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January 9, 2013

Reading Corner | Myrtle Beach area author brings back gumshoe in sequel

He’s back.

He’s back.

Local author Troy D. Nooe’s gumshoe of sorts, Frankie McKeller, has returned in the sequel to “The Ocean Forest” in Nooe’s latest book, “Damn Yankee.”

After just barely saving the day in his first Myrtle Beach adventure, McKeller landed a gig as The Ocean Forest hotel’s private investigator, though he is anything but professional and a borderline alcoholic.

In the review of “The Ocean Forest,” I mentioned that I didn’t really care for McKeller as a character. Well, he’s growing on me.

He still drinks too much, gets into brawls and bungles up the business of solving mysteries, but he’s truthful, stubborn in all the good ways and somehow even charming.

You hear people say all the time how a book they read was so good they “couldn’t put it down.” Well, I can honestly say I read “Damn Yankee” from cover to cover in one sitting.

It is a quick read, but a good one that’s fun and keeps you guessing on two fronts, because in this book McKeller is tackling two cases at once. The first is hotel business (at least at first) when a guest comes to Myrtle Beach searching for her missing daughter. The other is a favor for a gal McKeller just might be in love with; one of her good friends turned up dead in Atlantic Beach and the police won’t investigate because the sheriff “was elected to take care of the law-abiding citizens of [Horry] County. As far as [he’s] concerned, the rest can kill themselves left and right.”

This doesn’t sit right with McKeller, and his determination to do the right thing and track down an innocent black girl’s killer is most admirable and where his true character comes shining through.

Another factor I can appreciate about the sequel is that it isn’t necessary for you to have read its predecessor, although I recommend it just for the pleasure of reading a good book. I say the same about “Damn Yankee.”

Both books were published by Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc. “The Ocean Forest” is $14.95 in print and “Damn Yankee” is $15.95. Visit or find the books on Amazon in print or as ebooks.

Nooe will be doing a book signing at Liberty Taproom on Jan. 14 from 5-8 p.m. The restaurant is at 7651 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Call 839-4677.

Free author event and more

Local author Peter F. Warren will be at The Carolina Forest Library on Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. for a free author talk and book signing,

Warren is the author of “Confederate Gold and Silver,” a story of the lost Confederate treasury and its missing gold and silver. Warren, a Civil War enthusiasist and an avid golfer, has combined those interests and his law enforcement experience to write his first book. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The library is located at 2250 Carolina Forest Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 915-5282.

Warren will also host a book signing at the Conway Library on Jan. 31 from 3-5 p.m. Call 915-7323 for more information.

The Carolina Forest Library also has an event called “Armchair Travelers: South Korea” on Jan. 14 at 11 a.m., during which time librarian Sandra Causey will discuss her time spent living in the Southeast Asian country, share photographs from her time there and display items from her journey. This event is also free and open to the public.

Also on Jan. 17, join the Shady Litwits Book Club at 2 p.m. These shady ladies don’t play around! This book group discusses literary fiction, speculative fiction, controversial novels and more. If you are interested in joining one of the library’s book clubs, call 915-5282. Space is limited, so registration is required.

Peter Horry journal published

A personal journal written by Peter Horry (1744-1815), the Revolutionary War militia leader for whom Horry County was named, was recently published by the University of South Carolina Press, edited by Coastal Carolina University history professor Roy Talbert Jr. and Meggan Farish, a CCU history alumna and Duke University doctoral candidate.

The diary covers two years near the end of Horry’s life, 1812 to 1814, providing an intimate account of the social and political life of South Carolina in those years as well as a revealing personal portrait of Horry, a prominent planter, soldier and political figure.

A Georgetown County planter, Horry served closely with Gen. Francis Marion in the Revolutionary War and also served in the state legislature as a representative and senator in the 1780s and ’90s. In 1801, the newly created Horry District (now Horry County) was named for him in honor of his services in the American Revolution.

Talbert holds the Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Chair of History at CCU. He is the author of numerous historical books on subjects ranging from the TVA to military intelligence, as well as institutional histories of many South Carolina organizations. He joined the CCU faculty in 1979.

Farish has been a research assistant for CCU’s Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies and an archives processor at the South Caroliniana Library in Columbia. In 2010, she was awarded the Lewis P. Jones Summer Research Fellowship at the South Caroliniana Library.

Family time

The Conway Library, at 801 Main St., Conway, has Family Story Time on Jan. 14 from 6-7 p.m. Come help celebrate A.A. Milne’s birthday with a Winnie the Pooh-themed movie, activities and snacks. Call 915-7323 for more information.

Fun at Socastee Library

The Socastee Library will host an afternoon of playing games which deal with words, such as Scrabble, Word Search and more on Jan. 14. Bring your thinking cap and maybe your dictionary for this fun-filled time. Open to everyone and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 215-4700, email, or stop by the library at 141 707-Connector Road, Myrtle Beach.

The library’s Southern Fiction Book Club meets Jan. 16. This readers’ group focuses on books by southern authors. This month’s choice is “Yankee Doodle Dixie” by Lisa Patton. Ask for a copy of the book at Socastee Library’s circulation desk at your convenience.

On Jan. 17, gather at the Socastee Library to play and/or learn about the interactive card trading game called Magic: The Gathering. Fans of the game as well as folks who are interested in learning are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public, but sign-up is required.

Next Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast is held every Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at a variety of Waccamaw Neck restaurants. Founded and managed by CLASS, The Moveable Feast showcases authors selected by Litchfield Books. Books may be purchased from them in advance or at the feast (10 percent

discount). After each Moveable Feast, the author adjourns to the bookstore to sign for those unable to attend the luncheon.

Paid reservations for the Moveable Feast are requested by the Wednesday prior to the event. Most Feasts are $25. Reservations may be made onsite at Art Works inside the Chocolate & Coffee House at the Litchfield Exchange, online at or by phone, 235-9600.

On Jan. 18, Judy Goldman, the author of “Losing My Sister” will speak at Ocean One.

According to author Pat Conroy, “There is a great luminous beauty to Judy Goldman’s writing that delights me. Few writers in America have ever written with such passion and insight about the joys and great perils of family life.”

Make sense of the Civil War

The Chapin Memorial Library wants to talk about the Civil War, and you’re invited.

In the library’s “Let’s Talk About It” program, the theme is “Making Sense of the American Civil War: 1861-1865.” Sign up and book distribution is already under way for the program, which begins with the first session on Jan. 16. The doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee until 10:30 and the lecture follows, concluding at noon.

For the first session, Furman University’s T. Lloyd Benson will be the featured speaker with the topic “Imagining the War.”

“Choosing Sides” is the topic for the Jan. 23 session, led by Eldred E. Prince Jr. from Coastal Carolina University, followed Jan. 30 by Steve Hamelman, also from CCU, with “Making Sense of Shiloh.”

The final two sessions will be Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 – “The Shape of War” and “War and Freedom,” respectively – led by Ted L. Gragg with the South Carolina Civil War Museum and Maggi Morehouse from CCU, respectively.

For more information, visit or The library is located at 400 14th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. Call 918-1275.

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