Author’s Guest Post
In the first four books of the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series, everyone wants to find the San Manuel, a fictional 400-year-old Spanish galleon. Supposedly, the San Manuel is filled with riches including china, ivory, and ancient artwork. So, the question is, could such a discovery really be worth millions of dollars?
The custody battle rages
For comparison, let’s look at the San Jose, which sank about 300 years ago. BBC.com ran a story in September 2019 that began, “For centuries, the San José galleon lay lost on the ocean floor, but now it’s at the centre of a custody dispute, with several parties all staking claim to its riches.”
The parties hoping to score a piece of the bounty 600 meters below the ocean surface include Cartegena, Spain, a Bolivian indigenous nation, a private treasure hunting company called Sea Search Armada, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Why so much ado about one 300-year-old ship? Money. The estimated value of the cargo aboard the San José is $17 billion. So far, the San José hasn’t caused any treasure hunters to murder each other, but in the fictional world of Seaside Cove, anything is possible. And that’s why I call Seaside Cove the little town where murder meets the sea.
East vs. West
The main difference between the treasures of the San Jose and a Manila galleon like the San Manuel, is one of geography. The San Jose sank on the European side of South America. It would have been loaded down with a cargo that included mostly gold and silver. A Manila galleon that sank off the California coast would have been carrying a very different cargo because it was returning to the Americas and had already traded it’s silver and gold for exotic treasures from the Far East.
Though the treasures might be different, their cargos are both extremely valuable. Depending upon a number of factors, a museum might not be able to salvage such a wreck without financial help. Enter the private salvage firms who can employ their divers, small submersibles, and other specialized technology to locate and bring up priceless pieces of history.
A ruthless business
With so much at stake, is it any wonder people want to be the one who lays claim to a sunken ship? Or that treasure hunters will try to hide their activities? After all, treasure hunting is a cutthroat business, just as it was four-hundred-years ago.
Have I fueled your interest in sunken treasure? If so, I hope you’ll join me in Seaside Cove, the little town where murder meets the sea. And where secrets might just get you killed. A lost treasure ship. A web of lies. A murdered ship captain. Can a father-daughter duo unravel this mystery before a killer escapes with a secret worth millions?
About Secrets of the Treasure King
Secrets of the Treasure King (Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast)
4th in Series
Publisher: Satori (April 29, 2020)
Print Length: 261 pages
Digital ASIN: B085DC4ZVS
The Seaside Cove rumor mill is buzzing about the captain of The Treasure King. He claims to know the location of the San Manuel, a four-hundred-year-old sunken Spanish galleon with a cargo worth millions. And now, he’s dead, the victim of a speargun attack.
When the police ask B&B owner Rick Atwood to consult in the investigation, he has mixed feelings. Consulting for the police is not the problem. He’s done it before. The problem is his eleven-year-old daughter, Alex.
Alex is fearless, precocious, and fueled by a strong sense of girl power. She’s also convinced the cops will never find the killer without her help, so she launches her own investigation—and quickly becomes a candidate for Seaside Cove’s youngest felon.
Now, unless Rick can solve the case with the clues Alex found illegally, his daughter might face charges of breaking-and-entering, the treasure of the San Manuel will be lost to pirates, and a killer could get away with murder.
About Terry Ambrose
Terry Ambrose has written and published fourteen mysteries. His Seaside Cove Mystery series new releases have risen to the Amazon genre Top 100. In 2014, Con Game, Terry’s second thriller in the License to Lie series received the San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery/Thriller award. Terry also writes the McKenna Trouble in Paradise mysteries and organized an anthology written by bestselling mystery writers to benefit a literacy nonprofit in Hawaii.
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