A Lighthouse, Rumrunners, Watermen, and Murder


The Chesapeake Bay in the 1920s stars in a new book.
In a lonely lighthouse on the bay in 1924, a lighthouse keeper lies dead. The identity of the killer is hidden in a tangle of bootleggers, speakeasy operators, watermen, oyster pirates, and Prohibition police in the waterfront towns of St Michaels, Cambridge, and Crisfield.

Death at the Lighthouse, a new mystery by Easton author John Reisinger is based on a real-life case, and blends fact and fiction to bring back the Eastern Shore in the Roaring 20s. The story even includes appearances by H.L. Mencken, Houdini, Gaston Means, and J. Millard Tawes.

The real star, however, is the Chesapeake Bay area of the 1920s, with its fleets of skipjacks, majestic steamboats, and its thriving oyster industry centered in Crisfield, not to mention its bootleggers and rumrunners. As picturesque as it was, the bay was a hard and unforgiving place, with danger and disaster always close by. The areas around the bay are shallow, but passions can run deep.

Death at the Lighthouse is the latest in the Max Hurlock Roaring 20s Mysteries. Each book is based on a real-life case from the era and features notes explaining the case and the various historic people and events in the story. Previous books in the series include Death of a Flapper and Death on a Golden Isle.  John Reisinger is also the author of Master Detective. His website is www.johnreisinger.com.

Death at the Lighthouse is available in local bookstores and on the web in both paperback and ebook editions.



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