Cape Cod Authors and Books: Ghosts, Politics, Murder, Romance


It’s ghost and election season, and two Cape Cod authors have new books that play right into this moment, whether you’re more Halloween-focused or mid-terms. And both are very local, with one about the ghost stories relating to the region and the other about involvement in Massachusetts politics from the perspective of a state legislator.

Other books in this batch include a gay love story set in Quebec with religious differences as part of the mix; a novel of bizarre murder and energy-efficient construction (will you ever look at your home quite the same way?); and a children’s book on a beach rock that rolls off its sand dune and discovers surprising things about itself. So if you’re looking for a new book, here are some ideas:

“Haunted Cape Cod Captains, Shipwrecks and Sea Spirits,” by Barbara Sillery (Pelican Publishing, 2022)

As ghost story season approaches, this book tells the stories of clippers, ocean liners, whalers and steamers that left Cape Town’s home ports on dangerous journeys and were often put in life or death situations. The compilation includes stories taken from “The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands”, also from Sillery, a Cape Cod transplant from New Orleans, and contains four new chapters on “ghostly sailors and their exploits…or their watery graves”. But “a belief in the afterlife is not necessary to appreciate these stories,” Sillery notes in the prologue. Chapters include ‘Message in a Bottle’, ‘The House on the Hill at Eastham’, ‘The Pirate and His Future Wife’ and, of course, ‘Ghosts of the Whydah Expedition’. Sillery also wrote books about hauntings in Louisiana and Mississippi.

“For the People, Against the Tide: A Democratic Woman’s Ten Years in the Massachusetts Legislative Assembly”, by Kathleen Teahan (Whispers of Wisdom, 2021)

Teahan, who served as a state legislator from 1997 to 2007 off Cape Town and now lives here, calls this book “part topical memoir, part handbook for concerned citizens considering getting involved in the political process, but intimidated by almost everything in our modern world”. American political process. A hot topic this election season, Teahan’s aim was to explain various aspects of law-making, lobbying and “gaining an effective voice in government” and uses examples – including his own efforts. to challenge the status quo – to offer ideas to women and other concerned citizens to pursue political positions. Information can be power, and Teahan says she still believes there is hope for change and that concerned citizens can make a difference.

“A collision in Quebec”, by Michael Hartwig (Herring Cove Press, 2022)

Hartwig, a part-time Provincetown resident, describes his gay fiction as elevated love stories that also include international settings, characters grappling with questions about themselves and their families, and multi-layered narratives that include questions about relationships, but also about spirituality. In this romance set in Canada, Brian wrecks his car in a snowstorm on the way to the Quebec Winter Carnival and attempts to fix it causes his gay secular culture to collide with a conservative Muslim culture. The book was chosen in June by IndieReader staff as “one of the top 10 LGBTQ+ books to read this Pride month.” Previous books by Hartwig, a religion teacher and artist, include “Our Roman Pasts”, “Old Vines”, and the “Roman Bonds” trilogy.

“Second Law,” Paul H. Raymer

“Second Law,” Paul H. Raymer (Salty Air Publishing, 2022)

Want to be scared just to be inside? Raymer is a Falmouth resident for over 45 years who has worked extensively in building science, including with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency on its Indoor airPLUS program. And his third novel, about a murder at a 1984 construction conference on Cape Cod, focuses on dangerous homes. As he describes it: “Over the past two years, circumstances have trapped millions of us inside our homes, subjecting us to the toxic soup that makes up the air we breathe. Unrecognized dangers fill this familiar environment. And in this novel, Raymer “converts these dangers into weapons”. Jon Megquire, protagonist of Raymer’s previous ‘Death by the Diamond’, must try to solve the murder of his roommate in three days during a rally that showed how mistakes could have been made in the rush to satisfy thirst to save energy in construction.

“Robbie the Rolling Rock”, by Debra Wright, illustrated by Katelyn Mahannah (independently published, 2022)

Debra Wright is a Cape Cod preschool teacher and has worked to incorporate what she describes as “key literary devices, scientific and social/emotional learning lessons for children ages 1-6” into her new book. for young children. It’s the story of a rock that lives stuck in a sand dune and one day is freed by wind and waves to roll down to the beach below. There, Robbie makes new friends and discovers things about himself that he didn’t know he could do and that he isn’t exactly who he thought he was.

If you would like your new book, published within the past 12 months, to be considered for a future local author column, please contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected]


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