|Folks You’ll Need to Know
|Who Their People Are
|What They Do
|Liz Talbot’s partner and ex-brother-in-law
|He is hot.
|Liz Talbot’s ex-husband and Nate’s brother
|Owns private equity firm in Greenville, SC
|He is a snake.
|Merry Talbot’s roommate
|Pharmaceutical sales rep
|She’s a little free with her favors.
|One of Clive and Dahlia Butler’s girls
|She’s the closest thing we have to a voodoo priestess
|Part of the Causby clan from Mt. Pleasant
|He went to prison for 15 years on drug charges.
|Merry Talbot’s been seeing him, but her daddy doesn’t know it.
|Bill and Nell Cooper’s boy
|Police Officer, Stella Maris PD
|He’s always been a little sweet on Liz.
|Clay’s father and Nell’s husband
|He owns Cooper’s Dry Cleaners
|He’s a straight arrow.
|Cooper, Nell Avalee Baker
|The Bakers are an old Stella Maris family.
|Office Mgr. & Dispatcher for Stella Maris PD
|She basically runs things at the police department.
|Michael’s brother, Kate’s older son
|Manages Steven’s Hardware, owned by his wife’s family
|He thinks mighty highly of himself.
|Devlin, Deanna Stevens
|Works in hardware store, mostly home décor
|She’s as sweet as she can be.
|Adam and Deanna’s younger daughter
|Goes to kindergarten
|Adam and Deanna’s older daughter
|She’s in first grade.
|Devlin, Kate Sullivan
|Adam and Michael’s mother, the Devlins and the Sullivans have lived on Stella Maris forever
|She’s retired from working as a secretary to a judge.
|Bless her heart, she’s had a hard life. Raised those two boys by herself.
|Devlin, Marci Miller
|Michael’s wife, Liz’s cousin
|Works as a teller at the bank
|Her daddy was no account. Her poor mamma drank herself to death.
|Adam’s brother, Kate’s son, Marci’s husband
|Owns a construction company
|He’s on the town council–represents District One.
|Adam and Michael’s father, Kate’s husband
|He’s been dead twenty-five years.
|He left to go sailing one Sunday and never came back–lost at sea.
|DiTomei, Phoebe Bianca
|She’s not from here–moved down from Brooklyn about ten years back.
|Owns and operates Phoebe’s Day Spa
|She does the best color in three states.
|Douglas, Casey Jane
|She moved down from Orangeburg about nine-ten years ago.
|Waitress at The Pirate’s Den
|She has a pierced belly button.
|Glendawn, Alma Ferguson
|John’s wife, Elvis and Moon Unit’s mother
|Works with John at the Pirate’s Den
|She’s a good woman, but a little nutty. Saw Elvis Presley last week at the Piggly Wiggly.
|John and Alma’s son, Moon Unit’s brother
|Rides his bike on patrol unofficially for the Stella Maris PD
|He’s developmentally challenged. He’s 29 on the outside and 14 on the inside.
|Alma’s husband. The Glendawns have been in Stella Maris forever.
|Owns and operates The Pirate’s Den
|He’s on the town council–represents District Two.
|Glendawn, Moon Unit
|John and Alma’s oldest child, Elvis’s sister
|Owns and operates The Cracked Pot, the island’s diner
|She’s a talker. Some of the women at Phoebe’s Day Spa think Moon is sweet on Blake.
|Warren Harper’s first wife
|Maid for Calista McQueen
|They have three children, but she abandoned them and Warren years ago. No one’s heard tell of her in years. Then, recently, she turned up working as a maid for that new woman in town, Calista McQueen. She’s not right in the head.
|Moved down from Asheville, NC in 1987
|Town doctor and medical examiner when needed
|His first wife was a loon. His second wife, Lauren, is sweet as sugar.
|The Jacobs have been around for years
|Retired as chief of police in 2005
|His wife, Myrna Lynne, had family money, which was how he could retire so young.
|The Johnsons have been around a spell.
|His wife, Shannelle, is certifiable, but she knows how to accessorize. She’s Myrna Lynne’s sister.
|Lyerly, Tammy Sue
|She was a Ketchie before she married Zeke Lyerly. Her people are from Atlanta.
|Operates a booth in a local flea market selling handmade items.
|She’s high-strung and prone to radical hair color changes.
|He says he’s originally from Atlanta, but he says a lot of things.
|Owns and operates Lyerly’s Auto Repair
|He’s a good ole boy with a vivid imagination.
|Manigault, Alicia Rivers
|The Rivers family has been in Stella Maris forever. Alicia married Sam Manigault.
|Works at the Stella Maris Hotel, her family’s business.
|Alicia was Blake Talbot’s high school girlfriend, but Liz and Merry never warmed up to her.
|The Manigaults have been around a right long time.
|Police Officer, Stella Maris PD
|Sam is positively besotted with that wife of his. She leads him around with ring through his nose.
|She’s new in town.
|No one knows who her people are. She keeps to herself. If she has a job, no one knows what she does. No one knows a thing about her, but Moon Unit is working on it.
|A surfer who showed up one summer and ran off with Sharon Talbot.
|Worked for a while with Sharon’s daddy, Ben, in landscaping.
|Ran off in 1988. Whereabouts unknown.
|Miller, Sharon Talbot
|Ben and Emma Rae Talbot’s oldest child. Marci Miller Devlin’s mother.
|Never held a job.
|Drank herself to death in 2001, three months after Marci married Michael.
|Nobody knows where he came from.
|Works for New Life Foundation, those folks Merry’s dealing with
|No one knows a thing about him except that he uses a lot of hair gel and carries a man purse.
|Moved here from Minneapolis in 2005. His folks came the following year. Nice people.
|Police Officer, Stella Maris PD
|He’s a quiet boy, keeps to himself.
|Executive Director of New Life Foundation
|Pearson, Humphrey Sinclaire
|His mamma was a Waters. Both the Pearsons and Waters have been in Stella Maris forever.
|He’s an activist. He protests things, mostly drug laws.
|Something fried this poor man’s brains. He’s stuck in 1969, and can’t keep his clothes on.
|Pearson, Olivia Beauthorpe
|The Beauthorpes were the first family on this island. Robert Pearson’s wife, Liz’s friend from high school.
|She’s a little high strung. If her fourth great-granddaddy hadn’t been a gambler, the Beauthorpes might still own the whole island.
|The Pearsons have been in Stella Maris forever. Olivia’s husband
|He’s on the town council–represents District Six.
|Lives in Charleston. There are Ravenels all over Charleston, and a few in Stella Maris.
|Police Officer, Charleston PD
|Sonny and Blake Talbot go way back.
|Wife of Emmett Smithers, moved here in 1995 from Birmingham, AL
|She makes the best shrimp salad anyone’s ever tasted.
|Smithers, Reverend Emmett
|Moved here in 1995 from Birmingham, AL
|Preacher at Stella Maris Baptist Church
|He has TV preacher hair.
|Liz’s best friend. Deanna Stevens Devlin’s sister. Daughter of Walter and Myra Stevens
|Drowned her junior year in high school while swimming in Breach Inlet
|Anyone with a speck of sense knows better than to swim there.
|Colleen and Deanna’s mother, Walter’s wife
|She’s a sweet lady, but maybe pushed those girls too hard.
|Colleen and Deanna’s father, Myra’s husband
|Owns Stevens Hardware, but has retired and let Adam and Deanna run it.
|Liz’s Godmother, Caroline Talbot’s best friend, Henry’s sister, Lincoln’s second cousin
|Owns and operates Sullivan’s Bed and Breakfast
|She’s the local psychic–the real deal. Also serves on town council–District Five.
|Grace’s brother, Mac’s father, Lincoln’s second cousin. Married Nancy Emerson
|Rector at St. Frances Episcopal
|Sullivan, Lincoln Elisha
|Mildred’s husband, second cousin to Grace and Henry, Mac’s great uncle
|Mayor of Stella Maris
|Sullivan, Mackenzie Emerson
|Son of Henry and Nancy Sullivan, Grace’s nephew
|Lawyer, town solicitor
|He’s been a pompous boy his whole life.
|Sullivan, Mildred Kingsley
|Seems like her people are from Charleston. Married the mayor, Lincoln Sullivan
|She holds that it’s her duty to set high moral standards for the community–ask her.
|Sullivan, Nancy Emerson
|The Emersons are from Charleston. She married Henry Sullivan.
|Liz’s grandfather. Emma Rae’s husband. The Talbots have been in Stella Maris forever.
|He passed on in 1992.
|Liz’s older brother by one year
|Stella Maris Chief of Police
|He could have been a great many things if he’d been willing to leave Stella Maris. Thank the Good Lord he stayed. But living on a houseboat and playing part-time in a band are unusual in a police chief.
|Talbot, Carolyn Moore
|Liz, Blake and Merry’s mother. The Moores are from Sullivan’s Island.
|Active church volunteer, housewife
|She’s taken up Jazzercise, and wears some interesting outfits for her workouts.
|Talbot, Emma Rae Simmons
|Liz, Blake, Merry and Marci’s grandmother. She was a Simmons, and they’ve been here forever.
|She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother
|She was on the town council–District Three. Loved to throw parties.
|Emma Rae and Ben’s son. Liz, Blake and Merry’s father. Caroline’s husband.
|Retired from an accounting position in Charleston
|He’s a character.
|Ben Talbot’s brother. Liz, Blake and Merry’s great uncle
|Retired investment banker
|He loves money better than anything.
|Emma Rae’s granddaughter, Blake and Merry’s sister, Frank and Caroline’s girl
|She’s still pining for Michael Devlin ten years after he married her cousin Marci.
|Liz’s younger sister by 2 years
|Executive Director of Teen Council in Charleston
|She’s a sweet girl, but she has a wild streak.
|The Vardrys are an established Greenville family.
|He hired Liz and Nate to find his granddaughter who ran away in September.
|Walker, Mr. & Mrs.
|The Walkers are from Greenville
|Mrs. Walker hired Liz and Nate to document Mr. Walker’s infidelity.
|The Waters have been in Stella Maris forever.
|Owns and operates The Stella Maris Citizen, the local newspaper
|Moved here from West Virginia in 1993
|Still a bartender at the Pirate’s Den even though he’s past retirement age.
|He’s got some colorful family back in West Virginia.
|Liz’s Golden Retriever
|Frank and Caroline’s Bassett Hound