Matturro’s debut novel, Skinny Dipping, was published in 2004 and earned praise from the Kirkus Review as “Funny, sharp, savvy…this new kid on Grisham’s block is one to watch.” This was followed by Wildcat Wine in 2005, Bone Valley in 2006, and Sweetheart Deal in 2007. In
Matturro’s fourth Lilly Cleary novel, Sweetheart Deal, differs from the prior novels in that it is “more personal to Lilly and more poignant, very much in favor of small towns and families.” But it has enough suspense and action for even the biggest legal thriller fan. The story has Lilly returning to her hometown of Bugfest to help her reclusive mother who has been accused of shooting a man. The plot includes fire ants, an unscrupulous developer, a corrupt county commissioner, voodoo eggs, and an albino ferret with Lassie fantasies.
Although Matturro lived in southern
Matturro’s novels are set in the Sunshine State because “you can find almost any kind of drama in Florida.” She finds the state “enormously fascinating…it’s got everything—crime, wonderful wildlife, fascinating history and cultures.” She enjoys the works of other
In her spare time, Matturro enjoys walking, gardening, and “hanging around watching the sky change as night comes on” with husband Bill (a retired environmental attorney), and Bunni, her twenty-five year-old cat. She is also a self-described “people watcher” which provides the inspiration for many of her eccentric characters. According to Matturro, “The key thing in writing is to be a people studier. Listen to as many different kinds of people as you can. Listen and remember.” And she hopes readers will come away from her books with something to remember. “I want readers to be entertained, but I try to slide in some education, so I hope they will learn something too.”
One thing is certain: no matter why you pick up one of Claire Matturro’s novels, you’re sure to be coming back for more.
For more about Claire Matturro, visit her website at http://www.clairematturro.com/
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