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No Sunscreen for the Dead

(Serge A. Storms #22)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  559 ratings  ·  98 reviews
The Sunshine State’s most lovable psychopath, Serge A. Storms, kills it in this zany adventure from the bestselling author Tim Dorsey.

Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Serge’s interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world—also
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by William Morrow
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Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story with all the expected hijinks from Serge. 9 of 10 stars Mystery & Thriller
Tim Dorsey has kicked off the new year by writing what may be the best of his 22 books in the Serge A. Storms series thus far. NO SUNSCREEN FOR THE DEAD is certainly my favorite, given that it revolves around the sections of the population demographics of which I am happily a member. I also am pleased to report that Dorsey continues to find plenty of the arcane, unusual, bizarre and, yes, downright useful elements of the state of Florida to stuff this intriguing, one-sit novel right up to its br ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you're with Serge, there's never a dull moment . . . and this book did not disappoint! Serge prepares for retirement by visiting Florida communities and finds himself in the thick of a situation where salesmen are taking advantage of the elderly, plus more! A fun read -- 8 out of 10.
Badass Urban
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serge wears his colors on his sleeve and these colors do NOT run

Another excellent adventure from the twisted mind of Serges ghost author,Tim Dorsey. I always love the inventive and creative methods to punish the villains. Who doesn't love BONUS ROUND!! Serge and Coleman guide this party towards another retirement community full of commie traitors and the patriotic best of America. I know you'll love this latest installment of insanity,Serge style. I highly recommend this book.
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
It was pretty good but I had to read it at home since I didn't know it was not school appropriate
Fred Forbes
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time again for an annual update on the happenings of psychopath and serial killer Serge Storms and his addled sidekick Coleman. Granted he only kills folks who would harm Florida or Floridians and he always does it in creative fashion with a "bonus round" which permits them to escape their fate if they are clever enough. On his plus side, he is a trivia fountain with regard to Florida history and locations so always fun to tag along for that.

I've been into this series for 22 years and have run i
Sid Nuncius
I loved No Sunscreen For The Dead. It is bonkers, extremely funny and actually rather an exciting story.

This is the 22nd Serge Storms book. If you don’t know Serge, he’s not easy to explain. He lives in Florida and is a manic collector of trivia who has crazes, during which he discovers scumbags behaving despicably and dispatches them in ways which have an ingenious poetic justice and which are wholly deplorable and extremely entertaining. This time, Serge is manically pursuing an oral history p
Bill Mcgrath
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back Mr. Dorsey!! No Sunscreen for the Dead is one of the better Serge Storms book I have read in a while(Hurricane Punch is still my favorite). His last book (Pope of Palm Beach) was a bit of a letdown for me, but this one was a great read. Serge and Coleman are back to their old ways, and I mean old. Serge's new fascination is with the elderly, interviewing them and gaining all that wisdom. So Serge and Coleman immerse themselves in a senior citizen lifestyle and decide to retire in a ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks, florida
I love this whole series! I think of it as one of my guilty pleasures. The humor, the wit, the Florida mania (my home state for a little over two decades), and the wacky cartoon plots all appeal to me. Even when I objectively might find an entry to be mediocre, I still always enjoy the books in this series no matter how close to the formula it stays. THIS, however, is one of the very best in the series, one of the three masterpieces by my count. Not only is it still funny. Not only does Serge st ...more
Don Gorman
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3 1/2). I feel like I have lost my mind or something, giving a Serge book 4 stars, but this one is a solid three and a half and I refuse to mark it down. This is the best Serge and Coleman exploration to the limits of sanity that I can remember. As always, laugh out loud funny, but this one is also poignant and damn near interesting with the plot line. I signed out of this series for a while when it got beyond ridiculous, but have come back the last couple of installments. This effort certainly ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best line of the book - “Whenever an eight hundred number comes on TV, I have to change the channel or I’ll be up to my nipples in nonstick skillets.” My favorite Tim Dorsey novel to date, even without Jim Davenport. P.S. I’m authorized.
Rick Perkins
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Dorsey’s books had fallen into a rut but decided to give this one a try anyway. Glad I did! He kept the usual fun, gruesome Serge humor and added a bit more mystery. Good job Tim!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dorsey
finished this one the 30th of january 2019, same day i started...i think, cold day, snowy, schools closed good day to read first from dorsey for me looks like he has others so all is well. kindle library loaner.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wild ride with Serge Storms and Coleman, featuring a memorable ensemble of characters. Tim Dorsey is a master of weaving multiple plot lines, both dramatic and farcical, and bringing them all together before the epilogue. I'll have more to say at a later date, but I loved this book. Makes me want to run out and buy a duck costume.
Barb Martin
Serge and Coleman are back for another Florida adventure. This time, they decide to become retirees. They inadvertently come upon a Cold War-era problem that is leaving a lot of dead retirees across Florida.

Mayhem ensues.

Serge always is good for trivia and weird knowledge. This time, I learned that 9-volt batteries left in junk drawers are a major source of house fires. Truly. Google it.

If you've ever read one of Tim Dorsey's books featuring Serge, you know what to expect. If you haven't, I can'
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Who needs AARP when Serge & Coleman do their thing! Another laugh a page by Tim.
Angie Boyter
After reading a beautifully written, moving but sad book I was really up for something funny. This was not it. I was determined to give it a chance, but 13 pages of sophomoric not very original "humor" was all I could stand. I won't rate it, though, because MAYBE it gets better. I doubt it.
I suspect Tim Dorsey and I were not made for each other, although I thought I remembered enjoying a couple of his books a number of years ago. Has he changed or have I?
I'm glad it was a library book.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of his best!
Sandie Herron
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Florida mystery lovers, humorous mystery lovers
Recommended to Sandie by: author
All I can say is Vintage Serge! If you’ve never met him before, he’s a manic maniac who loves Florida and its history. He crisscrosses the state compiling its oral history with his buddy Coleman, who is perpetually drunk or high or both. In this outing, Serge visits Sarasota. While eating shoofly pie at a local Amish restaurant, they befriend two retirees and offer them a ride home after missing their shuttle bus. They discover that this couple has been scammed into buying a room full of humidif ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had planned on giving Tim Dorsey’s “No Sunscreen for the Dead” a glowing five star review but two unforgiveable screwups reduces my review to four stars. I won’t mention the screwups here since I don’t want to give a Spoiler Alert. So I’ll add a comment that will have a Spoiler Alert.

This is my first Tim Dorsey book and I immediately want to read at least one more of the first 21 in the series. I want to say this is a silly, witty, light book – think elaborate Kinky Friedman – but every page i
Amethyst Shadow
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous, mysteries
Damnit! I looked at the number of Serge A. Storms books behind the title. I'm going to have to read 21 more books. *sigh* Okay. I'm up for it.

This character is hilarious. Serge is a somewhat hyperactive psychopath with a constant self-medicating side kick named Coleman. (Don't even get me started on the pineapple bong.) Most of the time Serge is as focused as a 3 year old and enjoys babbling. His babbling gets even worse when he drinks coffee... and the man loves his coffee. Serge knows how to d
Susan Johnston
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: If you like dark and rapier sharp humour, you will enjoy this author. I am not sure what it is about Florida that inspires this black and very funny writing style but whatever it is, I hope it continues. For those who have never met Serge before, he is so off the wall that he is brilliant albeit creatively violent. He also has a very high sense of morality and if you are on the right side of his beliefs, you are golden. If you are on the wrong side, there is no where to ...more
Drew K
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Dorsey sets this series in the madcap underbelly of Florida where everything is just crazy enough to possibly be true. In this installment, Serge finds himself the avenging angel of senior citizens, most of whom are military veterans, living in a trailer park falling prey to unethical salesmen. Serge's revenge tactics would be simply gruesome if they weren't so funny. I find myself a bit surprised at what I'm laughing at, but not enough to stop laughing. Throw in some Russian spies, a believ ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although It's been a while since I've read any of Dorsey's books, it was easy enough to jump right back into the endless Florida road trip of Serge and Coleman.
This time, Serge's obsession focuses on the retired population of the Sunshine State, and the serial killer with the heart of gold is soon righting wrongs for the Boca Shores retirement park and killing door to door scam artists in his own innovative way.
Meanwhile, a data analyst has uncovered a list that could expose former American spi
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Dorsey pens another laugh-out-loud adventure. With his encyclopedia-like knowledge of all things Florida, combined with his love of testing his science and physics knowledge, psychopath Serge Storm and drug addled sidekick Coleman continue to inflict their horrific forms of justice. Their victims this time are the untrustworthy and manipulative scam artists who prey on the elderly. Starting at the infamous “The Villages” senior enclave and moving through Cold War antics that threaten the mod ...more
Charlotte Pawson
This book is so different to a normal black and white world don’t bother just jump right in you won’t regret it. It’s the most zany funny suspending reality story you will fall into. Serge and Coleman are on a crusade to right the wrongs of the ripped off retired community but in an outrageous not black or white way. If you like your hero’s a bit grey then this story is for you. This is part of a series but you can read this as a stand alone. You will want to rush right out and follow further ex ...more
Roy Farchmin
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In No Sunscreen for the Dead, Dorsey takes us on a trip through the retirement community culture of Florida. Set in a fictional development near Sarasota, the elderly are portrayed as intelligent, patriotic and loyal. As always, Serge dispenses his macabre justice against scam artists conning the elderly. With this backdrop, another plot line focuses on the burgeoning revival of the Cold War with Russia and the intrigue of data mining discovering a plot to eliminate FBI's former double agents hi ...more
Terry Enright
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's tough to rate Dorsey's "Serge" books. Not a fault of Dorsey's, just a fault of rating things. If you take an aspirin and your headache goes away, how do you rank the aspirin? Was is average because it did the job, or was it better than that because you are pain free? In "No Sunscreen for the Dead" Serge Storms is Serge Storms, and Colman is Coleman. And that's a beautiful thing but it's what Dorsey does. So if you're into Serge, you'll feel right at home, if your new to Dorsey, welcome to ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serge and Coleman are still on the road in Florida. Interviewing retirees they find heroes- and visiting retirement communities of trailers they also find villains who are subjected to Serge’s justice. Will anyone win the bonus round ? On another storyline who was recruited for Russians or for FBI ? How were Social Security numbers a factor ? How will all these elements meet up ? A typical story in this entertaining series. The final scene in the black of night at the retirement community is jus ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I immensely enjoyed Tim Dorsey's insanely funny novel."No sunscreen for the Dead."Although I'm not a resident of the Sunshine state,I have witnessed the incurable antics of our senior citizens in God's waiting room.Little old ladies and men in fedoras,peering through their steering wheels as they navigate the highways between "all you can eat" buffets and vintage trailer parks is the perfect setting for Tim's character's Serge and Coleman;a Lone ranger and Tonto duo that fight injustice where-ev ...more
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Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined

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