I wrote this book more than four years ago, the first in a series of over the top, raucous Florida based mysteries featuring a red haired wild woman, Garnet Sullivan. It was the first novel I wrote under my own name after having ghosted so many for so many other “authors.” I meant it to be a literate entertainment; I was not aspiring in this instance to write another Anna Karenina
or Madame Bovary.
Laughed my way through writing it. Surprise! People laughed when they read it. It was chosen a top Goodreads mystery the month it was published. Surprise! It remains my most popular book. Surprise! Great reviews keep trickling in.
I’m “reprinting” here the latest review, just in this morning, in the hopes some of you beloved book sots and followers of this blog will (Surprise!) buy it.
If you’re sick of Christmas carols at this point, want a lift from the fog of winter and would dig a cheap realistic Florida vacation with a bunch of nutcases, this is a real deal. You will get sand between your toes and see, hear and smell the ocean in some entertaining company, guaranteed.
[Have I ever mentioned I write for a living?]
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Florida based mystery, December 18, 2014
This review is from: Marlin, Darlin': Garnet Sullivan Live from Florida (Kindle Edition)
Marlin, Darlin’ is a very well written and fun mystery set in Florida. Garnett Sullivan earns her living as a reporter and a part-time evening class teacher. There’s been an ugly accident at the local Marlin fishing tournament. A wealthy businessman went overboard and later his body was washed up and his boat impounded for evidence.
Squabbling over reporter rites with fellow newsman Randy Trigg, the pair follow up several suspicious leads. Ducking and diving with local police officer Lance Dawtry for inside information Garnett also has cause to suspect student Jim Walker of illegal dealings when he disappears with her car for several days.
Meanwhile a crazy old bird Mrs Bettina Bassett is arrested for the bale of grass on her back seat and Allison Highsmith is pressuring Garnett to help her out with a charity dog fundraiser. Just how much trouble can one delightful reporter get herself into?
I loved Garnett’s yellow VW Beetle and the warm sultry Florida background, filled with bugs and creatures as Garnett dashed after the clues. The characters were very well written and memorable, Dr Beidermeyer, Bettina even Randy and Lance, Definitely a book to cheer up the long winter nights.