Member News: New Release – Mourning Bay A Port Stirling Mystery

Proud Willamette Writers member Kay Jennings is thrilled to announce the release of Mourning Bay, book six, in her popular ‘A Port Stirling Mystery’ series. Set on the rugged southern Oregon coast, her fictional Port Stirling is a stand-in for Bandon, the area in which she grew up. “From my first WW Conference in 2019, I never believed I could have this level of success in my self-publishing adventure,” Jennings said.

Mourning Bay is a story about a suicide that might not be. “A prominent local woman, Hannah Oakley, drives to beautiful Mourning Bay State Park on the rugged southern Oregon coast, leaves her glasses and a mysterious note on a piece of driftwood, and then walks into the bay, committing suicide – or does she?

  Police chief Matt Horning makes a promise to the woman’s grieving husband to further investigate the disappearance of his wife, but with no body, no crime scene, and no witnesses, he doesn’t have much to go on. Matt’s colleagues join in to solve this twisty case, but will an aggressive new detective in the Port Stirling police department upset the camaraderie of the local cops?

  Is it suicide or is it murder? And if it’s murder, is Hannah’s disappearance just the beginning of a new evil in their community?

  From its puzzling, mysterious opening to its shocking conclusion, Mourning Bay, book 6 in the Port Stirling Mystery series, will remind you not to accept life at face value.

Readers rate the Port Stirling Mystery series an average of 4.5 stars!

“..Brisk, instantly engaging police procedural series.” – The Oregonian.

A “can’t put down” book – Kay Jennings is my new favorite mystery-thriller writer! Excellent and descriptive writing, with engaging and fully developed characters (both good and bad), and intriguing plots. Complex crimes are solved by a close-knit team of police and Federal investigators. Unique personal lives are woven into the narrative. One of the most important main characters is the beautiful but tempestuous Oregon coast and landscape, with cliffs, coves, rivers, and forests. – Judy, Amazon verified purchase

Loved it. – The author has created characters who are believable. My wife and I refer to the characters by their first name, as if they are personal friends. Kay Jennings tells the story with just enough words, no long empty dialogue, no overly graphic sex scenes, just enough of everything to engage your imagination. – David, Amazon verified purchase

Kept me up at night – Love the setting, the characters and the twists and turns of this all-round good mystery series. Always building tension to surprising endings! – Dorcas, Amazon verified purchase

As usual, excellent – Amazing writing; amazing story, wonderful characters and it’s always nice to see the growth of their relationships/friendships! Absolutely loved it! – Little Bird, Amazon verified purchase

GREAT read! Best one yet! – I’ve read all Kay’s Port Stirling books, and I recommend you read the series in order. Wonderful characters, superb settings on the Oregon Coast, engaging stories with endings you’ll love. – WVR, Amazon verified purchase

Loved this one – Well-plotted, fast-paced, a satisfying addition to this enjoyable series. The genuine affection among the various characters lifts my spirits even as horrible crimes are being committed. Just enough bad-guy action to justify the genre. – Lucy, Amazon verified purchase.

Follow Kay at her website.