Lynne Hinkey: A Chupacabras Trilogy?


Recently discovered: marine scientist Lynne M. Hinkey completed studies at the University of the Virgin Islands and the University of Puerto Rico, she lived and worked in the Caribbean for almost twenty years before moving to South Carolina. Her novels are set in the Caribbean. As she states on her page, “she uses her experiences from the Caribbean to infuse her novels with a bit of tropical magic, from the siren call of the islands to the terror and hysteria caused by the mysterious chupacabra.”

Her first book, Marina Melee (2011) is set at a marina in the Virgin Islands; the author calls it a modern-day Don’t Stop the Carnival. Her second, Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons (2014), looks at the myth and mayhem of the chupacabra; this is part of a chupacabra trilogy. The second in the proposed trilogy, The Un-Familiar: A Tale of Cats and Gods, will be published on July 1, 2016. See descriptions of her books below. [Judging by the description of Ye Gods!, I will venture to guess that the author lived in southwestern Puerto Rico—as zany as they sound, the details seem eerily familiar.]

Description of Marina Melee: George H. Marshall III has it all, and he wants to get away from it—women, a busy social calendar, and his so-called career in the family oil business. Determined to prove to his parents that he is more than a spoiled, womanizing, over-aged adolescent, George buys Porto da Vida Marina on the small island of São Jorge. What could be an easier road to business success than running a marina on a tropical island? As mishap piles on disaster, George realizes his new life in paradise isn’t all about sitting under palm trees sipping umbrella drinks. Between his wayward staff, the governor’s hot-to-trot wife, a lift truck possessed by jumbies, and a host of other island disasters-natural and human-George finds that living the easy life is hard work.

Description of Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons: Is the chupacabra real or myth? Dog only knows. Author Jack Halliman, accompanied by his loyal dog and first mate, Hanna, sails to Puerto Rico looking for a cure for his writer’s block. Instead, he finds a dead body. With chickens, dogs, and livestock dropping like flies, the mayor has an answer: the legendary chupacabra is back. The problem is, no one on the island can agree on what, exactly, the chupacabra is. Legendary beast, vampire, or alien? As the conniving mayor, a dogged detective, a voodoo-practicing fourteen-year-old, and the local “witch” drag him deeper into the investigation, Jack has to separate reality from mythology. On an island where UFO sightings, conspiracy theories, and superstition abound, the lines between men and monsters, monsters and gods, and in this case, between gods and a dog, are thin and blurry.

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