Murder at Bad Girls' Bar and Grill
"Lyrical prose and Technicolor characters lift Kelby's amusing, unconventional mystery. Along the way, Kelby (Whale Season) offers unexpected wisdom."-Publisher's Weekly.
"Take a deep breath. A circus comes to town–– the last member of the clan Macbeth––with his beauteous, full-size puppets. He has vestigial wings. There’s Brian Wilson, a local, who hums a lot of Beach Boy tunes. There’s a dog that looks like Barry Manilow; a beautiful blind woman and Jimmy Ray, Kelby's ancient Buddhist jazz musician hero from Whale Season. And, of course, there’s a full palette of local color. The kaleidoscopic plot, such as it is, has to do with the development of lush Florida land and with familial ties gone bad.. Antic surreality that would make Tom Robbins proud."–Booklist
“With Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar & Grill, N. M. Kelby joins that elite group of crime fiction writers such as Carl Hiaasen who toil in absurdist humor and outlandish situations …. Kelby skillfully mixes magic realism into a sharply honed story that also includes a bit of philosophy about greed and Florida.”
—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“ N.M. Kelby writes beautifully. Her characters are unforgettable, and her use of oddball details adds to the particular flavor of the story, which has moments of melancholy and tenderness among the fireworks.”—The Capital Times
“Laguna Key, the fictional setting of N.M. Kelby's new novel, lies somewhere between Carl Hiaasen's Miami, Jimmy Buffett's Key West and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Aracataca. Kelby's brand of Sunshine State satire has a gentle, even enchanted touch …. It's the Florida we wish we lived in.”—St. Petersburg Times