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Linda Lehmann Masek. The Poison Tree. New York: Avalon Books, 2004.

Anyone who has worked in a library or a used bookstore knows that any bag or box of donated books can contain a surprise–a treasure in among the ragged discards of someone’s bookshelves, basement, or attic. When bookstore owner Jo Sharpe agrees to take the odds and ends that once belonged to the late Bridie MacPherson she gets two surprises–a cat she names “Marlowe” and the diary of Cristabel Lamonte. Christabel, the daughter of a plantation owner on the Carolina coast in the early 1700s, lived an unremarkable life until she was kidnapped by the pirate Edward Teach (“Blackbeard”).  Jo becomes obsessed with what happened to Cristabel–and the buried treasure that her diary mentions. As her investigations take her up and down the coast, several murders ensue.

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Maddie James. The Cult: The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice. Edgewater, FL: Resplendence Publishing, LLC, 2008.

Victoria Porter has a knack for always finding her way into an undesirable situation.  In fact she yearns for them.  Being a maiden at twenty-three in 1746, Victoria has given up on finding a suitable mate and now searches for any man willing to cure her boredom.  During an escapade with a drunken sailor Victoria’s older brother, Jeremiah, dies from a bullet to the back as he tries to prevent Victoria from defiling her honor.  Victoria finds herself alone and suicidal from guilt until Jeremiah’s ghost comes to save her yet again. With Jeremiah’s guidance she begins a quest to find their missing brother. Victoria soon finds herself washed up on a shore after being thrown from a ship during a terrible storm.  Alone and frightened once again, she is rescued by a mysterious man with demons of his own and from a time that is not hers.

Colt MacKenzie is desperate to write another bestselling horror novel in 2007.  He heads to Ocracoke Island in search of his newest topic: The Cult of Teach.  While Colt immerses himself in the legend of The Cult and its obsession over Blackbeard’s Chalice, he comes to the rescue of a strange woman who soon turns his world upside down.

Through the chalice Victoria and Colt discover that their destinies are intertwined and the couple is inevitably thrown into the world of The Cult.  At all costs Victoria and Colt must protect the chalice and reunite it with its rightful owner.  This is the only way to protect themselves and their destinies.

The Cult is the second book in Maddie James’ series The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice.

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Maddie James. The Curse: The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice. Edgewater, FL: Resplendence Publishing, LLC, 2007.

The Curse is the first book in Maddie James’ series The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice.  The story begins in 1718 with Jack Porter in the mist of a mission to retrieve his wife, recently stolen by the pirate Edward Teach (Blackbeard).  Jack successfully fights off Blackbeard and escapes with his wife, Hannah.  His happiness is short-lived; Hannah dies a few days later in Jack’s arms.

Fast forward 300 years to Claire Winslow enjoying a quite, secluded vacation on Ocracoke Island.  When Claire is visited by a mysterious, intoxicating man this vacation quickly turns into an adventure she never expected.  Claire finds herself inexplicably obsessed with her nightly visitor and begins to question whether he is real or fantasy.  Eventually she realizes that her phantom lover is really her husband from a lifetime past, Jack Porter. Thus Claire and Jack embark on a destiny-altering, time-traveling journey to find a chalice constructed of Blackbeard’s skull.  The chalice is their only way of ending the curse leveled by Blackbeard that threatens to keep them apart for eternity.

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Dixie Browning. More to Love. New York: Silhouette, 2001.

Can one week change everything?  Molly Dewhurst thought that a week on Ocracoke Island would help her take the first steps toward turning her life around. Get past her divorce, relax, loose a little weight. It was a reasonable “to do” list, but Molly has trouble focusing on her goals after she meets the handsome Rafe Webber. Their first meeting starts off rocky, but when they try to share the same cottage for a week, the relationship improves. (Of course)

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Maddie James. A Perfect Escape. Resplendence Publishing, 2008.

Smyth Parker arrived at his Outer Banks beach house hoping for a quiet escape from the stresses of his regular life. What he found was a woman he didn’t know renting his cottage. That woman, Meg Thomas, has run away from her life in Chicago and is hiding from her cruel and abusive husband Bradford. Bradford wants to find her, not because he wants her back, but because she is a witness to his murder of a Chicago district attorney and threatens his new political aspirations. Meg and Smyth make a romantic connection, and when the mobsters catch up up with her, Smyth becomes her protector. The two hide out and dodge a sniper on the isolated Newport Island. Although there is a Newport, NC on the coast, there is not a Newport Island. The author based this fictional location on North Carolina’s uninhabited Portsmouth Island.

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Joyce Marie Taylor. Aniratak. New York: iUniverse, 2007.

Ocracoke Island is always a good setting for a story about loners, misfits, and star-crossed lovers.  In this book, Ocracoke is called Blackie’s Landing.  Andy McBride, a World War II veteran and former world traveler, retreated to Blackie’s Landing in the mid-1950s.  It’s now 1969.  Andy has made some friends on the island, especially young Bobby Ainsworth, but Andy is slipping into melancholy and heavy drinking.  When a fierce winter storm strands a mainland girl on the island, she takes refuge at Andy’s house. Andrea Bonelli is the best thing that has happened to Andy in a very long time.  She edits and types his memoirs, shakes him out of his self-pity, and shows him how he might regain the woman who was love of his life.  Bobby Ainsworth helps with this too, and in the end all the characters find the love and acceptance that they had been missing.

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Patrick Hillman. The Pirates of Pamlico Sound. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com, 2007.

This brief novel was written during National Novel Writing Month in 2005.  It’s a fantasy that plays with the idea that all women love pirates.  Aithne Reade was a witch who escaped from Salem in 1692.  Aithne made her way to coastal North Carolina where her daughter Brenna grew up and fell in love with the pirate Red Davies.  Their happiness was cut short, and Brenna remains a restless spirit through the centuries.  When Bernice Sarris and her husband buy an old chest at an auction, Bernice finds within it Brenna’s diary and clothes that have some special properties.  Bernice is delighted by what the pirate jacket in the trunk does for husband’s sexual prowess (nice woman that she is, she even lends the jacket to her friends), but she is unprepared for consequences of wearing Brenna’s dress. The chapters in this book alternate between the colonial era and the present, but the two stories are woven together in a satisfying tale.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2007, Carteret, Coast, Dare, Hillman, Patrick, Hyde, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Phil Bowie. Guns. Palm Beach, FL: Medallion Press, 2006.

Sam Bass is a man with a past. When his heroic rescue of an elderly couple lands him in the news, dangerous characters from that past shatter his happy new life on Ocracoke Island. Bass’s beautiful girlfriend, a Cherokee by birth, is murdered, and Bass turns to her father for the training he needs to enact his revenge.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2006, Bowie, Phil, Coast, Hyde, Mountains, Suspense/Thriller

Karen Robards. Beachcomber. New York, Atria Books, 2003.

Christy Petrino sought a simple vacation at Ocracoke Island after breaking up with her mobster boyfriend. But when somebody makes an attempt on her life, she must figure out whether the New Jersey mob or an Outer Banks serial killer (nicknamed “The Beachcomber”) is out to get her. This romantic suspense novel teams Christy with FBI agent Luke Rand. Those familiar with Ocracoke may raise an eyebrow at Robards’s description of “cliffs on the island, tall rocky cliffs leaning out over the ocean . . . .”

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Blake Crouch, Locked Doors. New York: St. Martin’s, 2005.

Andrew Thomas is hiding out in Alaska, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. But he can’t lay low forever. When people close to him start disappearing and there is a killing spree in his home town of Davidson, N.C., Thomas is forced out of hiding, certain that one of his old enemies is on the loose. Thomas returns to North Carolina and chases the bad guys all the way to a dramatic showdown on Ocracoke Island.

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