Florida -- fiction

Body Wave

By Nancy J. Cohen

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When Maria's hateful ex, Stanley Kaufman, asks a favour, she's stunned. Granted, it might have something to do with the fact he's been arrested for the murder of his third wife, Kimberly, and wants Maria to find the "real" killer. After visiting Stan in Jail, Maria is convinced he's innocent. So who could have stabbed the beautiful young heiress and left her body lying at the foot of her stairs?
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Make Him Look Good

By Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

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"The 'him' in MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD is Ricky Biscayne, sexy Latin singing sensation who has taken the pop world by storm. The women who orbit him include:

  • Milan, Ricky's new publicist, smart as a whip and chubby as only a girl who still lives at home with her parents can be
  • Geneva, Milan's sister and as lean and chic as Milan is not; her Club G promises to be Miami's hottest opening ever
  • Jasminka, Ricky's gorgeous Serbian model wife, who finally might eat a little something now that she's pregnant
  • Irene, a firefighter whose high school romance with Ricky was the last love in her life, eking out an existence for herself and her daughter.
  • Sophia, who is beginning to suspect that she and Ricky Biscayne look a little too much alike
  • Jill Sanchez, an omniverous media-manic Latina star who has crossed over from CDs to perfume, clothes and movies

Set in and around Miami, with its vibrant music, club and modeling scenes, MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD is irresistible fiction."

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Suspicion of Madness

By Barbara Parker

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"For attorneys Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana, spending a couple of days in a private villa on a secluded island in the Florida Keys seems almost too good to be true. The innocent cliche hits home with a vengeance when a dangerously unbalanced former client of Anthony's is suspected of a local murder, and then attempts suicide. As an idyllic vacation turns into an escalating nightmare of terror and death, Gail and Anthony find themselves isolated among the strange and secretive islanders as a late tropical storm threatens to unleash its fury on them all. Somehow, they must hang on to their sanity and use every weapon at their disposal to outwit a wily criminal bent on plunging them into a world of deepening madness."
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Mangrove Squeeze

By Laurence Shames

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"Key West seduces people -- then asks them to leave in the morning. Take Aaron Katz. He shucked his nine-to-five to restore Mangrove Arms, a rotting wreck of a guest house. Suki Sperakis sees opportunity in Florida, too. In the meantime, she's peddling ad space for a third-rate freebie paper. Then she stumbles upon a nefarious plot revolving around a handsome Russian and his string of T-shirt shops. Can't a guy manufacture plutonium in peace? Now, with the Russian mafia on her trail, freewheeling Suki is running for her life -- and right into the safety of Aaron's Mangrove Arms. As dead bodies sully the Key West scenery, a secret society of killers puts the squeeze on Suki and Aaron -- and conspires to turn an island paradise into a tropical death-trap... ."

On audio cassettes.

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Garden of Evil

By Edna Buchanan

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Miami reporter, Britt Montero's faith in human nature will be tested when a female serial killer forces her to watch the execution of one of her male victims and kidnaps his daughter.
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Conch Shell Murder

By Dorothy Brenner Francis

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Newly-licensed Private Detective Katie Hasworth faces her first murder case with more than a little anxiety - not only is she a newcomer, but the Chitting family would give Sherlock Holmes a migraine. Who murdered Alexa Chitting before she had time to change her will, leaving her fortune to the Key West Preservation Society rather than to friends and family? Her husband? Lover? Daughter? Son-in-law? Personal secretary? Or, were politics involved? Did Mayor Layton's argument with Housing Development Director Elizabeth Wright play a part in the murder? Katie faces more questions than answers as she faces the dangers awaiting her as she solves this murder.
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Body Language

By James W. Hall

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"When Alexandra Rafferty was a girl, something unspeakably cruel happened to her on a summer afternoon. Her father, a cop, knew about it, but nobody else did. Or, so she thought. Now a forensic photographer for the Miami P.D., Alexandra remains haunted by that horrible day, and it colors all of her relationships. Stan, her emotionally estranged and loutish husband, drives a Brinks armored car and has his own mindbending agenda.

"Her now aging, not-altogether-there father is more and more dependent and less and less dependable. And, her work photographing crime scenes has become a life-consuming obsession. Now Alexandra is about to get caught up in a gruesome series of rape/murders that seem to speak to her long-hidden past. But before she can understand the killer's message, her personal life spins out of control, sending Alexandra on the run -- from her husband, from the crooks after him, from a surprisingly persistent boyfriend, and from a killer who's bent on making sure Alexandra won't live long enough to translate his message."

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Blackwater Sound

By James W. Hall

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It comes out of nowhere--an airliner silently dropping from the sky into the torpid shallows of Florida's Blackwater Sound. Thorn witnesses the crash and pulls the survivors to safety, soon finding himself thrust into the media spotlight as a reluctant hero--and consumed by an elaborate conspiracy born out of the psychotic fantasies of a prominent Florida family. But their link to the doomed Rio-bound flight only touches the surface of a private world of murder, power, and revenge. And it's luring Thorn and crime-scene photographer Alexandra Rafferty dangerously close to the harrowing family secret that should have perished in the flames...
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In Cuba, I Was a German Shepherd

By Ana Menendez

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Pushcart Prize-winning author Ana Menendez offers intertwined short stories of Cuban immigrants adjusting to a new life and culture in Miami.
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Strawberry Girl

By Lois Lenski

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The land was theirs, but so were its hardships

 

Strawberries -- big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven't even begun their planting.  Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.

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