“Parker Francis has created in Quint Mitchell a protagonist you’ll root for from page one. Quint’s efforts to prove the innocence of a friend he believes has been falsely accused of murder will take the reader on an intriguing journey through the quaint, historic town of St. Augustine, Florida, where one wrong move can mean swimming with political sharks or becoming a midnight snack for the resident alligators. With ever-increasing suspense and enough plot twists to keep you wondering ’til the end, Matanzas Bay won’t disappoint.”

~ Julie Compton, author of Tell No Lies and Rescuing Olivia


Matanzas Bay is as intricate and full of surprises as an archaeological dig into old Florida’s treasures and new Florida’s darkest secrets. Francis’s private detective Quint Mitchell has hard edges, an anguished past, and just the right amount of wise-cracking good humor to keep readers smiling. Matanzas Bay is a page-turner to the end.”

~ Michael Wiley, author of A Bad Night’s Sleep and the Joe Kozmarski novels


Matanzas Bay is a Chinatown-like hall of mirrors of murder, conspiracy, and land development in St. Augustine.”

~ David Poyer, author of Ghosting and The Towers


From the St. Augustine Record:
Matanzas Bay is a multi-layered murder-mystery capable of keeping readers striving to unravel the puzzling events.”

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From Confessions of A Reader:
“Quint Mitchell, Master-at-Arms in the Navy, exemplary service in the Gulf War, former DEA Agent and now a self-employed private investigator volunteers in archaeological digs in his spare time. He calls them “mental health days” as he wrestles with his own inner demons from the past.”

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From The Florida Times-Union:
“Parker Francis has created a mystery that twists and turns like the narrow cobblestone streets and alleys of the city in which it is set.”

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From readers:

“Matanzas Bay by Parker Francis is a masterfully written murder mystery that keeps you guessing who did it. Written in a witty style, it delivers in a big way what mystery fans desire.”

~ Richard H.

“Loved this book. Great characters with depth presented so you feel as if you know them well. Quint is my kind of hero, admirable and heroic, but as flawed and real as the guy next door. A man you really care about. Lots of local color written in so well that it doesn’t become a geography or history lesson, yet if you know St Augustine, you know exactly where you are. Can’t wait for the next Quint Mitchell story! I sure hope Parker Francis is a fast writer!”

~ Skye T.

“Just finished Matanzas Bay on Kindle. It was a terrific read! Thank you, Parker Francis, for filling my evenings with great characters endowed with deep backstories, a streamlined story arc with a perfectly resolved climax and a wonderful tour of one of America’s great cities! Very much looking forward to our hero’s next adventure…if he has any working body parts remaining!”

~ Dan K.

“Parker Frances brings murder, mayhem and mystery to the Ancient City. Set in historic St. Augustine (the nation’s oldest continuously settled European settlement), PI Quint Mitchell uncovers a dead body, nasty secrets, and ugly small town politics when he discovers a body while volunteering at an archeological dig. Hopefully, this is the first in a series featuring Quint, a good guy who discovers evil and tries to make things right. This is a great read!”

~ Anne B.

“Parker Francis and Matanzas Bay are outstanding! A book you will find hard to put down. Just as you think you have all the details to solve the mystery, new ones develop. I am looking forward to being thrilled by Parker’s next book.”

~ Deb van D.