Port of Refuge by Garrett Dennis

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With its unique blend of local lore and culture, genuine scientific and geographical knowledge, a very mixed but well-blended cast of characters, and unexpected bursts of suspense, Port of Refuge is a book to be enjoyed thoroughly.

Welcome to PORT OF REFUGE – another light and quirky island mystery steeped in Outer Banks culture, from the author who took you to PORT STARBIRD.

Storm Ketchum, a damaged emigre to Hatteras Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, generally prefers to stay close to home and mind his own business – but he unexpectedly finds himself entangled with a cult-like coven of modern-day Roanoke Island witches when a relative of his paramour meets an untimely end on church property. Is the High Priestess of the Croatoan Covenant Church really in contact with the departed spirits of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island?

Are the members of her church really from both this world and the next? Or is she just a con artist preying on gullible Wiccan acolytes – and is she a killer? A desire to provide closure for the family drives Ketch to once again call on his amateur sleuthing skills to conjure up answers to these and other questions, in the process risking the physical and spiritual well-being of both himself and the one he loves.

Join Ketch, his loyal dog Jack, and his Kinnakeet Boatyard friends as they embark on a bewitching new adventure in the picturesque Outer Banks, where intrigue continues to cast its spell on them all.

Review by Jerome M. Hall:

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Storm again plays an amateur detective for his girlfriend when she learns her aunt has died. The aunt has left a will but it’s a strange one, naming an occult church as the sole beneficiary of all her earthly goods.

Storm becomes the fly in the web as he pokes his snout where it doesn’t belong. Plenty of hair raising moments and a lot of laughs but no lewd sex or filthy language.

Enjoy his antics and his friends as they help him find a “Port of Refuge”!

Review by Thomas M. Goodrich:

Ketch has decided that he likes being a detective! Garrett Dennis’ second book brings us back in touch with his quirky, multi-faceted, good-hearted, and very human group of friends, and introduces us to some fascinating new characters as well.

Both of his books contain current and accurate knowledge of the beautiful Outer Banks, the local geography, animal and plant life, weather, and points of special, unique interest. In addition, we as readers get a taste of the darker side of computer life and communication.

With its unique blend of local lore and culture, genuine scientific and geographical knowledge, a very mixed but well-blended cast of characters, and unexpected bursts of suspense, Port of Refuge is a book to be enjoyed thoroughly.

Both of Dennis’ books leave the reader wanting more, very similar to wanting to know more about friends who lead exciting, adventurous lives – “Tell us what you’ve done THIS Time.”

This book was a genuine treat to read!