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Just Another Day in Paradise (A Fiddler and Fiora Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Lowell
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Book Description

When you say paradise, I think snakes. Maybe that’s because I live in the slice of paradise known as southern California’s Gold Coast. And maybe it’s because I spend my time killing other people’s reptiles.

So I wasn’t too surprised when my ex-wife and sometime lover, Fiora Flynn, came to me because Danny, her beloved dunce of a twin brother, was in trouble.

What did surprise me was the kind of trouble he was in. The killing kind. Complete with the FBI and international spooks.

I didn’t think Danny boy had it in him.

The good news is that unraveling Danny’s snarl brought Fiora back to me. The bad news….

Well, there’s always bad news, isn’t there?

"Fiora and Fiddler are an unbeatable duo." --Faye Kellerman

"Fiddler, growing from book to book, gives Travis McGee a run for his money." --Kirkus Reviews


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"A. E. Maxwell wrote one of the smartest, most consistent PI series in recent memory. Big plots, great villains, and a kickass private eye with plenty of humanity. The toughness of Robert B. Parker's early Spenser novels blended with the wry humor and scope of Ross Thomas. Wholly original, endlessly entertaining. The books of A. E. Maxwell are a forgotten treasure." --Tim Maleeny, best-selling author of Greasing the Pinata<br /><br />"Maxwell is good, really good, able to create believable, engaging, and original characters and set them plausibly into a story of nonstop suspense." --Chicago Sun-Times<br /><br />"The writing is lean and restrained, and Fiddler... gives Travis McGee a real run for his money." --Los Angeles Times

"A. E. Maxwell wrote one of the smartest, most consistent PI series in recent memory. Big plots, great villains, and a kickass private eye with plenty of humanity. The toughness of Robert B. Parker's early Spenser novels blended with the wry humor and scope of Ross Thomas. Wholly original, endlessly entertaining. The books of A. E. Maxwell are a forgotten treasure." --Tim Maleeny, best-selling author of Greasing the Pinata

"Maxwell is good, really good, able to create believable, engaging, and original characters and set them plausibly into a story of nonstop suspense." --Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one non-fiction book. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. The novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery to suspense.

In 1985 Ann and Evan (as A. E. Maxwell) collaborated to write, Just Another Day in Paradise, the first A. E. Maxwell crime novel featuring a couple called Fiddler and Fiora. The second, The Frog and the Scorpion, received a creative writing award from the University of California. The fourth book in the series, Just Enough Light to Kill, was named by Time magazine as one of the best crime novels of 1988.

Ann and Evan (writing as Ann Maxwell) have published four suspense novels, the most recent of which is Shadows and Silk. These novels appeared on nation-wide bestseller lists.

In 1982, Ann began publishing romances as Elizabeth Lowell. Under that name she has received numerous professional awards in the romance field, including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Romance Writers of America (1994). Since July of 1992, she has had 30 novels on the New York Times list. Her most recent book is Blue Smoke and Murder.


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  • Language: English
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print! March 5, 2009
Format:Paperback
I'm so glad to see this series coming back into print. They are well-plotted and highly suspenseful, but I still own and re-read the originals after almost 20 years mainly for the characters and their relationship. Fiddler and Fiora are smart, strong, determined people. They have integrity, though Fiddler in particular tends to care more about what is right than what is legal. Fiddler is in some respects the classic alpha male, but he doesn't ride roughshod over Fiora - and she'd cut him off at the knees if he tried. They have enough in common and respect and understand each other so well that the bond between them is powerful and believable, but they have enough differences over things that matter that their conflicts are powerful and believable as well. Secondary characters are vivid and fun, too. Or vivid and scary.

These books are on the edge of my tolerance for gritty realism, but my tolerance is low. There's violence and betrayal and corruption, but it never feels gratuitous. In fact, it's the reason Fiddler does what he does.

The series starts out well and gets better and better. Recommended highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Relationship Will Yank Your Stomach Claw March 19, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent, little known detective-type novel series involving the beautiful Fiora, the financial wiz, and the rough, former cop Fiddler whose fortune is based on a deceased relative's drug money. Fiddler not only has to deal with his ex-wife, he has to deal with his ex-wife's lover when his ex-wife's twin is pulled into an international espionage scheme. A good, hot read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I actually found The King of Nothing at my local library and was hooked. I had no idea it was a series, but as soon as I found out I went hunting for the beginning books. The library only had a few of the later books so I had to find Just Another Day in Paradise on Amazon. I purchased it and was so glad I did. Though the series is set in the 90's it has a definite 1920's feel to it. The relationship between Fiddler and his ex-wife, sometimes lover, Fiora is exquisite. You can almost feel the ghost of Raymond Chandler following Fiddler as he and Fiora go about their lives, Fiddler "helping" people in distress while Fiora keeps them both grounded. There's nothing old fashioned about this book, though, it's definitely up to date. The love that this couple has for one another shines through, even through the problems that keep them in seperate households. I not only liked this book very, very much I bought the rest of the series as soon as it became available, even the King of Nothing . . . these books are ones I'll read over and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I love Ms. Lowell. This is the first book by her and her husband, aka M. E. Maxwell, that I've read and the first in the Fiddler and Fiora series. There is nothing wrong with the story except.... the divorced couple's major love and devotion for each other and living separate lives!!!! Not good. I don't like that situation. It makes me sad for both Fiddler and Fiora. I guess I'm not a mystery only fan; but if you are by all means you will like this series, for myself this is the first and last of Fiddler and Fiora I will read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Day In Paradise April 7, 2012
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Was an excellent read. I am glad this is part of a series as I really like the main characters. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Series April 2, 2009
Format:Paperback
If you have not come across Fiddler and Fiora before, you are in for a treat. This is the first book. There are several more -- all very good. The only bad thing is that the series ended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars first try February 26, 2013
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Fiddler and Fiora are a magic couple. Each their own person, but entwined with mystical steel cables of love and need. In this, their first adventure, the chemistry isn't quite right yet. I found the whole plot to be pretty obscure to care about and too many different actors involved that added too much improbable activity to make it work.

To be honest, I haven't finished it yet, but I probably will some day. I have read subsequent books by A.E. Maxwell including Fiddler and Fiora tales and enjoyed them very much. That's why I bought this one. It's only a minor disappointment and I will probably be back to read more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing characters April 15, 2015
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I was really disappointed in this book and will not be reading any more of this series. The characters were uninteresting and the situation between them very strange. Ms Lowell has written some books that I like very much such as the St Kilda series Always Time To Die, The Wrong Hostage, etc. I originally bought them in paperback and just recently bought them again on Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars unstoppable
Story revolving around fiddler and fiora
Recommend to my husband and his colleague
Romance interwoven into adventure, I also liked the character of sharp
Published 5 months ago by Mugdha Vasireddi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Filling in my collection for A. E. Maxwell--this was the only book I didn't have on my bookshelves--like almost everything from A. E. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rose McHenry
4.0 out of 5 stars RIVITING
keeps you turning the pages
skimmed the scenery but enjoyed the suspense. Interesting personal analogies into how people think and react.
Published 16 months ago by kurt
3.0 out of 5 stars A
THIS IS NOT ALOVE SONG! Intriguing study of the fabric of fate; Interesting characters with realistic relationships but no fire to the story;disappointing for Lowell
Published 19 months ago by Diana S. Glaub
4.0 out of 5 stars Books
I love this author and any book she writes is always good but this series is excellent. I can't wait till the next one!Books were on time and in good shape
Published 22 months ago by debk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mysteries
I really enjoy Fiddler and Fiora keeps me guessing as to who "dunnit" good change of scene in each story and good charictures, don"t like to put them down until I finsh... Read more
Published on April 19, 2013 by Patricia McDonald
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work out
I didn't get past the first chapter. I am easy and love Elizabeth Lowell but if they want to republish this, it needs some work.
Published on April 14, 2013 by K. Ring
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated references become annoying
Story good and characters interesting, but the references to products and attitudes that reflect the 80s and have become anachronistic are a distraction.
Published on March 6, 2013 by Virginia Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars so-so
I always look for Elizabeth Lowel. This series doesn't do it for me though. Didn't get past the second chapter. Sorry Elizabeth! I love most of your stuff though
Published on January 6, 2013 by SusanM424
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as others
I really like Elizabeth Lowell, but this one ( and others in the series ) just doesn't seem to be up to her best writing.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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