Papa's Problem

A fictional tale of murder and intrigue involving Papa Hemingway and Key West. Softback, 322 pages.
Price: $12.95


Bronze Winner of the 2008 Florida Book Awards! Congratulations Patrick!

In depression era Key West, Ernest "Papa" Hemingway becomes embroiled in a plot that involves illegal gambling and smuggling refugees when he finds himself the suspect in the murder of a Cuban prostitute. Working with the mysterious former Scotland Yard inspector, Emmet MacWain, they must delve into the dark side of this sunny paradise and find the answers that may help save hundreds of innocent lives as well as their own. “Rarely have I been so riveted as I have been with Patrick Kendrick’s story of Key West, Ernest Hemingway, Cuba, murder, and the plight of the Eastern European Jews who sought refuge in Cuba.

Kendrick writes like the love child of Elmore Leonard and Barbara Taylor Bradford.” - Parker Ladd-former host of A & E’s Open Book Series and current host of The Palm Beach Author Series.

Pat Kendrick has masterfully blended a tale of historical fiction, intrigue and love surrounding a murder mystery and has skillfully weaved it all into a twisting and turning, roller-coaster ride of a plot. He brings old Key West and Papa Hemmingway to life along with his own colorful and likable detective, Emmet MacWain.

The first chapter grabs you and won’t let go as you eagerly turn each page to get more. Through his complete description you can taste the fish on the grill and smell the blood dripping on the hardwood floor. To me, it’s reminiscent of an author named MacDonald and a character called Mcgee. - Brent Braunworth, author of Blood, Guts and Tears and Street Scenarios for the EMT and Paramedic  

Author’s Bio: Patrick Kendrick is a freelance writer of over 25 years. He has published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, such as the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, Broward County’s Sun Sentinel, and the Reader’s Digest among others. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Hemingway Society. In addition to winning Bronze in the 2008 Florida Book Awards, he has won an honorable mention from the Mystery Writers of America for his short story, The Bestseller. His novel, Papa’s Problem, won the Discovery Opus Magnum Award for best manuscript from the Hollywood Film Festival. For more information about Papa’s Problem, Key West, and Hemingway, check out For more information about the author go to


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