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GARNET RIDES AGAINHere it is, the long-awaited, highly anticipated second installment in the “Garnet Sullivan Live from Florida” series.THE DEVIL, THE DIVA & THE DEEP BLUE SEA is Garnet’s newest madcap adventure and is bursting at the seams withMoreGARNET RIDES AGAINHere it is, the long-awaited, highly anticipated second installment in the “Garnet Sullivan Live from Florida” series.THE DEVIL, THE DIVA & THE DEEP BLUE SEA is Garnet’s newest madcap adventure and is bursting at the seams with another cast of colorful, oddball characters of the kind that instantly endeared the snoopy reporter sleuth and her friends to readers on her first time out in MARLIN, DARLIN’.This time it’s both football season and hurricane season, and in Florida that means lunacy of near epidemic proportions. The story opens on Game Day of the first Gator game of the season as a nasty hurricane is bearing down on the Florida east coast. Garnet is having a football party and . . . murder, mayhem and madness quickly ensue, along with some wonderful romancing and many laugh out loud situations.Readers will gasp once more at Garnet’s zany derring-do and her rare talent for getting into jams by hoisting herself on her own quixotic petard as she single-mindedly pursues “the real story.” Fans will be happy to learn that the Irish setter “Ringo” remains Garnet’s mischievous best friend and constant slobbering companion, that Garnet’s sweetheart public defender Chester Dare simply cant stop loving her and finally mends his dipsomaniac ways in a most surprising way, and that her socialite dithering BFF Allison Highsmith is back just as well-coifed and expensively attired with her signature pearl choker still around her neck , as is the studly, earnest and “well-scrubbed” Sheriff Lance Dawtry, both of whom become embroiled in a wild liaison that defies commonsense and any sense of decorum.A DEVIL OF A PLOTA highly eccentric, if not bizarre, “expert” on all matters pertaining to murder and other hellish affairs, Dr. Hiram Beignet Fritzwold, a retired Florida dermatologist with strange paranormal powers, figures largely in this demonic plot. As events turn increasingly grim and gruesome, and paranoia and fear spread in the little backwater, podunk community of Punta Bella, FL, Doc “Fritz” advises and consults with Garnet, and clues multiply and suspicions mount. Is the good doctor himself the actual mastermind of the whole devilish business? Is he perhaps none other than the Devil Himself?FASTERMargaret Langstaff’s rapier wit has never been sharper, nor have her piercing insights into the Florida scene been more on point. THE DEVIL, THE DIVA & THE DEEP BLUE SEA is a rip-roaring read for any mystery fan and sure to be appreciated and enjoyed by all lovers of great fiction with an over-the-top, humorous spin.So fasten your seatbelt! Things move fast—and faster—in this steamy picaresque story. Readers will be on the edge of their seats and guessing until the novel’s last pages.TIPS FOR NEW READERS & OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES (the real skinny)Fans of Carl Hiaasens outrageous hysterical Florida mysteries often discover and appreciate this series and author. For, in addition to being an irrepressible humorist and satirist with a bit of venom in her bite and a hint of vinegar on her tongue, Langstaff is a highly accomplished, widely published author and journalist. She is noted for spot-on realistic dialog (a la Elmore Leonard and the like), subtle and convincing characterization and insanely complicated, gripping plots. Her work is more literary than the norm for this genre (she is a member of the prestigious National Book Critics Circle) and that element yoked with a genuinely nuclear-powered imagination pushes the form into new and surprising territory. If you are an aficionado of the fresh and original and dislike the predictable and bland, you are in the right place. Almost universally, such readers agree: Langstaff’s books are fierce, funny and just plain fun.