Strong Female Lead Debuts in Crime Novel ‘Peak Season’

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Author Jeff Widmer kicks off Florida mystery series

For the heroine of "Peak Season," life at the beach is murder.

Written by Jeff Widmer, the novel features detective-turned-real-estate-agent CW McCoy, a woman who surrendered her gun, her badge and her confidence after shooting a fellow police officer. She flees the Northeast for sunny Florida but even in paradise during peak tourist season, violence finds her like a divining rod.

When a fugitive kidnaps her family, the former detective must decide which side of the law she’s on.

The first in the CW McCoy series, the crime novel is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo in both e-book and paperback formats. Readers can view the book trailer at or on YouTube.

“Writing from a woman’s point of view has proven challenging and rewarding,” Widmer said. “CW has a strong sense of justice as well as a soft spot for motorcycles, underdogs and country music, all things we have in common. It seems a natural fit.”

While McCoy hales from Northeastern Pennsylvania, the novel takes place in the fictional city of Spanish Point, a wealthy tourist Mecca located between Tampa and Naples on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Widmer said fans of Sara Paretsky, Robert B. Parker, Jennifer Crusie ("Agnes and the Hitman") and Chelsea Cain ("One Kick") should enjoy the book.

Widmer is the author of several works of nonfiction, including the "Spirit of Swiftwater" and the story of the Sarasota Police Department’s Citizens’ Academy, "Riding with the Blues." He has contributed to national publications such as "National Geographic World," "US Airways" and "Advertising Age." A former city editor with Dow Jones/Ottaway Newspapers, he worked for nearly a decade as a marketing professional in the greater Philadelphia area. His blog about commerce and culture appears regularly at

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