Laurence Shames – The Naked Detective

It was actually Alex who chose this book for me, because it had a duck on the front of it. I was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be rather good. Pete Amsterdam retired to Key West to enjoy the easy life. He doesn’t do any work, but his accountant convinced him to register as a Private Investigator, so he could offset some property improvements against tax. It’s all a great wheeze, until a desperate individual tries to hire him, and he gets tied up in a real murder investigation. The book has engaging characters, a light sense of humour, and paints a lovely picture of laid back island life. A nice, refreshing little read.