Sunday, April 12, 2020

Book Review: 'Lottery 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, Book 7 KIDNAPPED IN PARADISE, Book 8 SWINDLED IN PARADISE, Book 9 EXECUTED IN PARADISE and Book 10 HURRICANE IN PARADISE it is almost with a ‘first in line’ feeling to approach Book 11 LOTTERY IN PARADISE as she continues to pull off this Florida Keys Mysteries 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 LOTTERY IN PARADISE is no exception. ‘Meet the crime-solving duo of the Florida Keys: Madison who has all the charm of the girl next door, not to mention a deadly aim and Fab, her best friend, a femme fatale private investigator with a taste for danger and stilettos. When their neighbor is found dead, the headlines read, "It doesn't pay to be a lottery winner." It gets you nothing but an endless line of crazies at your door, greedy relatives and acquaintances. Sleuths Madison and Fab don't have time to be concerned about the latest murder; they have problems of their own trying to figure out why their house has suddenly become the focus of several attempted break-ins. The duo are off on more adventures -- what could go wrong chauffeuring a limousine full of college girls? Or chasing after a custom Ferrari? Along the way, there's a break-up, a wedding, and the usual run-ins with the law. If you like sassy, exciting crime novels, then you'll love Lottery in Paradise, the eleventh book in the scorching Paradise series about two seductive ladies who use unconventional and highly entertaining measures to maintain the peace in the steamy and twisted paradise of Tarpon Cove.’

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, June 17

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.