Sun, Sand, and Suspense : Mystery and Crime Fiction in Florida : 1895-2011 is open to the public from July 6, 2011 to November 18, 2011 at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, Broward County Main Library, 6th floor.

The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book is featuring the work of mystery and crime writers who set their novels in Florida. Even before John D. MacDonald first anchored Travis McGee’s houseboat, the Busted Flush, at Fort Lauderdale’s Bahia Mar Marina, Florida had developed a rich legacy of fictional detectives. A characteristic of Florida mysteries is the strong emphasis on place. The exhibition showcases Edna Buchanan’s Britt Montero; Elaine Viets’ Helen Hawthorne; Carolina Garcia-Aguilera’s Guadalupe Solano; Randy Wayne White’s retiring marine biologist Doc Ford; Charles Willeford’s leisure-suited cop Hoke Moseley, and Carl Hiaasen’s quirky Florida characters.

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