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Coffee, Elvis Presley, Detective stories, Relationships, resilience, loss, hope.

Troubled Waters
by R. Wesley Clement

A man walks into a bar …. Welcome to Troubled Waters, your friendly neighborhood watering hole in the Old Port of Portland, Maine, where that old joke takes on a life of its own amid a lively cast of characters: Jacob the gentle giant, Freddy the fixture, Quentin the troubled professor, Sean injured but ever resilient, wife and nurse Stella, and a female singer named Elvis. Linger over a brew, sing along with timeless classics belted out by Jacob and Elvis. Order up some of Stella’s gotta-have fish chowder. Pause, ponder, raise a glass and return to the sea— if only in your mind. Woven throughout this mystery are personal stories of hopes and dreams, loss and tears, the good, the bad and the criminally obsessed. Come on in and join the gang for a tale of tragedy and resilience, mystery and madness. There’s nothing like a cup of brew and a good sense of humor to keep the wind in your sails in troubled times.

The author of As it Lies and This Old House, R. Wesley Clement was moved by real-life drama to write this third book, a tale of grief, hope and resilience. After losing three brothers and another family member recovering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Clement started writing to keep his mind occupied. In the process, accompanied by his ever present cup of joe, he began pondering how coffee fuels us in times of joy, loss, relationship-building and healing, acting as co-pilot during our drive to work. In Troubled Waters coffee helps drive the dialogue.

Runner, reader, writer and frustrated karaoke singer, the author lives with his wife in Palm Coast, Florida. The tenth child of fifteen and an educator for twenty-nine years, R. Wesley Clement has enough whimsical life stories dancing through his head to fill a hundred books. Only ninety-seven to go.


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