New mys­tery-thriller hits lo­cal book­stores

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FREDERICKTOWN — “Vi­tal Spark,” the first mys­ter y-thriller in the Ch­e­sa­peake Tug­boat Mur­ders se­ries, by Leah Devlin, was re­leased this week from Pen­more Press.

The mod­ern pi­rate ad­ven­ture takes place in the fic­tional vil­lage of River Glen, lo­cated be­tween Ch­ester­town and Bo­hemia River.

Fish­eries ecol­o­gist Alex All­away is thrilled to have landed a job run­ning a small marine sta­tion in her home­town on the Ch­e­sa­peake, but when she re­turns home to sur­prise her grand­fa­ther with her good news, she dis­cov­ers him dead, a bloody dag­ger in his heart.

His clenched fist grasps a piece of pi­rate gold and a cryptic map with her name on it.

Aboard his tug­boat, Alex searches the Ch­e­sa­peake for answers and pur­sues a trea­sure that be­longed to a dis­tant rel­a­tive, the no­to­ri­ous pi­rate Giles Blood-hand. But a ri­val pi­rate fam­ily is also look­ing for the bounty and thinks noth­ing of dis­patch­ing Alex when they dis­cover she’s in the way.

Vi­tal Spark draws read­ers into a world where an­cient feuds lurk be­neath hid­den wa­ter­ways.

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