Getting ready for a trip to the Florida Keys? Stock up on the following novels to get hip to the cool places to be. It’s a lot of fun to watch the action unfold while you are exploring this unique destination.
In the novel, Deep Blue Alibi Paul Levine takes you to Key West as lawyers Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord join forces again his second novel of the Solomon vs. Lord series. Steve goes by the rule, “If the facts don’t fit the law bend the facts.” Victoria believes in following the law to the letter. Partners in love and in law, their style differences lead to both rocky patches and synergistic moments.
When Victoria’s wealthy uncle crashes his boat onto Sunset Key, he has a man on board with a spear gun through his chest and $100,000 cash. Victoria is challenged to find out what really happened on that boat. Everyone is in danger until the real killer is found and brought to justice.
You’ll recognize spots such as Louie’s Backyard, Mallory Square, Sloppy Joe’s, Fast Buck Freddy’s, Green Parrot and Margaritaville Caf.
You’ll laugh when the Victoria states, “It’s the Keys, Vic. Nothing’s illegal.”
Off the Chart by James W. Hall brings back the tie-flying bum Thorn who lives on Blackwater sound and seems to never stay out of trouble. Set in Islamorada and Key Largo, this novel is about modern day pirates who plague the sea. Thorn manages to put himself in the crosshairs of one of them, Vic Joy, when he dates Vic’s sister Anne.
The sadistic Vic will stop short of nothing to take Thorn down including kidnapping Thorn’s best friend’s daughter. The authorities are more concerned with catching the pirates than saving the little girl, so Thorn takes it upon himself to rescue her with the help of his colorful friends.
Places like Lorelei, Cheeca Lodge, Island Silver and Spice and Snook’s provide the backdrop for non-stop action.
Favorite Keys quote: “This is the Keys. Nothing’s too weird.”
Christine Kling takes you to places such as Key West Bight Marina, Schooner Wharf and Turtle Kraals for the setting of Wrecker’s Key. Tug boat captain and amateur detective, Seychelle Sullivan once again finds herself in the middle of a mystery. Her friend Nestor asks her to come down to Key West to salvage a billionaire’s boat that he ran aground on its maiden voyage. Nestor insists that something was wrong with the GPS equipment, but before they can even investigate, he dies in a suspicious surfboarding accident.
Seychelle begins to suspect that there may be a major plot by a competing wrecking company to run luxury yachts aground and collect the salvaging fees. Soon she discovers that the scheme is not only about money, but it is also about revenge. She finds herself and her other friends in mortal danger for past sins that she didn’t even know about.
In the midst of all of the action Seychelle stops and says, “It was a sunny, crisp January day, I was in Key West, and I had a lot of nerve to complain.”
Key West and Little Torch Key are the settings for the action in Air Dance Iguana by Tom Corcoran. Visit the Bull and Whistle, 5 Brothers, Looe Key Reef Resort’s Tiki Bar and Mangrove Mamma’s with magazine photographer Alex Rutledge. Alex reluctantly picks up side gigs as a crime scene photographer for the Monroe County police in Key West. He’s called in to shoot two hangings in one day where the victims were hung by electric boat davits.
His curiosity gets the better of him as he tries to unravel a mystery that began in the early 70s involving the U.S. Navy and dirty cops. As the case unfolds, his long-lost black sheep of a brother ends up a suspect, and the case takes on a personal urgency for Alex. When a third man is found hanging on a dock, the pressure heats up, and Alex finds not only his brother but himself in danger.
Alex sums up the Keys when he says, “I wanted to ask him where he was from, what had he done, how he made his living. The kinds of questions you don’t ask in Key West.”