Deceived By Randy Wayne White

Hannah

Deceived

Okay, you Randy Wayne White fans. Here’s  the second in the Hannah Smith series. Now you can look forward to two Randy White novels each year. And now he’s really tied Hannah in with Doc Ford. You are in for another treat.

The beauty of these novels is their locale. In the first Hannah Smith novel Ford had Hannah all over South West Florida. This time he has narrowed her territory closer to my neck of the woods. I have lived and worked in this part of paradise for 35 years. I love the place. And for those of you who are seasonal or occasional visitors, these novels are a perfect way for you to get your tropical fix.

Hannah Smith is a fishing guide who has gotten herself hooked up romantically with Marion Ford. Doc to those of you who are familiar with the wildly popular Doc Ford series.  The first in the series is called GONE. It instantly hit the New York Times bestseller list last year. Randy Wayne White readers thoroughly embraced the new character of Hannah Smith with open arms.

Is there a mystery to solve here? You betcha! In this complex thriller Hannah once again jumps into a harrowing mess. This time while enmeshed in a new romance; with you know who. It sure does add to the story-line.

Randy White

Randy Wayne White

Since Randy White has been a fishing guide in these local waters, he is able to bring so much local color to the table. Mostly penned at tables in one of his restaurants on Sanibel Island or Fort Myers Beach ( Doc Ford’s Rum Bar), these novels are jam- packed with everything you need for a great local mystery.   And he just keeps getting better and better.

I truly love this new character and can’t wait to find out what other chaos she will get herself involved with. These novels are so well-written, but are not literary tomes. They are a perfect respite from book club must-reads. Plus, they are so much fun. Thank you so much, Randy. We love ya around here.

My galley came from G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Penguin Group. Thanks a bunch.

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Hidden History Of Everglades City by Maureen Sullivan Hartung

author of Hidden History of Everglades City

Maureen Sullivan Hartung

Maureen Sullivan-Hartung is the perfect choice to have written the only comprehensive book about Everglades City, Florida. Her HIDDEN HISTORY OF EVERGLADES CITY is hot off  the press.

Years ago, Maureen took me for a tour of Everglades City and regaled me with stories that made me not only smile but laugh out loud. When I tell you that she not only knew Totch Brown but was a confidant, well, I am not kidding. You can read about it right here. Maureen’s lovely voice comes shining through her writing and makes you feel as if she is sitting right next to you in a big fan-back chair, maybe sipping a cup of tea or a glass of  wine and letting you in on the latest gossip. But it is not gossip. It’s all true. That’s what makes this “history book” such a compelling read.

As residents of S.W. Florida, whether part-time or full, we all can use a dose of good old fashioned history. And when you can find it written in such a readable format, well, you should grab it.

Maureen Sullivan-Hartung has worked as a journalist, has written more articles for local zines than you can toss a stick at and is well known for her work with Friends of the Collier County Library. I can not mention all the organizations she is attached to because we do not have enough time or space. She is an amazing woman who is making her mark on S.W. Florida through her love of the local people and their back stories.

Every single soul living in this area should visit Smallwood  Trading Post. Yes, it still exists. It’s alive and kicking on Chokoloskee Island.

Speaking of Chokoloskee, that’s where Maureen went all those years ago to meet up with the colorful character of Totch Brown. Here you can see a photo Maureen took of Totch on their first outing.

Totch Brown

Totch Brown

Another colorful character from this area was Edgar Watson of KILLING MISTER WATSON fame.  This now famous novel is based on a true story of the miserable Edgar and his shenanigans. Not to be missed.

Sullivan-Hartung has totally done her homework here. Her research is impeccable. Her sense of story makes you flip through the pages as if you were reading a thriller. The photos alone are worth the price of admission. And believe you me getting all these pictures and getting them into the right format must have been difficult at best.

Hidden History series

Hidden History of Everglades City

Maureen will be making appearances for the next several months. You can also catch her January,19th at Books&Books in Coral Gables, Florida. I was thrilled to hear she would be signing at this quintessential bookstore.  HIDDEN HISTORY OF EVERGLADES CITY is on sale at all the local bookstores and online.