Fiction Set in Maine
The books listed here are set completely or partially in real or imaginary places in the state of Maine. They're in alphabetical order by author, with links to author entries on the Maine Writers Index at the Maine State Library, if applicable (not all books set in Maine are written by Maine authors). To suggest a book for the list, please contact me.
Many thanks to Dennis Lien and Allen J. Hubin for help. Special thanks to Bill Bauer for access to his well-annotated finding list of books with Maine settings; this list would be much smaller without his help.
- Adult Fiction Index Click on letter of author's last name to go straight to that section:
- Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction
- A Certain Distance to Cross (2001): A search for healing leads to romance for a professor-widower and a photographer-divorcee in Seaview, a town along the coast of Maine.
- Smoked (2006): A crime thriller about an ex-Mafia bomb maker on the run, living in Portland, Maine. 'Gruesome and hilarious.'
- Murder on Mount Desert (1995): Jimmy Hoitt is a young patrolman on Mount Desert Island. He grew up in the fishing village of Eagle Harbor, on the quiet side of the island. But when he's called to the scene of a mysterious hit-and-run murder one night, Hoitt is faced with the realization that his hometown might not be as quiet as it appears.
- Cordelia Underwood, or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League (1998): Set in summertime, coastal Maine in 1896, Reid's romp of a book follows red-headed Cordelia, her gallant and new-found friend Tobias Walton, a trio of well-meaning clods, an escaped trained bear, and others on amiable adventures that include driverless wagon chases, a kidnaping, and the search for buried treasure.
- Mollie Peer, or, The Underground Adventures of the Moosepath League (1999/2000): In the second hilarious adventure of the Moosepath League, Mollie Peer, the feisty society columnist for the Eastern Argus, follows up on a lead she hopes will win her that elusive promotion to reporter. But when her pursuit of a little street urchin named Bird and his dangerous captors lands Mollie in danger, she is thrown together with the hapless, if lovable, members of the Moosepath League in a mission of mercy that takes them from the underground of the Portland waterfront to a perilous night pursuit on the October coast.
- Daniel Plainway, or, the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League (2000): Takes place at Christmas time. It's Portland, 1896, and the members of the Moosepath League find their lives taking an adventurous turn when they accidentally meet up with lawyer Daniel Plainway. He seeks help from the club in solving the disappearance of an orphaned boy known as Bird. In the process, the Moosepathians become entangled in solving a mysterious rune attributed to Vikings, experience ghostly visitations, enjoy thrilling tales of Maine folklore, and provide entertaining episodes along the way.
- Peter Loon: A Novel (2002) : Historical fiction, set in Maine (then Massachusetts). Seventeen-year-old Peter Loon is sent on a journey to find his long-lost 'uncle,' Obed Winslow. Just after the death of Peter's father, his mother insists that he find the man whom she loved long ago. With very little information to go on, Peter is quickly immersed in the post-Revolutionary politics and danger of New England.
- Mrs. Roberto, or the Widowy Worries of the Moosepath League (2003) : 4th book in the series. Begins as Tobias continues to court Phileda, and the members of the Moosepath League cross paths with Portland's toughest gangster.
- Fiddler's Green (2004): Fifth and final) installment in the series, involving an epic wedding, a society ball and a bizarre backwoods feud.
- The Thirty-First Bullfinch (1930): Tale of murder, horror, and suspense, on the bleak Maine coast.
- The Casco Deception (1983): A Nazi commando team invades the U.S. to capture an army base off the coast of Maine. 326 pp.
- Of Love and the Kennebec (1952): A love novel set in the upper Kennebec region of Maine in the early 1900s in which a woman makes a compact with God to dispossess her husband of his marriage rights for a year.
- Polly Hill (1969/1982): The sequel to Of Love and the Kennebec.
- The Watcher of Windcliff (1980): As long as she can remember, Marcia Carpenter has secretly adored darkly handsome Gregg Spaniard, son of the wealthy owner of the mist-covered mansion known as Windcliff. And Windcliff itself, located on Teal Island off the coast of Maine, has long filled her dreams.
- Cloud Nine (2000): Romance. Thirty-seven-year-old Sarah Talbot's lengthy battle with cancer forced her to put life on hold, but with a second chance, she reopens her bedding shop and plans a trip to Elk Island, a tiny island off the coast of Maine, where her unfeeling father and runaway son wait. On the short plane ride to the island, she finds an unexpected confidant in pilot Will Burke.
- The Baked Bean Supper Murders (1983): Culinary mystery, second in the Eugenia Potter series, after The Cooking School Murders (). Includes recipes for creamy mussel soup, Amanda's baked beans, more. Smell the luscious Maine air while you try to figure out who is killing Mrs. Potter's dear friends. Set Northeast Harbor.
- Winter's End ( ): Atmospheric thriller set in fictitious Winters End, Maine. First in series featuring Boston-based PI Alex Rourke, a former FBI agent. 'The placid rural image of Winter's End is a facade, and that past sins have come back to haunt its leading citizens.'
RINEHART, Mary Roberts
- The Yellow Room (1945): Upon reopening her summer home in Maine, twenty-four-year-old Carol Spencer finds a charred corpse in a linen closet, and when Carol becomes the police's prime suspect, she attempts to clear her name by uncovering the real murderer.
- Arundel: A Chronicle of the Province of Maine and of the Secret Expedition Against Quebec (1930): Recreates the epic march northward through the Maine wilderness toward the walls of Quebec.
- Lively Lady (1931): A chronicle of certain men of Arundel in Maine, of privateering during the War of Impressments (also know as the War of 1812), and of the Circular Prison on Dartmoor.
- Boon Island (1955): A novel based on the facts of an actual shipwreck (of the Nottingham Galley) on this Maine island in 1710 and the fight for survival by the ship's crew.
The Calhoun Women (a Silhouette series) takes place near Bar Harbor, Maine:
- Courting Catherine (1991): All hard-driving executive Trenton St. James III had on his mind was business -- making the final arrangements to buy a run-down old mansion on the coast of Maine. He wasn't expecting any complications.
- A Man for Amanda (1991): Amanda Calhoun had always been the sensible one, forever struggling to keep her eccentric family out of trouble. And the instant she laid eyes on architect Sloan O'Riley, she knew he was trouble.
- For the Love of Lilah (1991): Mystery and danger swirled around Lilah Calhoun's ancestral home. The lost emeralds continue to attract treasure hunters, and at least one dangerous criminal. And they had brought a man unlike any Lilah had ever known. Maxwell Quartermain was a reserved college professor, but from the moment Lilah dragged him from the Atlantic, she found he could make her melt with the merest glance.
- Suzanna's Surrender (1991): Looking for her grandmother's emerald necklace, Suzanna visits the manly Holt Bradford, because his grandfather had an affair with her grandmother. Uptown girl/downtown guy romance.
- Megan's Mate (1996): Companion to The Calhoun Women series. Focuses on Megan O'Riley, sister of Sloan O'Riley, who is now married to Amanda Calhoun. Megan is a single mother, the result of an ill-fated affair with Baxter Dumont, who was the first husband of Suzanna Calhoun. After many years of living in Oklahoma, Megan moves to Bar Harbor, Maine, to work for the Calhouns. The love story centers on Megan and Nathaniel Fury, who is now married to Suzanna.
- The Calhoun Women: Catherine and Amanda (1998): Reprint, 2-in-1 book containing Courting Catherine and A Man for Amanda.
- The Calhoun Women Vol. II: Lilah and Suzanna (1998): Reprint, 2-in-1 book containing For the Love of Lilah and Suzanna's Surrender.
- One Man's Art (1992, Language of Love series, Silhouette): She came to the isolated village in Maine to heal herself after her sister's death not expecting to find understanding, joy, and comfort in a tight-lipped stranger nursing his own hurts and pains in while they are both trapped an isolated lighthouse during a raging storm.
- Homeport (1998): Romantic mystery. Reserved Miranda Jones specializes in the analyzing and dating of Renaissance bronze sculpture. She hopes to secure a world-class reputation for herself by authenticating a 15th-century statue. Miranda's mother, Dr. Elizabeth Standford-Jones, the emotionally remote director of an art lab in Florence, Italy, has summoned her daughter from the family's Victorian cliffside home in Jones Point, Maine, to test the statue. When the statue is discovered to be a fake, Miranda sets out to prove that someone stole the original. In this she's helped by gorgeous art thief Ryan Boldari who's come to Jones Point to steal yet another bronze.
ROBERTS, Willo Davis
- Invitation to Evil (1970): Romantic suspense novel set in Maine.
- Papa Martel (1961/2003): Classic novel of Franco-American family life in Maine between the World Wars.
- Officer Friendly and Other Stories (2002): Debut collection of stories all set in Maine.
- Water Dogs (2009): First novel. Bennie is a 27-year-old college dropout who works at an animal shelter and lives with his brother, Littlefield, in their old family home on Meadow Island, Maine. When a massive blizzard hits the state, Bennie, Littlefield, and a crew of roughneck war-game enthusiasts decide to play paintball at the local granite quarry. Bennie accidentally falls into a gully, landing in the hospital; and one of the players disappears during the storm, leaving Littlefield as the main suspect in his disappearance.
- Summer Light (1988): The life of 29-year-old photographer Laura is painfully out of focus. A month's vacation on the Maine coast with her son, her lover, Ward, and her sister's family is supposed to be an idyllic period of sustenance and calm, but for Laura, it turns into the ultimate test of her ability to trust herself and others.
- Cost (2009): When Julia Lambert settles into her idyllic Maine house for the summer, she plans to spend the time tending her relationship with her father, a retired and demanding neurosurgeon, and her gentle mother, who is developing Alzheimers. But a shattering revelation intrudes: her charming youngest son, Jack, has spiraled into heroin addiction.
ROGERS, John A.S.
- The Elephant on the Tracks and Other Stories (1992): Author is winner of 1992 Fiction Chapbook Competition, Maine Arts Commission. 66 pp.
- Murder Money (1938; also as $1,000,000 in Corpses): Pulp suspense. Set in Maine?
- Million Dollar Murder (1950): Pulp suspense. Sam was in love with his brother's wife. For this someone had to die. Set in Maine?
- Star-Crossed Lovers (1993, Harlequin): Romance. When Maine Police Chief Charity Prescott found the nearly naked, unconscious man during a blizzard, she nursed him back to health, later to realize the sexy stranger was the man she'd been fantasizing about.
ROSS, Marilyn (AKA W.E.D. Ross, Dan Ross)
Dan Ross wrote 32 Dark Shadows novels under the pen name of Marilyn Ross.
The Dark Shadows series were written in the style of Gothic suspense novels,
set in a small fishing village called Collinsport, Maine.
- Barnabas Collins (1968)
- Strangers at Collins House (1967)
- The Mystery of Collinwood (1968)
- The Curse of Collinwood (1969)
- The Demon of Barnabas Collins (1969)
- The Foe of Barnabas Collins (1969)
- The Peril of Barnabas Collins (1969)
- The Phantom and Barnabas Collins (1969)
- The Secret of Barnabas Collins (1969)
- Barnabas Collins Versus the Warlock (1969)
- Barnabas Collins and Quentin's Demon (1970)
- Barnabas Collins and the Gypsy Witch (1970)
- Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious Ghost (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Mummy's Curse (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Avenging Ghost (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Frightened Bride (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Haunted Cave (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Nightmare Assassin (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Crystal Coffin (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Scorpio Curse (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Serpent (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Witch's Curse (1970)
- House of Dark Shadows (1970)
- Barnabas, Quentin and Dr. Jekyll's Son (1971)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Body Snatchers (1971)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Grave Robbers (1971)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Hidden Tomb (1971)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Mad Magician (1971)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Magic Potion (1971)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Sea Ghost (1971)
- Barnabas, Quentin and the Vampire Beauty (1972)
ROSS, W.E.D. (AKA Dan Ross)
- The Twilight Web (1968) : When Rose Hilary inherits a vast estate in Maine she is suddenly hurled into a sinister web of darkness, with someone or something threatening her life.
- The Yesteryear Phantom (1971): Joyce Wales comes to the musty summer theater in Maine, little knowing the brutal terror she will soon feel. But in the dark, secret places of the theater builind, Joyce senses an ominous presence -- a sinister portent of terror to come.
- Flight to Romance (1983): Not only is she caught up in a conflict between the local fishermen and the treasure hunters, but there's a bigger conflict in her heart. Set in Maine? Young adult?
- Curiosity Killed a Cat (1941): Mystery. 1st Inspector Josiah Pettengill mystery set in Maine.
- The Little Dog Barked (1943): 2nd Inspector Pettengill mystery, set in Maine.
- Fatal Purchase (1945): Mystery set in Maine.
ROWE, Henrietta Gould
- Re-told Tales of the Hills and Shores of Maine (1892): Stories. Includes Pretty Patty Parton; A College Girl; The Eagle in the Sea-Bird's Nest; Church Mice; Marjorie's Knight; Stuffing the Thanksgiving Turkey; Tempest in a Teapot; Betsey; Puck in the Pulpit; Sugaring Off.
- A Matter Of Faith (April 2002): Introduces Collins and his blended family. Plot concerns Collins' relationship with a troubled boy and his discovery of a series of unsolved deaths.
- A Slight Difference of Opinion (July 2002): In the previous book, Collins' partner was killed. In this one, Collins learns who killed him and why, but the answers threaten the lives of not only his wife, but his two daughters as well.
- A Small Fire in the Forest (Aug. 2002): Jack Collins is asked by an insurance company to find a man who has disappeared after going to the local race track. His son, Brian, is asked to find a boy who has been kidnapped by his father. His partner, Danny, is asked to find out who is threatening a young woman with death. Three different cases that converge into one monstrous case that will threaten everyone living in Southern Maine.
- The End of Time (Dec. 2002): First of a two-part story (continued in Melodie's Song). A friend, Charlie LaChance, is killed because of what he knows, his death made to look like a drug overdose.
- Melodie's Song (May 2003): Sequel to The End of TimeJack's daughter Melodie is a widow after her husband, Brian Sixkiller, is killed. Trying to come to terms with his death, she travels to Ireland where she meets two people who help her heal, while Jack, Melodie's father, becomes the target of someone with an old agenda.
- Sibling Rivalry (2003)
- Tong War (2006): When a Chinese gang war threatens Portland, private investigator Melodie Chang is dragged into the middle of it.
- Empire Falls (2001): Miles Roby, a gentle, funny loser, runs the Empire Grill and hopes one day to own it. Meantime, though, his wife has run off with his worst customer, he's anxious about his adored teenage daughter and his one-handed brother, and his incorrigible father sponges off everyone. Empire Falls is a tarnished Maine town whose glory has faded with the loss of its textile and logging industries.
SANBORN, Ruth Burr
- Murder on the Aphrodite (1935): Maine houseboat setting with Ageline Tredennick.
- Love Songs (1972): Suspense. When popular singer Bobbie Vander returns to her small hometown in Maine in search of peace after spending years on the road, she finds distorted passions, betrayal, and corruption instead.
- Second Child (1990): Horror. An isolated enclave on the coast of Maine forms the eerie background for a terrifying tale of physchological suspense. 100 years ago in Secret Cove a shy servant girl commited a single, unspeakable act of violence, and now 13-year-old Melissa learns the blood-drenched secret waiting behind a locked attic door.
- Murder is Relative (1990): As lesbian ex-nun/writer/sleuth Brigid Donovan probes a shameful blueblood family legacy, including rape, incest and alcoholism, she moves inexorably closer to long-buried truths. Setting is Quebec City, rural Maine, and Manhattan.
- Murder is Germaine (1991): Brigid Donovan mystery that takes place in Maine and in the country of Panama.
- Murder is Material (1994): Brigid Donovan mystery that involves the death of a so-called Buddhist guru and the kidnapping of his female companion. Takes place in Maine.
- I Never Read Thoreau: A Mystery Novel (1996): After discovering the body of an immigration officer on small Monte Cassino island off the coast of Maine, Alexandra Adler tells how the island and its spiritual retreat came into existence, how she became emotionally involved with its co-founder, Sister Santa Clara, and how its members smuggled illegal aliens into Canada. More introspection than mystery.
- Deficient Saints, a Tale of Maine (1899)
SAVAGE, Christina (actually, Kerry Newcomb and Frank Schaefer)
- Dawn Wind (1980): Civil War historical romance set in Maine. Intrigues, romance, jealousy, and revenge in a wealthy family.
- Falcon's Island (1973): Mystery. Set in Maine?
- Something in the Water (2000): Maine lobster fisherman Amos Coombs knows that German U-boats are hiding out along the coast by day and sinking American merchant vessels at night. Until one terrifying day, however, he is unaware that the enemy is quite literally in his backyard or that the presence of a Nazi submarine is about to change his life and those of his fellow islanders forever. More than just a war novel, this novel presents a vivid portrayal of a community and a way of life. 304 pp.
- The Boy Who Came Walking Home (2003): A prequel to Something in the Water. A panoramic portrait of an extended Maine island family at the onset of World War I. Follows Henry Coombs, who stuns his family by leaving his hardscrabble fishing community to join the army. The 1918 flu epidemic, the war's effect on Maine's homefront, and life in a military encampment are all part of the story. 304 pp.
SHAIN, Charles and Samuella (editors)
- The Maine Reader: The Down East Experience, 1614 to the Present (1991): Captures the sweep of Maine culture, from the dazzled vision of the first European explorers to the modern wit of Carolyn Chute. All of the great figures who have sprung from Maine, or written about it, are represented: Longfellow, Thoreau, Sarah Orne Jewett, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sinclair Lewis, Rockwell Kent, Edna St. Vincent Millay, E.B. White, John McPhee, and others. 524 pp.
- The Punishment: A Novel of Terror (1980): Story of a troubled young woman taken to a lighthouse -- owned by her mother's family -- on a small island off the coast of Maine. As the girl spends time with her family members, she finds that each is hiding a secret, and eventually she begins to see things that aren't visible to anyone else.
- Black & White (2007): Clara Brodeur travels to New York City from Maine to visit her dying mother, a renowned photographer. The Clara series, nude portraits, brought fame to Ruth Dunne but destroyed her relationship with her daughter.
- The Dark Well: Coming of Age on a Maine Farm (1996): A memoir that reads as an historical novel; a vivid depiction of growing up on a Maine farm during the Great Depression and World War II.
- Eliza and Mentora: The Story of a Pioneer Family in Northern Maine (2003): Historical, biographical novel, prequel to The Dark Well. Takes the history of the Shaw family back three generations to Civil War times.
- Moira's Crossing (2000): Set in 1921, when their mother dies in childbirth, Moira and Julie O'Leary are left to rear their infant sister Ann, while their father, a sheep farmer, drowns his sorrow in drink. After Ann dies, Moira and Julie depart Cork, Ireland, for Boston. Moira soon marries and moves to Maine with her fisherman husband, Michael, with whom Julia is secretly in love. When Michael dies, Julia moves to Maine to live with her sister, becoming a columnist for the local newspaper. But Ann's death continues to haunt their new lives and presages confusion that will come to trouble the next generation.
- Lost and Found (2007): Mystery/romance. "After her husband dies of a heart attack, Rocky leaves behind her career as a psychologist in the Berkshire Mountains and moves to Peak's Island, Maine, taking a job as an Animal Control Warden. Her first catch is a black Lab with an arrow lodged in his shoulder. She takes him in, searches for his owner and tries to solve the mystery behind the arrow's origin" (Publishers Weekly review). 304 pp.
SHEPHERD, Edith Woodell
- A Maid of Moods: A Tale of the Maine Woods (1910)
- Strange Fits of Passion (1999): Fleeing her abusive husband, Mary resettles with her infant child in downeast St. Hilaire, Maine, but her new home brings her only fear, and soon a murder, a rape charge, and a suicide shatter the peaceful town.
- Colony (1992): A 90-year old woman, doyenne of a summer colony called Retreat in Maine, looks back over her life.
- Off Season (2008): Lilly Constable McCall, 53, a successful sculptor, has led an enviable life but husband Cam's death sends her spiraling. She returns to the coastal family cottage in Edgewater, Maine, where she spent her childhood, and where Cam died. There, she recalls the summer of 1962 (from Publishers Weekly review). 368 pp.
- Canterbury Beach (2001): A family embarks on their annual pilgrimage to the cottage in Maine. In the course of their journey, a tale will be told, spun from the long absence of the family's black sheep, and from the prospect of his return. The lives and stories of each character are revealed in turn, interweaving an intricate web of myth and memory, and of love lost and reclaimed. Canadian author. 312 pp.
- The Courtship Of Peggy McCoy: A Novel (1990): Romance set in Maine. Peggy McCoy is sixtyish, single, independent, and an accomplished sailor. A pleasant afternoon sail is disrupted by a near collision with a U. S. Navy ship, skippered by retired Admiral Charles Deering. There is mutual attraction when the two meet on shore, but their romance is far from smooth sailing.
- The Edge of Running Water (1945): Weird mystery novel about a scientist who constructs a machine to contact his wife's ghost. Set in Maine.
SMEDSTAD, Teisha A.W.
- My Dear Sarah Anne: Letters From a Century Ago (1990): Novella set in the Victorian summer resort of Eden (now known as Bar Harbor), circa 1888.
SMITH, Mrs. Chetwood
- The God of the Bees (1913): Romance set in Maine and taking its title from Maurice Maeterlinck ('The God of the Bees is the Future'). She also wrote Cranberry Cove Stories (1915).
- Tall Tales and Short (1936): Stories are set in the towns of Mopang and Privilege in Maine, a short distance from the New Brunswick, Canada border. The characters are lumbermen, guides, poachers, game wardens and Native Americans of the region. Hunting and fishing tales from the golden age of outdoor life in North America.
- The Tomato Can Chronicle and Other Stories of Fishing and Shooting (1937)
- The One-eyed Poacher of Privilege (1941/1991): Story set in fictional Privilege, Maine.
- A Treasury of the Maine Woods (1958): Collection of thirty, essays, narratives and woodsmoke tales of wilderness Maine woods.
- Upriver & Down: Stories from the Maine Woods (1965): Eighteen stories by one of the best Maine storytellers.
- Unforgettable (2000): After Camilla suffers amnesia after being hit by a falling tree branch during a storm on the coast of Maine, she is aided by an undercover agent working on an arms-smuggling case. Both are unaware that she is the key witness in a murder. 215 pp.
- Fallen Angel (2001): Terry McQuinn is a wealthy Hollywood agent who returns to his childhood town in Maine when he finds out that his estranged father, a caretaker of an oceanfront retreat of summer cottages for the rich, is deathly ill. After his father dies, Terry revisits his father's shop, where he discovers a final work order that brings back decades-old memories and changes his future.
- That Camden Summer (1996): A free-thinking divorcee returns with her three daughters to Camden, Maine.
- The Catherine Wheel (1952): Summering at her country home in Maine, Katherine Congreve is afraid John Shipley's son will blame her for his father's approaching divorce. Stafford's third and final published novel, set in Maine and written while Stafford was living part-time at Damariscotta Mills, Maine.
STEIN, Aaron Marc
- Coffin Country (1976): 11th in Matt Erridge mystery series. Engineer Matt Erridge, incognito, has arrived in Maine to scout out possible sites for electric power plants. Soon he is wanted for murder of a prominent local citizen.
- A Nose for It (1980): Matt Erridge mystery in Maine.
The Old Squire books are appropriate for young adults, although adults may also enjoy them.
- When Life was Young at the Old Farm in Maine (1912)
- Haps and Mishaps at the Old Farm (1912)
- A Great Year of Our Lives at the Old Squire's (1912)
- A Busy Year at the Old Squire's (1922)
- Stories from the Old Squire's Farm (1995; ed. Charles G. Waugh and Eric-Jon Waugh): A collection of 36 tales that transcend time about six young children orphaned by the Civil War who come to live with their grandparents in rural Maine. These stories were originally published in the late 1800s and early 1900's in the children's magazine The Youth's Companion.
- Sailing on Ice: and Other Stories From Old Squire's Farm (1996; ed. Charles Waugh and Larry S. Glatz): Stories of life in rural Maine following the Civil War.
STERN, Philip Van Doren
- Love is the One With Wings (1951): Hardboiled mystery novel about a fatal love triangle set in at a Maine fish camp.
- The Folks from Greeley's Mill: and other Maine stories (1992): A flirtatious veterinarian with shoulders too slippery for burdens; a young woman able to outwork any man on the harvest fields; a toilet cleaner proud of his earthy occupation; a small boy's bewildered first steps toward understanding sexual matters. These are some of the folks from Greeley's Mill, time-lifted from the 1930s.
STEVENSON, Robert Louis III
- Bright Star (1999): Sequel to Torchlight (1997). Defense satellite Bright Star can wipe out the enemy in one megablow while also creating a defensive nuclear shield. But before it's launched into orbit, the nuclear stealth submarine Trident is hijacked by terrorists. While the shuttle Atlantis bears Bright Star 200 miles aloft, a massive computer failure shuts down the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers and Atlantis sinks into the ocean 50 miles off Bristol, Maine, not far from the missing Trident. Underwater heros, ex-Navy SEALs Philip Drake and Jack Henderson, have the task of recovering Bright Star from the ocean.
- Embers (1994): Romance and intrique. Meg Hazard is trying to keep her family's bed-and-breakfast in Bar Harbor, Maine, afloat but finds herself caught up in the mystery surrounding the Great Fire of 1947 and her grandmother's death.
- The Pearl of Orr's Island: A Story of the Coast of Maine (1862): The rural tranquillity of the lonely, pine-girthed shores of the Maine coast is the setting for this novel of conflicting aspirations. A young girl struggles to belong and fit in, in the face of adversity, and of her upbringing among strong women, grumpy fishermen, annoying gossips, sea captains, and the dreamlike, temptestuous landscape of Orr's Island.
STRANGE, John Stephen (1896-?; aka Dorothy Stockbridge Tillett)
- The Bell in the Fog (1935): Mystery featuring New York photojournalist Barney Gantt. He's recovering from a coma at a fictional downeast Maine island (Sowback Island) when a single letter is stolen from a mailbag, precipitating a slew of bodies piling up in a case that involves rum-runners and a lighthouse.
STRATTON [Porter], Gene
- Killing Cousins (1999): Genealogy, genetics and keen detective work mesh in this novel set on isolated Fogge Island off the Maine coast.
- Olive Kittredge (2008): Thirteen linked short stories about coastal Mainers 'living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection.' Won Pulitzer Prize.
- Abide With Me (2006): In a small Maine town in the late 1950s, a minister struggles to regain his family and his happiness after his wife's death. Author born in Portland.
- Rocky Road (1985, Harlequin, Men Made in America series): Romance. After years of living dangerously, Matthew Connelly returned to Muscatoon Island. The tiny patch of land off the rocky coast of Maine was the perfect spot for his enforced solitary confinement. He wanted privacy, peace and quiet; what he got was Jeannie MacPherson, the do-good girl next door.
- The Brass Key (1963): Mystery. Young woman goes to Maine searching for her birthright. Screenwriter's first novel.
- Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking (2007): After growing up on fictional Crab Island, Maine, Miranda is sent to Manhattan to live with friends from her father's past.
TAPPLY, William G.Brady Coyne is a Boston lawyer who likes to fish.
- Dead Meat (1987): A Brady Coyne Mystery. Boston lawyer detective Brady Coyne makes a fishing trip to Maine only to uncover murder at a resort located on an old Indian burial ground.
- Cutter's Run: A Brady Coyne Novel (1998): Mystery. While visiting friend and lover Alexandria Shaw, who is living in the bucolic southwestern Maine town of Garrison while she writes a book, Boston lawyer Brady Coyne meets Charlotte Gillespie, a middle-aged African-American woman. Charlotte's dog is poisoned, swastikas are painted on her property, and Charlotte herself disappears without a trace after leaving a letter for Coyne asking for his help.
- Nervous Water (2005: Coyne is contacted by the uncle he hasn't seen in decades, a Maine fisherman who is dying of cancer and wants to mend fences with his estranged daughter, who has disappeared.
- Bitch Creek (2004): Calhoun settles in Maine and takes up life as a fishing guide. But when someone close to him is murdered, he suspects that he himself was the intended target.
- Gray Ghost (2007): Working as a guide on Casco Bay in Portland, Maine, Stoney is out with a client on a morning fly fishing expedition when they find the charred remains of a body on a small, uninhabited island....
- Dark Tiger: A Stoney Calhoun Novel (2009): After years of establishing and protecting amnesiac Calhoun's identity as co-owner of a Portland, Maine bait shop, federal agents return to make him an offer he can't refuse. Calhoun goes undercover at upscale Loon Lake fishing Lodge to investigate the shooting of a federal agent and his companion.
- Mirthful Haven: A Novel of the Maine Coast (1930): Novel of Kennebunkport, Maine, and its summer visitors.
- Mary's Neck (1932): Story of a summer visitor at a Maine resort.
- Strong for Potatoes (1998): Coming of age of girl in eastern Maine, guided by her Passamoquoddy Indian grandfather.
- A Certain Slant of Light (2000): Peter MacQueen is living a hermit's life near the coastal Maine village of Black Harbor when he awakens one icy morning to discover a young, fair-skinned woman, eight months pregnant, leaning precariously against a white birch. Elaine has fled her husband and is seeking a haven from him, because he -- with the support of his Jehovah's Witness congregation -- has branded her a sinner and threatened to disfellowship her. 259 pp.
- A Brief Lunacy (2005): Starts in rustic Maine, where a retired surgeon and his wife enjoy a comfy seacoast retirement, painting and cooking and drinking wine, etc. When a lost camper arrives, the scene darkens and pyschological truths are explored.
THAYER, Lee (AKA Emma Redington Thayer)
- Accident, Manslaughter or Murder? (1945): Mystery set in Maine featuring Peter Clancy, one of 59 novels featuring this NYC-based P.I.
THOMPSON, Daniel Pierce
- Gaut Gurley; or, The Trappers of Umbagog: A Tale of Border Life (1857; later published as The Demon Trapper of Umbagog): A novel about trappers on the NH/Maine border (near Errol, NH). 360 pp.
THOMPSON, James M.
- Night Blood (2001) : Horror, partly set in Maine. In Maine, 1820, a young woodcutter is lost in a blizzard and seeks refuge in a recluse's isolated cabin. There, a strange-tasting brew turns him into a vampire. Now, in modern-day Houston, his immortality is threatened by a deadly blood disease. Reinventing himself as a hematologist, he races against time to find the cure that will save him.
- The Potato Baron (1989): When Austen Pooler's wife walks out on him (taking one of their two children with her), he is forced to choose between them and the ancestral farmhouse (and potato farm) in upstate Maine where he was raised. He can have his family or his potato farm, but he can't have both. Explores the pulls of marriage on equal partners.
- Henry in Love (1990): 68-year-old Henry is married to 28-year-old Kate, and they have a new baby Darlan. They have never been happier, but neither expects his age to interfere so quickly. With Henry's illness, comes the hired companion, the neurotic ex-wife, and his estranged daughter, who is older than Henry's wife. Set in Maine.
TIBBETTS, Pearl Ashby
- Land Under Heaven (1937): Fictionalized account of early Aroostook County, beginning with the Aroostook War.
- Simon Hastings (1942): Period novel set in northern Maine during the Civil War and the following 25 years. Historical fiction and social history with the reproduction of the life of a small community.
TOUCHETTE, Scott D.
- Bees (2002): Set in the woods of Maine, this novel is about bees -- larger than anyone has ever seen before. They swarm and instill fear in everyone entering the woods. Can they be understood and eradicated?
- The Return of Jenny Weaver (1932): Mystery featuring female sleuth Juliet Jackson in her third case, this time in Lost Harbor, Maine.
- Follow the River (1957): Story of colonial Maine during the Revolution based on a family history and using family letters verbatim.
VAN DE WATER, Frederic F.
- Alibi (1930): Crime novel with Maine setting.
- The Maine Massacre(1979): The accidental death of his brother-in-law sends Grijpstra--with his companion de Gier in tow -- to Jamestown, Maine, where they find a town full of suspects and a series of shady real-estate deals.
- Just a Corpse at Twilight (1994): Retired Amsterdam cop Henk Grijpstra gets a frantic call from his old partner, de Geir -- now living on an island near Jameson, Maine -- who thinks he may have killed his girlfriend. Could de Gier possibly be a murderer? Grijpstra travels to Maine to rescue his partner and to confront his own demons as well.
VERRILL, A. Hyatt
- Barton's Mills: A Saga of the Maine Pioneers (1932/1976): Story of the white settlement of the interior of Maine. Fiction based on historical fact, including the author's own ancestors.
- Preacher's Lake (1998): It's a mixed bag in the Maine backwater coastal village of Preacher's Lake: A mismatched lesbian couple; a single mother and her biracial daughter; a 40-year-old man in love for the first time; and a fading beauty. Readers may think they've stumbled across a latter-day Eudora Welty. Wyoming author.
VICTOR, Metta Victoria Fuller
- The Senator's Son: A Plea for the Maine Law (1853): One of the Beadle's Dime Novels series, set in Maine. 291 pp.
- Shadows on the Coast of Maine: An Antique Print Mystery (2003): Maggie visits her old college roommate and close friend at her new home, built in 1774, in Madoc, Maine.
- Robin's Ocean (1999): Robin and Ann Garrity are proud owners of the Viroqua, a fictional bed and breakfast inn on the coast of Maine. While Ann struggles to maintain the establishment, Robin acts more like a guest than an owner, a fact that drives Ann first into the arms of neighbor, carpenter and highly competent handyman Charlie Thibodeau, then clear across the country to San Diego, in an effort to escape both Rob and Charlie while starting the process of finding herself again.
WALLACE, Willard Mosher
- East to Bagaduce (1963): Based on a true event. U.S. Navy lays siege to Maine town during the Revolutionary War (legally, part of Massachusetts then), but effort ends in humiliating disaster.
- Archangel (1995): Set in the north woods of Maine, this is a story of greed, devotion, and the struggle over land that belongs to everyone and no one.
WAUGH, Charles G. (editor, with Martin H. Greenberg and Frank D. McSherry, Jr.)
- Strange Maine (1986): Anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories set in Maine, with works by Stephen King, Fritz Leiber, Pangborn, Ruth Sawyer, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Jane Yolen, Thomas A. Easton, Charlotte Armstrong, more.
- Murder & Mystery in Maine (1989): Collection of mystery short stories in Maine, by Harry Kemelman, Patricia Highsmith, Holman F. Day, others.
WAUGH, Charles G. and Kathy Sweet Waugh, ed.
- Pine Tree Pioneers: 20 Tales of Early Mainers (2012): Twenty stories of Maine's history, originally appearing in selected publications of long ago, set from 1640 to 1916, by authors including Seba Smith, C. A. Stephens, Lincoln Colcord, Arlo Bates, Sarah Orne Jewett), Kate Douglas Wiggin. Mary Ellen Chase, and Ben Ames Williams.
- The House at Pelham Falls (1986): Lesbian ghost story. Karen, a college anthropology professor in Maine, lives in a house that is haunted by the ghost of Blessing Carmichael, who mourns her beloved Aimee (to whom Karen bears a striking resemblence). Maggi, who has discovered in Karen the one woman she can truly love, discovers she must fight more than Karen's fear of their love. With Etta as her only ally she must do battle with the fury of the New England winter and the menacing power of the supernatural. 226 pp.
WEBB, Jean Francis
- Carnavaron's Castle (1969): When reporter Jennifer Stratton spends a weekend at Tintagel Castle as the guest of the widow of the actor Charles Carnavaron, she meets ghosts, murder and suspicious guests. Set in Maine?
WEBSTER, George Oliver
- Pentagoet (1955): Historical fiction about Maine's Fort Pentagoet.
- Harbor Lights: A Novel (2000): Set in southern Maine, the novel follows the last weeks of lobster fisherman Warren Hudson's life. 234 pp.
- Flesh (1990): Horror. Marion Anderson, a young man of middle-class tastes, arrives on the rich Caesar family's private island in order to collaborate musically with Justin Caesar, but discovers that the family has different plans. Set in Maine. 215 pp. Author served as Executive Secretary to the Governor of Louisiana.
WELLS, Carolyn, and Harry P. Taber
- The Gordon Elopement: The Story of a Short Vacation (1904): Story set in Maine with cast of characters that includes the Gordons, attempting to get away; Capt. Haskins, a retired whaler; Aunt Zip, a Maine philosopher; the proprietor of Umbagog House; Joseph Rodman Payne, a dog of intellect; etc.
WESTBROOK, Perry D.
- The Red Herring Murder (1949): A Dr. Samuel Cutting mystery.
- Infra Blood (1950): A Dr. Samuel Cutting mystery. Someone is killing people in the Banks College Library in Maine during Christmas holidays.
- The Dark Wood (1946): A dark romance about a young World War II war widow on the sea coast of Maine.
WETTERAU, John Moncure
- O+F (2000): Settings include Portland, Maine, Hawaii, and the northwest U.S. Oliver is 35 and living in Maine. When he realizes that he must try to find his father, a Japanese-American whom he's never met, the search leads him to Hawaii and then to the coast of Oregon, where they confront each other. Oliver's life takes sudden turns when he marries, has a child, abruptly divorces, moves to Seattle, comes close to killing himself, and takes up with an old flame.
WHITE, Michael C.
- A Brother's Blood: A Novel (1996): Engrossing literary mystery that starts during WWII when 400,000 German prisoners of war were held in the United States. Some escaped, some died, but one, the brother of Wolfgang Kallick, seems to have been murdered. Wolfgang arrives in Maine to discover the details of his brother's death. But the investigation may be neither simple, nor safe.
- Wings of the Morning (1994): Historical Christian romance. Kensington Chronicles #2. Raised on the sea, Smokey is a natural at captaining her own trade vessel. But when it comes to socializing, she lacks the confidence that comes so easily onboard. She is even more uncertain when it comes to men. When she meets Dallas Knight, a competitor eager to learn about her speedy ship, she finds herself at a loss. In his world, nervousness overtakes her. But aboard her ship, Smokey's confidence slowly draws Dallas's heart. Set off Maine coast? 273 pp.
- The Hills of God (1993) : Forced to leave the home they love, the Andrews family journeys to a small coastal community in Maine where a new beginning means facing difficult choices. Reminiscent of a bygone era, a tribute to enduring Mennonite convictions and the traditional values of yesteryear. Set during the World War II time period.
Williams set many of his novels in the fictional town of Fraternity (based on Searsmont).
- The Silver Forest (1926): Also published as A Killer Among Us, 1957, this is a murder mystery set at a wilderness lodge in Maine.
- The Dreadful Night (1928): Mystery.
- Mischief (1933)
- Pascal's Mill (1933)
- Come Spring (1940): Fictionalized account of Phillip Robbins and his family whom he brought up the Georges River to what became Union, Maine, cleared land, built cabins, and weathered the hardships of cold, hunger, and backbreaking work. This story takes place the same year the Declaration of Independence was signed.
- The Strange Woman (1942): Life in Bangor and the Penobscot valley of Maine during the civil war.
- Fraternity Village (1949): Short stories set in the Searsmont area of Maine.
WILSON, Rachel (AKA Alice Duncan, Emma Craig)
- Heaven's Promise (1998): Historical romance. Haunting Hearts series. Set Palmyra, Maine, 1895. It's been almost forty years since Susanna's great-aunt disappeared, leaving only a diary and an old family mystery as her legacy. And much to Susanna's annoyance, a dashing and arrogant newspaperman is digging up old stories about her aunt to create a new scandal. But, when the ghost of her great-aunt's beloved fianc? appears and memories of her dearly departed ancestor begin invading Susanna's dreams, the young girl reluctantly teams up with the reporter to free a spirit trapped on earth. 340 pp.
- The Victim's Daughter: A Novel (1991): Mystery. Melissa Allen's father is murdered in his house on the very night that Melissa comes home for her 15th high-school reunion in the small town of Scoggin, Maine. 222 pp.
- A Summer Place (1958): Adultery and teenage love at resort house off the Maine coast.
- Summer Harbor (2003): Romance set in Hawke's Cove, Maine involving questionable paternity.
- A Star Spangled Murder (1993): Susan Henshaw mystery set on Deer Isle, Maine (though the town is not named in the book). Susan Henshaw and her family have been coming to their summerhouse in Maine for years, but when neighbor Humphrey Taylor is found bludgeoned to death in her living room, Susan's relaxing holiday goes out with the tide. Fourth of July mystery.
- My Only Story (2000): Partly set in Portland, Maine (on Munjoy Hill). Also in the small town of Ashton, Massachusetts. Rita Rosario cuts hair, tells fortunes, and reads the classics. Rita's beauty shop is the one holdout in a once-thriving Main Street that is being sold brick by brick to an outlet-mall conglomerate. Her quiet life depends on her stubborn resistance to change. One night she has a dream that she interprets as a summons, and before long she has flung herself into the life of John Reed, a lonely stranger who needs her help. 320 pp.
- Any Bitter Thing (2005): Lizzy Mitchell was raised for seven years by her uncle, a Catholic priest, until he is falsely accused of improprieties with her, dismissed from his church, and separated from Lizzy. Now thirty years old and in a failing marriage, Lizzy, near death in an emergency room, is visited by her uncle, who has been dead for 20 years.
- The Mists of Adriana (2012): Romantic suspense set in 1992 Maine, from the Mt. Desert Island area to Portland and environs. The plot involves the developing relationship of a semi-reclusive Vietnam War army veteran and a younger woman (Adriana), who claims to be an attorney in Portland but who has a shadowy past. First in a planned series.
- Dark Harbor (2006): When CIA agent Dick Stone apparently kills his family and then himself, his cousin Stone Barrington travels to Maine to uncover the truth.
- Sting of the Bee (1982): Someone locks Helen Scovill in a shed with a hive of irate bees; when she dies from the stings, arrogant detective Guy LaChance seems eager to pin the murder on a defenseless state mental patient, but Helen's neighbor, Maura Cleary, doesn't buy LaChance's theory. When she begins her own snooping, she uncovers more than she bargains for: the unexpected presence of the FBI, a radical alliance of Quebececois and Maine Indians, drug smuggling, a fugitive member of the Weather Underground, and a past she had nearly forgotten.
- Nude in the Tub: Stories of Quillifarkeag, Maine (1999): Short story collection, set in a small town that's filled with real northern Maine eccentrics.
- An American Outrage: A Novel of Quillifarkeag, Maine (2000): Novel set in rural Maine in which law officers kill an eccentric woman Strange, haunting, and provocative; takes the reader straight into the gut of a small town's tragedy.
- Ovation by Death (1996): Vic Bowering mystery. Following the death of the leading lady, actress Vic Bowering is hired as a replacement by a Maine theater company staging a musical version of Macbeth. But Bowering is also a sleuth and she spots clues that suggest the leading lady was murdered. By the author of Eviction by Death. 182 pp.
- Sweetsir (1981): Powerful novel of Sally Sweetsir, a woman pushed to the edge by the private brutalities of her husband. Set in Maine.