Secrets Haunt The Lobster’s Sea

I’ll guarantee one thing about Charlene D’Avanzo’s new novel, Secrets Haunt the Lobster Sea, designed and produced by Maine Authors Publishing: you will not figure out the murderer until Charlene discloses it. You might think you know, but you won’t.

I enjoy lots of things about Charlene’s novels featuring Mara Tusconi, an ocean scientist. The plots and characters are intriguing, the dialogue very realistic (including our Maine dialect), and I always learn a lot about Maine’s ocean and the critters that live there.

That’s because Charlene is a marine ecologist and award-winning environmental educator who has studied the Maine coast for more than 40 years. She’s an avid sea kayaker who lives on Little John Island in Yarmouth.

I learned a lot about lobsters in her new novel and appreciated that climate change is an important part of the plot. Knowing something about the serious impacts of climate change on Maine’s oceans and ocean critters, and having spent time on several Maine islands, I found Charlene’s novel very anchored in reality.

Well, except for that murder (I hope)!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.