Book List in Order: 15 titles

  • When her newspaper shuts down, Marianna Trench stumbles into an entirely new job: delivering bad news for people who won't or can't deliver it themselves. Soon, she's up to her neck in trouble with angry people, con men and a very dirty cop who wants...


  • Welcome to Oysterback – the sleepy town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that’s been misplaced by mapmakers and forgotten by time. Once you find yourself in Oysterback, you may never want to leave. Nothing beats Desiree Grinch’s corn soup at the B...


  • Sculptor Jane Constant is artist-in-residence at Green Gardens, an ancient seaside mansion turned artist’s colony. This summer’s crop of eccentrics and other creative types include the handsome actor Gabriel Hardy rehearsing for Hamlet, the stone...


  • ENTER A WORLD OF SECRETS, MURDER, AND GHOSTS ON MARYLAND'S EASTERN SHORE. WHO KILLED SLUGGO FOTNEY? HOW DID THE RESIDENTS OF SHELLPILE ISLAND FIND THE MONEY TO BUY ALL THOSE NEW TRUCKS AND HOME ADDITIONS? JOIN SAM, HOLLIS, AND THE RESIDENTS OF SHELLP...


  • Sometimes you have to go home again, even if you know the trip is going to be one from hell. When Carrie points her van in the direction of Oysterback, Maryland, her old hometown, she does it only because she has no choice. Her momma, the indomitable...


  • Helen Chappell writes in and about the Delmarva region, Maryland's Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay region. This collection is a must, if only to read "The Riddle of the Shoes." (We had wondered about it ourselves for so many years, Helen. Thanks for le...


  • MURDER AT THE HEARTBREAK MOTEL As a reporter for a local newspaper on Maryland's East Shore, Hollis Ball sees more of life than most. As an amateur sleuth, she also sees more of death...especially since her partner is a ghost. Sam Wescott, Holl...


  • In her second collection of "Oysterback Tales," critically acclaimed mystery writer and journalist Chappell revisits Oysterback--a mythical Eastern Shore town that captures Chesapeake Bay life and its people....


  • BONES OF A WOMAN On Maryland's salt-swept Eastern Shore, a woman reporter has a dilapidated old house, a dysfunctional family, and a talent for solving mysteries. How does wisecracking, love-burned Hollis Ball find out so much about other people's...






  • JUDGE FINDLAY S. FISH NEVER KNEW WHAT HIT HIM. . . . The murder weapon was an expensive antique snow goose decoy--a treasure that a zillion others at the Eastern Shore Decoy Jamboree would gladly kill for.Reporter Hollis Ball of The Watertown Gazette...


  • HOLLIS BALL JUST RECEIVED AN ODD REQUEST FROM HER EX-HUSBAND: FIND THE PERSON WHO MURDERED HIM. . . . When charming rich kid Sam Wescott dies in a fatal boating accident, few mourn his untimely death. But perhaps the person most shocked to shed a te...


  • Once you find yourself in Oysterback, you may never want to leave. Nothing beats Desiree Grinch's corn soup at the Blue Crab Tavern. There's never a wait at The Curl Up 'N Dye Salon de Beaute. In season, you can buy your produce (as you pay your resp...