Guest Post: The Locus of Murder by Jeff Widmer

I’m thrilled to welcome Jeff Widmer, author of Peak Season and Tourist In Paradise (part of the CW McCoy series), Mr Mayhem and Mr Magic (part of the Brinker series), Riding With the Blues and The Spirit of Swiftwater to the blog today to speak about location and settings in his novels. Please note that all links for his books, which are on Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo, as well as on Jeff‘s website, are later on in the post and I am looking forward to getting stuck into the CW McCoy series myself very soon!

The Locus of Murder

By Jeff Widmer

J.G. Ballard once said that the dystopian landscapes in his books reflect the character’s inner world as much as the outer one.

We’re more familiar with the opposite. Places affect how people feel and act. Think New York in the decade when the city cleaned up graffiti-defaced buildings, repaired windows and installed lighting as part of its crime-fighting strategy.

In fiction, when does location move from background to foreground? When does setting become character?

I’m interested in the collision of those inner and outer worlds. In writing fiction, I look for places that both create and reflect a mood. The tony beach town of Sarasota, Florida—Spanish Point in the McCoy novels—provides a wealth of locations that meet that criteria. Even with altered geography and names, those places seem to resonate, like an image from a dream . . . or a nightmare.

They did with me while doing research for Peak Season, the first in the Florida series featuring CW (Candace) McCoy, a former police detective who, after her family is kidnapped, must decide which side of the law she’s on. (If you enjoy the locale and the people who inhabit it, be sure to look for CW’s second adventure, Tourist in Paradise.)

Let me introduce you to the places that inspired CW’s Florida, the real scene of the fictional crime.


Sarasota marina, similar to the one where CW’s mentor Walter Bishop berths his sailboat in the McCoy novels.


The relentless construction of hotels, condos and homes in Sarasota motivates man of the characters in Peak Season and its sequel, Tourist in Paradise.


The Saturday Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota, where CW and Detective Tony Delgado meet in Peak Season.


The Sarasota skyline inspired the creation of CW McCoy’s Spanish Point.


Drumming the sun down at Siesta Key’s world-famous beach, where CW finds a second body in Peak Season.


Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book
What they say: After shooting a fellow police officer, CW McCoy surrenders her gun, her badge and her confidence. Moving to Southwest Florida to care for her ailing grandfather, CW swears off violence until a fugitive kidnaps her family and she’s forced to decide which side of the law she’s on. Set in the tony beach town of Spanish Point during the height of the tourist rush, Peak Season marks the debut of an investigator confronting the most dangerous enemy of all . . . her own fears. Revised edition features expanded content and the first chapter of the author’s newest novel.
Peak Season is available through Amazon, Audible, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and from Jeff‘s website



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Jeff‘s website      

About the author


Jeff Widmer has worked as a dishwasher, surveyor, guitarist, journalist and marketing professional. He is the author of the CW McCoy and the Brinker series of crime novels as well as several nonfiction books. A native of Pennsylvania, he lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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“Mammy, we’ve found you some ‘free’ books”

Okay. So. A while ago I tweeted that I had got an email from Amazon stating my Kindle Unlimited membership had started, thanking me and telling me that I was going to be able to enjoy countless great titles that would go straight to my Kindle. Great. Sorry, actually, what was that now?

A little detective work later culminated in my six year old and eight year old jumping around the room and telling me that they had ‘robbed Daddy’s laptop’ and ‘found a way to get me free books’ and I pretty much had an idea what had happened. Cue freak outs on the fact that our kids knew how to get past passwords and into Amazon and then a deep breath and an ‘I have to go email and get them to cancel it’ from me. But this didn’t happen. Why? Because I was left alone with the laptop that I use for writing and blogging. There was no way in hell I was going to email someone when I could get a blog post out.

Weeks on and the €8.99 has now come out of our account. So I took this as an opportunity to go online and star reading  up on Kindle Unlimited (KU). The FAQs told me it was easy to cancel and that I could use the service to take out ten books of an arsenal of up to one million titles (swoon) until the next billing date, when, obviously, if I’ve cancelled, the book disappears. So I said, well, if I’ve been billed I may as well get my money’s worth. I logged on and my first idea was to look up all those books, usually from what I call the headliner publishers, that on Kindle would cost that bit more than I’m willing to spend, would have a waiting list attached at our local library and would have prices in the bookshop are borderline crackers (sorry, but a quarter of a hundred euro for a book that’ll be read just once doesn’t sit great with me). The problem, obviously, is that all of these titles are more likely to be multiple platforms, and not exclusive to Amazon, which is what is required for a book to be eligible for KU, but, then I had a light bulb moment, went to my wish list on Amazon and began to work my way through the list to see which were on KU. As a result I grabbed the following books that I’ve been meaning to read for ever and now, with a time limit on me I have the perfect excuse!


I’m going to leave it at four, as I’ve some review copies to read, and, well, you know, a pretty full Kindle. As for my membership? I will be cancelling … although maybe not this month … Ahem. Anyhoo, I’ll keep you posted. Happy reading all!:)