Author Archives: John Urban

About John Urban

Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall. The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound. Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur. Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. As second Steve Decatur mystery, Masters of Rhode Island, is due out later this year.

The Summer Cottage

This week I take a break from Write On the Water to introduce a guest author – Susan Kietzman, a friend, colleague and author of three novels. Susan’s latest book, The Summer Cottage, was released this past May by Kensington. … Continue reading

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Beach Candy

by John M. Urban Summer is here. It must be time for some beach candy. No, not bathing suit-clad eye candy along the shore. Beach candy. As in, salt water taffy and fudge. Although this may be more of a … Continue reading

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Lighthouse

They moved Gay Head Light. This point of land, also known by the Wampanoag Indian name Aquinnah, shows a flashing sequence of red and white that carries twenty-four nautical miles out to sea. But the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard continue … Continue reading

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Brilliant (Part II)

by John Urban A few weeks back I posted some photos of Mystic Seaport’s schooner Brilliant. This past week I had the chance to spend some time aboard Brilliant on the western end of Long Island Sound where I saw, … Continue reading

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Brilliant

She’s a real a museum piece. On occasion, you might hear a similar phrase when you walk the docks where you do your boating. In the case of Brilliant, it’s no exaggeration. She is a museum piece, owned and under … Continue reading

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Spring at Last

by John M. Urban Winter’s end on our front lawn – the last of the season’s snow hung on all the way to Opening Day at Fenway Park. It’s amusing, and predictable, to learn of babies born nine months following … Continue reading

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Disney – Mystery Writers of America Theme Park

by John M. Urban Building off the success of Universal Studio’s Harry Potter theme park, Disney and The Mystery Writer’s of America (MWA) have announced the creation of a new Orlando theme park attraction based on the works of leading … Continue reading

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Putin the Mystery Writer?

by John M. Urban Where has Vladamir Putin been? Everyone from the BBC, to the New York Times, to analysts in Langley have been trying to solve the mystery. Putin’s eleven-day absence led to rampant speculation. The list of probable … Continue reading

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How Much Snow?

by John Urban How deep is the snow? Way deep. Blowing Snow was the title of my blog post two weeks ago. Seemed we had a lot of white stuff way back then. At the time we were telling friends … Continue reading

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Blowing Snow

by John M. Urban Winter is here, folks. Snow, cold weather, blistering winds, more snow. Yes, mighty lucky up here in the northern latitudes. We’re a humble people so we don’t want to brag about just how well we have … Continue reading

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