Swamp Yankees -- A Different Breed

The people who live in southern Rhode Island are a breed apart. Many of them descend from the men and women who arrived hundreds of years ago, carved out a life despite the rocky soil and dangerous seas, and now want only to preserve that way of life for the generations yet to come.

The Swamp Yankee Mysteries are dedicated to those hard working, hard-edged souls.

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The smallest town in the smallest state has some BIG problems!

Little Penwick Chief of Police Gus Haddock has just been appointed to his job, replacing the former Chief Haddock, his father, who is now in jail.  The state’s Attorney General, who sent the elder Haddock away, has appointed a new Special Master to keep tabs on Gus’ department.  And Chief Haddock’s three tours with the U.S. Army Rangers in the Middle East has left him with a touch of PTSD.

But Gus starts investigating the unusual circumstances regarding the disappearance of the patriarch of the town’s bad-seed local crime family—the case that inspired the Attorney General to send his Dad away.  And then SHE walks in.

The Glitter Girl.  Young, drop-dead gorgeous and apparently deeply involved in the case. Who is she? Why is she living in Little Penwick?  How does she fit in the web of intrigue that links the town, the AG, the Providence Mob and everything else?

Gus Haddock has his hands full. But he’s a Swamp Yankee … the salt-of-the-earth natives who have been carving a living out of the rocky land and dangerous seas in this part of New England for four hundred years … and if anybody can figure out what’s going on, he can.


In the second Swamp Yankee Mystery, the protagonist is Julius Haddock, who is out of jail and looking for revenge.

While he decides the best way to strike back against the corrupt Rhode Island officials, Julius decides to take a new look at some of the cold cases at the Little Penwick PD. The oldest is the murder of Donna Dixon, a 17-year-old who disappeared on her way to a summer job back in 1991.

Julius begins sifting through the old case files, hoping to find a lead that could help him find the killer.

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Book 3 coming: Summer 2022
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