Debut book by this author. "2 parts Hiaasen, 1 part Elmore Leonard, with a dash of Edna Buchanan".... and definitely some Dorsey in there! Happy Harry Harper may or may not have committed a murder; sails a boat back to Florida; meets Jane Ellen who may or may not have killed someone;
I had a hard time with this one. The initial scene was worthy of Hiassen, Dorsey, etc. but the writing was heavy handed and awkward. I flipped ahead a few pages to see if it got better and it only got worse. Paucity of dialogue didn't help. Trying way too hard to be cute, doesn't have the brazen flair needed in this genre. Well, brazen yes, flair no. Plodding.