Magnolia Cemetery topic of new book

Patrick Harwood, a professor of communication at the College of Charleston, has produced a large-format, illustrated book, "In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery - Charleston Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry."

The book examines the history of one of America's most beautiful Victorian-era cemeteries.

Harwood will sign copies of the book 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12 at Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunnington Ave.

The $40 book was designed by Harwood himself.

Book retraces steps of World War II vet

Pawleys Island resident Goffinet McLaren has published her second book, "Tom: A Life Saved - Lives Lost!"

Goffinet`s father, Sgt. Tom Hutton, flew with the Royal Air Force bomber command in World War II and had to bail out of his stricken Lancaster bomber over Belgium in 1943. His successful evasion from the Nazis and eventual safe return to the U.K. is the basis for the new book, which also recounts the experiences of Charleston resident Joe Engel, an Auschwitz survivor.

To prepare for the book, McLaren referred to her father's notes and RAF log book, and retraced his steps through Belgium and France, meeting with relatives of resisters who had helped him.

The paperback book is $15.99 and available from online retailers.

Local author publishes adventure novel

West Ashley author Lynne M. Hinkey's latest novel, "Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons," is a story of magic and monsters run amok on a Caribbean island.

Jack Halliman sails to Puerto Rico looking for a cure for writer's block and instead finds a dead body and becomes one of two suspects in the investigation. The other is the chupacabra. Jack has to find out who, or what, is responsible for the killings before he ends up in jail.

Hinkey, a marine scientist, moved to the Charleston area from Puerto Rico in 1999. She spent many years in the Caribbean.

"Ye Gods!" is available from Casperian Books, most online booksellers and a few gift shops and bookstores in the area. It will be available in electronic formats May 1. For more information, visit www.lynnehinkey.com.

'Summit' a mountain adventure-mystery

Harry Farthing, a Charleston resident, has published his novel "Summit," available for $17.99 at The Backpacker in Mount Pleasant, Blue Bicycle Books downtown and from online retailers.

A practiced mountaineer, Farthing will give a talk titled "Summit Journeys" at The Backpacker Quality Gear at 5 p.m. May 17. (He'll be back at the Mount Pleasant Barnes & Noble for a book signing at 1 p.m. June 14.)

"Summit" takes the reader from the Himalayas to Europe in the run up to World War II, and again in current times as its protagonist, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn, seeks to unravel a mystery.

For more information, visit www.harryfarthing.com.