From the Author
An Interview with Phil Edwards About the Book
This mystery takes a tongue in cheek look at senior communities near Sarasota. What inspired you to set a story there?
When I was a journalist (of a far inferior stripe to Jake), I had an interview subject launch into a soliloquy about his vacation home in Sarasota. I was hooked. The density of retirement homes nearby made it a great place to set a funny mystery. The dark side of senior living was the main draw, but since I was living in New Orleans when I wrote the book, I also knew what it meant to be hot all the time.
Jake is an insecure character. What parts of him do you see in yourself?
A lot. Jake is a more neurotic version of myself (and I haven't struggled with my weight like him- I think). But Jake's struggles with journalism mirrored my own- it's tough to be aggressive, to know if you're doing it right, and to know when to quit. I mined a lot of my own fears to describe his.
Mystery readers are usually meticulous ones. How did you research this book?
My focus in the book was to create a fun and memorable story, not a police procedural. There's a reason it doesn't focus on real estate law or autopsies. Readers should come in looking for a great time with new people- the mystery is just the thing that keeps you reading. That said, I did look at a lot of palm trees (which one character in the book is obsessed with).
What's next for Jake?
When they're done with this book, readers can follow Jake to New Orleans to see what happens in the restaurant world. Characters change, the plot thickens, and murder gets cooked up in Death By Gumbo. Or they can skip to Wisconsin and visit an old time radio show in Dead Air Can Kill You. If the "play's the thing," readers can try out The Show Must Go Wrong. Once they've done that, they can explore Hollywood in Lights! Camera! Murder!.
Fortunately, the books don't have to be read in order, though they can be. Each book works as part of a longer story or by itself.
About the Author
has worked as a journalist, blogger, and grocery cart pusher. He can be found at PhilEdwardsInc.com, or on Twitter @PhilEdwardsInc.