The Mellingham Series

In the first book, Murder in Mellingham, Chief Joe Silva moves easily from the mansions along the coast to the clapboard homes and back yards of the small town of Mellingham. He searches for the killer of a well-known, but not well-loved, annual summer visitor. A newcomer to the town, Chief Silva is a quiet man with a love of family but someone perpetually on the outside. 

In Double Take, Chief Silva investigates a murder at a nearby art college. He finds the love of his life in Family Album when he seeks a murderer at the local historical society. A high school reunion in Friends and Enemies brings out decades-old competitions and secrets when an alumnus returns to Mellingham to find out who was responsible for sending his father to prison and destroying his family. Chief Silva faces the drug epidemic in A Murderous Innocence. He returns to his home town and an unsolved crime involving his own family in Last Call for Justice. Joe is as much a family man as a chief of police in Come About for Murder, when he teaches his stepson, Philip, to sail.