Although the fictional crimes in Surfside Moon are modeled after the Zodiac murders in California,
this nameless killer has issues with the local law enforcement of a South Carolina beach. His
personality is similar to the Zodiac’s, except he has a personal reason for killing.
Like the Zodiac, he plays games with the police, intentionally leaving clues about when the next
murder will take place, showing how smart he is. He also enjoys battling wits with the famous profiler
and author the police have called in to help decipher his motives. As this profiler works on the
crimes, he tries to deal with personal issues that have haunted him for years. The profiler’s family is
also involved in crime solving, since his younger brother in on the force, and his sister is a reporter
for a local newspaper.
The battle rages between good and evil, coming to an unexpected ending and leaving the reader
with one more question.
Surfside Moon is on sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or on www.dorrancebookstore.com as an e-
book or as a hard copy.
Jean Whatley has a Creative Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte plus
English major courses and short story and novel-writing courses from Long Ridge Writers Group. In
addition, she did thirty hours of graduate work at Columbia International University. She served a
term as vice president of Iredell Concert Association while writing reviews that were published on
She and her husband, George, have four children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great
grandchildren. Jean has taught piano, voice, and music theory in Mooresville for over fifty years.
A Note to Teacher
by Jean Whatley
Mari Abernathy wonders if she should change her plans to return to college after ten years of
marriage. Her husband, Wes, shows symptoms of a debilitating disease, but he does not want his
condition to influence her decision. When she decides to continue, she meets her guidance
counselor and chemistry teacher, Jacob McGregor, who seems to take more than an academic
interest in her objectives. After school begins, McGregor invites his chemistry class for a cookout on
the evening of the same day Mari and Wes learn he has MS. Mari attends McGregor’s party alone, and
as she leaves for home, she notices a familiar book next to his reading chair. Upon opening it, she
comes upon a familiar romantic passage, writing “I love this part” in the margin.
Mari regrets her actions almost immediately and dreads facing McGregor, who confronts her after
their next class. He tells her he could accuse her of sexual harassment and have her expelled, but he
won’t under certain conditions. Mari feels she can’t tell Wes what is going on because of his illness.
McGregor starts a campaign of harassment and applies more and more pressure. Mari and her best
friend, Kelly, try to come up with a plan to stop him, eventually leading to a death that can incriminate
Mari. She must try to solve the crime and keep her marriage from falling apart.
My first novel, A Note to Teacher, was released 04/15/11 by Aspen Mountain Press. You can check it
out on the Aspen Mountain Press web page or on the Amazon Kindle Store, Bookstrand, or All
The Aspen Mountain Press Web page has been closed and A Note to Teacher has been removed
from Amazon and the other vendors. Pleas select the link to download the novel for free from my file.