Secrets Don't Sink



Secrets Don’t Sink: A Chattertowne Mystery
by K. B. Jackson

About Secrets Don’t Sink 


Secrets Don’t Sink: A Chattertowne Mystery
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Chattertowne, Washington- a small riverfront community in the Pacific Northwest
Level Best Books (July 4, 2023)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 308 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1685123899
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1685123895
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C83SGJ23


Loose lips may sink ships, but bodies and secrets will always float to the surface.

Audrey O’Connell has returned from Portland to her hometown of Chattertowne, Washington, a place where gossip is currency but knowing when to stay tight-lipped is priceless. Procuring a part-time job at the local newspaper to keep an eye on her impetuous sister following Vivienne’s latest romantic scandal, Audrey is assigned a feature series for the upcoming festival which has her digging through the town archives in search of anything interesting. When her former boyfriend Marcus is found floating dead in the marina not long after reaching out to her in hopes of utilizing her research skills, her investigation reveals his conspiracy theories about Chattertowne and corruption within its leadership might not have been so crazy after all.

As she plumbs the depths of the town’s 150-year history, she discovers that beneath the fa├žade of this idyllic hamlet lie secrets long-submerged–including within her own family–and finds herself in the crosshairs of those who guard them.

Now with three dead bodies, an intense case of aquaphobia, and a narrow window before her deadline, Audrey looks to City Manager Holden, octogenarian historian Mildred, and her enigmatic almost-boyfriend Darren to help her discover the truth that will forever change her and Chattertowne.

About K.B. Jackson

Kate B Jackson (KB Jackson) is an author of mystery novels for grownups and mystery/adventure novels for kids. She lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and has four mostly grown children. A part-time genealogist, she loves to craft stories with elements of history and family dynamics.

Q&A With the Author:

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The research! The funny thing is I originally set the book in New Hampshire, a place where I’ve never set foot, before moving it to the Pacific Northwest where I live. I learned all about the New England area and the indigenous Pennacook People of that region. I used Google Earth to virtually drive the roads so that I could accurately describe the region. Ultimately, though, this was a story meant to be in the Pacific Northwest. I love research, sometimes too much. It can be quite a distraction from the actual writing.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

I am currently writing book 3 in my Cruising Sisters Mysteries (Tule Publishing) about two sisters in their 50s who live full time on a cruise ship and travel the world solving mysteries. The first three books will be out in 2024, starting with Until Depths Do Us Part April 30th. Book 2 in the Chattertowne Mysteries is written and in the editing phase. It’s due for release July 2024. I also write a Middle Grade mystery/adventure series called “Sasquatch Hunters.” Books 2 and 3 will release in 2024.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I have one more contracted book to write in the Chattertowne series and I will know more next year about whether any or all of the three series will continue. Publishing eight books in two years is a significant undertaking, so I’m hoping to slow the pace a bit.

How long have you been writing?

I have notebooks going back to my college days of stories I started but never completed. My first short story was published in a literary anthology in 2014. I started writing Secrets Don’t Sink in 2004, but then I set the notebook aside when I had my youngest son which was misplaced until 2015. I completed the first draft of the book in 2018, so it technically took me 14 years to write it! Now I write multiple books a year.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I’m so grateful for readers. There are so many things you could be spending your free time doing, so many distractions. Thank you also for your feedback, both positive and negative. It helps me learn and grow as a writer. I feel honored to have the opportunity to share my stories with you.

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