Six Feet Undertow

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The residents of Somerset Harbor, Maine, are bursting with excitement. Members of a treasure hunting reality TV show have descended on the charming seaside town and promise that what they discover will put it on the map. As the crew dives into one of the town’s best known historical disasters, the sinking of the Abigail, Maggie Watson finds herself adrift in a sea of media attention. She is the last living relative of ship captain Thomas Sedgwick, and she’s soon caught up in a long ago tale of romance, tragedy, and scandal.

There are rumors of treasure aboard the wreckage of the Abigail: treasure that some believe to be the spoils of a bank robbery conducted by a team of Confederate criminals. Now it remains to be determined whether or not Maggie’s ancestor was involved in the theft . . . making him a traitor to the Union state of Maine.
In the wake of this revelation, Maggie is left reeling, wondering if there are dark secrets beneath the surface of her family’s history. And when disturbing “gifts” appear on her doorstep, Maggie grows worried. Is it a prank, or is someone trying to keep her from finding out the truth? When someone from the salvage operation is found dead in the icy waters of Somerset Harbor, Maggie fears the worst.

Join Maggie and her dear friends in the historical society as they set sail on an adventure and attempt to solve the mystery of the Abigail’s illustrious cargo. Maggie is determined to bring the criminals, both past and present, to justice and to preserve the integrity of the town she loves. Will she manage to reveal the Abigail’s secrets before anyone else goes overboard?

The Characters

Maggie Watson is 44 years old. She has lived in the beautiful town of Bennington, Vermont, most of her life with her husband, Richard, who was a successful professor of archeology at a nearby university. Together, they built a loving home and raised their daughter, Emily. And then, three years ago, Richard suddenly died. Maggie had thought they'd spend the rest of their lives growing old together in their cozy New England cottage. But with Richard's passing, Maggie's life changed in ways she never anticipated. And now with Emily off at college, Maggie still isn't sure quite how she fits into this new, lonely phase of her life.

Then, when she unexpectedly inherits Sedgwick Manor -- her aunt's 19th-century colonial mansion -- and the adjacent Carriage House Antiques shop, she wonders if this is the change she needs to move forward with her life. So, on a chilly day in mid-September, Maggie and her equally curious cat, Snickers, head to the small seaside village of Somerset Harbor, Maine, and begin an adventure that will change their lives.

June has run the Carriage House Antiques shop for over 10 years and was a close friend and confidant of Maggie's late aunt. She's outgoing and witty, and she has a natural talent for decorating with antique furnishings. Maggie loves June's enthusiastic spirit and caring nature, warming up to her immediately. It's no surprise that June soon becomes Maggie's best friend and "partner in crime" as they dig into the mysteries of Sedgwick Manor.

Maggie's daughter is warm and friendly with a big, bright smile. She's always been close to her mother -- even more so since her father died three years ago. But now she has left Maggie in order to study nursing at St. Joseph's College in Maine. Maggie understands that Emily needs space to spread her wings and become the independent, responsible young woman she raised her to be, but she still misses her daughter.

An avid quilter, Ruth is the president of the Somerset Harbor Historical Society. She extends a warm welcome to Maggie and invites her into this small group of friendly women. Maggie takes an immediate liking to her. Ruth offers to help Maggie solve the mysteries of the antique pieces found in Sedgwick Manor. She has lived in Somerset Harbor her entire life and always seems to know the buzz around town. Ruth knew Maggie's aunt Evelyn very well, and Maggie can't help but wonder if Ruth might also know Evelyn's secrets.