Are you a Parrothead? Love crime fiction? Then this 15-author Zoom event is just for you: Thursday March 11, 7:30 PM ET

Click this link to register in advance (and get a confirmation and reminder), or to attend the event that night. No advance RSVP necessary.

I have been a Buffett fan since I first moved to Miami in 1986. I loved the way his music reflected the environment around me-- the sunshine and palm trees, the relaxed weekends, the mix of cultures, languages and musical  styles. I've seen him in concert numerous times, and have most of his CDs.The Great Filling Station Holdup is an anthology of crime fiction inspired by the songs of Jimmy Buffett. Sixteen noted authors of crime fiction chose one song per album to inspire them to create an all-new story.

I have read Tales from Margaritaville over and over, and even have his children's books. 

My favorite experience, perhaps, was seeing his musical, Don't Stop the Carnival, at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Based on a novel by Herman Wouk, he created a fabulous musical adventure. When I had the opportunity to choose a song, I went right for this album. The song that appealed to me was Public Relations, because it connects to the schmoozing I used to do when I worked in university alumni relations.

Each story takes its title from the song that inspired it. There's a double entrendre in the title of mine-- it's about a condom executive who's caught on camera having sex, and how his PR professional has to step in to save the day.

 holdup invitation