Too Much Stuff
by Don Bruns
It took Henry Flagler years to build a railroad to Key West. It took thirty seconds for a hurricane and a twenty-foot tidal wave to destroy it. Five hundred people were killed in that violent 1935 storm, and many more were missing. Among the unaccounted for was a finance director for the East Coast Railway, Mathew Kriegel, who had loaded one and a quarter million dollars in gold on a train that very morning. The man and the gold were never found.
Newly minted private investigators Skip Moore and James Lessor have just been hired by Kriegel's great granddaughter to help her search for the lost gold. And, she may or may not have the map that leads to the treasure.
Fighting off competitors, scuba diving, digging in a spooky cemetery and almost getting killed in the process is just part of their job. When two mysterious Islamorada doctors hatch a nefarious plot involving smuggling, the boys are in way over their heads.
Come along for the ride, but watch your back. It's a very dangerous mission, and don't count on Skip and James for help. They can barely take care of themselves.
Praise For Too Much Stuff
"Shake The Big Lebowski up in a bag with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Too Much Stuff is what will come screaming out. Slacker PI's James and Skip go after $44 million worth of Henry Flagler gold missing since the hurricane of all time swept the Keys railroad out to sea and the result is-hold on, deep inhale here-really big trouble. Four pitchers of margaritas out of four! "
-Les Standiford, author of Last Train to Paradise and Bringing Adam Home.
"Too Much Stuff is a fun novel, more a comedy than a mystery/thriller. The mood is light, the characters amuse themselves with entertaining banter, and the plot has just enough goofiness to offset the traditional trappings of a PI story...a nice respite from thrillers that take their tough guy heroes too seriously."
Tzer Island, December 2011
"...breezy beach read for all seasons"
Publishers Weekly, October 2011
Don Bruns is a singer and songwriter, a painter, a cook, a traveler, and stand-up-comic who has not decided what to do when he grows up. He is also the author of two mystery series. His "stuff series" showcases the unstoppable yet bumbling young private investigators, Skip Moore and James Lessor, and his "music series" features rock and roll writer Mick Severs.