Royal Palm Literary Awards
(Strange Currents) was a very well-written and fun book to read.
I was impressed with the tightly woven plot where every detail was meticulously placed and then threaded together with ease...
The use of language was also exceptional with descriptions vividly painted, action scenes came to life, and each sentence was fresh, crisp, clean, full of meaning, and original....
The mystery about a dead diver who may have encountered a mermaid is a story fans of Tim Dorsey would like. The descriptions are deftly feathered into the narrative with just enough detail to give the reader a sense of place without slowing the pace of the story...
This mystery reeks with creativity that inspires an interesting plot. The descriptions are flowing and detailed. They make it easy for the reader to visualize the rich Florida settings.
Bruce’s prose is consistently crisp and controlled, and the tension between the various characters is genuinely entertaining throughout. A charming and suspenseful page-turner punctuated by dashes of the surreal.
Author of Dayton Book Guys
I've read all of the "Strange" books and this (Strange Currents) is the best!
It's got the most-sophisticated plot, the most-developed characters, the most-memorable settings and the best dialogue.
And it is strange, which is what makes J.C Bruce's series so unique and readable.
Online Book Club
Florida Man by J.C. Bruce will take you on a pleasant ride. It is full of twists and turns. It is simultaneously mystery and comedy…It’s a unique and entertaining plot. The dialogue was my favorite part of the novel… I would recommend this book to fans of mystery, murder, and mayhem… Those who do give it a try are sure to be as hooked as I am on the adventures of Alexander Strange.
This is what happens when you have a great writer with a wicked sense of humor and is also an experienced newspaper journalist, who writes a great crime mystery. Lots of fun stuff. Action. Adventure. Spoilers. Can’t wait for more, hear that they are on the way.
Mystery, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments with a noir flavor that just won’t quit. Think Carl Hiaasen, Clark Kent, and a little Woodward and Bernstein…”
Bill Roorbach is the author of numerous books including The Smallest Color.
I have read all four books and I’m a big fan of Alexander Strange and J.C. Bruce. Twisting engrossing plots, tear producing humor and wonderful characters and dialogue will leave you begging for more.
A fast-paced mystery that resonate with wit as delightfully dry and intrigue as heated as its Arizona setting…
Jess Montgomery is the author of The Kinship series of mysteries including The Widows.
Just read my second Alexander Strange book, Floria Man, really enjoyed it. J.C. Bruce has done a great job developing characters, it has a very clever story line and an enjoyable read. I strongly recommend it!
Mr. Bruce weaves a funny, quirky and memorable tale involving oddball characters, voodoo (sort of) … and an off-beat, sometimes unreliable narrator into a mystery story that's also a voyage of discovery. If you're looking for a fast-paced, enjoyable read that keeps you guessing you'd be wise to purchase Florida Man.
Marc Simon is the author of The Leap Year Boy
I went through Strange Currents like a box of fine French candy, carefully savoring each delicious piece. What a well-crafted story.
Florida Writers Association
The dialogue is crisp, funny and the characters’ speech is distinctive. Overall, a fast-paced and funny Florida mystery...
This story has the feel of a dark Florida river chock-full of weird creatures and bizarre surprises as it winds its way through swamps to somewhere wonderfully strange.
Thoroughly enjoyed the read! So much so the I just finished his second book Florida Man and downloaded the third in the series.
If you like Carl Hiaasen you will enjoy these books. Fun-to-read mysteries full of levity, murder and more :-) Highly recommended.
Marian M. Peters
Love The Strange Files. It might be because I live in Florida but we do live in strange times. It is hopeful to know that some characters can handle whatever comes their way. And much of it is true.
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Award Winning Novels
Strange Currents and Mister Manners took top honors in the annual literary competition hosted by the Florida Writers Association -- The Royal Palm Literary Awards. Strange Currents was also recognized by International Thriller Writers in its Best First Sentence contest.