The Hotel Monte Sano is a captivating mystery set in a fascinating fin de siècle world of ambition and decadence--when love, at least for the moment, eclipses the mounting tensions between rich and poor, black and white, and North and South.
Praise for The Hotel Monte Sano:
"The mystery and grandeur of the beautiful Monte Sano Hotel (torn down in 1944) has intrigued residents for decades. Charles Farley weaves historically accurate landmarks, people and places into a story that draws you in and is an absolute page-turner. It's a mixture of love story, murder mystery, and friendship amid stunning surroundings that you won't soon forget."--Cathey Carney, Publisher, Old Huntsville Magazine
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Soul of the Man
Soul of the Man: Bobby "Blue" Bland is the first book-length biography of the "the world's greatest blues singer." The book provides a complete study of the blueman's tumultuous life and influential career.
Praise for Soul of the Man:
"In January, when the erudite New Yorker magazine proposed Bobby "Blue" Bland as an outside contender for "voice of the century," it bestowed contemporary credibility on a bygone age and almost its last representative." - [London] Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 6 March 2011
"Mick Brown applauds Soul of the Man...a sterling job." - The [London] Telegraph
"This well-researched biography...is a must read." - Blues Revue
"Worth the wait" - Sing Out!
"A praiseworthy contribution to blues literature" - Choice
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Secrets of San Blas
Secrets of San Blas is a fast-paced murder mystery with an unlikely pair of investigators: 65-year-old Doc Berber and his sassy African-American housekeeper Jewel Jackson. Together they set out to find out who butchered the assistant keeper of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Based on events surrounding an actual murder that occurred in the spring of 1938 near the town of Port St. Joe in Florida's panhandle, Secrets of San Blas' heroes burrow into an intriguing nest of smalltown secrets both shocking and deadly.
Praise for Secrets of San Blas:
"An unforgettable journey through Florida's Forgotten Coast. Charles Farley's Secrets of San Blas is a delightful dance of history and mystery, an intriguing interplay of fact and fiction. Schedule sometime in historic North Florida with Old Doc Berber first chance you get." - Michael Lister, author of The Big Goodbye.
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