Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

There’s just something about books by Mary Kay Andrews that always makes me think of summer, sun and fun new characters I’m going to meet. Well, it’s that time of year again and the author has a new book from St. Martin’s Press out today, THE NEWCOMER.

THE NEWCOMER has everything you want in a summer read from the master of the genre: a charming beach town setting, quirky cast of supporting characters, family drama, murder mystery, a hint of romance, and a hardworking, plucky female protagonist you can’t help but root for. Already called "the perfect summer read" by Authorlink, and "sure to be a summer favorite!" by Suspense MagazineTHE NEWCOMER is an IndieNext pick for May and bound to be one of the season's hottest reads.

Letty Carnahan is in trouble. She’s on the run from New York City; she has her four-year-old niece, Maya in tow, and her sister was found dead in the entry hall of her glamorous townhome. Letty believes she knows who did it: her sister’s awful, money-grubbing ex-husband, Eli Wingfield.

Letty can’t forget her sister Tara’s insistence: “if anything bad ever happens to me–It’s Eli. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.”

But run where? The only clue Tara has left behind is a faded magazine story about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Certain that the police and Tara’s ex are hot on her trail, Letty leaves her own life behind without a backwards glance, knowing she will somehow get justice for Tara, and sets out for her destination–The Murmuring Surf.

The Surf, as regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit but quarrelsome group of retirees and snowbirds who regard this newcomer and her adorable niece with suspicion and more than a little curiosity. There’s a No Vacancy sign swinging from the neon motel marquee, but the motel’s longtime owner Ava DeCurtis takes Letty in, offers her a room and eventually a job, much to the disapproval of Ava’s cynical son Joe, a local police detective whose every instinct tells him that Letty is a dangerous fugitive, possibly even a kidnapper and murderer.

As Letty tries to settle into her new life and help heal Maya’s trauma, she’s preoccupied as her late sister’s troubled past and connection to the motel are revealed, all while trying to deal with the attractive detective’s unwelcome advances. Is Joe a would-be suitor? Or a cop determined to betray her confidence and put her behind bars?

Meet the Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Photo by Bill Miles
MARY KAY ANDREWS is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels (including Hello, Summer; Sunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The Weekenders; Beach Town; Save the Date; Ladies’ Night; Christmas Bliss; Spring Fever; Summer Rental; The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish; Blue Christmas; Savannah Breeze; Hissy Fit; Little Bitty Lies; and Savannah Blues), and one cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she earned a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia. After a 14-year career working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.

Her first novel, Every Crooked Nanny, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. In 2002, she assumed the pen name Mary Kay Andrews with the publication of Savannah Blues. In 2006, Hissy Fit became her first New York Times bestseller, followed by twelve more New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers. To date, her novels have been published in German, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech and Japanese.

She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, GA, where they cook up new recipes in two restored beach homes, The Breeze Inn and Ebbtide—both named after fictional places in Mary Kay’s novels, and both available to rent through Tybee Vacation Rentals. In between cooking, spoiling her grandkids, and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I can’t wait to listen to the audio version of this book. Don’t you just love a good “beach read” and all the fun characters that go with it? Doesn’t this sound like a fun book?


  1. It does sound like a heap of fun - though it is too long since I have read a book on the beach. Any beach.

  2. This does sound like a fun summer read. A lot is going on in the story, which I like.

  3. We all need a great "beach read" distraction : )

  4. I really like the setting and context for this one, Mason! And Letty sounds like a well-drawn character. There's just something about a good beach read, isn't there/? Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sounds like she really is swimming with the sharks in that story.

  6. It's getting time for fun beach reads like this.

  7. Definitely sounds like a good beach read!

  8. Love the sound of this one - love beach reads!

  9. The first book I read by this wonderful author was Summer Rental. This new one sounds awesome.


  10. Congratulations, MaryKay. 27 books? Wow!!!

  11. This book sounds like so much fun! Looking forward to reading it.


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