Shipwreck Point Mysteries


Murder. Scandal. Can one man’s troubled conscience save an innocent woman from a terrible fate?

1894, Whitby, Massachusetts. Hard-working attorney Titus Strong's last win left him riddled with guilt. Fleeing the shame of freeing a murderer, he retreats to a seaside community notorious for gambling, booze, and bawdy houses. 

But befriending the town madam becomes his newest controversy when she’s accused of murder.

With the scarlet woman slammed behind bars, Titus is convinced she didn’t pull the trigger and sets about clearing her name. But between shipwrecks, hidden loot, and blackmail in the village, the persistent lawyer finds himself on the wrong end of something far more dangerous than a smoking gun.

Can Titus redeem himself and free a blameless woman before she’s sentenced to death?

The Case of the Mysterious Madam is the atmospheric first book in the Shipwreck Point historical mysteries series. 

If you like tormented heroes, small-town scandals, and complex twists and turns, then you’ll love Elise M. Stone’s tale of redemption.

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Previously published as Unsafe Harbor.



Criminal Defense Attorney Titus Strong never wanted to be a hero.

But he has a talent for winning impossible cases.

As the prominent lawyer prepares to leave his self-imposed exile in Shipwreck Point, a seaside town south of Boston, his confidential secretary persuades him to take one more client.

Alain DeGarmo, a gifted artist with a volatile temper, is sure gallery owner Walter Baumann has replaced the best painting in his show with a forgery. Getting nowhere with threats, he hires Titus to force Baumann to pay him for the painting he is sure was sold.

A simple enough task, and with Elisabeth Wade’s soft brown eyes pleading for his help, he agrees to take the case.

When the gallery owner is found murdered, the simple case becomes complicated.

The police look no further than the artist for a suspect.

The painter persists in antagonizing everyone involved.

Will Titus be able to uncover the real murderer and prove the artist’s innocence?

Or will his efforts be thwarted by his unruly client?

Be sure to read this mystery with a dash of romance to find out.

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Sometimes dead men do tell tales.


Titus Strong, criminal defense attorney, has had some unusual clients since moving to Shipwreck Point. But none as extraordinary as Fannie Tyler.

The beautiful young widow still talks to her husband every day, even though he perished in a blizzard six years ago.

And he talks back.

Through him, Fannie brings the bereaved women of Whitby communications from beyond the grave.

Her séances aren’t enough to support herself and her son, and in summer she rents rooms to vacationers from Boston. This year, a nearby theater in the formerly family-friendly neighborhood has booked a burlesque troupe.

And the visitors are moving out.

In desperate financial straits, Fannie asks the lawyer to convince the theater owner to replace the scandalous show.

But when the proprietor is found murdered, and all the clues point to his client, Titus must change course.

Will the clever defense attorney be able to prove Fannie’s innocence?

Or will the stunning sibyl be fated to join her spouse by way of the hangman’s noose?

Read The Case of the Comely Clairvoyant to find out!

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