Mangrove Bayou


My books, Mangrove Bayou and also Death Among the Mangroves, are now out in hard cover. Good for library sales and for those people who like the big books. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Annoying Writers

Bought a book a few weeks back from another mystery writer. Wish I had saved my money. She committed two sins I simply cannot abide:

  • Early in the book she referred to a B-52 bomber as a cargo plane. Just ten seconds of research online would have told her that a B-52 is the venerable American bomber, most of which are, today, older than their pilot’s grandparents. The only cargo a B-52 carries is bombs and lots of them. I hurled the book across the room in upsetness. Then I picked it up and resumed reading.
  • To a point. When the detective in the story then behaved stupidly in another scene, I gave it up. I hurled the book across the room and into a trash can.

I simply do not like authors who build suspense by having their lead characters act stupid. I run into this all the time in fantasy novels, where groups split up to take different paths (and, as we know) to get gobbled by dragons one at a time because they’re not together in a group and because they’re — well — stupid. One reason I started the Sorcet Chronicles fantasy novel series was to have a smart lead and characters who helped one another. My Mangrove Bayou mysteries revolve around a police chief who is in Mensa.

There are other ways to build suspense. Having a moron for your hero is not the best way.

May Start

Late getting to this. I’m starting on Mangrove Bayou #7. No title yet. It will come to me. Did the outline last week. I write from very detailed outlines. This one will involve police chief Troy Adam, mayor Lester Groud, Troy’s girlfriend Lee Bell, Haitian refugees, and a boatload of Bad Hombres all chasing one another down in the Everglades. Life is never dull in Mangrove Bayou.

Just to break up the day, I also have to complete the fourth book in the Sorcet Chronicles fantasy series. I’m teaching a course in query letter writing. I’m working on getting all my books up as ebooks. And it’s hard to look after the yard when it never stops raining.

April Sale!

Through the end of April, buy a trade paperback copy of Mangrove Bayou for half off ($8 instead of $16). The book will be autographed and shipping is free!

ALSO … buy Death Among the Mangroves (second book in the series) at 30% off ($12.60 instead of $18). I don’t know about the autograph; I’ve done some but not all. I think you have to pay the shipping.


For a limited time only, receive the paperbacks for both Mangrove Bayou and Death Among the Mangroves for just $10. That’s a savings of $14! To make this deal even sweeter, the copies of Mangrove Bayou are autographed by the author. We’ve even reduced the shipping price to make this the best gift of the season! Hurry! We only have 50 of these bundles available!

I admit to being puzzled. Why buy offers 1 or 2 when offfer 3 is “all of the above” at a cheaper price. I’m not the publisher and so am ignorant of the finer details of book sales.


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Ebooks! I’m looking into producing ebook versions of four Troy Adam / Mangrove Bayou books. Details to follow …

Hardbacks! My books, Mangrove Bayou and also Death Among the Mangroves, will soon be out in hard cover. Good for library sales and for those people who like the big books.

I’ll be back with details when I know more.

Mangrove Bayou was listed as #7 in the publisher’s Top Ten selling books.

Thanks to Janet Groene, fellow ASJA member and Florida (and elsewhere) travel expert, for listing me among good company at Florida Five Best.

E-Book Week! March 5-11.

The Untreed Reads Store: 30% Off All Ebook Titles

Click Here to get your copy of Mangrove Bayou

Cick Here to get your copy of Death Among the Mangroves

From March 5 through March 11th, we’re offering 30% off every single ebook title published by Untreed Reads throughout The Untreed Reads Store. VERY IMPORTANT!!: There is no discount code for this promotion. The 30% off will automatically show up during the last step of the checkout process.

When people purchase through our store they get EPUB, PDF and Kindle versions for just one price! Plus, they can gift a title to someone or send an ebook directly to their Kindle. Now that and have closed, we are one of the only ebook retail stores that make it possible to send titles to your Kindle with just a couple of clicks as well as one of only a handful of retailers on the Internet to still offer PDF format.

Death Among the Mangroves features the same town and characters that you loved reading about the first time. Come visit. The Mangrove Bayou Chamber of Commerce needs the mMB2 cover 300oney …
When a college student on vacation goes missing in the small gulfcoast Florida town of Mangrove Bayou, police chief Troy Adam has to deal with overwhelming press attention, a town council doubtful that he can solve the crime, and a powerful judge. Toss in the usual lesser crimes that keep on coming, and he and his small police force are stretched to their limits. Accused early on of being ‘soft and squishy on the inside’ Troy proves in the end to be capable of utter ruthlessness.
Available in e-book or trade paperback formats from any bookstore or online service.
To read sample chapters or buy the books, Click here to visit Mangrove Bayou

MANGROVE BAYOU is a small gulfcoast Florida town located someplace south of Naples and east of the Moon and in the midst of the Ten Thousand Islands / Everglades National Park region.

Troy Adam is police chief and head of a small department. For such a small and remote town, Mangrove Bayou seems to be a hotbed of crime, both major and trivial. Troy and his small band of officers deal with it all, assisted or hindered by a collection of people who redefine the term character.

Stephen Morrill writes about Mangrove Bayou in a series of police procedural mystery novels with a twist, as the Mangrove Bayou police force is small and the location remote. The books combine humor, weird characters, occasional social commentary, and serious police work, all taking place in a unique setting.

Available in e-book or trade paperback formats from any bookstore or online service.
To read sample chapters or buy the books, Click here to visit Mangrove Bayou

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