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Subject: Specific mysteries (FL, funny)
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 1:03 PM ET
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Hi, I'm not a big mystery reader, which makes it hard to buy for the rest of the women in my family, who are ALL mystery readers.

Looking for Xmas gifts for my SIL.  She lives in FL and has a great sense of humor, and yes I've given her Carl Hiassen in the past. 


Any suggestions for books that either are by FL writers or have a humorous bent to them, or both?

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Check out the location_index at Stopyourekillingme.com  Tons of ideas there!

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 4:13 PM ET
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One of my favorites is the Strip series by Nancy Bartholomew, featuring a stripper in Panama City, FL.    It's a funny series that reminds me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series.   Unfortunately, it's a dead series with only four books - but those four books were good!

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 4:18 PM ET
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For funny, but not Florida, I love Sparkle Hayter's Robin Hudson books.  They're about a reporter at "ANN" (i.e. CNN) and I thought they were completely delightful.  The first one is Nice Girls Finish Last.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 7:00 PM ET
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What about Blaize Clement's pet-sitter series? A former deputy sheriff (female) who now has her own pet sitting business around Sarasota. 

 

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (2005)

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (2007)

Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues (2008)

Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof (2009)

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 8:03 PM ET
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Blaize Clement is great, I second Linda's recommendation of the pet-sitter series.  This series is a bit more serious, but quite good. 

If she likes Carl Hiassen, I also recommend Tim Dorsey and Elmore Leonard.  Both are slightly zany and write about settings in South Florida.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 8:08 PM ET
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I've just started reading the second series by Cynthia Baxter, the first book is "Murder Packs a Suitcase".  The main character is a new travel writer, and her first assignment is to find some of the oldie tourist attractions in Florida.  Pretty funny.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 8:57 PM ET
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John D. MacDonald and Randy Wayne White both have great mysteries with Florida locales.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 9:55 PM ET
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I've only read the first book, but also really liked the Blaize Clement Pet Sitter series.   As Ana said, it's NOT a funny series, but rather serious.  And despite the cute titles, it's also not a cozy series.   But it's set in the Florida keys, and the Florida vibe comes through loud and clear.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Love to read Rita Lakin.  Her heroine  lives in Florida and is a retired New Yorker.  It is the Getting Old series.  Also like to read Maddy Hunter, just started to reread her series.  Love Laura Levine. The last two are not set in Florida but are funny.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 7:29 AM ET
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Fran Rizer: A Tisket A Tasket a Fancy Stolen Casket/Hey Diddle Diddle The Corpse and the Fiddle/Casket Case.  I don't remember where they take place but it's in the South.  Very funny mysteries. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 10:27 AM ET
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According to a cozy mystery site these series take place in Florida: The Kate Kennedy Series about a Senior sleuth who lives in a condo complex in Florida by Nora Charles(1st book is Death with an Ocean View), Bad Hair Day Series by Nancy J. Cohen about the owner of the Cut 'N Dye salon in southern Florida(1st book is Permed to Death), Serge and Coleman Series by Tim Dorsey (1st book is Florida Roadkill which many amazon reviewers said is very funny), Dead-End Job Series by Elaine Viets (1st book is Shop Til You Drop), Samantha Holt Series about a Veterinary Tech in Florida by Karen Ann Wilson (1st book is Eight Dogs Flying).

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 2:16 PM ET
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I second the Elaine Viet Dead End Job series.  They are set in Florida and well written with interesting characters and plot.  

Didn't like the Nancy Cohen hairdresser series.  Very contrived.

Highly recommend the Bob Morris books.  His Zack Chasteen series is based in Florida and moves to different countries for investigations.  Jamaica Me Dead, Bahamarama, and Bermuda Schwartz were all good.  He has written several other books, but I am not sure they are mysteries.  They are on my WL. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 2:23 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for your ideas, feel free to keep them coming.  Now I'm saving them up for future gift ideas!!

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 2:02 PM ET
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Jimmie Evans "trailer park" series I'm told is very funny  (not sure where it's set) and no one has mentioned Anne George's series (set in Birmingham).

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I agree  --  Rita Lakin's series  (Gladdy Gold) and Elaine Viets' series (Dead End Jobs and Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper) are the best.  Anne George's series is a keeper.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 12:22 PM ET
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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman takes place in Florida and England, and is quite funny!  I think it's also a stand-alone.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780060515195-Anansi+Boys