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INK OR SWIM
Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library Series
BY CATHERINE DILTS
Join Faith Newberry and her cat, Watson, in the quaint town of Lighthouse Bay on Cape Cod in Massachusetts as she marries her love of books to a penchant for sleuthing. After landing her dream job as a librarian at Castleton Manor, an upscale literary retreat, Faith is forced to read between the lines and solve the mysteries she finds between the stacks.
In book 14 of the Secrets of the Castleton Manor cozy mystery series, the luxurious mansion hosts a literary and historical conference during Lighthouse Bay Whaling Days. While attending an event dedicating a replica whaling ship, Faith discovers a guest murdered with an antique harpoon. The victim’s valuable scrimshaw goes missing at the same time. His widow claims the piece of engraved whale bone is from the Essex, a whaling ship whose story inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Faith sifts through suspects who have the skill to use a harpoon, and the desire to kill for scrimshaw. Faith’s cat Watson teams up with a timid dachshund to discover clues to the murder, while Faith’s attraction to the mansion’s handsome owner provides a welcome distraction from an increasingly dangerous investigation.
Faith had lost sight of Watson, but maybe the two men could tell her which way he went. She approached cautiously, only able to see their silhouettes as they slipped into the shadows between two stacks of crates. One was dressed in a utilitarian pea coat, while the other wore street clothes and a bushy walrus mustache like the museum director.
The men seemed to be hiding, which made Faith nervous, but she was even more anxious to retrieve her wandering cat. Besides, the Constance Merit was close enough that she could yell for help. Faith tried not to think about the fact that her voice hadn’t carried between the two docks just moments ago, when she’d called out to Watson.
The wood dock had become slick under the thin layer of snow. Faith was beginning to consider the foolishness of her lone journey when she caught a glimpse of black and white fur. Watson was a resourceful cat, but spending a night outdoors in a snowstorm was not a situation Faith intended to allow. If she could catch him.
Watson sat on the end of the dock, staring out at the choppy waves. Faith would have to pass the stack of crates hiding the two men. As she neared the crates, a spear trailing a rope sliced through the veil of snowflakes. A man cried out.
Ink or Swim is available by joining the Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library series from Annie’s Fiction. It’s like subscribing to a magazine, only you receive a terrific installment in a mystery series every month!
Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. Her short story Do-Over appears in the 2018 anthology Blood and Gasoline. She takes a turn in the multi-author sweet cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library with Ink or Swim. You can learn more about Catherine’s fiction at
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