Candace Cox Wheeler

Candace Cox Wheeler is a fourth generation Biloxi, Mississippi, native and a partner in the law firm of Wheeler and Wheeler, PLLC, where she has worked alongside her husband, David, since 1981 and raised two sons. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. While at USM, she wrote for the campus newspaper, The Student Printz, where her articles included an interview with comedian Steve Martin and musician Stephen Stills. She went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981 and since that time, she has focused most of her literary skills writing briefs to the courts on behalf of her firm’s clients. Deciding it was time to branch out, she has written three novels set in Biloxi: Cradle in the OakSquall in the Gulf, and Sunset in the Sound coming in April. Visit her website at, and find her on Facebook at Candace Cox Wheeler.

Upcoming Author Appearances

Wednesday, December 7 / Kiln, MS / Kiln Public Library / 12pm
Thursday, December 8 / Biloxi, MS / Biloxi Yacht Club Ladies Brunch / 12pm
Saturday, December 10 / Biloxi, MS / The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum / 10am
Tuesday, March 14 / Tylertown, MS / Walthall County Library / 12pm

Saturday, April 20 / Ocean Springs, MS / Hillyer House / 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 20 / Biloxi, MS / The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum / 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24 / Biloxi, MS / Biloxi Lions Club at The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum / 12 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 / Jackson, MS / Lemuria Books / 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 23 / Biloxi, MS / Biloxi Main Street Book Club at the Biloxi Visitors Center / 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 8 / Bay St. Louis, MS / Bay Life Gifts at Century Hall / TBD
Saturday, September 14 / Jackson, MS / Mississippi Book Festival / TBD


In 1951, wide-open gambling is both a way of life for fun-loving Biloxi residents and a way of enticing tourists with post-war money to burn. However, that’s not the only thing burning, as one nightclub after another is erupting in flames. Mac Simpson, a fresh-faced eighteen-year-old from Savannah, Georgia, is studying electronics at Keesler Air Force Base as part of his four-year commitment to the country he loves. When Mac meets Vickie Burns, a gorgeous musician with a beautiful voice who dreams of sharing the stage one day with Hank Williams, he thinks he’s found the girl of his dreams. But trouble looms in paradise. Vickie’s ex-fiancée threatens Mac when belittling the airman doesn’t drive the couple apart. And when Mac and Vickie recognize a young man who seems to turn up at nearly every fire scene and question him, are they now in danger? Then there’s Carlo Bandini, shockingly released from prison in Angola and eager to eliminate Judge David Tauzin, whose testimony helped put him behind bars two decades earlier. Judge Tauzin married Cradle in the Oak heroine Carrie Burns nearly a half century ago, and the eighty-year-old patriarch is Vickie’s grandfather and will do anything to protect his family. A fascinating work of historical fiction with riveting, real-life testimony from the U.S. Senate committee hearing about the damaging effects of gambling on Keesler personnel, Sunset in the Sound is a satisfying coda to Candace Cox Wheeler’s Biloxi-based trilogy. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Mississippi Sound as you cruise Highway 90 in your cherry-red convertible, but keep a sharp eye on your rear-view mirror . . . with life coming at you fast in Biloxi, you never know who or what might be after you.


“Readers will enjoy Squall in the Gulf for its sense of place and mysteries, as well as its clean style and narrative.” – The Clarion Ledger

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