The Montauk Mystery - An Avalon Mystery

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When rich boy Matt Revington offers Annie Devane a summer job on an archaeological expedition to nearby Shell Islands, she had no reason to think her safety would be compromised. The former home of the Montauk Indians is a beautiful, unspoiled group of islands which developers are itching to take out of the hands of local environmentalists. However, Annie soon discovers the group's true mission. Furthermore, the fate of the islands depends on whether Matt and Annie live to talk about the startling discovery that they make.

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Following the advice "Write about what you know," I set The Montauk Mystery in the fictional town of Grayrocks, Long Island, very similar to Greenport, the town where I grew up. That gave me the familiar ambience of a seaside resort town where people worked hard and played hard, usually near the water. Greenport also had a history dating back hundreds of years. Looking for plot ideas, I researched countless sources about Greenport and the surrounding area. The information I found about the Montauk native people, scant as it was, brought back many fond memories.
     Growing up, my friends and I knew a few Montauk words, like the names of surrounding towns. We knew wampum was made from oyster shells. (We used to play among the oyster piles at the end of Fifth Street.) We found arrowheads in the bay where we swam and on the beaches where we played.
     As I researched, the Montauk people's place in Long Island history and the legends about them intrigued me. A plot began to form. I created Annie Devane, a local artist, knowledgeable about the Montauk culture. She is hired to join an archeological expedition to the Shell Islands where danger and secrets await. (The Shell Islands are fictional, but similar to Shelter Island, which I could see from my bedroom window.) The story developed incorporating romance, ecology, history, family, and danger.

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   Ripe for large-scale development, Big Shell Island is locked in a battle between preservationists and construction companies. Currently, the historic and mysterious island is the site of an archaeological dig for lost Native American artifacts. Artist Annie Devane agrees to be part of the team, despite conflicting feelings about expedition leader Matt Revington. He's charming and dedicated, but she suspects this scion of a powerful and mistrusted family is hiding secrets. There is something buried on the island that will change its future. And Annie wants to know what.
   Alone with people she's not sure she can trust, Annie discovers a maze of caverns, tunnels and danger. As she unearths the real motive for the dig and the stunning truth at its heart, she pursues a terrifying trail of murder that leads back to her own tragic past. And a waiting killer...

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