I've been under the weather for a week so I decided to do something different and participate in a meme--of course I had to ask someone what a meme is in blogger talk.
My teaser lines comes from Gumbo Limbo: An Alex Rutledge Mystery, by Tom Corcoran.
Key West had fallen funk-deep into its humid, mid-August dog days. I smelled rot in the yard, old rainwater held by the lowest layers of dead leaves. Carmen Sosa, my sweet neighbor, always joked that this time of year you could take a bath just sitting in your car. [p. 1]
This isn't great literature, but it rates as escapist summer reading for me when it's hot outside, and I'm trying to distract myself from not feeling good. The depictions of the locale are enough to make you start to sweat, or "glisten," as the case may be. Other descriptions let you know quickly that the book is written by a man. For whatever the reason, I've been reading a lot of mysteries set in Key West lately. They seem to epitomize summer in the tropics.
Oops, don't think I read the rules of the meme. Oh well.
Look for short reviews of some Key West mysteries on my blog soon. I'm looking for suggestions of mysteries set at the beach, so let me know if you have suggestions.
To participate in this meme correctly, or view other teaser lines, go to Should Be Reading.