Book Review & Giveaway: Blownup in Paradise by Deborah Brown



I’ve come a long way since inheriting my Aunt Elizabeth’s Tarpon Cove house and her beach cottages full of quirky residents. I strap a Glock to my thigh as easily as I slip into flip-flops.

Even Fab is going legit… mostly. When she’s hired to investigate some high-end boat thefts in Biscayne Bay, I go along to do what I do best. Chat up the help to get the real story.

Neither of us expected the case to explode—literally—and take out one of Miami’s richest men. And possibly a mistress, though no one’s found her body floating among the bits and pieces.

Somewhere in the Miami upper-crust’s phony smiles and even phonier alibis there’s someone who wanted to see Marshall Sacks dead. Someone willing to ruin Fab’s and my lives to keep their secret. It’ll take calling in every favor I’m owed to keep us out of trouble.

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”


Available to buy from…..  Amazon UK  Paperback  Barnes & Noble



My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I love these characters! They’ve become like old friends and I’m always looking forward to the next book in the series. It amazes me how Deborah Brown can continue to come up with new and exciting adventures for Madison and Fab. They’re always getting into scrapes but somehow seem to be able to get themselves out of trouble. I like how both girls have grown as individuals and also in their relationships.

It’s obvious from the title of this book that something blew up…it was a boat and Madison and Fab happened to witness it from afar when they were on another case. There was one fatality and they’re going to find out who killed the victim. And is someone trying to set them up? At the same time, a neighbor’s dog has gone missing and Fab promises that they will find the dog. Both of these cases end up being bigger and more complicated than they expected. There’s also a twist or two which makes things interesting.

As usual, Madison and Fab and their boyfriends and a wide cast of quirky characters make Blownup in Paradise a fun read. And I loved the ending! I’m getting ready to start reading the next book in the series which I just got yesterday!



South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.

“My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”

“This fabulous duo exudes so much sassiness and strong willed characteristics that I absolutely cannot get enough of.”

Above reviews from Amazon

Read an excerpt HERE








Also available in the Paradise Series


Christmas in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 13)



About the Author

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Deadly Catch by E. Michael Helms


2014-01-18_12-16-29Author: E. Michael Helms
Edition: First Edition
Format: eBook and Paperback
Publication Date: November 12, 2013

Book Synopsis
After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling. Mac’s plans for a more laid-back life must be put on hold while he works to clear his name as the number one suspect.

Mac launches an investigation with the help of Kate Bell, a feisty saleslady at the local marina with whom he has struck up a promising relationship. Along the way he must butt heads and match wits with local law enforcement officials, shady politicians, and strong-armed thugs from the Eastern Seaboard to sniff out and bring the real smuggler and killer to justice.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I have always enjoyed a good murder mystery and Deadly Catch did not disappoint me. The story flows well and kept my interest. In fact, once I got into it, it was difficult to put down. It has some good twists and I had to find out who the murderer was!

The characters are well developed and the main character, Mac, who is an ex-Marine and a gentleman, is the perfect hero for this whodunit. The man doesn’t scare easily and is determined to find out what is going on in this small town. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome in solving this mystery including a couple of families who reminded me of the Hatfields and McCoys.

If you like a good murder mystery I definitely recommend this book. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

About the Author:
2014-01-18_12-16-46E. Michael Helms is a USMC combat veteran. His memoir of the Vietnam War, The Proud Bastards, has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written … a modern military classic,” and has been in print for most of the past 20 years.
His work has also appeared in the books: Semper Fi: Stories of U.S. Marines from Boot Camp to Battle (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003); Soldier’s Heart: Survivors’ Views of Combat Trauma (The Sidran Press, 1995); and Two Score and Ten: The Third Marine Division History (Turner Publishing, 1992).
Book One of his two-part historical saga, Of Blood and Brothers, will be released Septemeber 1,
2013, with Book Two following in March 2014. The first novel of his Mac McClellan Mystery series, Deadly Catch, is scheduled for a Fall 2013 release.
Helms lives with his wife in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.


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