Livia J. Washburn
CreateSpace, 2012, 234 Pages
ISBN No. 978-1470050306
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
A trip to Key West and a stay at the Brandenton Beach Resort is the latest on Delilah Dickinson Literary Tours. Fans of Ernest Hemingway were all looking forward to an adventurous vacation but no one, not even Delilah Dickinson, had any idea just how adventurous this trip would turn out to be.
The participants on the tour were a diversified group and some had something more than Hemingway on their mind. Luke, Delilah’s son-in-law and assistant, comes along on the tour and does his best to help Delilah keep everyone under control.
Walter Harvick who is on the tour alone feels that he knows more about Hemingway than the author knew about himself and does not hesitate to let everyone know that he is an expert. He even goes so far as to start a fight in “Sloppy Joe’s”, a bar with the same name as the bar that Hemingway was known to frequent.
Delilah found the owner of Brandenton Beach Resort to be an attractive single man and was dividing her time between keeping the tour guests to the schedule, flirting with the new man in her life and keeping Walter out of trouble.
The juggling act was working out pretty well until Doris Horton and Julia Dunn, two widows on the tour, happened to find a body on the beach as they took an early morning stroll. It would appear that the victim had committed suicide. The police investigation put a halt to the activities of the tour group but not to Delilah and her curiosity about the death and whether or not it was really a suicide or murder.
Washburn writes an interesting story with some good information about the Key West area. The characters are interesting and the ending is a surprise. Readers are sure to enjoy Livia Washburn’s travel agent series.