Garrett Dennis lives in upstate New York, where he and his wife serve as housekeeping staff for two rather spoiled dogs. He has graduate degrees in biology and computer science. After a career that ranged from testing experimental drugs (legal ones, and not on himself!) to developing computer operating system software, he decided to retire from the real world and try his hand at writing fiction.

Garrett lived in coastal North Carolina for a while some years back, and the current focus of his writing is a place that's very special to him, the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, which he still visits as often as possible. There are now three books in his Storm Ketchum Adventures series of quirky Outer Banks suspense novels, plus four short Storm Ketchum Tales.

If you're pining for John D. MacDonald and Travis McGee, Storm 'Ketch' Ketchum might be your guy. Like Hemingway's Old Man, he reveres his island and the sea; but unlike the Old Man, he doesn't fish - and despite his solitary nature, he and his boatyard friends find themselves embroiled in coastal intrigue more often than not. If you read the Hardy Boys series as a kid; if you're a fan of Outer Banks lore and the writings of David Stick, Judge Charles Whedbee, or Ben Dixon MacNeill; or if an ecological and literary juxtaposition of the likes of Randy Wayne White, Barbara Kingsolver, and Carl Hiaasen floats your boat, you'll enjoy the Storm Ketchum Adventures!

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PORT STARBIRD: A Storm Ketchum Adventure (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 1) PORT STARBIRD: A Storm Ketchum Adventure (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 1)  $2.99

Mystery, History, and Adventure in the Outer Banks!

~ WHERE IS PORT STARBIRD? ~

Find out in this quirky tale set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Red City Review Book Awards - FINALIST
Best Kindle Book Award - SEMIFINALIST
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - QUARTERFINALIST


When a wealthy developer suspected of murder comes offering money for the land, Ketch is the last to hold out. Ketch's knowledge of the island is professorial, something that will appeal to readers who adore a strong sense of place. The accented dialogue creates the right southern atmosphere... A good effort. - Publishers Weekly

Garrett Dennis' Port Starbird has everything that a fun, summer weather novel should have - adventure, romance, beautiful beaches, guitar playing, underwater excursions, and, of course, murder mystery intrigue! Storm Ketchum is a retiree who is discovering that life after your career may be even better than the crazy days of your twenties. After settling in Avon, North Carolina and purchasing the house of his realistic, fiscally responsible retirement beach dreams, Ketch is ready to live out the rest of his days quietly. However, his life takes a stressful turn when his home and habits are threatened by Bob Ingram, the dirtiest real estate mogul in Avon. In an effort to avoid Ingram's threats of eminent domain and save his home, Ketch becomes the secret detective that his parents had always hoped he would be. With his faithful canine sidekick by his side and the good-looking Kari in his bed, Ketch begins a journey that will bring secrets to the surface and make him into a different man with a different view of the world. - 5-Star Red City Review

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I'll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I'll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the "Storm Ketchum Adventures." Storm Ketchum (aka Ketch) is the main character of this novel, set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and though we're only allowed a few insights into his past, we know that at present Ketch is a water-loving, boat-piloting, scuba diving, authority-fighting guy who loves his dog, Jack. Whether from his boat, TBD, or the Minnow, owned by his friend The Captain, Ketch hatches plans to save his waterside home from being seized by a shady (and possibly felonious) developer. Perhaps he'll float his home away from the scene, or he'll see the developer tossed into prison for one or more of the crimes Storm suspects he's committed. Either way, Ketch hopes his new love, Kari, will be by his side, and he knows that Jack has his back (and the balance of his breakfast). - BOATING TIMES Long Island

In this quirky low-key murder mystery/adventure, Storm Ketchum, a damaged emigre to the coastal town of Avon on North Carolina's Outer Banks, likes to mind his own business and isn't any kind of detective - until he's forced to become one by extraordinary circumstances. On the verge of losing his modest waterfront home to an unscrupulous developer, Ketch stumbles onto the scene of a crime that might expose the perpetrator of an unsolved murder and enable him to save not only his own home, but also the similarly threatened bohemian boatyard community he's inexorably drawn into. And in case Plan A fails, he's hard at work on a Plan B that's both laudable and pitiable. Together with his loyal dog, a salty charter boat captain, the sketchy denizens of the boatyard, and an alluring scuba diving instructor who may or may not have a hidden agenda, Ketch struggles to make sense of his new reality, while trying to save some of the things that really matter along the way.

 

PORT OF REFUGE: A Storm Ketchum Adventure (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 2) PORT OF REFUGE: A Storm Ketchum Adventure (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 2) $3.99

WITCHERY & MAYHEM IN THE OUTER BANKS ~

5-STAR RED CITY REVIEW
Welcome to PORT OF REFUGE - another light and quirky island mystery steeped in Outer Banks culture, from the author who took you to PORT STARBIRD.

Storm Ketchum, a damaged emigre to Hatteras Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks, generally prefers to stay close to home and mind his own business - but he unexpectedly finds himself entangled with a cult-like coven of modern-day Roanoke Island witches when a relative of his paramour meets an untimely end on church property. Is the High Priestess of the Croatoan Covenant Church really in contact with the departed spirits of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island? Are the members of her church really from both this world and the next? Or is she just a con artist preying on gullible Wiccan acolytes - and is she a killer? A desire to provide closure for the family drives Ketch to once again call on his amateur sleuthing skills to conjure up answers to these and other questions, in the process risking the physical and spiritual well-being of both himself and the one he loves.

Join Ketch, his loyal dog Jack, and his Kinnakeet Boatyard friends as they embark on a bewitching new adventure in the picturesque Outer Banks, where intrigue continues to cast its spell on them all.

Garrett Dennis's PORT OF REFUGE is his second novel in his Storm Ketchum series. This novel picks up with Storm Ketchum, "Ketch," showing off his new houseboat and his lover, Kari, who is moving in with him. Everything seems to be in perfect harmony. However, when Kari's aunt passes away and a will is found giving all her assets to a Wiccan coven, things become weird. Something seems off. Ketch's sleuthing bug bites again, and he finds himself thrown into a world of the Dark Web, hitmen, witches, and drugs. However, it appears Ketch may have bitten off more than he can chew this time. The coven's High Priestess, Samantha, is sly and ruthless. She will stop Ketch at all costs from figuring out what the coven's true motivations are. Thus ensues a showdown of intellect and persistence. 

"Dennis is brilliant with his descriptions. He beautifully describes the Outer Banks area, not only detailing its physical beauty and peacefulness, but also delving into the history of the area. Whereas some authors can become a bit tedious in the details, Dennis' information is interesting and adds to the story - similar to what John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil does with Savannah, Georgia."

5-Star Red City Review

THE PORT FEE: A Storm Ketchum Adventure (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 3) THE PORT FEE: A Storm Ketchum Adventure (Storm Ketchum Adventures Book 3) $3.99

"ENGAGING AND QUIRKY MYSTERY, HISTORY, AND ADVENTURE!"

5-STAR RED CITY REVIEW
Underwater, everybody can hear you scream, but they can't tell where you are...

Ketch is at it again in the magical Outer Banks of North Carolina, in this new adventure from the author of PORT STARBIRD and PORT OF REFUGE.

It's a picture-perfect summer afternoon on a pristine beach near a ghost seaport on an uninhabited island. What could go wrong? But things do, when two bodies wash ashore and Ketch stumbles upon clues that lead to the sunken treasure of an old-time buccaneer off Portsmouth Island. Ketch isn't the only one who has an interest in the treasure, and it exposes both him and his adversaries to unexpected obligations and consequences. It seems everyone has to pay the port fee...

Good guys and bad guys, boating and diving, a dash of romance, and a mysterious otherworldly presence all come together in THE PORT FEE, Ketch's most challenging adventure to date.

"The diction of the piece makes it incredibly clear that our narrator has that sort of comfortable Southern drawl that every fantastic storyteller adopts when spinning a tall tale... Explore this novel for yourself and prepare to be enthralled by its outrageous twists and turns and subtle endorsement of preservation. While it's primarily a fantasy, The Port Fee has some very real underpinnings. Be sure to check out the previous two novels in this adventurous series that details the trials and tribulations of Storm Ketchum!" - Red City Reviews