Mysteries, Memoirs and More!

Books by local authors worth checking out.

“Some Kind of Girl”

 By Caroline Kautsire

Weymouth author Caroline Kautsire’s latest memoir, “Some Kind of Girl,” recounts the story of Caroline, a Malawian girl, who, after facing the impossibility of following both African and Western roles and standards for women in her adolescent years, finally moves to America to escape the Malawian traditions she still struggles inwardly to understand. Upon arriving in America, Caroline discovers that the America she saw on television was not an accurate representation of the life she lives in Boston. 

“The Hidden Life of Aster Kelly” 

(Coming April 2023)

By Katherine A. Sherbrooke

When a runway model in 1940s Hollywood makes a split-second decision intended to protect those she loves, she triggers a cascade of secrets that threatens to upend her daughter’s life decades later. “The Hidden Life of Aster Kelly” is a story about the bonds of chosen family, the cost of fame and the enduring strength of love. It will keep you guessing until the last page.

“Concession Stand Crimes”

By Nicole Asselin

Madeline Boucher is still reeling from her first few weeks of working for her family’s Independent League Baseball Team, the Abington Armadillos. She found a dead body and survived a kidnapping before finally clearing her brother of a murder. Her parents have given her more responsibility in running ballpark events in the hopes that they could retire. Her first task? Deal with a concession stand kerfuffle.

“Eye of the Storm”

By Kevin V Symmons

Four years after Coast Guard Lt. Shane Winslow’s rescue and survival story that catapulted him into the news, he is back home. Samantha has lived a life of privilege and luxury with just one major disappointment, she fell in love with a man she couldn’t have. When Sam and Shane unexpectedly meet on Cape Cod, four years after their ordeal at sea, reunion sets in motion a chain of terrifying events. Author Kevin Symmons is a best-selling author and former college faculty member. He served four terms as president of the respected Cape Cod Writers Center. “Eye of the Storm” is a complex romantic thriller and the sequel to his book, “Out of the Storm.”

“Boy at the Crossroads: From Teenage Runaway to Class President”

By Mary Ford

He hitched a ride to a different life. Only time would tell if it would be better or worse. Inspired by real events and told through cleverly crafted storytelling, Mary Ford depicts an adolescent who grew up impoverished and with minimal affection, but still found the strength to follow his gut toward something more. And as his journey takes him to Cincinnati, Chicago, and other far-flung parts of the United States, a lost little traveler ends up finding acceptance and hope in the one place he never expected. If you like heroes overcoming adversity, vividly painted recollections, and stories of resilience, then you’ll love Mary Ford’s engaging tale.

“Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told”

By Stacy Padula

In high school, Taylor Dunkin broke more records than any other athlete to step foot in Montgomery, Massachusetts. As a sophomore in college, he was ranked by ESPN as one of the NFL’s top 100 prospects. However, his aspirations came to a jarring halt when a season-ending injury sent him spiraling into a dark world of pain, depression, and addiction. Montgomery’s hometown hero has fallen hard, and he’s taking a lot of people down with him. Plymouth author Stacy A. Padula is the founder of South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring. Her “Gripped” book series is currently being adapted for television.

“Redeem The Lines”

By Michael Patrick Murphy

A sequel to Murphy’s first novel, “Neighborhood Lines,” “Redeem the Lines” follows the lives of protagonist Patrick and his old high school friend Nate, who reunite in the mid 1990’s Boston landscape. An Irish Catholic boxer fresh out of prison for something he didn’t do, Patrick returns to his old neighborhood and barely recognizes it with the proliferation of heroin and its zombie addicts. At the same time, his old high school friend Nate, a Black out-of-state college graduate, comes back to Boston to attend yet another funeral. Breaking down neighborhood boundaries and racial biases, “Redeem the Lines” will thrust you through whiskey benders, bare-knuckle brawls, and midnight rendezvous to expose the true colors of prejudice and corruption and find the key to resolving both of them.