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Subject: Sunshine Noir'
Date Posted: 11/8/2013 11:08 AM ET
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So, living in Ohio with winter approaching one has to prepare.  I'm filling up my Kindle with Florida Crime Fiction. 

I've read all of Carl Hiaasen and I'm almost completely through the Tim Dorsey "Serge Storm" series.  Just started Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series.  I've read most of Laurence Shames' stuff.  Adding John MacDonald, James W. Hall and Dave Barry.

Any other ideas for my winter bunker bookcase?

-RD

Date Posted: 11/8/2013 2:08 PM ET
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Here's a few that are also on my TBR list (haven't read them yet).

Mystery in the Sunshine State  (a short story mystery anthology)

Murder on the Prairie by M.D. Abrams

Murder at Wakulla Springs by M.D. Abrams

The Sierra Lavatoni series by Nancy Bartholomew

And, here's the Link to the list of mysteries set in Florida that is on Stop You're Killing Me.com:  http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/LocationCats/USA/Florida.html

 

I didn't include any cozies because it didn't look like you were asking for those.  Well, the Sierra Lavatoni series comes close to being a cozy, but it's more like the Stephanie Plum series than a cozy.  I HAVE read those and think they were pretty funny, but I could easily relate to those are they are set in Panama City where I have vacationed several times.



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Date Posted: 11/8/2013 3:21 PM ET
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Thanks Lynn for the suggestions!

-RD

Date Posted: 11/8/2013 5:29 PM ET
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The Blaize Clement series sounds cozy from the titles (shes a pet sitter), but they really arent.  Theyre definitely not hard boiled though.

Date Posted: 11/9/2013 1:45 AM ET
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A couple of "oldies" (pub in the late 90s)...Hialeah Jackson's Alligator's Farewell and Farewell, Conch Republic.  Set in Miami and the Everglades, MC (female) is a deaf PI with a crazy partner.  Not cozies, serious mysteries, but with some bits of humor.  I enjoyed both of them and wish she had written more.

Date Posted: 11/9/2013 9:18 AM ET
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An author named Les Standiford, who was more active maybe 10-15 years ago, had a terrific series set in Miami about a contractor whose last name was "Deal" and that was part of the title;  "Deal on Ice,"  "Presdeintal Deal," "Raw Deal," etc., all crime thriller genre.

James W. Hall is another prolific author from Miami, most of his series are set in the Florida Keys. DEFINTELY NOT cozies!

I loved Laurence Shames' books in the Keys; too bad he doesn't write those any more.

The best novel ever about, and set in,  Key West is "Mile Zero," is a noir crime by Thomas Sanchez, not to be confused with a recent nonfiction book with a very similar title. It may be 20 years old. Key West now, though, is very different, sadly. Sanchez has a very new book out that's kind of a follow-up to "Mile Zero," with some of the same chracters mentioned and playing very minor roles, but it's nowhere near the book the first one was, IMHO; the first one was truly a fine work of literature.

Another older (15 years ago maybe) Florida author is S.V. Date, who did several novels, more about wacky Florida issues from a political angle----it's hard to describe, but very funny, kinda like Hiassen, and very true. He was a political reporter, who said you could be more honest about what was going on by writing fiction....



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Date Posted: 11/9/2013 9:47 AM ET
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All the books I mentioned above I think pre-date e-readers, and might not be available in that format.

But another newer author writing in that style is Bob Morris; he did 4-5 such mystery/crime novels in Florida.

I live in south Florida, BTW, so I've seen most of these guys at least at book fairs, and other similar events; some I know fairly well....Les Standiford is one of the nicest, most charming writers ever, but if you start buying his books, watch out that you do not get duplicates; some of his earlier ones were re-published (?) with different titles/covers.



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Date Posted: 11/12/2013 9:13 AM ET
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Well this morning here in NE Ohio we were greeted with a nice "Lake Effect" snow system, so its imperative that I get my reading list in order.  Thanks to everyone who has made some suggestions.

-RD

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Date Posted: 11/12/2013 3:48 PM ET
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I JUST NOTICED THAT MACDONALD WAS MENTIONED EARLIER. OOPS. SORRY FOR THE REPEAT.

 

I think I have read all of John D MacDonald's Travis McGee mysteries set in Florida. All titles are about a color. If you have not tried these-- read one. They are medium in length, so no door stoppers. Also, the books always involve boating. Love these books. I have kept all of these that I purchased years ago.http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/M_Authors/MacDonald_John-D.html

The above comments will give me new authors to try. 



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 4:35 PM ET
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Check for other series by those authors.  John MacDonald has many stand alones that are terrific.  Randy Wayne White has other series written as Randy Striker Dusky MacMorgan, an ex-Navy SEAL, in Florida also written as Carl Ramm Hawker.

Check out http://www.stopyourekillingme.com for Location, then Florida

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 4:49 PM ET
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Thanks Geri!! I have not tried the others by John MacDonald. Randy Wayne White sounds like a good ole Southern boy.

Date Posted: 11/15/2013 9:12 AM ET
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LOL, Randy White's "Randy Striker" books are about 25-30 years old, and predate all his other books. They are really "pulp fictoin," for a long time he did not tell friends he was writing them because it wasn't the kind of book he wanted to do. But once the his Doc Ford books got popular, they re-published the Randy Striker" books. The originals have been quite collectible.

I run hot-and-cold on his Doc Ford and new herioine, Hannah; they are all fun and entertaining, some are much easier/faster to read than others ;)

In general I think they were better, ealier, but I still read them all!

But the main character is definitely a manly man (very autobiographical); and his new female character Hannah, is a total good ol' girl.



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