening his marriage, and something is wrong with his mentor, Captain Jackson.

After a young woman is found dead in a dumpster, the investigation leads Brae and his partner Harrigan to the monastery, but they are hampered by the mass hysteria. With a war in Vietnam and social unrest across American cities, people everywhere have found hope and solace in the miracle.

Soon the situation grows out of control, and the mayor is left with no other choice than to have the image cleared and everyone removed. Realizing there might be darker motives at work, Brae desperately races to stop the eviction, knowing it will shatter the faith of the thousands who have gathered. But how can he save the believers when his own world is crumbling around him?

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