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Novel Set in O.C. to Benefit Ocean City Museum Society
Latest title in the Ocean City series looks to raise funds for local charity
June 15, 2015
Ocean City, MD — Big Blow, the third novel in Preston Pairo's Ocean City Mystery series, is looking to do more than provide beachgoers with lighthearted summertime entertainment. It's raising funds for the Ocean City Museum Society.
Available exclusively as an eBook from Amazon.com for $3, for every copy of Big Blow purchased from Amazon through the Labor Day weekend, the novel's publisher will donate $1 to the Ocean City Museum Society.
For the author, who spent summers growing up at his family's Beachmark condominium and was later married at St. Paul's By The Sea, Ocean City has always held a special place in his heart—and his writing. Pairo says, "Like lots of other people, when I'm not in Ocean City I'm often thinking about it—so making the town a setting for my books makes it even better. Plus, when I write about Ocean City, I can control the weather."
Like Pairo's two previous Ocean City novels, Big Blow features Dallas Henry, a lawyer-in-exile who now operates a less-than-stellar boardwalk motel and ends up being tugged from his beach chair to unravel a local murder (or two). But these deaths come with a particular lighthearted beach flavor, where there are more laughs than bullets.
In Big Blow, Dallas becomes a prime suspect when a local real estate developer turns up dead. And when the dead developer is Reg Waterhouse, add Waterhouse’s estranged younger wife, Amanda to the list of those with motive. Fortunately—or maybe not—at the time of Waterhouse’s murder, Dallas and Amanda were both in bed—with each other, as chance would have it. (Cross his heart, Dallas didn’t know she was married.)
Despite these mutual alibis, Police Chief Rupert Dawson isn’t convinced of Amanda’s innocence, and offers to overlook Dallas’ ever-growing stack of parking tickets if he’ll keep an eye on the business-minded widow. The chief would also like Dallas’ help in finding whoever swiped the old artillery gun from in front of the VFW hall and is using it to fire live rounds at new real estate projects, blowing up bulldozers and otherwise upsetting the mayor.
A humorous romp along the O.C. coast, Big Blow features adulterous real estate developers, gin-swigging octogenarian tree huggers, loony psychiatrists, hundreds of watermelons, a Ferris wheel, a stolen Howitzer, and all of Dallas’ helpers who, often times, aren’t really helping.
Although only available by download from Amazon.com, Big Blow can read on most any device (Kindle, iPad, Mac, smartphone, or PC) with Amazon's free Kindle reading app, and can be borrowed for free by Amazon Prime members.
Preston Pairo is a Maryland lawyer and writer, who has published 11 novels and over 400 short stories. His contemporary romance, The Builder, set on Maryland's Eastern Shore, was released earlier this year. More information can be found at http://www.prestonpairo.com
To purchase this eBook: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Blow-Tale-Ocean-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00O0EQ8O4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1435090464&sr=8-1&keywords=big+blow
Vanishing Ocean City
Memories From Maryland's Famous Beach Resort
A 220 page coffee table book with over 500 images. This book follows Ocean City history from 1870's to present day. Over seven years in the making, this book includes memories from many local residents and visitors. It describes storms, fires and long vanished hotels. A must have for anyone who loves Ocean City!
The Plot of the Perilous Pirate
Captain Smitty Takes Ocean City, MD
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The Ocean City Crab Calamity
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U.S. Life Saving Coloring Book
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Haunted Ocean City and Berlin
Mindie Burgoyne tells tales of Ghosts and Hauntings in Ocean City and Berlin. From the Life-Saving Station Museum at the Inlet to the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin and many places in between, the reader is treated to an accurate history mixed with tales of ghosts and first hand accounts. A must have for anyone interested in local ghost lore.
Murder on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Race, Politics and the Case of Orphan Jones
Murder on Maryland's Eastern Shore, by former Worcester County, Maryland State's Attorney Joseph E. Moore, explores the racially charged case of Euel Lee, alias Orphan Jones, an African American worker accused of murdering his white employer and family. Moore restructs the crime and ensuing trial of Orphan Jones against the backdrop of Jim Crow politics, which was very much a part of America in the 1930's.
Ocean City, Maryland: A Pictorial History
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Worcester County Maryland’s Arcadia
Published by Worcester County Historical Society
In compiling this book, the authors have endeavored to compress their findings into readable prose, tracing the County's embryonic settlement, an isolated pocket of independent people whose words and accents long bore the Elizabethan stamp, its socio-economic progress and crises involving boundary disputes and wars, near and far. This adventure traverses the long aisles of the misty past from which arose the hamlets, villages and towns dependent upon the products of a mellow soil and often angry sea.
102 Gentlemen & A Lady
The Story of the Atlantic Hotel Company in Ocean City, Maryland
The Ocean City Museum Society is proud to announce the arrival of this newly published book sold exclusively on this website and in the Museum gift shop. This book is a narrative of the very earliest days of Ocean City and the interesting people who invested in and founded the town. It contains the biographies of the one hundred two men and one woman that formed the Atlantic Hotel Company. George & Suzanne Hurley predict in their foreword written for this book that "102 Gentlemen & A Lady will become a must read, and that it will be the bible that historians and readers in general will reach for when studying the history of Ocean City, Maryland." Softcover
Tides of March 50th Anniversary Reprint
Book originally printed in 1962 by Bill & Beryl Dryden documenting the March Storm of 1962 and its effect on Ocean City, Maryland
City on the Sand
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Greetings from Ocean City
With Price Guide
Visit the Ocean City, Maryland that your grandparents visited. Historic photographs preserve images from the 1900s when bonneted women wore full-length dresses on the boardwalk. Then travel to the 1970s, when the crowds stopped at 38th Street. Aerial views help trace the island's development from a remote Victorian seaside village to the advent of high-rise concos and resort hotels. Look back at the city's long-favorite attractions: the Boardwalk ant the Fishing Pier. See famous landmarks like the Atlantic Hotel and the Ocean City Life-Saving Station. Venture to nearby attractions at the Ocean Downs Raceway, Frontier Town and Assateague Island. Pictures and text beautifully summarize the history of this popular summer vacation area.
A thoroughly documented and detailed account of the German U-boat attacks on United States ships off the east and Gulf coast during WWII. A must for any library. A good read. 345 pages, photographs, soft cover.
Shipwrecks & Rescues
Along the Barrier Islands of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia
The barrier islands of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia produced dramatic tales of shipwrecks and heroic rescues by the United States Life-Saving Service. Wrecks from 1875 to 1914 are featured along with rare photographs of the life-saving stations, surfmen and the shipwrecked. 176 pages, b&w, soft cover.
Shipwrecks of Delmarva
National Geographic presents Shipwrecks of Delmarva. This map shows the locations of over 2,400 wrecks from the waters off of the Delaware Coast to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Locations of life-saving stations, lighthouses, and lightships are accurately marked. Featured wrecks from mid 1600's galleons to 20th century Naval Ships. Dimensions 28"x35"
Waves of Reflection
A documentary of surfing in Delaware and Maryland beginning in 1962; although local in content, it is universal in spirit. Family, friends, and attitude are at the soul of the sport.
Once Upon a Sand Dune
Ocean City, Maryland - A historic documentary DVD
Share in the history and heritage of Ocean City, Maryland, a village that emerged from bankruptcy to become a billion dollar resort. Meet people who made it possible. Experience shipwrecks and rescues, violent coastal storms and German U-boats sinking ships near the shore. Be introduced to the women who built the large hotels, the boardwalk merchants and the men who fished the waters off the coast. Experience the flavor of life as it was on this once desolate barrier island.
Enjoy rare film footage and exquisite photographs that have been selected from the Life-Saving Station Museum's extensive photograph collection to enhance the story of Maryland's only seaside resort.
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The Storm of 1962 DVD
The Ash Wednesday Storm
A Terry Sterner Film
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Life-Saving Station Museum T-Shirt
Ocean City, Maryland T-Shirt
with size and color choice.
Price: S M L XL - $12.98
Surf’s Up T-Shirt
Surf's Up - Riding the Waves of Change - Tee
Please Specify Size small to xxxlarge - Hanes 100% cotton T-shirt with "Surf's Up" Photograph
OCLSS Museum Baseball Caps
Adjustable Baseball Cap with Life-Saving Service Logo -
with color choice.
OCLSS Museum Tote Bag
with color preference navy or forest green.
Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum Mug
White - with Attractive Surfman Design. Perfect for coffee, tea or water. Microwave safe.
Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum Ornament
Laser engraved wooden ornament with red ribbon - Featuring the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum's Logo. Makes a great gift. Made in Ocean Pines, Maryland.
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