Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review: 'Swindled in Paradise' by Deborah Brown

South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious. She has a joie de vivre that pours out every page of her books. Having read Book 5 GREED IN PARADISE, Book 6 REVENGE IN PARADISE, and Book 7 KIDNAPPED IN PARADISE it is an anticipated thrill to join this fun loving writer in SWINDLED IN PARADISE Book 8 as she continues to pull off this Florida Keys mysteries series (The Florida Keys Mystery Series), having established a committed audience. According to the scant bio she states, ` I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn't be complete without a slice of humor and charm. My personal ad would read: There's nothing a new pair of shoes can't cure. Redhead. Long legs. There's nothing like a strawberry-lemonade in summer. Favorite activity: Filling my pockets with seashells. An avid rule follower when eating Animal Cookies: Broken ones get eaten first, match up the rest, duplicates next, line them up favorite to not, least favorite go first. South Florida is my home, with my ungrateful rescue cats, and where Mother Nature takes out her bad attitude in the form of hurricanes.' So even before beginning Chapter 1 you love her!

By now the devotees of Deborah Brown's leading lady Madison Westin and her friends and acquaintances and favorite hangouts expect the action and the fun of these serial books to take off from page one. And SWINDLED IN PARADISE is no exception: ‘Sexy sleuths Madison and Fab race to uncover the truth behind a horrific crime… before a loved one pays the ultimate price. Beautiful Tarpon Cove has everything you’d expect from a paradise retreat: Blue waters, white sand and … murder? With deadly secrets and dark dealings brewing beneath the surface of Tarpon Cove, Madison and Fab are caught in a race against time to uncover the truth behind the grisly murder, which may only be the tip of the iceberg….’

And that is the frothy speed of action that continues through the book. Readers have met Madison's mother and her sleazy boyfriend Jimmy Spoon because they glide in easily into the story. Madison and roommate/best friend Fabiana Merceau, living in the inherited from the aunt's Key West home, mystery, frank sexual innuendoes, mystery, snappy and at times naughty dialogue - everything that makes Deborah Brown's style a good read. She has her serial genre down pat! And boy is it great to have her back! Grady Harp, October 15

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.