IT HAPPENED IN SOUTH BEACH

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Tilly Snapp, a twentysomething columnist who talks to herself relentlessly and leads a staid life in Boston, heads to Florida in search of her dear aunt's killer. What she finds is special agent Will Maitland--a man so handsome he should be in film, not law enforcement--and a town full of eccentric secondary characters. Many are allies, some are not.

Told from Tilly's sarcastic point of view, Klassel's latest takes readers on madcap adventures to Jamaica and all around South Beach as Tilly and her friends try to solve the strange murder while also running the "curiosity"(sex toy) shop that her aunt willed to her.

Maitland is, of course, investigating at every turn, prepared to haul Tilly off to jail if she doesn't cooperate with authorities. He's also ready and willing to do a bunch of other things to her that require her cooperation!

This light, fantasy-laden tale is heavy on the nonsensical and difficult at times to follow. But it's still an enjoyable story and a good fit for readers looking for something humorous and fun. (Oct., 352 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel