The Sea Devil's Demise
A Delta & Jax Mystery
Who is the mysterious girl who follows Delta and Jax home from a Lowcountry pirate festival, and how can they return her to her own era in history before she gets stuck in the 21st century forever?
ISBN 979-8-88824-261-2, Hardcover
ISBN 979-8-88824-259-9, Paperback
(Koehler Books 2024)
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The Sea Devil's Demise:
"With The Sea Devil's Demise, Susan Diamond Riley has brought pirate adventures in the Lowcountry to life. Combining fact and fiction, past and present, and conservation and preservation into a page-turning and time-traveling tale of friendship and adventure, Riley's novel will charm and bewitch readers of all ages."
-- Cele Seldon, travel journalist and co-author of 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die and 100 Things to Do in Savannah Before You Die
"Annie Cormac's strange appearance at a private festival in Savannah, GA doesn't faze the courageous duo of Delta and Jax Wells. They befriend the young Irish girl and jump right into another escapade that will have readers guessing until the end. Susan Diamond Riley's fourth book in the Delta and Jax mystery series is full of intrigue regarding the past, the present, and the future. Ms. Riley is a delightful teller of adventure stories beautifully woven with historical sketches and environmental issues that impact every age. Delta's and Jax's daring determination shows all of us the magic in reaching out to people who are different along with how to be better citizens of our environment."
-- Donna Keel Armer, author of Solo in Salento and The Red Starfish
"The Sea Devil's Demise is a magical combination of adventure, Lowcountry history, life milestones, pirate lore, and the importance of family. I found myself immersed - almost hugged - by Susan Diamond Riley's beautifully crafted tale of two generous, warm-hearted kids who meet a mysterious, strangely-dressed outsider and begin a journey of discovery the likes of which they've never known. I loved the elements of surprise and suspense sprinkled with magic! Riley's imagination will leave her readers breathless and inspired. Well done!"
-- Kerry Peresta, Author of Back Before Dawn and the Olivia Callahan Suspense series
"By the end of the first chapter, I felt like I was on the book's pages with the characters. Facts and imagination make the best stories, so let's ride the adventure with Delta and Jax!"
-- Miho Kinnas, author of "Three Shrimp Boats on the Horizon", collected in Best American Poetry, 2023
"Once again, Susan Diamond Riley seamlessly blends magic into the message as the Wells siblings and a new friend pull readers into an exciting journey that both entertains and educates. Readers young and young-at-heart will be enthralled as Riley's eye for detail - as well as her passion for her art and for conservation - are spun into this enjoyable tale."
-- Amy Gesell, associate editor of Charleston HealthLinks Magazine
"The Sea Devil's Demise is a grand adventure of piratical intrigue for all ages. Readers will love how the author incorporates history, real-life locations, different cultures, the environment, and empowering girls. It's a pirate's life for me!"
-- Pam Panuline, pirate historian