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THE WINTER HAS BEEN brutally cold, leaving Rye Harbor frozen solid.  Finally, the weather warms and the ice begins to breakup and drift out to sea.  That’s when a woman’s body is found under a slab of ice left by the outgoing tide.  Max, the bartender at Ben’s Place recognizes that it is her Aunt’s partner and that begins a series of events that will eventually threaten Max’s life as well.  It is up to her best friend, Jack Beale, to unravel the mystery.


Call it what you will, but sometimes life changing events begin in the most innocent and unexpected ways.  For Jack Beale that moment came on a perfect summer morning as he stood overlooking Rye Harbor when something caught his eye.  In that small space between the bow of his boat and the float to which it was tied, a lifeless body had become wedged as the tide tried to sweep it out to sea.  That discovery, and the arrival of Daniel would begin a series of events that would eventually take Max from him.  Who was the victim?  Why was Daniel there and what was his interest in Max?  Was there a connection?  And, so began a journey that would take Jack from Rye Harbor to Newport, RI and, eventually Belize, as he searched for answers. 

MALCOM AND POLLY were living their dream, running a North Country Bed & Breakfast they named the Quilt House Inn. The Inn was known for two things, the collection of antique quilts on display and miles of running and hiking trails for their guests use. Jack, training for his first trail marathon, The Rockdog Run, heard about the Inn and hatched a plan whereby he and Max could enjoy a romantic get-a-way and he could get in some quality trail training. For his plan to work, Dave and Patti joined them at the Inn. Meanwhile, in the weeks leading up to the marathon, a delusional antique dealer developed a fascination with one of the quilts on display in the Inn and It wasn’t long before Malcom and Polly’s dream and the four friends became forever entwined in a deadly mystery spanning two hundred years and 26.2 miles. Running a marathon is challenging enough by itself. Doing so on trails and starting before sunrise, in the dark, on a cold November day is even more daunting. When Jack trips and falls, landing on the lifeless body of an unknown runner, the race becomes a true "killer run".

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Unseen forces at play may dramatically change the quiet seaside town of Rye Harbor forever. It’s early spring, and one of the town’s oldest homes, the Francis House, has just gone up in flames, revealing a badly burned body in the ashes. With help from an unexpected source, Jack and his friend Tom, the Police Chief, unravel the mystery fueled by a broken heart, a secret real estate deal, and a deadly double-cross.

Spring has arrived in the small New Hampshire coastal town of Rye Harbor and all seemed right in the world. Jack Beale and Max, the feisty red haired bartender at Ben’s Place, are back together after their split up the previous year and are looking forward to enjoying a carefree summer together. Then, someone who they thought was just a memory reappears, pursued by a psychotic killer. When he ends up dead, Jack and Max become the killer’s new targets. What should have been an easy, relaxing summer for Jack, Max and his cat, Cat, becomes a battle of wits and a fight for survival.

KD Mason has created a quintessential New England mystery that keeps you guessing at every turn!  The vivid  imagery captures your imagination and transports you from a small New England town to the Caribbean and back.  The characters quickly become dear friends ... or are they enemies?

Tara Laurent, Chief

Greenland, NH Police Dept.

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Harbor Ice and Changing Tides
A SUMMER HEAT WAVE blankets the New Hampshire seacoast. In an attempt to beat the heat, Jack’s best friend, Dave, arranges for a day of fishing far off shore on the boat Miss Cookie. Even though they land only a few fish, they pronounce the day a great success — until Jack spots smoke on the horizon and they convince the reluctant captain to bring them to investigate. What they find will have a profound effect upon all of their lives as they deal with the consequences of an
“Unexpected Catch is KD Mason at his finest!  This is not a book the reader will be able to put on the nightstand or back in the beach bag; rather, a compelling story that draws the reader towards Jack’s most unexpected rescue, preparing readers for another chapter in the continuing saga of Jack Beale and company.”
Captain Michael Sosik
F/V Bigger ‘n Better, York Harbor, ME
President, Northeast Charterboat Captains Assn.

JACK AND MAX HIRE a delivery skipper, TJ, to bring her catamaran from Belize to Rye Harbor, New Hampshire. TJ takes on a mysterious woman as crew in Florida, but after she jumps ship in Gloucester, TJ enlists Jack’s help for the final leg of the delivery. In Gloucester, TJ, an incorrigible womanizer, reconnects with a former lover and crew mate, and that chance meeting triggers a search for a black schooner from his past—along with the chance it affords for closure and revenge. His search takes him through Kennebunkport, Boothbay, and Camden, Maine, and finally to the Isles of Shoals, where TJ and Jack’s friend Tom, the police chief of Rye Harbor, become targets of an unknown killer.