Bill Noel

Bill Noel is the bestselling author of sixteen novels in the popular Folly Beach Mystery series. Besides being an award-winning novelist, Noel is a fine arts photographer. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Susan, and his off-kilter imagination. Each of the last three years, one of his books has won the Imadjinn Award for Best Mystery Novel at the Imaginarium Convention, named by The Writer magazine as the best writing conference in Kentucky and the second best writing conference in the Southeast. Learn more about the series and the author by visiting

Dark Horse

No Joke

Four aging comedians deliver anything but laughs when they descend upon Folly Beach, a small, laid-back barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina. Chris Landrum’s introduction to the newcomers is when he averts disaster by escorting one of them out of the center of Folly’s busiest street, a task made even more difficult since the jokester, wearing a long, wool coat over red swim trunks, and black patent leather shoes, is flailing a fishing rod at anything that moves, be it vehicle or human.

In addition to the stranger not knowing why he’s in the center of the street, he claims to have discovered a dead body at the beach. The problem is he can’t remember if he saw it that day, the previous month, or perhaps four years earlier. Jokes, lies, secrets, dead bodies, several murder suspects, and danger follow the comics. It’s up to retired bureaucrat Chris along with his cadre of quirky pals to sort out what’s going on before some of them are added to the list of victims.