. Fortunately, mayhem and romance, bert has a soft spot for comedians and is the savviest if not the most grammatical guy in town…Deftly balancing suspense and humor, Key West color and showbiz glitz, ONE BIG JOKE uproariously entertains while making a sly but impassioned argument for the saving grace of comedy in tough times.
One Big Joke Key West Capers Book 13 #ad - You’ve been acting like everything is one big joke. And it’s true—unemployed tv writer Lenny Sullivan has been having trouble seeing his life and times as anything more than fodder for edgy wisecracks. The pill-popping star of his last best chance at a hit show is under a death threat from a very sore loser in a love triangle.
But when he bolts to Key West to refresh his lighter side, things suddenly turn serious.
One Strange Date Key West Capers Book 12Southernmost Press #ad - Renita’s seeming naivete masks a lot of savvy and a will of velvet-coated steel, and it isn’t long before Richie, now smitten with his intended victim, starts to wonder just who is gaming who. As his cynical poise dissolves and the lovers’ game of cat-and-mouse grows subtler and sexier, things start going dangerously and hilariously wrong.
Perfect romance. So wrong, in fact, that setting them right will require the combined efforts of a heroic twin brother, a fiercely loyal uncle who takes his pest control job very seriously, and a sharp-dressing retired mobster with a singing chihuahua. Seamlessly blending tender romance with raucous caper, One Strange Date massages the heart-strings even as it tickles the funny bone and explores the deep everyday mystery of how and why we choose to believe.
One Strange Date Key West Capers Book 12 #ad - Sometimes it’s a fine line. Meet key west native renita Daughtry--22, gorgeous, wide-eyed, and very much in love with love. In other words, an irresistible target for professional impostor and pathological liar Richie Pestucci, who plans to charm her into utter helplessness. But there’s just one problem.
Nacho Unleashed Key West Capers Book 14#ad - His name is nacho and he’s the bravest, shrewdest, funniest Chihuahua you will ever meet. Oh…and one more thing about Nacho. Wise-cracking rita, straight out of Jersey, is new in town and needs a job. He’s not just brave; he talks, lending plenty of loopy canine wisdom to this rollicking, sun-drenched story of rum and romance, family, chemistry and crime, friendship, and the sacred responsibilities of loyalty.
Key west has a new hero…He weighs four pounds and stands eight inches off the ground. Where’s the money coming from? who’s the oddly chivalrous mobster behind the operation? what’s up with the crazy scientist in flip-flops toiling away in his triple-locked lab behind the distillery? And how might Rita get closer to the irresistible but aloof young chief distiller whose only passion seems to be for making rum? Determined to find both answers and true love, undaunted Rita lands herself in some very hot water—hot rum, actually—and it will take a special kind of devoted and unleashed hero to rescue her.
Nacho Unleashed Key West Capers Book 14 #ad - . He’ll do anything to help his master, the retired Mafioso Bert the Shirt, and his friends—especially the beautiful Rita, with whom Nacho is smitten from the very first time she reaches down to scratch his ears. It doesn’t sell much booze, yet maintains a classy tasting room on prime Key West waterfront.
A gig at wreckers rum seems promising, well, but there’s something, a little off about the place.
Key West Luck Key West Capers Book 11#ad - Lush with florida atmosphere, romance and mayhem, deftly balancing suspense and comedy, KEY WEST LUCK will leave you cheering for the exploits of its unlikely heroes. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask of life, and themselves, does it? so why do things keep going so dreadfully wrong for phoebe and Nicky? Is it just plain bad luck? Or is it the decidedly bad intentions of a sleazy local cheat, and with only a pair of mangrove-dwelling philosophers and an ancient Mafioso as allies, Phoebe and Nicky will need more than a major shift in fortune to keep their hopes, a Miami gangster desperate to stay in business, and a murderous Cuban smuggler looking for a fall guy? Against these enemies, alive.
She wants to own a Sno-Cone truck at the beach in Key West. Nicky, her would-be boyfriend, also dreams small. Sometimes small dreams are the ones most worth fighting for…Phoebe has a dream—a very modest dream. They’ll need a kind of smarts and courage they never knew they had. All he wants is a decent gig as a guitar player in a bar.
Tropical Swap Key West Capers Book 10Southermost Press #ad - Wanted: ny apartment in exchange for a great Key West house with swimming pool. Heading south for a supposed dream vacation, what they find instead is a panic attack waiting to happen. People fall from palm trees while spying on the pool. Neighbors whisper of mob connections, leaving the Kaplans to wonder if they’ll get whacked by mistake in the Southernmost City or if their cozy West Side co-op has been transformed into a convenient Mafia morgue.
Enter an fbi agent going rogue, a very good girl determined to be very bad, and the irrepressible Bert the Shirt with his chihuahua, and the cast is complete for this riotous Florida romp. Coconuts crash through windows, bearing cryptic death threats. In February. Who wouldn’t take a swap like that? then again, it probably is, if a deal seems too good to be true, as Meg and Peter Kaplan soon discover.
Tropical Swap Key West Capers Book 10 #ad - Told with laurence shames’ trademark mix of suspense and comedy, mayhem and romance, crackling dialogue and lush description, TROPICAL SWAP is a vacation you can savor without ever leaving home.
Shot on Location Key West Capers Book 9Southernmost Press #ad - Hilarious and suspenseful, wisecracking and wise, this is the most intoxicating story yet from the author of such cult classics as FLORIDA STRAITS and SUNBURN. Stir in a thug with a heart of gold and an inveterate slacker who yearns for glory. Add a fearless and gleefully profane stuntwoman, an ancient Mafioso with a chihuahua, and a revenge-crazed blonde in gladiator sandals.
Whisk a loopy but tender romance into the mix, turn the whole crew loose in the liberating and seductive sunshine of the Florida Keys—and what do you have? SHOT ON LOCATION, the new and long-awaited Key West novel by Laurence Shames. Longtime shames fans will rejoice at his return to the fictional turf of Key West and the reappearance of some of his most beloved characters.
Shot on Location Key West Capers Book 9 #ad - Take three speedboats, a disgruntled ghostwriter, and a hit TV show starring a gorgeous but impossible diva and created by a driven genius who may be losing his marbles. And new readers will find themselves in for a hell of a ride as Hollywood glitz meets Florida funky.
The Naked Detective Key West Capers Book 8Southernmost Press #ad - This being key west, and it's useless to explain to her that he's not a real detective--that, in fact, the blonde is not quite what she seems, he got his P. I. A light-hearted, sardonic homage to the detective novel…the charm of this literary exercise comes with the self-conscious indulging of a fantasy…that we can have the thrill of adventure and risk and danger in our lives and that we would acquit ourselves well in conflict with gamblers, goons and crooked cops.
The new york times book ReviewMeet Pete Amsterdam, the world's most reluctant sleuth. Why, and the sleazeball who controls the island's gambling boats? and why does he feel that his life is being taken over by the demands and traditions of the detective story?Will Pete blunder his way through to solving the crime? Will he penetrate the leotard of the lissome yoga teacher who is his only ally? The answers will be found in these fast-moving and hilarious pages, then, his nympho daughter, does the unwilling gumshoe allow himself to be squeezed ever tighter against Key West's humid underbelly--involved with the likes of local bully Lefty Ortega, where the hard-boiled flirts with the postmodern.
The Naked Detective Key West Capers Book 8 #ad - . Naked in his hot tub, pete is idly reviewing his morning tennis game when trouble arrives in the form of the inevitable blonde. Think of this novel as raymond chandler meets woody allen meets the Coen brothers, and as a romp that somehow breaks through to serious consideration of the themes of community and responsibility, and the notion that maybe all of us could be heroes--even if mostly in spite of ourselves.
License strictly as a tax dodge, a way to pretend his new wine cellar is an "office. She's got troubles of her own--big troubles that are utterly foreign to the cozy little paradise Pete has crafted for himself.
Welcome to Paradise Key West Capers Book 7Southernmost Press #ad - Maybe the Sambuca. The key west locale was so real I felt my hair frizz. The los angeles timesfor friendly, easygoing furniture salesman Al Tuschman, frizzy hair is the least of his problems. Or maybe it's the nickname emblazoned on his license plate: Big Al. For big al marracotta, mafia capo, a Florida getaway means outrunning a career in crime and rancid calamari.
Welcome to Paradise Key West Capers Book 7 #ad - Before he'd left new jersey for a week's vacation in Key West, he hadn't an enemy in the world. Now, if tuschman doesn't watch his back, somebody's going to be reporting the death of another salesman. For katy sansone it's a bid for sunshine and self-respect--until a case of mistaken identity pits the confused woman against a bafflement of Als and more danger than any one of them had reason to pack for.
Maybe it's just the humidity. But a series of puzzling assaults on his privacy, his sanity, and his life has turned his stay at the tasteful Paradise Hotel into a tropical hell.
Mangrove Squeeze Key West Capers Book 6Southernmost Press #ad - He chucked his ny nine-to-five to restore the Mangrove Arms, a rotting wreck of a guest house. Then she stumbles upon a nefarious plot revolving around a handsome Russian and his string of T-shirt shops. Nutty…with plenty of sly, sunny sass. The new york daily newsKey West seduces people--then asks them to leave in the morning.
Take Aaron Katz. With only the mild-mannered aaron, his slightly demented father Sam, and an old gangster named Bert the Shirt as allies, can she possibly survive the squeeze? . Can't a guy manufacture plutonium in peace? now, freewheeling Suki is running for her life--and leaving in her wake a mix of sunken Cadillacs, with the Russian mafia on her trail, abandoned Cold War missile silos, and the occasional corpse.
Mangrove Squeeze Key West Capers Book 6 #ad - Suki sperakis, aspiring journalist, sees opportunity in Florida, too, though in the meantime she's peddling ad space for a third-rate freebie paper.
Virgin Heat Key West Capers Book 5Southernmost Press #ad - The book's laugh-out-loud wit recalls the best of Carl Hiaasen and its quirky characters and tough-mindedness are like Elmore Leonard's. ". Mafia princess angelina Amaro has only ever loved one man-and that lone affair was never consummated. When sal is discovered working as a bartender in Key West, the wildly dysfunctional Amaro clan heads south-one member with love on her mind, the others with murder in their hearts.
Nearly impossible to put down, " wrote The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Why not? because her would-be lover, Sal Martucci, fled into the Witness Protection Program after ratting out Angelina's father.
Tropical Depression Key West Capers Book 4#ad - As enjoyable as a day at the beach. That's how usa today summed up this hilarious and big-hearted romp in the Florida sunshine. When murray Zemelman, a. K. A. The bra king, franny, he has nothing much in mind beyond a quixotic hope of winning back his first wife, pops another Prozac and heads to the Keys, whom he dumped years before.
But when he forms an unlikely friendship with Tommy Tarpon, the last remaining member of an obscure Indian tribe, another plan also starts shaping up in his fevered brain. Why not open up key west's first casino?why not? well, in league with some of the nastiest politicians you will ever meet, how about because the Mafia, is determined to kill anyone who tries? Somehow, Murray, Tommy, and Franny didn't think of that until they were in way too deep.
Tropical Depression Key West Capers Book 4 #ad - . Laugh along as they improvise a manic and ever more desperate campaign to keep their casino dreams--and themselves--alive.