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Posted on January 1, 2020 - by

Christmas in Key West

Key West at Christmastime is wonderfully festive–which is probably why I’ve set THE KEY LIME CRIME (coming July 7 from Crooked Lane Books) between Christmas and New Year’s. One of our favorite events is taking a Conch Train tour around the island to look at the best of the lighted displays. There is a contest that our mayor’s home won last year. Here’s what it looks like:

And here’s the house two doors down:

And this is the home of our friends Kathy and Michael, whom I think are giving the mayor a run for her money:

Blow-up figurines are always popular too:

Last year, I was searching for plot ideas for what has become THE KEY LIME CRIME. Now that I’m working on the final edits, of course I know what’s going to happen and how. Here’s the smallest snippet to show you how I used the lights:

We drove by small concrete block houses decked out with lights of all colors, blow-up Christmas figures from The Grinch, Charlie Brown, The Polar Express. We saw fake-snow machines, homeowners having cocktails in lawn chairs and enjoying our enjoyment, and finally the first-place home, which we’d heard through the grapevine belonged to our brand-new mayor. She and her wife had decorated the front of the house as the North Pole, with enough lights to power every home on the Keys all the way up to Miami.


And one more snippet:
“Only in Key West,” the driver sang out as he navigated down a small one-way street near the cemetery. “Santa may be a little late this year,” he announced, pointing to a blow-up Santa Claus splayed out on the front porch of a small home. Santa had an empty bottle of booze clutched in his right hand. “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus” thrumming in the background completed the tacky picture.

In the new book, you may see a body buried in one of these photos…you can probably guess which one it is…

THE KEY LIME CRIME (July 2020) is available for pre-order!

You can order it at an independent bookstoreBarnes and Noble, Amazon, and anywhere books are sold!



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