It’s only taken nearly six years, but she’s here!
Waverly Jones has been called misanthropic. Distant. Obsessive. Manipulative. And that’s without people knowing she talks to the hallucination of her dead sister.
She’s also a private investigator.
After a lengthy absence, she’s returned to Port Milton amidst the biggest homicide investigation her hometown has seen in over a decade. Bodies of middle-aged men have been washing ashore and the police have confirmed foul play but not much else—making it the perfect case for someone like her.
Particularly when she’s the one to find the latest body.
It’s not a coincidence Waverly happened across the newest victim. She’s been combing the beach because these men match the age and appearance of Detective-Sergeant Sebastian Kyle, missing these past eleven years after investigating the now-dormant serial killer who made Waverly’s sister his last victim.
Her familiarity with the murders has left her well-prepared when hired by the wife of one of the dead men, giving her a professional reason to dig deeper into these crimes. Have the police unintentionally fumbled this case in the wrong direction, or does the widow not know as much about her husband as she thought?
Port Milton has always had its secrets, and Waverly will drag every single one into the light to get to the bottom of this mystery. And maybe somewhere along the way, she’ll get another step closer to who killed her sister and what happened to Sebastian Kyle.
A couple of people have already read it and reached out to say they love Waverly, which is extremely validating. Not only was she a tricky character to nail down when writing it but I had a few pretty big crises of faith and almost didn’t finish. Eventually I’ll hear about how unlikable she is because that’s par for the course with my writing, but my hope is always that the right readers find my stories. And I’m glad she’s there for the people who need someone like her.
I’ll have the full playlist for The Killing Beach up on Sunday, but for now:
At present, there are three Waverly shorts from when she was a teenager, over at Patreon.
“Once Upon a Rainy Day” is when Det. Kyle first arrived.
“Bucket List” (part 1) is when Waverly first found a body.
“A Question and a Promise” (part 2) is afterward, when she approaches Det. Kyle about the case again.
There are more to come, hopefully a couple a year, to complement the novels for those who like bits and pieces of backstory.
I might yet do a livetweet of Twin Peaks tonight (the pilot ep) in “celebration”. I don’t expect anyone to watch along but Agent Cooper is my happy place.
I so, so hope you check this book out and enjoy it. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy.