Monday, November 9, 2015

New Book: A Reservation for Murder

     A Reservation for Murder

                                   A Lieutenant Morales Mystery

                      “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”

                                                Sun-Tzu, Chinese general and military strategist, (400 BC)

“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

                                                Hotel California


Chapter 1

Nothing much ever happens on Pine Island. So it was all the more surprising when a man who was fishing from the Matlacha drawbridge saw a body floating in the water in Pine Island Sound just a few feet away from the bridge. It was even more surprising when that body turned out to belong to Mike Sullivan.

The body of Mike Sullivan was the first body discovered in Pine Island Sound that January. But it was not the last.

Mike Sullivan was anything but an ordinary kind of guy. He was a part- time fisherman and a full-time jerk.  Although he had been on the island only a few months, he had managed to alienate half the island. Night after night, as he sat drinking Coors Light after Coors Light at the bar of the Sunset Bar and Grill, he boasted about his many conquests to his few friends and anyone else who would listen.  He claimed that there wasn’t a woman on the island that he couldn’t bed if he really wanted to.  And with his wavy dark hair and brooding brown eyes, many a woman on the island had already fallen to his charms.

Recently, Sullivan seemed to have come into some money, no one knew for sure from where or how much. But he was clearly spending it freely.  He had bought himself a brand new, candy apple red, Ford F-150 pickup truck with a trailer hitch. The trailer hitch was for a new 32 foot fishing boat which he now kept moored near the Bonita Lodge.  A couple of people from the island had been surprised to see him in downtown Fort Myers on several occasions recently wearing a blue pin-striped  suit and fancy black loafers, rather than the scruffy jeans and rubber waders he usually wore. That new suit would come in handy now that he was dead and the undertaker laid him out for his funeral, The island’s undertaker, Jeffrey Bonnett, always prided himself on how well the deceased looked in his funeral parlor after he had worked on them. “Hell,”  Bonnett often bragged, “some of these poor bastards look better dead than they ever did when they were alive.”

 He was particularly proud of the work he did on Sullivan. “He looks like a movie star.” he said,  “A goddam movie star.”

When word got around the island that Sullivan had been found dead in the waters of Pine Island Sound, there were not a few men on the island who were relieved. And quite a number of women who were moved to tears.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Free Book

If you haven't already read my legal mystery, Dead in the Water, you are in luck.  For the next three days, from September 18 through September 20, it will be available for free for Kindle on Amazon.  Now, you have no excuse for not reading this book, which has been called by one reviewer,
"An exciting thriller with plenty of surprises" and "A good entertaining read." If you do decide to read Dead in the Water, I would be extremely grateful if you would post a review on Amazon.  Reviews are the lifeblood of indie authors like me. So, thanks, and please enjoy.
P.S. Today the book is on sale at its regular price of $1.99 if you just can't wait to read it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A View of Life

Some people say you should live every day like it is your last. I say live life every day like it is your first.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Praise for "Dead in the Water"

My mystery novel, Dead in the Water, has received some excellent reviews and for those,  I could not be more grateful. One of those very recent reviews was particularly kind. In the review,  the reviewer described as an avid  reader opined "Mr Basinski may now join the ranks of Gresham, Donnelley, and Turow." 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dead in the Water hits the Amazon Best Seller Lists!

Mystery Financial

As of today, my book, Dead in the Water is ranked No. 5 in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Financial category for Kindle books.  Please see the above link. Many thanks to all of you who have purchased the book.  I would be extremely grateful if you would please write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews are the independent writer's best friend.  Thanks to all.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Whirl Magazine

I just wanted to let everyone know that an article about my book, Dead in the Water, appears in the August 2015 issue of Whirl Magazine. Take a look at page 29 which features and article entitled "Write On" that discusses my book and my career.
Thanks to all at Whirl for the great job, especially, Rachel, Matthew and, of course, Christine.
Please take a look at the article and I hope you will also buy the book, which is available on and

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beach Essential: Dead in the Water

Please see the attached photograph courtesy of my friend, Dave Wentley, the son of my mentor, Dick Wentley. What a great idea!