James Mortimer Phillips is the main character in Shady Place. He just wants to be left alone and eventually die in peace.
Since his wife passed, he’s been a solitary man, one who just wanted to wallow in self-pity in his suburban Philadelphia home, but his daughters wouldn’t have it.
They forced him to move to Florida, to the 55+ community he and his wife had picked out several years before: Shady Place.
Jim is a candidate for the class superlative of “Most Likely to Yell: Hey you kids, get off my lawn!” just before turning the hose on them. A retired detective, he can’t help but get involved in events around him even when he tries to bury his head in the sand.
Shady Place is a neighborhood you are likely to find neighbors standing around in front your house. Active and lively, a veritable Peyton Place. Never a dull moment. The perfect landing spot for a curmudgeon who longs for isolation.
What happens when Jim and Shady Place collide? Shady Place the novel is born.