Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels (including Hello,
Summer; Sunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The Weekenders; Beach Town;
Save the Date; Ladies’ Night; Christmas Bliss; Spring Fever; Summer
Rental; The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish; Blue Christmas; Savannah Breeze;
Hissy Fit; Little Bitty Lies; and Savannah Blues), and one cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she earned a B.A. in journalism from
The University of Georgia. After a 14-year career working as a reporter
at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.
She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, GA,
where they cook up new recipes in two restored beach homes, The Breeze
Inn and Ebbtide—both named after fictional places in Mary Kay’s novels,
and both available to rent through Tybee Vacation Rentals. In between
cooking, spoiling her grandkids, and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay
is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and
fixing up old houses.
The Newcomer (Release Date MAY 4, 2022):
The New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads delivers her next page-turner for the summer.
Letty Carnahan is in trouble. She’s on the run from New York City; she has
her four-year-old niece, Maya in tow, and her sister was found dead in
the entry hall of her glamorous townhome. Letty believes she knows who
did it: her sister’s awful, money-grubbing ex-husband, Eli Wingfield.
Letty can’t forget her sister Tara’s insistence: “if anything bad ever
happens to me–It’s Eli. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise
But run where? The only clue Tara has left behind is a faded magazine story
about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Certain that the police and Tara’s ex are hot on her trail, Letty leaves her
own life behind without a backwards glance, knowing she will somehow get
justice for Tara, and sets out for her destination–The Murmuring Surf.
The Surf, as regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit but
quarrelsome group of retirees and snowbirds who regard this newcomer and
her adorable niece with suspicion and more than a little curiosity.
There’s a No Vacancy sign swinging from the neon motel marquee, but the
motel’s longtime owner Ava DeCurtis takes Letty in, offers her a room
and eventually a job, much to the disapproval of Ava’s cynical son Joe, a
local police detective whose every instinct tells him that Letty is a
dangerous fugitive, possibly even a kidnapper and murderer.
As Letty tries to settle into her new life and help heal Maya’s trauma,
she’s preoccupied as her late sister’s troubled past and connection to
the motel are revealed, all while trying to deal with the attractive
detective’s unwelcome advances. Is Joe a would-be suitor? Or a cop
determined to betray her confidence and put her behind bars?