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Publisher's Summary

In this quirky low-key murder mystery, Storm Ketchum, a damaged emigre to the coastal town of Avon on North Carolina's Outer Banks, likes to mind his own business and isn't any kind of detective - until he's forced to become one by extraordinary circumstances.
On the verge of losing his modest waterfront home to an unscrupulous developer, Ketch stumbles onto the scene of a crime that might expose the perpetrator of an unsolved murder and enable him to save not only his own home, but also the similarly threatened bohemian boatyard community he's inexorably drawn into. And in case Plan A fails, he's hard at work on a Plan B that's both laudable and pitiable - if he can't stop them from seizing his property and ruining what's left of his historic town, he's hell-bent on turning the event into a political statement.
Together with his loyal dog, a salty charter boat captain, the sketchy denizens of the boatyard, and an alluring scuba diving instructor who may or may not have a hidden agenda, Ketch struggles to make sense of his new reality, while trying to save some of the things that really matter along the way.
©2014 Garrett D. Schanck (P)2015 Garrett D. Schanck
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Critic Reviews

"When a wealthy developer suspected of murder comes offering money for the land, Ketch is the last to hold out. Ketch's knowledge of the island is professorial, something that will appeal to readers who adore a strong sense of place. The accented dialogue creates the right southern atmosphere... A good effort." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Garrett Dennis' Port Starbird has everything that a fun, summer weather novel should have - adventure, romance, beautiful beaches, guitar playing, underwater excursions, and, of course, murder mystery intrigue!" (Red City Review)
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By trish on 05-13-15

Really enjoyable mystery with great scenery

If you could sum up Port Starbird in three words, what would they be?

Port Starbird is a fun mystery adventure story of Storm Ketchum, a jack of all trades who resides in Wilminton, NC a beautiful small coastal town. The story nicely winds together 3 subplots involving shady characters, a home in peril, and a romance. Three words to describe Port Starbird are: splendific, hapless romance, and noble.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Port Starbird?

I loved the suspense of the deep sea dive and the suspicious characters. I also enjoyed the mystery around the girlfriend--was she involved in the crime?

Which character – as performed by DJ Holte – was your favorite?

I most loved the Captain

Who was the most memorable character of Port Starbird and why?

I most enjoyed the main character of Storm. He was well developed and a fun character to get to know.

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By Patrick on 04-24-15

Totally Enjoyable

Where does Port Starbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have done many audiobooks. The reading was a 9-out-of-10 in my experience. Good understanding of the material, good characterization of the characters, on top of a pleasant, interesting, non-sensationalized story made this book a pleasure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Port Starbird?

I thought the singing of one of the songs in the book was a pleasant surprise. I don't think I've run into such a thing previously in an audiobook. Very pleasant, very unexpected, very good fit into the storyline, the way it was done.

What about DJ Holte’s performance did you like?

Mr. Holte's reading was always clear, pleasant, and in-character. He added to the tale, I believe, and nowhere did I ever feel he detracted from it.

Who was the most memorable character of Port Starbird and why?

Tough question. At my age I remember so little 8-). Yet, I seem to remember all the characters. The unassuming Mr. Ketchum was nicely painted and easily remembered, except for his name, but that is my problem, not his. Perhaps the most memorable character is the skipper in the song Mr. Ketchum wrote. Makes ya wish you could have met the old salt.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful little story, infused with real-feeling characters and laced with enough reality for one to really care about the characters and the outcome. I will be reading, or more probably listening, to Garrett Dennis' next installment in the life of Storm Ketchum.

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