Murder in Ocean Pines

"Murder in Ocean Pines"

(June 8, 2018) Timonium resident and author, Dana Phipps, recently published her first novel, “Murder in Ocean Pines.”

“I’ve been spending my summers with my family since 2009 in Ocean Pines and still am,” Phipps said. “Before that, I spent my time in Ocean City for a number of years.”

“Murder in Ocean Pines” takes place in 2013, as the community celebrates its 45th anniversary. The main characters, a husband and wife duo, become the center of a horrific crime.

Cici King lives happily with her husband, Greg, in the scenic resort community of Ocean Pines, or so she thought. What the unsuspecting housewife does not know is her husband despises her, and is planning something so horrific, it will shock the entire community.

“I’m crazy about mysteries and murder so I thought I would try to write a murder novel,” Phipps said. “I love Ocean Pines. I thought it would be a great setting, but what is neat about it is that it is a residential and resort community.

“This is a murder novel. I like that there aren’t a lot of people there in the offseason, and that helped with the planning of the murder,” she continued.

The 270-page “Murder in Ocean Pines” was released on Amazon in mid-May for $15.99. Her book will soon be available in the Ocean Pines Library in the Maryland section, as well as for purchase at Pam’s Hallmark in White Marlin Mall in West Ocean City.

“I’m very, very excited about it,” Phipps said. “I wanted it to be something that people’s interest would be held, and it would be a page turner. That’s why I wrote it.”

Phipps will sign copies of her book on Aug. 4 at Bethany Beach Bookstore at 6:30 p.m.

Phipps was a former teacher of special and elementary education in Baltimore. She served as director and owner of a Sylvan Learning Center in Westminster, Maryland.

As an education specialist at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, she was a liaison between the schools and the hospital where she advocated for obtaining the appropriate educational placements and programs to meet the specific needs of emotionally handicapped adolescents.

To learn more about “Murder in Ocean Pines,” contact Phipps at or call 443-845-1164.

Phipps is also the author of two children’s books, “Emily and Hurricane Isabelle” and “Emily and Her Pouting Puffer Fish.”

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