5 new books by Cape Cod & Islands authors


“Building Provincetown: A Guide to Its Social and Cultural History, Told Through Its Architecture,” by David W. Dunlap (Provincetown Arts Press, 2021)

This is a new color edition of Dunlap’s in-depth and fascinating look at Provincetown. The book includes prose, images from dozens of local photographers, maps, and hundreds of stories to reveal the background of the town’s historic homes, cabins and other buildings, giving a holistic look at the community. This book marks Provincetown Arts Press’s return to publishing after a five-year hiatus. The first two prints of the book in 2015 sold out, so Dunlap’s work has sold out ever since. This version includes a new introduction by architect John DaSilva to accompany the introductions of the original edition.

“The Long Lost Jules”, by Jane Elizabeth Hughes (Spark Press, 2021)

This is the second novel for Hughes, a resident of Centerville, whose “Nannyland” was published in 2016. Her new story centers on a woman named Amy living “a prudent life” as a London private banker until that her loneliness is upset by two people: a little-known stepsister and an Oxford professor who believes she is the long-lost descendant of Henry VIII’s last queen, Katherine Parr. Amy and the professor travel across Europe and put themselves in danger as they try to solve the centuries-old mystery.

“Viral”, by Robin Cook (GP Putnam’s Son, 2021)

Cook, a part-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard and # 1 New York Times bestselling author, releases another medical thriller, this one focused on what happens to a family when a woman contracts a rare and highly fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) during a barbecue on the vacation beach. Cook’s story follows a spread augmented by climate change and explores the role of profit and greed in the healthcare system. Cook has written 38 books, including his breakthrough “Coma” and the recent titles “Genesis”, “Pandemic”, “Charlatans” and “Host”.

“Finding the Writer Within,” Linda Maria Steele (independently published, 2021)

Steele, a writer from West Falmouth, wrote this book during the pandemic, including resources, student anecdotes and writing prompts for what she describes as “the experienced or curious new writer.” The book can be used on its own or as a complementary resource to a writers’ workshop that she teaches with the same title as the class through the Sandwich Arts Alliance. This is his third book, after “Meet Me in My Cape Cod Kitchen” and “Tending the Marsh”.

“Demon Tide”, by Matt Fitzpatrick (Woodhall Press, 2021)

This is the third part of the Justin McGee trilogy written by Fitzpatrick, a former investment management professional who lives full time in Chatham and is a licensed Coast Guard Captain. In this new adventure, McGee is at the heart of the thriving opiate trade between Boston’s North Shore and Nova Scotia. Victims pile up in this thriller as local law enforcement and McGee realize the crimes are starting near their home.

Are you a Cape Cod author with a new book? Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at kdris[email protected] to be considered for future book reviews.


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