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The Ghost Ship

(The first book in the Ghost Ship series)
A novel by


This is one fantastic voyage and a superior read. - Glenda Riordan, Los Angeles

This book was a complete surprise and I loved every page.. - Don Chapman, Nashville

Gorgeous setting, intelligent plot and writing - LKR, Boston


What if you could go back to 1921 and climb aboard a great five-masted schooner on her maiden voyage?
You'd be a witness to history; you'd be on her decks when her keel smashed into an Outer Banks shoal. You'd get to know the villains who caused the tragedy. Was it pirates, Russians, rumrunners? Or something else?
Would you dare?
Ann Gavrion did and her life was never the same.
The history:
One cold, foggy morning in January, 1921, a five-masted schooner in full sail plowed into Diamond Shoal in the infamous Graveyard of the Atlantic. Known to history as The Ghost Ship, her officers and crew were not on board and their bodies never washed ashore. The only living thing on board was a six-toed cat. Also, her anchors and lifeboats were missing. Six agencies investigated the mystery, but it was never solved.
The novel:
Ninety years later, Ann Gavrion travels to Cape Hatteras to get over the loss of her fiance in an airplane crash. She meets the enigmatic, yet charming, Lawrence Curator on the beach.
Behind her she hears the cries of villagers. "Shipwreck!"
A surfman runs up and shouts that the missing schooner, her sails set, is aground on the shoal. Ann recognizes the enormous ship from a photograph she'd seen the night before.
So begins her journey back to 1921 with the man the Navy sent to investigate the grounding of the great ship.
When Lawrence and Ann solve the mystery, Ann must return to her world. On the very beach where she'd begun her voyage with Lawrence, she meets his great-grandson, Rod. Exhausted, wet, she spills an account of her fabulous sea adventure. He calls her a charlatan and accuses her of using his famous ancestor to write a first person account of the tragedy for her magazine.
How many times, how many ways, must she prove that her voyage was real to Rod and the unbelievers of the world?


Gerrie Ferris Finger, journalist and author, lives on the coast of Georgia with her husband, Alan, and standard poodle, Bogey. While reporting on the building of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Cape Hatteras on The Outer Banks, she listened to the retelling of fabulous legends, true and mythic. The Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoal was but one.
"One morning after a storm, I went down to the shore and saw the bow of a shipwreck that had been uncovered when the sea surged outward. Standing there at the black bones, I felt a sizzling inside my own bones. That ship was a small coastal schooner, but I wanted to know more about The Ghost Ship. I interviewed an elderly gentleman whose ancestor was in the Coast Guard and was one of the men who boarded the Carroll A. Deering during the investigation. He said his cabin was constructed from some of her timbers after she was declared a danger to navigation and dynamited. So began my novel."

Gerrie Ferris Finger is the author of six novels. THE END GAME is an award-winning traditional mystery, available in hard cover and Kindle.

Praise for THE END GAME:

"Like a runaway freight train, this novel is all about narrative drive... .The depth [Finger] brings to the story telling is unusually accomplished; it stays with you when you're finished, it's not just a thriller read for the thrill. The Atlanta setting is used well also, something that bodes well for future installments. All I can say is, welcome to the mystery community, Ms. Finger. It feels like you've moved right in."--Robin Agnew, Aunt Agatha's

READ: A GLORIOUS CURSE, second in The Ghost Ship Series


Used availability for Gerrie Ferris Finger's The Ghost Ship

Paperback Editions

October 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: The Ghost Ship
Author(s): Gerrie Ferris Finger
ISBN: 0-615-54586-6 / 978-0-615-54586-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crystal Skull Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Author(s): Gerrie Ferris Finger
Publisher: Crystal Skull Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA