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September 1, 2022

Meet the Beachtown Detective Agency setting of Carlsbad, CA

On October 18, my new Beachtown Detective Agency series launches with the release of The Case of the Amorous Assailant. The main character is Jade Cavendish, who is twenty-six, spunky, and not quite ready to call herself a grown-up. But after inheriting the family business, Jade figures she’d better hurry up. In honor of Jade’s debut, I thought I’d give you a little tour of the location where the agency is located, Carlsbad Village.

Meet Carlsbad Village 

If there’s one thing you can say about Carlsbad Village, it’s that the Village has attitude. Home to Tamarack Surf Beach and the Carlsbad Sea Wall, there are also plenty of restaurants and funky little places to shop. You won’t find many chains here. You’re far more likely to wander into a cute little boutique with a name like 75 Degrees and Fuzzy. Carlsbad Village doesn’t do mundane. Here, it’s all about being unique.

And the galleries? We’ve got them. Line art, paintings, and all sorts of art are represented in funky little stores that bear no resemblance to anything you’d find in the big city. 

Banners add a splash of color to the streets and remind visitors of Carlsbad’s charms.

The ocean is Carlsbad’s neighbor

I’ve attempted to capture the nature of Carlsbad in the Beachtown series. Surfing and the ocean are major influences and there are plenty of ocean sports and surf shops in town. One of the fun outdoor attractions is Carlsbad’s seawall, which meanders along the ocean. From early morning to evening (when you can gawk at the amazing sunsets) it’s bustling with walkers and joggers. The surfers, not to be outdone, can be found most days bobbing in the ocean while they wait for their next wave or, if they’re lucky, getting an actual ride.

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7 thoughts on “Meet the Beachtown Detective Agency setting of Carlsbad, CA

  1. Congratulations on launching a new series! I love beach towns. My husband and I live in St. Petersburg, Florida. We spend a week or two each year out on Indian Rocks Beach. Absolutely love it. Good Luck!

  2. I am a sucker for mysteries set in beach towns! And I am a big fan of The Case of the Amorous Assailant, having had the opportunity to be one of your advance readers. Your sea wall looks so civilized and “regular.” The sea wall on nearby St. Simons Island is made of a jumble of big boulders, and we get all kinds of creative splash patterns when the high tide waves hit the sea wall. I hope your Carlsbad sea wall is interesting in that way as well.

    1. Actually, the Carlsbad Sea Wall is not that close to the ocean, but as the ocean rises, it may get a lot closer! They should probably have called it the beach wall, not the sea wall!

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