Fresh Fiction Senior Reviewer Debbie Wiley is here to take us on a tour of one of the hottest
summer vacation destinations: FLORIDA. All of these great summer reads are set in the
Summer is here, and vacation mode is in full swing for many. Florida is one of the hot spots for
summer travel. Not everyone can travel in person, however, so traveling to Florida through
books is a great alternative. Here are some books to help you tour Florida this summer:
We start out our adventure in Key West with Lucy Burdette and A DEADLY FEAST
. Amateur sleuth Hayley Snow has a new mystery on her hands when someone dies
during a seafood walking tour. Lucy Burdette takes readers to real restaurants in the Keys,
giving readers a guide to locate all the scrumptious and tasty treats. Iâ€™m not kidding when I
say I not only love the Key West Food
Critic series but that I also use the series as a travel guide for my visits.
While we are down in the Keys, donâ€™t forget to stop in No Name Key and visit the No Name
Pub. Tim Dorsey visits the Keys and No Name Key in TORPEDO JUICE
. And speaking of Tim Dorsey, whose books alone tour all over the state of Florida,
check out NO
SUNSCREEN FOR THE DEAD if youâ€™re curious about some of the
infamous retirement villages in Florida, such as The Villages, or the Amish community near
Sarasota in Pinecraft. Trips with Serge Storms and Coleman are a bit wacky, however,
especially considering Sergeâ€™s serial killer lifestyle (think Dexter rather than Hannibal Lector).
Next up on our book tour of Florida is
TRICKS FOR FREE by Seanan McGuire, set in Lakeland,
Florida. Annie Price is hiding from the Covenant of St. George by working at Lowryland
Amusement Park. Lowryland isnâ€™t real and Lakeland doesnâ€™t have its own theme park, but the
neighboring city of Winter Haven is home to LEGOLAND. Besides, Lakeland is on the I-4
corridor with easy commutes to Tampa or Orlando, both which are home to famous
amusement parks aplenty. Seanan McGuire always provides a great story and her urban
fantasy take on an amusement park is enjoyable and easily recommended.
And speaking of amusement parks, what Florida trip is complete without a visit to Disneyâ€™s
Magic Kingdom? Ridley Pearsonâ€™s Kingdom Keepers series is a young adult fantasy
series set at Disney. The first book is
DISNEY AFTER DARK. Quite a few other authors have
tackled Disney World as a setting, some less than favorable, such as Carl Hiassenâ€™s TEAM RODENT
, but Disney is a classic Florida icon.
Hunter Shea takes us to the Gulf Coast and the imaginary town of Polo Springs in JURASSIC,
FLORIDA. Giant iguanas are overtaking the town, when residents realize
to their horror that the iguanas are eating people! What could be worse than that and even
more Florida-like? How about a hurricane is on the way. If you want a taste of how
lackadaisical Floridians approach many of the hurricanes, Hunter Shea serves that up with a
solidly good horror story to boot.
And to finish out our Florida tour is none other than Dave Barry in BEST. STATE. EVER: A
FLORIDA MAN DEFENDS HIS HOMELAND. Dave revisits some of our
earlier stops, such as The Villages and Key West, but he also takes us to little gems like Skunk
Ape Research Headquarters in Big Cypress Preserve, Spongeorama (a store and museum
dedicated to sponges, I kid you not), and Gatorland in Orlando. Never mind the fact that yes,
we have mermaids in Florida if you stop in at Weeki Wachi Springs. BEST. STATE. EVER: A
FLORIDA MAN DEFENDS HIS HOMELAND is hilariously funny and the quintessential Florida
book that should be read by anyone who has ever vacationed in Florida, thought about
vacationing in Florida, or simply asked what the heck was wrong with Florida.
BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE:
Key West Food Critic #9
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette's intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out
a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-
crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour.
Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Key West food critic Hayley Snow has just one more
assignment to put to bed for Key Zest magazine before she gets to celebrate with her
family and her police officer fiancĂ©, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will
ringâ€”if death doesn't toll first.
The sweet potatoes and stuffing will have to wait when Hayley picks up a distraught phone call
from her friend, Analise Smith. On the last stop of a seafood tasting tour run by Analise, one of
the customers collapsedâ€”dead. With the police on the verge of shutting down the tourâ€”and
ruining Analise's businessâ€”Hayley can hardly refuse her friend's entreaties to investigate.
As if wedding jitters and family strife weren't enough for Hayley to worry about, there's crusty
pastry chef Martha Hubbard, whose key lime pie may have been the murder weaponâ€”but did
she poison her own pie or was she framed? As the hours to Turkey Day tick away, the pressure
cooker is on for Hayley to serve up the culprit on a silver platter in A Deadly Feast,
national bestselling author Lucy Burdette's taste-tempting ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
Cozy [Crooked Lane Books, On Sale: May 7, 2019,
Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781683319696 / eISBN: 9781683319702]
walking tour turns deadly...
Serge Storms #22
The Sunshine Stateâ€™s most lovable psychopath, Serge A. Storms, kills it in this zany adventure
from the â€ścompulsively irreverent and shockingly funnyâ€ť (Boston Globe) king of mayhem, New
York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey.
Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and
wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Sergeâ€™s interest is drawn to one of
the largest retirement villages in the worldâ€”also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal
between a retiree and her younger beau that rocked the community.
What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the
local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years, soon becomes a
Robin Hood like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents. After all, our seniors
should be revered and respectedâ€”theyâ€™ve heroically fought in wars, garnered priceless
wisdom, and they have the best first-hand accounts of bizarre Floridian occurrences only
Serge would know about. But as the residentâ€™s rally for Serge to seek justice on their behalves,
two detectives are hot on the heels of Serge and Colemanâ€™s murderous trail.
In this epic adventure that jumps between present day and the tumultuous times of the
Vietnam war, mystery fans are in for a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted
imagination of bestselling author Tim Dorsey.
Thriller Crime [William Morrow, On Sale:
January 15, 2019, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780062795885 / eISBN:
determined to set things right for these senior citizens...
Serge Storms Series #7
The drinks are on Sunshine State historian/spree killer Serge A. Storms, who's decided it's
high time he got married. So he's motoring down to the Florida Keys -- the ultimate end of the
line -- in search of Ms. Right . . .
and finding his doped-up basket case bud Coleman along the way. But for Serge, "getting
hitched" doesn't necessarily mean "settling down" -- not when South Florida is crawling with
slimeballs, swindlers, unrepentant jerks, and annoying bystanders whose ranks need some
Mystery [HarperTorch, On Sale: March 1, 2006, Paperback
/ e-Book (reprint), ISBN: 9780060585617 / ]
The seventh book in the funny and fast-paced InCryptid urban fantasy series returns to
the mishaps of the Price family, eccentric cryptozoologists who safeguard the world of
magical creatures living in secret among humans.
1. Punishment for past actions.
2. An attempt to pay for what can't be bought.
3. See also "exile."
Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she
needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her--including her own mice. For
the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you
need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement
park, of course.
Some people would call Lowryland the amusement park. It's one of the largest in Florida, the
keystone of the Lowry entertainment empire...but for Annie, it's a place to hide. She's just
trying to keep her head down long enough to come up with a plan that will get her home
without getting anyone killed. No small order when she's rooming with gorgons and sylphs,
trying to placate frustrated ghosts, and rushing to get to work on time.
Then the accidents begin. The discovery of a dead man brings Annie to the attention of the
secret cabal of magic users running Lowryland from behind the scenes. They want the fire
that sleeps in her fingers. They want her on their side. They want to help her--although their
help, like everything else, comes with a price.
No plan. Minimal backup. No way out. Annie's about to get a crash course in the reality behind
the pretty facade. If she's lucky, she'll survive the experience.
Fantasy Urban [DAW, On Sale: March 6, 2018,
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780756410407 / eISBN: 9780698183582]
Plenty of Fun and Excitement
park should be a safe place to hide...
The Kingdom Keepers, #1
This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt
Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.
In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find
themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt
Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology
called DHI--which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging--
Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections
that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have
unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his
DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming?
Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him
that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of
characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe
Adult [Disney, On Sale: April 24, 2007, Paperback, ISBN:
9781423105459 / ]
How Disney Devours the World
Revulsion is good. Revulsion is healthy. Each of us has limits, unarticulated boundaries of
taste and tolerance, and sometimes we forget where they are. Peep Land is here to remind us;
a fixed compass point by which we can govern our private behavior. Because being grossed
out is essential to the human experience; without a perceived depravity, we'd have nothing
against which to gauge the advance or decline of culture; our art, our music, our cinema, our
books. Without sleaze, the yardstick shrinks at both ends. Team Rodent doesn't believe in
sleaze, however, nor in old-fashioned revulsion. Square in the middle is where it wants us all to
be, dependable consumers with predictable attitudes. The message, never stated but
avuncularly implied, is that America's values ought to reflect those of the Walt Disney
Company, and not the other way around."
Fiction [Ballantine, , Paperback, / ]
FLORIDA. ITâ€™S WHERE YOU GO TO DIE.
Welcome to Polo Springs, a sleepy little town on Floridaâ€™s Gulf Coast. Itâ€™s a great place to live
â€”if you donâ€™t mind the hurricanes. Or the flooding. Or the unusual wildlife . . .
IGUANAS. THEYâ€™RE EVERYWHERE.
Maybe itâ€™s the weather. But the whole town is overrun with the little green bastards this year.
Theyâ€™re causing a lot of damage. Theyâ€™re eating everything in sight. And theyâ€™re just the
babies . . .
HUMANS. THEYâ€™RE WHATâ€™S FOR DINNER.
The mayor wants to address the iguana problem. But when Hurricane Ramona slams the
coast, the town has a bigger problem on their hands. Bigger iguanas. Bigger than a double-
wide. Unleashed by the storm, this razor-toothed horde of prehistoric predators rises up from
the depthsâ€”and descends on the town like retirees at an early bird special. Except humans
are on the menu. And itâ€™s all you can eat . . .
Horror [Kensington Publishing, On Sale: June 19, 2018, e-
Book, ISBN: 9781516107933 / eISBN: 9781516107933]
and a hurricane attack a small Florida town!
A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best:
Pulitzer Prize winner andÂ New York Timesâ€“bestselling author Dave Barry.
We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now,
something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to
know, â€śWhat the hell is wrong with Florida?â€ť Somehow, the stateâ€™s acquired an image as a
subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the
2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying
insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join
him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is thatâ€™s at the top,
from the Sunshine Stateâ€™s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today.
Itâ€™s the most hilarious book yet from â€śthe funniest damn writer in the whole countryâ€ť (Carl
Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, youâ€™ll have to admit that whatever else you might
think about Floridaâ€”you can never say itâ€™s boring.
Humor [G.P. Putnam's Sons, On Sale: September 5, 2017,
Trade Size / e-Book (reprint), ISBN: 9781101982617 / eISBN: 9781101982624]
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