Review: Ms. America and the Offing on Oahu by Diana Dempsey

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Ms America and the Offing on Oahu
(Beauty Queen Mysteries)

First in the Series
Cozy Mystery
Self-Published (December 6, 2012)
Paperback: 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1480209923
E-Book File Size: 830 KB


Ms. Ohio Happy Pennington finds out it’s not all sequins and silicone when she competes on Oahu for the Ms America crown—the first national title of her life.

When her fiercest competitor tumbles dead out of the isolation booth during the televised pageant finale, Honolulu PD gets to thinking Happy might have killed her.

Happy has to clear her name and catch the killer and make sure they are very UN -Happy!!!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This book was my choice for my December Just For Fun Reading Challenge and it really was a fun read! It reminded me of the Miss Congeniality movies staring Sandra Bullock. A behind the scenes look at Beauty Pageants with older contestants who still can fit into a pageant bathing suit and embarrass their kids like crazy.

Happy Pennington was a sassy protagonist and the rest of the characters run the gambit – a varied group of beauty queens, a chopper pilot, the pageant emcee with a huge secret, Happy’s hubby and her mother who doesn’t think much of Happy’s hubby.

The mystery was full of suspects starting with several contestants and their handlers. Happy needed a spreadsheet to track them all. Very well plotted.

A great read to take your mind off the cold weather. A virtual trip to Hawaii in December should warm you up nicely.
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*This book was from my private collection.

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