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NOW AVAILABLE!  THE END OF HIS JOURNEY, a Leslie Elliott mystery.

The End of His Journey   |   Scavenger Tides   |   Leslie’s Voice

Rutabagas For Ten   |   Never Name an Iguana

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The End of His Journey
Another Leslie Elliott mystery:

The idyllic island where Leslie Elliott lives in southwest Florida is shaken by the return of drug dealer, Jamie Thompson, who escaped the law and has vowed revenge on Leslie for exposing his cohorts and their thriving cocaine business. When his presence leads to two deaths, Leslie sets out to uncover the truth, recruiting her newspaper buddy, Wes Avery, and an unlikely ally to help.

While assisting Leslie, Wes hears about the story of a young island resident who was said to have committed suicide at a party 20 years ago. His tortured father and old-timers in the community are still seeking answers to what happened that night. As Wes and Leslie help the father on his journey, they discover surprising and dangerous connections between the current tragedies and the two-decades-old shooting.

The End of His Journey is the sequel to Scavenger Tides, published in 2020.

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Scavenger Tides
From Susan Hanafee:

Scavenger Tides takes place shortly after Leslie Elliott quits her public relations job in the Midwest to move to southwest Florida. Her dream of leaving the corporate world to become a mystery writer threatens to become a nightmare as buzzards lead her to a headless dog carcass and a human body rolls in with the summer storms and then disappears, only to re-appear and vanish again.

Leslie’s search for answers and her run-ins with the local sheriff take her on a journey that involves a fisherman with too many secrets, a local couple struggling to survive in a millionaire’s playground and criminals who will stop at nothing to protect their lucrative activities.

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Leslie's Voice
From Susan Hanafee:


Public relations expert Leslie Elliott is trying to adapt to her new CEO, Brad Stewart, when he tells her of his plans to take over the neighboring electric utility and make himself the state’s energy kingpin. When she agrees to join the battle, Leslie finds herself dealing with the twists and turns of corporate intrigue while struggling to handle the men in her life, including an unfaithful husband and a boss whose sexual aggression matches his business ambition.

Colorful characters, breezy dialogue and a plot that keeps the reader guessing are the perfect background for the introduction of the savvy and independent Leslie.

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  Leslie's Voice

Rutabagas For Ten
Susan Hanafee’s latest book:

Rutabagas for Ten is not a cookbook, but a savory collection of blogs and short stories sure to delight your literary palette. The book contains spicy observations on life, mixed with savory political and social commentary. Each morsel will whet your appetite for more.

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    Never Name an Iguana

What Readers Say about "Never Name an Iguana."

Blend some of Maureen Dowd with a little David Sedaris and throw in some Andy Rooney and you have the thoroughly enjoyable new book by former journalist Susan Hanafee. The book’s title “Never Name an Iguana” may relate to the environmental issue present but more likely has to do with the wit, social consciousness and satirical mindset of the author.

This is a collection of essays whimsically capturing the ideas of domestic tranquility, political leverage, funny situations and every day facts and fictions. All of the 52 or so writings reflect daily life and the wit and wisdom of the author as she whips through life on a roller coaster of exploration and observation.

Hanafee’s writing style reminds me a lot of Russell Baker’s; funny, insightful and quick on the draw. The book is enjoyable entertainment to read from cover to cover or, if you just need a quick laugh, read a few pieces at a time. I wonder what the facile mind of Hanafee is thinking now. I’m sure there’s something.

                                                – Bob Elliott, author of Make Your Point


Susan Hanafee is an award-winning former journalist whose career as a reporter for The Indianapolis Star spanned three decades. She also headed communications for IPALCO Enterprises and Cummins Inc. She resides in Boca Grande, Florida. Hanafee’s blogs can be found on

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