Staff Recommendations, Feb ’19

If you like Janet Evanovich, you might just like Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author Elaine Viets’ Dead-end Job Mystery books, a funny, yet thrilling mystery series about Helen, who is just trying to make a living while other people are making a killing. In Book One, Shop Til You Drop, Helen tries to sell bustiers to bimbos, but soon her nefarious boss turns up dead in the waters off shore in Florida’s fabulous Fort Lauderdale. On the lam and desperate for funds of her own, Helen tries to solve the murder to recover the reward. Visit Elaine at and shop for her books at





If you liked John McDonald and Edna Buchanan, you might just like Christine Kling’s Seychelle Sullivan series. Like McDonald and Buchanan, the series is set in South Florida, is authentic and compelling, with memorable characters, tight plots, lots of action, a noir gloss, and that distinctive Florida quality. The books feature Seychelle Sullivan, a tug and salvage captain who lives in Fort Lauderdale with her dog, Abaco and evoke that same magic as the old Travis McGee books from McDonald. For more information, see: or buy the latest at





If you like Lilian Jackson Brown’s and Rita Mae Brown’s cat cozies, you might just like Jen Talty’s Trouble’s Wedding Caper, a delightful romantic suspense/cozy. Talty, a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance, spins a clever, clean tale in which Annabel Wilder returns home to Jupiter, FL after her putative fiancé cheats on her during her best friend’s wedding. She bids on an abandoned storage unit, which turns out to contain expensive wedding gowns, veils, and jewelry. Yet, a crushed wedding band and a torn veil presage the coming threats to Annabel. Visit Jen Talty at And buy the book at




Compiled by Claire Matturro


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