Books about Key West

Conch Salad by Key West author Tracy McDonald
Conch Salad by Key West author Tracy McDonald

Key West has always interested people. So there is no wonder that there are so many books about Key West, both fiction and non-fiction. Here is a list of many of those books, albeit this is by no means a fully comprehensive one. I have bolded some of the books that I have or have read so I can personally recommend them.

007 Exotic Location, Key West – Reel Art

A Fool’s Death – John Cooney

Air Dance Iguana – Tom Corcoran

Airports in Monrie County, Florida – Books LLC

Alexis’ Island: Growing up in the Tropical Paradise of Key West – David Lee Hemmel

An Appetite for Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery – Lucy Burdette

A Season in the South – Marci Alborghetti

A Sketch of the History of Key West – Walter Maloney

An Appetite for Murder – Lucy Burdette 

Bad Monkey – Carl Hiaasen

Back on the Road to Key West – Michael Reisig

Between Man and Woman Keys – Rosalind Brackenbury

Beyond Paradise – Rosalind Brackenbury

Beyond the Reef – Todd Strasser

Bone Island Mambo – Tom Corcoran

Callahan’s Con – Spider Robinson

Callahan’s Key – Spider Robinson

Calypso Cafe: Cooking up the Best Flavors from the Keys and the Caribbean – Bob Epstein

Cedar Key – James West

Chasin’ the Wind: Mick Murphy Key West Mystery – Michael Haskins

A Chivalrous Fray for Melinda’s Key West Sunset Irises – Justin Schlosberg

Choke – Stuart Woods

Christmas in Key West – Cynthia Thomason

Cold Case Killer – Dorothy Brenner Francis

Completing the Circle – Carol Lynne

Conch Salad – Tracy McDonald

Conch Shell Murder – Dorothy Brenner Francis

Confessions of a Key West Cabby – Michael Suib

Cooking in Key West – Ed Ochester

The Cypress House – Michael Koryta

Dead Run – Erica Spindler

Death in Four Courses – Lucy Burdette 

Death in Key West: A Brad Fairfax Murder Mystery – Jeffrey Round

Death with All the Trimmings – Lucy Burdette

Don Balasco of Key West. A Novel – Archibald Clavering Gunter

Doorstop On A Houseboat in Key West – Wayne Gales

Doubloon – Jan Amberg

Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret – Leila Rupp

Dream of Orchids – Phillis Whitney

Driftwood Houses: A Key West Story Sequence – Jon Miller

Eden Palms Murder – Dorothy Francis

End of A1A: Key West Reader – Dave Ferneding

Ernest Hemingway in Key West: A Guide – Marsha Bellavance-Johnson

Farewell, Conch Republic – Hiaheah Jackson

Fatal Reservations – Lucy Burdette

Florida Keys Bucket List – David Sloan

The Florida Keys: Miami to Key West – Jonathan Edwards

Florida Keys Paddling Guide: From Key Largo to Key West – Bill Keogh

Florida Straits – Laurence Shames

Florida’s Key West – Bruce Morris

The Funerals of Key West – Edgardo

Ghosts of Key West – David Sloan

Ghost Moon – Heather Graham

Ghost Memories – Heather Graham

Ghost Shadow – Heather Graham

Grits and Grunts: Folkloric Key West – Stetson Kennedy

Gumbo Limbo – Tom Corcoran

Haunts and Homes: a Tour of Key West Writer’s History – Gail Duerfeldt Hinand

Hemingway’s Girl – Erika Robuck

Hemingway’s Key West – Stuart B McIver 

Her Last Seven Days in Key West – Joe Wells

Hidden Florida Keys and Everglades: Including Key Largo and Key West – Candace Leslie

The Houses of Key West – Alex Caemmerer

If You’re Ever in Key West – Jane Dawkins

Insiders Guide to Florida Keys and Key West – Juliet Gray

Insiders Guide: Key West in Your Pocket: Your Guide to an Hour, a Day, or a Weekend in Key West – Nancy Toppino

Inside Route Pilot – New York to Key West – Anon

The Jews of Key West – Arlo Haskell

June Keith’s Key West and the Florida Keys – June Keith

Keyguide to the Florida Keys and Key West – George Stevenson

Key Waste: Swinging with the Savages in the Conch Republic – Jag Allen

Key West – Lynn Coleman

Key West – Alan Austin

Key West – Demi Alex

Key West – Jefferson Browne

Key West – Jon Michael Miller

Key West – Stella Cameron

Key West Writers and Their Houses – Lynn Kaufelt

Key West Color – Alan Maltz

Key West Companion: Views of Six Nobel Laureates – Christopher CoxKey West, Florida – Lynn HomanFishing Key West and the Lower Keys – David Conway

Key West and the Florida Keys, Florida – Lynn Homan

Key West (Hot in the City #3) – Lacey Alexander

Key West Connection – Randy Wayne White

Key West: A Tropical Lifestyle – Leslie Linsley

Key West Short Stories – Island Joe

Key West Connection – Randy Wayne White

Key West: City of Colors – Talmadge Hayward

Key West: History of an Island of Dreams – Maureen Ogle

Key West, Florida – Frederic Miller

Key West: A Guide to Florida’s Southernmost City – Sarah Goodwin-Nguyen

Key West Conspiracy – Steve Gerson

Key West Dreams – Nancy Julian

Key West Florida: Black America – Norma Jean Sawyer

Key West Gardens and Their Stories – Janis Frawley-Holler

Key West Heat – Alice Orr

Key West Hemingway: A Reassessment – Kirk Cunutt

Key West Houses – Leslie Linsley

The Keys and Way Out West – Philip Kram

Key West: A Max Clevland Mystery – Alan Austin

Key West Luck – Laurence Shames

Key West Magic – Ciar Cullen

Key West Tales – John Hersey

Kidnapped in Key West – Edwina Raffa

Killer in Control – Dorothy Francis

Killer Take Out – Lucy Burdette

The Last Resort – Alison Lurie

The Last Ruble : A Story is Born – Joe Wells

Life Along the Inner Coast: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Sounds, Inlets, Rivers, and Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk to Key West – Robert Lippson

The Lighthouse, the Cat and the Sea – Leigh Rutledge

The Literary Sands of Key West – Patricia Altobello

Living withFlorida’s Atlantic Beaches: Coastal Hazards from Amelia Island to Key West – David Bush

Loitering with Intent – Stuart Woods

Louie’s Backyard Cookbook: Irresistible Island Dishes and the Best Ocean View in Key West – Michael Stern  

The Mango Opera – Tom Corcoran

Mangrove Squeeze – Laurence Shames

Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West – William McKeen

The Monarch of Key West – David Paule

The Mountains of Key West – Sandra McDonald

Murder in Key West – William Freeman

Murder with Ganache – Lucy Burdette

Nacho Unleashed – Laurence Shames

The Naked Detective – Laurence Shames

Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West – Shannon McKenna Schmidt

Old Key West – L. P. Artman, Jr. 

One Big Joke – Laurence Shames

One Strange Date – Laurence Shames

Out Around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West – Thomas Cook

Over Key West and the Florida Keys – Chuck Feil

Papa: Hemingway in Key West – James McLendon

Postcards from Paradise: Romancing Key West – June Keith

The Princess – Jude Deveraux

The Quick Adios – Tom Corcoran

The Road to Key West: A Caribbean Adventure Novel – Michael Reising

The Road to Key West Ink – Boe Mencarelli

Scavenger Reef – Laurence Shames

Set Up on Front Street – Mike Dennis

Shot on Location – Laurence Shames

Slack Key West – Jim West

Slave Ship: the story of the Henrietta Marie – George Sullivan

Stolen Fury – Elisabeth Naughton

The Streets of Key West: A History of Street Names – Willis Burke

Sunburn – Laurence Shames

Surviving and Thriving: Key West During the Zombie Apocalypse – Esther Domian

To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway

Topped Chef – Lucy Burdette

Trap Line – Carl Hiassen

Traveler’s Guide to the Key West; See the Nature, Museums, Bars, and More – Julie Cloud

Tropical Depression – Laurence Shames

Tropical Swap – Laurence Shames

Turtle in Paradise – Jennifer L Holm

The Unauthorized Guide to Carnival Cruise Line Ports of Call: Key West, Florida – Jo Burns

Virgin Heat – Laurence Shames

Welcome to Paradise – Laurence Shames

West of Key West – John Cole

A Winter in the West Indies and Florida … with a particular description of St. Croix, Trinidad de Cuba, Havana, Key West and St. Augustine, as places of resort for northern invalids. By an Invalid. – Anon

With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba – Arnold Samuelson

The Wrong Man – Kate White

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