Winner of 2022 FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS: 1st Place for both MYSTERY AND HUMOR categories
Dr. Jason Longfellow, Private Eye and amateur sleuth, and wife Chelsea travel to the Sunshine State to buy a vacation home. While touring beautiful resort communities near the beach, they encounter some very aggressive realtors. Why are the realtors so angry? Is Jason really that annoying? Then their search turns deadly and the bodies start piling up. Jason and Chelsea take a break from the stress of house hunting by trying the many recreational opportunities that Florida has to offer; boating, fishing, a Harley rental, kiteboarding, and off-roading. Maybe Florida really is trying to kill Jason. Throw in a hurricane, boat chase, alligators galore, and a very friendly manatee, and you have a non-stop action murder mystery. Jason has been at the scene of so many dead realtors, he's beginning to believe that he's actually the prime suspect; Chelsea's having similar thoughts. Has Jason found the killer? Or, has Chelsea solved the case? What, if anything, does this have to do with killer mosquitoes? It's medical biotechnology run amok. Florida will never be the same!
About the Author
Dr. John J Jessop spent 40 years as a pharmacologist working for the medical biotech and pharmaceutical industries (both FDA and the industry side). In retirement, he has chosen to redirect his knowledge and experience towards the writing of the perfect murder mystery. He is currently working on two mystery series, a medical comedy murder mystery series, which he calls Biotech Murder Mysteries (PLEASURIA: TAKE AS DIRECTED, MURDER BY ROAD TRIP and now THE REALTOR'S CURSE), and a dark murder mystery series (The GUARDIAN ANGEL series).
The biotech murder mystery series examines the humorous side of what can go wrong when scientists play around with our DNA, immune system and cells to create medicines. This series includes Dr. Jason Longfellow, PI, a bored FDA reviewer who, much to his wife's dismay, gets his private eye license and works as an amateur sleuth on weekends.
Two books in the dark murder mystery series (The GUARDIAN ANGEL series) involve the evilest of villains, a serial killer and an elusive cult leader who kidnaps young women and loves snakes, and his mother.
John J Jessop and his wife live in St. Augustine, Florida. His favorite things are writing, walks on the beach, driving his Subaru WRX, boating, fishing, taking naps, and visiting with his two loving daughters. His favorite authors are Robert B. Parker and J.A. Jance. His youngest daughter uses her degree in Media Arts and Design and minor in English to help with editing and to design his book covers. She also co-wrote Murder by Road Trip with him, based on a 30-day cross country road trip they took together in July of 2016.
About the Author
About the Author Website: johnjjessop.comJohn J Jessop, Ph.D., pharmacology, worked in the drug and biopharmaceutical industry for 40 years (FDA and industry). This sounds highly technical, and boring. In real life, John has a vivid imagination, is addicted to creativity, enjoys reading, and a good long nap.In retirement John redirected his knowledge and expertise to writing the perfect murder mystery. He started as an indie author, publishing two dark murder mysteries, the Guardian Angel Series: FBI Agent Cooper pursues a serial killer/terrorist and an elusive cult leader.Then John switched to humor, creating Medical Biotech Murder Mysteries, wacky mysteries with imaginative plots involving gene therapy, vaccines gone awry, unusual drug side effects, and more.Dr. Jason Longfellow is a bored FDA drug reviewer and part-time dysfunctional PI, whose nurse wife Chelsea solves most of his cases while struggling to keep him alive. PLEASURIA: Take as Directed (published by Koehler Books) includes an effective antidepressant with a unique side effect that will knock your socks off and can be lethal. In Murder by Road Trip: Jason and family drive cross country for a job interview at a biotech company. The mystery, why someone wants to steal Jason's teeth (co-written with John's daughter, Jacqueline). In The Realtor's Curse: Jason and Chelsea travel to St. Augustine, Florida to buy a beachfront condo. Things go south quickly, with raging realtors, condos of death, and killer mosquitoes. 2022 Firebird Book Awards first place winner for both mystery and humor. John and his wife live in St. Augustine, Florida. His favorite things are writing, walks on the beach, driving his Subaru WRX on curvy roads (note: there aren't any in Florida), visiting with daughters, binge-watching murder mysteries, and taking naps.His favorite authors are Robert B. Parker and J.A. Jance. His heroes are Steve Martin, Gene Wilder, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, and Mel Brooks. Studies have shown that it's healthier if you don't take life too seriously.
Jacqueline J Jessop has a degree in media arts and design, edited and designed the covers for John's earlier books, and co-wrote MURDER BY ROAD TRIP with her father. She also designed the book cover. She currently works as a marketing expert in NYC.
"Alligators, snakes, sharks, amorous manatees, psychotic Florida realtors and bodies turning up everywhere. But never fear. Intrepid, neurotic US Food and Drug Administration functionary and part-time private investigator, the Walter Mitty-esque Dr. Jason Longfellow is on the case. If Miami humorist Dave Berry wrote a book about quixotic, goofball PI's, it'd read like The Realtor's Curse." --Joe Palmer, Author, A Mariner's Tale
"In this zany who dunnit mystery/comedy Florida is the hot spot where everything that can go wrong does. Jessop brilliantly turns an innocent vacation into absurd comedy. The laughs keep coming until it hurts." --Benjamin Berkley, Author, Against My Will and In Defense of Guilt
"The search for a Florida condo becomes deadly in this fast-paced and funny novel by John J Jessop. Private investigator Jason Longfellow and his wife Chelsea return to action for the third time, bickering and butting heads as they try to solve a murder mystery and avoid becoming victims themselves. Dark comedy in the Sunshine State!" --Henry G. Brinton, Author, City of Peace