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Gumbo Limbo: An Alex Rutledge Mystery (An Alex Rutledge Mystery #2)

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Alex Rutledge, freelance and part-time Key West crime scene photographer, awakes to his first day off in months. Late August, the off-season, the dog days. Everything's okay until his phone rings. His old navy buddy, Zack Cahill, now a successful Chicago banker, is in town and, at 8:00 a.m., drunk in Sloppy Joe's. Zack demands that Rutledge join him for a celebratory beer. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published November 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 1999)
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Jeffrey Hammerhead
One of my favorite of the Alex Rutledge series. I love the beginning, "This time I had good intentions." Haven't we all thought that.
Craig Pittman
When I was younger, any time I read a thriller what stood out to me was the plot. If it moved like an express train, it was great. Taking time to set up characters or create a mood or set a scene seemed like a waste of time. But now that I'm older, I really treasure the thrillers that work hard to build a world. Ace Atkins does a superb job of it, and so does Lee Child. The master, I think, is Tom Corcoran. His portrait of Key West makes you really feel like you're there, and the characters he d ...more
Because I am so familiar with Key West I loved reading about Louie's Backyard, Duval St. Sloppy Joe's and could picture everything. However the plot was confusing and so many characters that I was usually lost.
Dana Lenza-spies
I love the Alex Rutledge series by Tom Corcoran. Makes you feel like you are actually in Key West.
Julia DeBarrioz
I love love LOVE the way Tom Corcoran writes about Key West, and his characters are wonderful. Flawed, real, and still mostly the type of people you'd like to sit down and have a drink with in Louie's Backyard. That said, this book didn't really grab me the way his first Alex Rutledge mystery, The Mango Opera, did. The plot was super convoluted, especially towards the last fifty pages I kind of found myself tuned out. However, I will continue on to #3, because I love the main hero Alex and Corco ...more
Not sure if I would have enjoyed this book as much if I wasn't visiting so many of the sites he mentions as I read it. But the writing was good, the characters interesting, and the descriptions vivid, so what the hell. And he's a long-time personal friend of Jimmy Buffett (he shot the covers of many of his albums), so he's earned a pass on his sly dropping of lines from Buffett songs into the text.
Gumbo Limbo  An Alex Rutledge Mystery by Tom Corcoran Gumbo Limbo by Tom Corcoran - I liked this book quite a bit. It had a really good story, it kept me guessing all the way through. I'll be looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Good mystery - and the Keys - this man is a HUGE fan of Jimmy Buffett - and you'll feel the island breezes as he writes.

Some mysteries have characters that aren't human - in this case, the Keys themselves are the non-human character. Straight up mysteries - wonderfully done.
If you are looking for a great beach read, I love this. Having lived in Florida, I love how he writes so that you experience Key West through your senses. I highly recommend brewing a pot of Cafe Bustelo and enjoying this summer!
Oh, YES! I needed a good murder mystery. This one might have been too convoluted to follow every plot twist but I liked the characters enough not to care. Oh, and it was set in Key West in the summer and I can relate
I probably should stop reading Corcoran's books because they make me miss Key West, but then I would be missing out on some good mysteries and lovely mental connections to a beautiful place.
Really like the way Corcoran captures the feel of old Key West. I can see how I'll like reading this series during the cold Indiana winter.
Rick Taylor
Love Key West and the location writing, but as a mystery it's cluttered with too many undeveloped characters and confusing and uninspired plot lines.
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Enjoyed the story. I read them out of order, and really liked the first & third books...
Key West with Sloppy Joe's and the Conch Train and a great mystery.
A fun read while in Key West for a few days.
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