(Sept. 13, 2019) Part-time Ocean Pines resident Dana Phipps recently released her sequel to “Murder in Ocean Pines” called “Pursuit in Ocean Pines.”

Phipps, who spends her time between her vacation home in Ocean Pines and her main residence in Timonium, Maryland, released the sequel one year after her first murder mystery book debuted.

“Quite a few people asked me ‘when am I going to write the next book,’ and I wasn’t [planning] to write a next book,” Phipps said. “After finishing ‘Murder in Ocean Pines’ for fun, I thought, ‘Well wait a minute … they keep asking me when I’m going to write the next book.’ So, I wrote this book and it picks up where ‘Murder in Ocean Pines’ ends.”

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“Pursuit in Ocean Pines” is Dana Phipps’ sequel to “Murder in Ocean Pines.”

Her first book, “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.

In the first book, 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.

In the second book, which came out on Aug. 2, the focus is not on Cici, but on Amie McCombe, her best friend, two years later in 2015.

“This time I wanted Amie McCombe to be the main character and include he­­-­r ex-boyfriend, Paul Simmons, … he is obsessed with winning Amy back into his life, even though she’s married to Patrick,” Phipps said. “He becomes a nuisance and Amie is uncomfortable and annoyed because he repeatedly gives her a lot of attention, which is very unwanted, and eventually the behavior becomes a bit threatening and she fears for her safety.”

Several characters from the first book have returned for the sequel, including Cici, Amie’s husband, Patrick, Joe Crabbe and Hulk.

The story focuses on obsession, stalkers and the imminent dangers of being harassed by an unwanted suitor.

“There are probably many people who are being harassed or have been harassed and it’s more than I realized,” Phipps said. “According to my sources, 7.5 million are harassed in the United States in one year and 66 percent of females are stalked or harassed by their former lover or current partner. That was quite shocking, but what is good to know is the status of stalking as a criminal offense is relatively new but is being made aware.”

“Pursuit in Ocean Pines” will be available in local bookstores and is also available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles for $15.99 or $9.99 for the Kindle version.

Phipps will have two book signings in the area this month, with her first one taking place at Pam’s Hallmark Store at the Ocean City Outlets in West Ocean City on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next signing will be at Greyhound Indie Bookstore in Berlin on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 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.

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

To learn more about “Pursuit in Ocean Pines,” contact Phipps at tdbeachnut@aol.com.

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