One of Pine Island's authors will appear in Matlacha to sign his latest book. Mitch Grant, a resident of St. James City, will meet with customers, discuss the process he uses to create his works and autograph copies of "The Popping Cork Murder."
This fishing themed "who done it," is a mystery set in St. James City. It is the tale of a Spanish banker who is murdered while visiting his retired friend in this quaint Florida fishing village. A seventh-generation Floridian, Grant confronts the familiar Florida fiction format, but spins it in new directions to deliver a story uniquely written from the perspective of retirees whose quiet lives are turned upside down when their dear friend is murdered. Determined to find the killer, the couple takes matters into its own hands and embarks on an epic investigation that carries the pair along the coast and through the annals of local history.
As the story unfolds, the senior citizens-turned-sleuths try to determine whether their friend was murdered to protect the location of Gasparilla's buried pirate treasure, to safeguard a founding family's stash of gold or to cover up a century old war crime committed by the United States during the Spanish American War.
Against this backdrop of murder, mystery and mayhem, Grant also manages to deliver three love stories - the love of fishing and boating in Florida, the love for life in a small Florida town and the love between a couple as they make the transition into retirement.
"My new book combines classic Florida mystery fiction with my passion for Florida life in a way that's sure to appeal to visitors to Southwest Florida, fishermen, boaters, retirees, and mystery fans of all ages," Grant says.
The signing will be held at Island Dcor and More, 4202 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, on Monday, March 24, between the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.