I read "Skulduggery on Shoalwater Bay" while doing book research in Oysterville and the surrounding towns. The delightful folks at the Espy Foundation gave it to me as a gift and I've re-read it many times.
The poetry is engrossing and haunting. You can close your eyes and hear the voices of the pioneers telling their stories to Espy from beyond the grave.
Oysterville is probably my favorite place in the world. If you're lucky enough to visit this historic town, be sure to look for Willard Espy's stone bench, facing the bay, just up the street from the old church. Get a copy of this book and sit there at sunset to read, it's quite an experience.
If you're REALLY brave, read it up at the old Oysterville Cemetery, in the shadow of the Espy monument!
I would recommend "Skulduggery on Shoalwater Bay" and Willard Espy's many additional works, to any lover of poetry, history, and just good fun stories!
Perry P. Perkins
"Just Past Oysterville"