Janie Hamilton purchases a local book store and discovers some old love letters tucked into a used book that brings her closer to the previous owner's sister in this novel from the award-winning author of The Memory of Water.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street novels comes a story of old wounds and second chances, set in the small South Carolina town of Folly Beach. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it’s a sanctuary for lost souls... When Emmy Hamilton’s mother encourages her to buy the local book store, Folly’s Finds, she hopes it will distract her daughter from the loss of her husband. But the seller has one condition that changes everything: Emmy must allow Lulu, the late owner’s difficult elderly sister, to continue selling her bottle trees from its back yard. For the most part Emmy ignores Lulu as she sifts through the love letters she finds in a box of used books. But the more she discovers about the letters, the more she understands Lulu. As details of a possible murder and a mysterious disappearance during WWII are revealed, the two women discover that circumstances beyond their control have brought them together, here on Folly Beach. And it is here that their war-ravaged hearts can find hope again…
Folly Beach was not named for its carefree inhabitants' lifestyles, but it is a fitting moniker nonetheless. Originally dubbed "Folly" for its dense foliage and forests just across the marsh from James Island and Charleston, the six-mile sliver of land has served as an outpost for Civil War soldiers, an inspiration to George Gershwin, and a place of fond memories for thousands of residents, vacationers, and day-trippers seeking time to relax in the sea and sand. Long before Folly became a place for respite and relaxation, however, it served as a quarantine island for sick sailors, forebodingly referred to as "Coffin Island." By the 1950s, Folly's dark history was sufficiently replaced with an amusement park, bowling alley, and moonlight dances out on the pier.
Ask anyone from Charleston or the surrounding areas, "What do you remember about Folly Beach?" and you will get a remarkable array of answers. For some, Folly Beach is a memory of youthful days of freedom; for others it is where the avant-garde, bohemian types lived. Having hosted plague victims, playwrights and maybe a pirate or two, Folly has had a checkered past. Folly Beach today is a locale for upscale homes and condominiums. In spite of this shift from a blue-collar retreat to a chic destination, Folly has remained Charleston's wild cousin and hosts more bars and churches per square mile than most American cities five times its size. Folly native Gretchen Stringer-Robinson takes the reader through the war years, the innocence of the fifties, the recession of the seventies, Hurricane Hugo and the times in between. Join Gretchen as she introduces the characters and revisits the places that have made Folly Beach a unique haven on the Carolina coast.
Once again, three novels in the award-winning Folly Beach Mystery series by best-selling author Bill Noel are presented in one collection. Enjoy. DISCORDChris Landrum's trip to Nashville to visit his best friend Charles hits a sour note when they learn of the death of the agent who had persuaded Heather, Charles's girlfriend, to move to Music City to seek fame and fortune as a singer. The visit sinks from bad to horrible when instead of finding stardom, Heather, is charged with the agent's murder. Chris must rely on his quick wits to solve the murder before the killer adds him to the growing list of victims.DARK HORSEAn accidental drug overdose is ruled the cause of the death of the daughter of Chris's neighbor, a retired police detective who had accused Chris of murder days after he'd arrived on Folly Beach a decade ago. So, why get involved and question the cause of death? Could it be because the daughter was dating a man on the path to unseating Chris's good friend as mayor of the small barrier-island? The political race heats up, and so does the retired executive's search for proof of a crime--a crime the police are certain never took place.JOY: A Folly Beach Christmas MysteryChris and his friend Barbara Deanelli's search for shark teeth abruptly changes directions when they discover a woman at water's edge clinging to a surfboard. How she got there was a mystery--a mystery compounded when she doesn't remember her name, her past, or who abducted her and nearly sent her to her death in the mid-December waters off the South Carolina
- Author : William D. Anderson
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1977
- Genre : Marine animals
- Pages : 23
- ISBN : UCSD:31822009208828
A seining survey of the macrofauna of the surf zone at Folly Beach, Charleston County, S.C., was conducted from October 1969 to October 1971. Eighty-seven collections were made in the surf and associated tidal pool resulting in the capture of 512 specimens of swimming invertebrates representing at least 17 species and 5,095 specimens of bony fishes representing 41 species. The data obtained are analyzed on seasonal and yearly bases for total weights and numbers of species and specimens. Species are ranked as to importance; and prediction equations for monthly average number of specimens per collection in the surf, based on environmental variables, are developed. Length-frequency data and other aspects of the biology of selected species are presented. Length-length and length-weight relationships are given for certain species. Recommendations for the improvement of the methodology for similar surveys are made.
Sixty-year-old retiree Chris Landrum has simple needs: stay healthy, avoid sunburns, and steer clear of vacationers on the small South Carolina island where he hopes to live out his remaining years. But when local teenager Samuel Perkins pulls Chris aside and tells him he just witnessed the kidnapping of a beauty queen right off Folly Beach, Chris wonders if his hopes for a peaceful retirement have just disappeared with the sunset. While Chris and his close friend, Charles--a faux detective--contemplate whether Samuel actually witnessed a horrific crime, dead bodies begin appearing on Folly Beach. But with trouble brewing within the ranks of the police department and a newly elected mayor nurturing a vendetta against Chris, the two men have their work cut out for them as they launch their own investigation. As the body count rises and the list of suspects increases, Charles suddenly becomes the target for a serial killer intent on eliminating anyone who gets in his way. In this new installment in the Folly Beach mystery series, Chris and Charles must rely on help from a few eclectic acquaintances in order to solve the murders before a coldblooded murderer strikes again.
“Dottie Frank’s books are sexy and hilarious. She has staked out the lowcountry of South Carolina as her personal literary property.” —Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad The incomparable Dorothea Benton Frank is back with her latest Lowcountry Novel, Folly Beach. As she has with Lowcountry Summer, Return to Sullivans Island, Land of Mango Sunsets, and so many other delightful literal excursions to this magical Southern locale, the perennial New York Times bestselling author enchants readers with a heart-warming tale of loss, acceptance, family, and love—as a woman returns to the past to find her future. Folly Beach is a constant delight from “a masterful storyteller” (Booklist) who has already secured her place alongside Anne Rivers Siddons, Sue Monk Kidd, Rebecca Wells, Barbara Delinsky and other contemporary queens of bestselling women’s fiction.
Beach Erosion at Folly Beach S C Letter from the Secretary of War Transmitting a Letter from the Chief of Engineers United States Army Dated April 1 1935 Submitting a Report Together with Accompanying Papers and Illustrations on Studies and Investigations of Beach Erosion at Folly Beach S C Made by the Beach Erosion Board in Cooperation with the Sanitary and Drainage Commission of Charleston County S C as Authorized by the River and Harbor Act Approved July 3 1930
- Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Rivers and Harbors
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1935
- Genre : Beach erosion
- Pages : 23
- ISBN : OCLC:1053503407
SILENT NIGHT - JOY - FAITH A FOLLY BEACH CHRISTMAS MYSTERY COLLECTION Welcome to Christmas on Folly Beach. Along with seasonal festivities, don't be surprised if you stumble on a mystery, or two, or who knows how many more. Enjoy! SILENT NIGHT Chris Landrum gets dragged out of his peaceful retirement when the theft of a priceless, hand-carved figurine from a church's nativity scene threatens to suck the spirit of Christmas out of Folly Beach, the small South Carolina island. Theories about the culprit range from him being a surfer, a homeless person, and even a member of a devil worshiping cult. In the spirit of it takes a village, Chris is joined in his quest to find answers by his friend Charles Fowler, two teenagers, concerned surfers, and several members of Folly's traditional churches JOY Chris and his friend Barbara Deanelli's search for shark teeth abruptly changes directions when they discover a woman clinging to a surfboard. How she got there was a mystery-a mystery compounded when she doesn't remember her name, her past, or who abducted her. Chris and his pals are determined to learn her identity and what happened. Their search is interrupted when they halt their pre-Christmas plans to search for a friend's missing Australian terrier. Will Chris and his friends catch whoever initiated the attempt on the mystery woman's life before another try is made, and will the pet reappear in time for the holiday? FAITH Christmas on Folly is a time for festivities, family, friendship, fellowship, and reflection. When a fire leaves residents of five apartments homeless days before the holiday, Chris and his friends take it upon themselves to not only make sure the displaced residents have somewhere to live but are determined to learn who was responsible for the conflagration. Their task is compounded when Chris discovers each resident knows someone who may've had reason to torch the building. With more suspects than days until Christmas, can Chris and his friends restor
Chris Landrum is about to have it all-an extended vacation, a second home at the beach, and early retirement in his fifties. There's only one glitch: murder is part of the package on the small South Carolina barrier island of Folly Beach, where eccentric residents live bohemian lifestyles in the shadow of historic Charleston. Soon after settling in Folly Beach, Chris is befriended by an unlikely cadre of quirky locals: a real estate agent who looks like an out-of-season Santa with an attitude; a waitress who shares rumors and effuses charm; a professor; a lovely, intelligent, and unattached reporter; and a president-quoting, tag-along companion. He is fascinated by the company of his newfound friends, the novelty of the strange island that they call home, and the contrast of it all with stately Charleston. But when Chris finds the body of a prominent developer and lands in the middle of the Folly Beach spotlight, he immediately becomes a threat to the killer-and his vacation paradise might be the scene of his own untimely death. Vacations aren't nearly as much fun when one of your new acquaintances is trying to kill you, and catching a murderer is not the normal way to spend an extended holiday. But on Folly Beach, what's normal?
When a movie production entourage invades Chris Landrum’s close-knit South Carolina island community, he is among the first in an excited crowd who gather to watch the filming. Unfortunately, it is not long before tragedy strikes and the film’s director drowns while on a fishing expedition. But when one of Chris’s friends barely escapes death in an accident on the set one day, Chris becomes convinced the accident is no accident at all. As fear replaces anticipation on Folly Beach, Chris and his close friend Charles—a self-anointed private detective—embark on an investigation. They get to know members of the movie’s entourage and soon suspect one of the actors might be playing more than the role of a killer. Immersed in determining why the movie set is plagued with accidents as well as dealing with their own personal problems, Chris and Charles are just as surprised as everyone else when a fisherman catches the one he wishes had gotten away—the corpse of one of the movie’s stars. Now Chris must face what could be the final minutes of his life when he learns that nothing is what it appears to be in the magical world of the movies.