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Key Lime Blues (A Wes Darling Sailing Mystery Book 1) by [Jastrzebski, Mike]
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For some people working in the family business means suits, power lunches, and afternoon meetings. For Wes Darling it was guns, lies, and dead bodies.

The Darling Detective Agency was founded in 1876 by Aaron "Dusty" Darling, and Wes's chain smoking, stressed out mother is determined it's time for Wes to take over the agency. So what does Wes do?

He quits his job, heads to Key West, and moves onto a sailboat. Now life's nothing but sun, cocktails, and beautiful women, right? Yup! That is, until the dead bodies start piling up.

This slightly humorous mystery about an ex-private investigator who runs away from responsibility to live the good life is bound to make you wish you could do the same.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
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  • Publisher: Write On The Water Press (26 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z9JP36
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Breezy for two thirds of the book, and then the wind died. 14 February 2012
By ewinning - Published on
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Wes Darling, our hero who is fleeing his mother and her Detroit based detective agency, is a "normal" guy who lives on a boat and works in a bar in Key West, Florida. A family friend and detective who raised him or at least taught him a lot as he was growing up gets killed in Key West, and Wes gets drawn back into the family business.

Then there come the three women in his life, a fortune teller, two or three Runyonesque killers, a sack of diamonds, and a hard-boiled woman homicide detective and we're off and running until we come to the implausible, drawn-out last third of the book when I just couldn't wait to get to the end and get it over with.

I've read enough Mitch Rapp and Jack Reacher novels to have accepted the superhero who can swim underwater while holding his breath for 15 minutes and still have enough strength to dispatch 200 murderous bad guys with just a knife and a SIG sauer with a half-empty clip, but Wes Darling gets pistol whipped and kicked in the gut seven times and then I lost count and he didn't lose consciousness. There were a couple of times when I wish it was the other way around.

I will say this: Wes Darling has the greatest libido of any detective hero I've read about. He can and does have sex within 30 minutes of getting the snot beat out of him up to and including broken (or at least bent) ribs, getting kicked in the gut, AND a concussion.

I was drawn in and entertained until it just seemed that Jastrzebski was dragging it out like a term paper that had to be over 300 pages long. Spenser, Sam Spade, Dave Robicheaux, even Roger Rabbit would have wrapped this up by chapter 10. Mike Jastrzebski takes 33.

Will I buy another of his novels? Probably not, well not this year anyway.
4.0 out of 5 stars There's Action Down in Key West 11 March 2017
By Rita R. Sheppard - Published on
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I loved reading this book and how it described the areas I remember from my trip to Key West. I felt like I was walking down the streets with Wes. Wes is a likeable character who keeps stumbling into trouble wherever he turns, and he likes the ladies who are trouble themselves. I enjoyed reading about Elvis, the phobic psychic, and hope to read more about him in other books in the series. When you thrown in a persistent mother and a bunch of bad guys, there's sure to be a story that will keep you reading.

Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds, Strippers, and Hoods in Key West; Wes Darling Has His Hands Full 23 April 2013
By Dave Wilde - Published on
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"Key Lime Blues" is a light-hearted private investigator mystery story that pays homage to Travis McGee by being placed in the paradise of Key West, Florida, and pays homage to Ed Noon by adding in hilarious touches such as psychics named Elvis. It is a story of a reluctant detective, who now tends bar in Dirty Alvin's, and who is stuck in the middle of an investigation involving a stripper, a gang of hoods, a missing set of diamonds, and bodies that keep washing up.

It is a fast read that is filled with light banter when the hoods aren't hunting down the protagonist and his charge. The lead character, Wes Darling, is a guy who explains that, when he worked for his mother's PI firm, his drug of choice was Prozac, but since moving to Key West amidst quitting the business, found that key lime pie works just as well. He just never felt comfortable with dealing with the deceit, the dead bodies, and the cops. He was also haunted by a case he was involved in where a fifteen-year-old kidnap victim met her demise. According to his mother, he was "the result of a wild weekend in Acapulco with a Vietnam vet who suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder."

Wes' mother is also an intriguing character with a deep, raspy voice, the product of smoking three packs of cigarettes a day, and can swear "like a sailor doused in rum."

The missing stripper here is Destiny, a six-foot tall red-headed Amazon who Wes couldn't possibly forget. She might be gorgeous, but she was also a little nuts, that is, if you think leaving a set of diamonds with a psychic who fancied himself as the return of Elvis nuts.

All in all, it is an enjoyable read and rather light-hearted for a detective story involving hoods and bullets and murders and beatings. Although there are places where the writing could have been tighter and more focused, the author does a fine job of telling his story and conveying the atmosphere of Key West and the kooky characters that inhabit the area.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Key West, a reluctant PI, and characters incredibly real 24 July 2012
By Kathleen W. Hayward - Published on
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Wes Darling is not your typical mystery novel PI. He doesn't like the work, seems to have a preference for 1) getting beaten up, 2) voracious sex, and 3) not being able to realize a clue when it is handed to him.

Other than that, he is a very likeable guy and Destiny is the woman each man should have in his life at least once.

Wes is living a bottom feeding life in Key West, living on a sail boat, tending bar and avoiding his mother and the detective agency in Detroit his mother wants him to inherit. Unfortunately for Wes, his father figure/mother's lover is found dead on a Key West beach, and his mother demands Wes steps up to the plate and solve his death.

Wes and the other major characters are supremely drawn, the locale truly wafts from the page, and the humor and absurdity of the whole chase is wonderful.

Other reviewers have noted the novel's length, but it's not the length but that fact that a good editor could have fixed the last 1/4 of the book which seems to chase its tale for too long.

Even with that, Key West Blues is a good break from more cerebral mysteries which, to my taste, are often too full of themselves.

Mike Jastrzebski has written a fine, tongue-in-cheek debut with compelling characters, a romping narrative and just enough absurdity that most readers will not realize how much like Wes they really are. (Oh, myself included.)
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Key West... 7 September 2010
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Key Lime Blues is an engrossing fun romp through the streets and odd characters of old Key West. Written in a Carl Hiassen meets dime store detective novel style, this book isn't about a spectacular twist but rather a solid stable of interesting and amusing characters.

The author writes well in a breezy sarcastic tone that keeps the action moving and the reader's attention. A side plot is a little distracting but necessary to explain the motivation of the main character. The abject stupidity of the villians in this book (and the protagonist at many points) can be grating until you realize the author meant it that way. The groans and eye rolls are all a part of the experience.

Aside from an ill placed use of a word that I think should be left out of everyone's volcabulary, Key Lime Blues is a very enjoyable experience from start to finish! I highly recommend it if someone is looking for a tongue in cheek old style mystery that does not take itself too seriously. Much like any experience in Key West, this book is pure fun and over too quickly.