The Paradise Key Caper
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Sandra Madden
Date of Publication: June 1, 2020
Number of pages: 318
Cover Artist: Sarah Paige
About the Book:
Kathleen Cassidy's transition from uptight Boston babe to barefoot island warrior begins with a bang when her newly inherited sleek go-fast boat explodes. Soon the intrepid redhead is questioning her father's death under the watchful eyes of a rugged Miccosukee undercover ICE agent who is definitely not her type, an attractive marine archeologist who definitely is her type and perhaps…a killer.
Cassidy is plainly a fish out of water and way down on her luck when she arrives on Paradise Key to claim her inheritance, a sleek go-fast boat and a battered old bar called the 'Gator Hole. Items bequeathed by the father she barely remembers, a man her mother referred to as Wild Bill—when she was being kind.
Joe Scipio, ICE agent and full-blooded Florida Miccosukee lives on his boat docked behind the Gator Hole. Although he'd promised her father to look after Cassidy, he considers the headstrong beauty supremely unsuited for the Keys lifestyle. He constantly urges her to return to Boston where she belongs. To no avail.
Mystery, love, humor and a cast of wacky Keys characters come together in this wildly entertaining novel.
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The Paradise Key Caper is a cute cozy mystery that transplants a Boston native to Paradise Key, Florida. As the new proprietor of Gator Hole, Kathleen Cassidy sticks out like a sore thumb. She's tailored and Boston-casual among the locals of this less-than-affluent town. The Gator Hole was bequeathed to her upon the death of her estranged father and along with it came a nice, shiny new boat. One of her father's customers, Joe Scipio, tries to convince her to sell the bar to him so she can return to Boston. Only, there's nothing left in Boston for her, so, Kathleen sets out to run the bar until suitable buyers can be found.
When events occur under mysterious circumstances, Kathleen begins to question the nature of her father's death. As she investigates what happened, Joe makes it his mission to look after her. Kathleen attempts to figure everything out before she ends up like her father.
I enjoyed Kathleen's character and her interactions with Joe and the rest of the characters. It's bad enough her father abandoned her as a young child, but she's suffered additional tragedies in her life. Kathleen is a very strong, independent character taking charge of her inheritance and trying to figure out what exactly happened to the man who walked out of life and never looked back.
The author tossed in several suspects and red herrings, keeping me guessing throughout the book. I was pulled into the book and captivated by the wonder characters and fun setting. I enjoyed the author's writing style and pacing of the book. This is a must read!!
I was provided a copy of the book to review. All opinions are my own.
Read an Excerpt:
“Go back to Boston, Cassidy. Do yourself a favor and sell me the bar and the land. Just take the money and run.”
“The name isn’t Cassidy,” I muttered for the one thousandth time. “Call me Kathleen or don’t bother to call me.”
Joe Scipio had planted his six-foot-three frame on the stool opposite me. I stood safely behind the bar—separated from him by a width of approximately three feet and seven inches. Everything about Joe Scipio intimidated me. When I saw him walk through the door, my whole body went into a weird vibrate mode. Like my heart started to dance. And my brain leapt into a tumbling team routine.
Not that I’d ever let him know how he affected me. I’d never met a man like him before. Not one Joe Scipio doppelganger lived in my Boston neighborhood.
I'd just opened the Gator Hole for the day. It was only a few minutes after eleven in the morning, and in my opinion way too early for people to be drinking anything other than lemonade, my beverage of choice. But I've learned they did things differently in the Florida Keys, especially here in Paradise Key.
My name is Kathleen Ann Cassidy. I inherited what is fondly referred to in these parts as "The Hole," shortly after Justin, my fiancé of three years ran off to Barbados with my best friend Ashley Finegold.
Meet the Author:
Sandra Madden is a former Miami and Los Angeles broadcast writer and producer. After retiring from broadcasting she became a full-time romance writer.
Fourteen of her historical and contemporary romances have been published traditionally –and in several languages. She also wrote Reuben Kincaid Remembered, the memoir of her late husband, actor Dave Madden, best known as Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family television series.
Sandra writes mystery, romantic comedy and an occasional historical. Her goal is to provide entertainment for all readers to enjoy. She is a member of NINC, Sisters in Crime and the Florida Writers Association.