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Amelia Islander

Local author’s mystery plot unfolds on Amelia Island

Sep 19, 2018 02:00AM
Amelia Island author Tom Hitchcock had what he believed was a compelling premise for a mystery novel. But before putting pen to paper he needed a locale, the backdrop that gives a story its texture. Fortunately, he says, the decision was easy.

“My wife and I have lived on Amelia Island for seven years. They say write about what you know, and I had a good feel for the character and flavor of the area. So what better location than right here?” Hitchcock’s novel, his second, is a murder mystery entitled Girl in the Painting. It follows the story of a local artist, Colleen Grey. The somber faces in her paintings become suspicious links to a series of disappearances, or murders.

“Amelia Island has a vibrant arts scene,” Hitchcock notes, “and the Shrimp Festival was an ideal setting for the novel’s opening scenes, the hook that sets the stage for the rest of story.” The plot weaves its way through art galleries, St. George Island, the Scott Road beach parking lot, the Ritz Carlton, and other familiar landmarks.

Girl in the Painting is available at The Book Loft in Fernandina Beach or on Amazon. For information visit