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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Beach Town

beach Town
ISBN: 1250065933
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 5/19/2015
Format: Other
My Rating: 4 Stars
Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame.
Now Greer has been given one more chance—a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino—which will be perfect for the film’s climax—when the bad guys blow it up in an all-out assault on the townspeople.
Greer slips into town and is ecstatic to find the last unspoilt patch of the Florida gulf coast. She takes a room at the only motel in town, and starts working her charm. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. Eben is a born-again environmentalist who’s seen huge damage done to the town by a huge paper company. The bay has only recently been re-born, a fishing industry has sprung up, and Eben has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.
Will true love find a foothold in this small beach town before it’s too late and disaster strikes? Told with Mary Kay Andrews inimitable wit and charm, Beach Town is this year’s summer beach read!
Better pack this one in your beach bag, as you do not want to leave home without it- for hours of laugh out loud entertainment for summer days and nights. Deliciously Good.
Coming in Paperback
May 3, 2016!
Change of Scene
Change of Scene
A Novella
April 5, 2016
St. Martin's Press
This 100 page prequel novella to Mary Kay Andrews's bestselling novel Beach Town is sure to delight fans and new readers alike.

About the Author

Photo Credit Bill Miles


A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Mary Kay Andrews

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL.

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the Southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriet Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Tom, she has two adult children and two grandchildren. After a three-year hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta. She also owns two restored beach cottages on Tybee Island, GA, both of which are named for fictional locations in her novels.

My Review

Always a fun time with southern charmer, Mary Kay Andrewsand of course, love the Florida setting and the front cover. BEACH TOWN is a "must" for your beach bag for some summertime fun. Highly recommend the audio, narrated by the fabulous Kathleen McInerney for hours of laugh out loud entertainment! Mary Kay Andrews is back with her southern lovable humor and sass with BEACH TOWN, for a summer sizzling beach read of family, drama, and romance, assured to warm your heart. Set in Florida panhandle, Greer is a movie scout, and finding the perfect spot for the big screen is her specialty; especially after her last project. She is given another chance to make things right and she knows if she can find the perfect undiscovered gem beach hideaway, she will score and save her reputation. When she discovers Cypress Key, a laid back Florida beach town, she thinks she has found the idea spot for a big-budget movie. With a marina, a motel, an old fishing pier with a community casino, and miles of pristine beach –this has to be a winner. Unfortunately, as typical in a small town, they do not like outsiders. Cypress Key is no exception. Eben, the town mayor is against Greer’s plans. He wears many hats and runs the town. He is all for revitalizing the town and does not want it to be turned into a commercialized circus. After a paper plant closed, they finally are cleaning up the mess, so he does not need this gal coming in to do more destruction. However, Greer is driven and determined to change his mind. To make things worse, with two strong personalities on opposite sides, they also have chemistry and a strong attraction. To further complicate matters, Greer is dealing with a director and a spoiled leading man, testing her limits. As she is challenged with one obstacle after another, she begins to learn something about herself and the town. At the same time, she may find her own love story. A long- time fan of Atlanta’s Mary Kay Andrews/Kathy Hogan Trocheck, having read all her books, and anxiously await the next- always humor mixed with a heartwarming tale. I listened to the audiobook, and as always Mary Kay Andrews and Kathleen McInerney are a match made in southern heaven. Full of humor, wit, and sass for hours of listening entertainment. As a Florida resident, this town reminded me so much of Lake Worth Beach Complex (Palm Beach County), with its motels, old pier, diners, beach, shops, restaurants, and its old casino (which by the way has just been renovated in 2013). Don’t forget to pack BEACH TOWN, for your summer reading pleasure! Why you are packing, load up with some of her back list - the queen of southern charm and mischief.
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