The Cane's Inlet Mystery, Book Two
At the conclusion of SCANDALOUS LIES, Noah Sanders made a startling discovery, one that turned his already conflicted motives into further turmoil, the mystery of his past growing as dangerous as the undertow of the ocean.
In Cane’s Inlet, located on a barrier peninsula along the Jersey Shore, the lucrative summer season is fast-approaching, as is the Opening Night celebration of the Medusa Lounge, where Noah has secured a job. But working alongside the Hatcher’s at their exclusive resort is complicated by his own investigation into the scandal that might connect them. With a family secret uncovered during a surreptitious visit to their mansion, Noah’s quest to seek the truth behind his mother’s deathbed confession takes on sudden credence. With the aid of his new lover, Demetri, as well as Cane’s Inlet busybody Cilla Cane, the questions only deepen.
When another murder shocks the coastal village, Noah realizes that what’s happening no longer concerns only himself, but perhaps all of Cane’s Inlet. With a mystery dating back to the village’s founding and the raising of the old pirate ship Medusa, no one is safe from being exposed, or from a desperate killer. For Noah, the truth might come at a price higher than he’s willing to accept.
SINISTER MOTIVES is the second part in a trilogy that will lay bare stories of the past, and in the end, no one will escape the web of deceit that has defined Cane's Inlet for more than one hundred years. Scandalous, sinister, suspicious, the Cane's Inlet Mystery is a tour-de-force tale of two families, one secret, and, ultimately, one man's discovery of his own true self.
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Publisher: MLR Press
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Beach Romance, Coming Home, Death of Parent, Hero and the Great Quest, Lost Heir, Secret Baby
Word Count: 60,000
Setting: New Jersey Coast; Adirondack Mountains
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
THE INTER-CONNECTED UNIVERSE OF ADAM CARPENTER
If you’re asking the question: have we met before? Chances are, if you’ve read a few of Adam Carpenter’s novels, the answer is….yes!
Here are some connections and characters to keep an eye out for:
Parker St. John – appears in the Wonderland trilogy, ISLAND DESIRES, a mention in the Edenwood Saga, and The Cane’s Inlet Mystery
Johnny Lee Capstone – appears in DUDE RANCH, NOCTURNAL DELIGHTS (in the novella-length A YEARLY TRYST)
Chad Singleton – appears in the The Edenwood Saga and a cameo in The Cane’s Inlet Mystery
Jimmy McSwain – appears in the Jimmy McSwain Files and is referenced in The Cane’s Inlet Mystery
Noah Sanders – appears in The Cane’s Inlet Mystery and a cameo in the Jimmy McSwain Files
Joey Silva – appears in the White Pine Firefighters, THAT PASSIONATE SEASON, and SCANDALOUS LIES
Tanner Fox -- appears in SUMMER’S CHOICE and ISLAND DESIRES
Nick Lynch -- appears in SUMMER’S CHOICE and A RAGING FIRE
Trent Rogers -- appears in SECRET FLAMES and NOCTURNAL DELIGHTS (in the novella-length A YEARLY TRYST)
Some locations have also done double-duty in certain series: Gaslight Bar, used in the Passport to a Fling series and the Jimmy McSwain Files; Crimson Sex Club is featured in ISLAND DESIRES and NOCTURNAL DELIGHTS (in the novella-length YOU OWN ME); Sally’s Dive is in the White Pine Firefighters, Cane’s Inlet Mystery, and Jimmy McSwain Files.
It’s great fun for an author to connect his universe and characters. I hope you enjoy meeting up with familiar friends and places while you read the novels!
If you catch any other connections, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.