Hot and Muggy: Mystery in the Tropics

Tahiti. Key West. Kauai. Bangkok. Calcutta. Copacabana. Panama City. If you want your mystery set in a warm, seductive locale, try one of these!

Storm Surge

By T. J. MacGregor

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CIA spooks and spirits of the dead unite with a violent tropical storm to complicate the latest murder case of Quin St. James and Mike McCleary.
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The Miracle Strip

By Nancy Bartholomew

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The whip-smart Sierra Lavotini is the hottest act on Panama City's strip scene. Besides her bodacious business, Sierra's life is fairly simple. And that's the way she likes it. But when a good friend seeks her help, Sierra's life takes a murderous turn.
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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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Twenty-Seven Bones

By Jonathan Nasaw

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Former FBI Agent E.L. Pender's vacation in a tropical paradise is cut short when mutilated bodies begin to surface. Could these killings be connected to faith-driven fanaticism, or is this the work of a madman who is using the island's cultural folklore for his own deadly aims?

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Twenty Blue Devils

By Aaron Elkins

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"Our anthropologist/sleuth is called on to investigate the suspicious death of coffee plantation owner Brian Druett--on a plantation aptly named Paradise. But when he arrives, he is told that his services are no longer needed. Not one to be dissuaded, Oliver examines the skeleton, regardless. Yet the investigation yields more clues than answers. Who was Brian? And what was Brian? The deeper he probes, the more mysterious the tale. Now, Gideon must risk his life to find the evil that is poisoning Paradise."

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The Thai Amulet

By Lyn Hamilton

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Bangkok, a city of contradictions, where the heady scents of jasmine and frangipane hang in the stifling heat and golden-spired palaces overlook seedy strip clubs. Yet it never fails to inspire Lara's spirit of adventure, which is why she has agreed to search for a missing antiques dealer while on vacation. While questioning his friends and neighbors, Lara loses herself in the sights and sounds of Thailand -- from the bustling markets of Bangkok to the spiritual calm of a monks' temple in the northern city of Chiang Mai. What Lara uncovers reveals a deadly conspiracy from the not-so-distant past and a family tragedy -- played out right before her unseeing eyes.
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The Tailor of Panama

By John LeCarre

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"Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

"Seldom has the weight of politics descended so heavily on such a tiny and unprepared nation. And seldom has the hidden eye of the British Intelligence selected such an unlikely champion as Harry Pendel - a charmer, a dreamer, an evader, a fabulist and presiding genius to the house of Pendel & Braithwaite Co. Limitada, Tailors to Royalty, formerly of London and presently of Panama City.

"Yet there is a logic to the spies' choice, for everybody who is anybody in Cental America passes through Pendel's doors. He dresses politicos and crooks and conmen. His fitting room hears more confidences than the priest's confessional. And when Harry Pendel doesn't hear things as such - well, he hears them anyway, by other means."

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The Last Kashmiri Rose

By Barbara Cleverly

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Commander Joe Sandilands, a Scotland Yarder completing a stint with the Bengal Police, is on his way back home when the provincial governor asks him to look into the recent death-by-suicide of an army officer's young wife. Nancy Drummond, a close friend of the dead woman, reveals that four other officers wives have also died apparently by accident or misadventure over a period of 12 years, all in the month of March.
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The Flaming Luau of Death

By Jerrilyn Farmer

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When Madeline Bean throws the hippest bachelorette luau ever--with a suspiciously laid-back beach boy, a murderer in their midst, and a freaking volcano eruption--it looks like anything but happily ever after.

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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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