Waterlogged is the first book in A Murder by the Sea series by Carol Ann Ross.
There are three communities on Topsail Island: Surf City, Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach. Residents of all three enjoy a low-key, laid-back lifestyle most months of the year. Folks stop and chat for a few minutes at the grocery store, romantic souls stroll leisurely along the beach, searching for sand dollars and shark's teeth. Many relax by fishing and boating in the calm coastal waters. Yes, life is easy.
But when summer arrives and vacationers flock to the Island, things change. The pace quickens as the population quadruples. Smells of suntan lotion and outdoor barbeques permeate the air. A constant ripple of wakes made by boaters fills the waterways and beaches become crowded with sunbathers and surfers frolicking in the Atlantic.
There is no doubt that tourist season is a far cry from the easygoing off-season months. To most, it is a time for fun in the sun on Topsail Island. But for a few, it's just plain old murder.