Myrtle Beach Whodunit In Stock at Sunset River!

Local bookstores have sold out of Troy D. Nooe’s popular murder mystery, “The Ocean Forest: Murder in Myrtle Beach,” but it is available now at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C.

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “We’ve had people from North and South Carolina calling us about the book because they know we stock many works by local authors. Troy just delivered a supply to us, and I can’t wait to read the book myself. I love a good mystery, especially one that’s set in 1940s Myrtle Beach.”

“The Ocean Forest” was inspired by the hotel of the same name. McKeller is a low budget gumshoe who travels to the beach for a wedding and ends up staying after being pulled into his first murder case. He is out of his element at the exclusive Ocean Forest Hotel. His encounters with local characters and landmarks are as important to the plots as the various mysteries he finds himself facing in the land of sun, surf, golf and gators. Frankie finds himself asking question after question that people in the budding tourist community of old Myrtle Beach don’t want answered.

“The Ocean Forest” is part of a two-book deal that author Troy Nooe (pronounced NO-EE) has with the Ingalls Publishing Group. The second book in the mystery series is “Damn Yankee,” which is scheduled for release in early 2012.

These retro mysteries combine classic noir suspense with local historical fact, giving his series an authentic beach feel which is sure to appeal to locals and visitors alike.

“I wanted to bring the Ocean Forest Hotel to life in my stories,” Nooe says. “I did a lot of research and interviews while writing the books and I wanted to use fiction to give a sense of history to an area whose history is largely ignored.”
Like his main character, the author is originally from Baltimore, Md. He has lived in Myrtle Beach for close to 15 years but has only recently begun referring to himself as a local.

When he isn't pecking away at his computer or working for the man, this hard boiled writer, who will tell you that you can find him drinking rotgut whiskey in some gin mill with loose women and wise cracking roughnecks, is more often hanging out with his three kids.

Sunset River Marketplace is stocking the popular mystery just in time for the holidays. The eclectic gallery has a brand new supply of local books, artisan-crafted Christmas ornaments and a broad range of fine art and equally fine crafts.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. For more information, call 910-575-5999 and visit the website: To join the email list for the monthly Coffee With the Authors presentation, send an email to: Daily updates and special offers are listed on the gallery’s Facebook page.