Alicia Bessette in conversation with Matthew Quick

We love supporting local authors and Alicia Bessette is the latest Outer Banks novelist to hit our shelves! Her book Smile Beach Murder publishes May 10 and we are thrilled to be hosting her for a special event just one day later on May 11. Alicia will be in conversation with her number one fan (and husband) writer Matthew Quick and they'll be talking murder, mysteries, writing and- maybe?- marriage at the Dare County Arts Council. 

Smile Beach Murder is Alicia's first book in the planned Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery series featuring Callie Padget, a former reporter turned bookshop clerk on the Outer Banks who is pulled into a deadly web of secrets when a mysterious fall at a lighthouse echoes a tragedy from her past. When Callie is laid off from her reporting job, she returns to her hometown of Cattail Island and lands a gig at the local bookstore--the same one where she found comfort after her mother died. In fact, the anniversary of her mother's infamous death is approaching. Years ago, Teri Padget tumbled from the top of the lighthouse. As islanders are once again gossiping about the tragedy, devastating news strikes: the lighthouse has claimed another victim. Eva Meeks, of Meeks Hardware. 

The police are calling it suicide, but Callie does not believe Eva jumped any more than she believes her mother did--especially because Callie knows that before her death, Eva had dug up a long-forgotten treasure hunt that could have put a target on Eva's back. In Callie's search for answers, she enlists the help of some beloved books and several new friends, including the handsome local martial arts instructor, Toby Dodge. But when another death rocks Cattail Island, Callie must face her fears alone. As she earns enemies in pursuit of the truth, Callie knows she will either uncover the killer or become a victim herself.

Please join us in celebrating Alicia's book- click here for tickets! Tickets include a hardback copy of Smile Beach Murder and Alicia will be signing books after the event. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Manteo, NC 27954
Smile Beach Murder (Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593336885
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Berkley - May 10th, 2022