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Crying Statues

Weeping statues like the Madonna in Ocean Park have been reported hundreds of years, but only one was ever sanctioned by the Vatican (and its tears seen on nationwide TV by thousands). The Virgin of Akita was sanctioned as real by the Holy Office in 1988.

The sightings are not always hoaxes. Sometimes the phenomenon is caused by condensation from cracks in the statues.


Jet Engine Editor Turns to Mystery Writing


          “Another corpse had been discovered in the Church of St. Ambrose, the second in a month.”

          So begins Ocean Park, the debut mystery novel by North Shore native Michael Walsh, winner of the First Coast Writers Festival Short Story Contest. Ocean Park takes place in a tired industrial city north of Boston with aging tenements and a growing immigrant population. Police Detective Matt Conley’s search for the murderer of a local businessman uncovers corruption in his hometown and trouble in his marriage. The killing sparks a gang war for control of the city’s drug trade, and the body count rises as Conley attempts to unravel the puzzling connections between street gangs, politicians, bikers, and a private kink club.

          Walsh grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism, and worked as a staffer for BU’s Daily Free Press.After graduation he was hired to edit jet engine manuals. His aviation career brought him to Cincinnati and now Florida, where he continues his writing education with Jacksonville’s Bard Society, Florida’s longest-running writing group. He’s also studied with the North Florida Writers Group, Lynn Slapyak Harlan’s Shanty Boat Workshop, and John Boles at the University of North Florida. His fiction’s been published in the U.S. and U.K.

          His novel is published by the award-winning The Wild Rose Press, a successful New York romance publisher who recently expanded into the mystery genre. Ocean Park is the first in a series of mysteries that take place in New England and are inspired by real crimes and events.