Oct 112018
 

The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
by Frankie Bow

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The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Hawaii
Hawaiian Heritage Press
Release Date – September 30, 2018
Print Length: 203 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GVRPNLY

When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University’s exclusive donor dinner, she doesn’t expect to have to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it’s one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop dead…it’s quite another when he takes you up on it.

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It’s just a university donor dinner held in an old hospital . . . what could go wrong?

The university is taking over the hospital property and refurbishing the buildings for offices, labs and meeting areas.  Just between you and me,  I don’t think it is ASA compliant. Even Molly’s hubby says it reminds him a little bit of a horror movie.

It is Donnie and Molly’s first time out without their baby Francesca and she was looking forward to it until she learns they were seated at a table with Stephen Park, a man she dated very briefly and he has been a thorn in her side ever since. Also seated at the table is Bee Corcoran, a kinesiology professor who has been giving unwanted advice about exercising, healthy diets, and losing weight to Molly ever since the birth of her child.

Sadly, the others that were supposed to be seated at the table have begged off from the event. So it is just the four of them in this very uncomfortable situation. It is no wonder they are doing anything that will get them away from the table, Donnie to check in with the sitter, Stephen to have a cigarette, Molly to the ladies room. Unfortunately, Molly takes a long route back to the table just in time to hear Stephen fall to his death behind her. This is not going to be good. Both she and Donnie were away from the table, If Stephen was pushed to his death they are going to be the prime suspects.

Department head and new mom Molly has her hands full even during summer break. Thankfully she has a student from the college to help at home with the house and the baby because she has to follow very clue to prove her husband had nothing to do with Stephen Park’s demise. Her partner in crime and best friend Emma is around to help her sleuth or pour the wine or both depending on the situation. All of the characters in this story are fleshed out and unique.

The story set a nice pace from the start and the plot took several turns before the real killer came into focus. The author includes the perfect amount of humor and throws in bits of the Hawaiian language here and there and I really like that.

Stories set in Hawaii always get me dreaming. I so want to vacation there someday. The old hospital/new college digs will not be on my list of places to visit though. I understand the university wanting to show their patrons the new property they acquired, but the place was clearly unsafe for a gala of this kind, even if someone didn’t have murder on their mind.

Frankie Bow has filled these pages with plenty of drama. Drama that will have you flipping those pages quickly from beginning to end. I really enjoyed catching up with Professor Molly.

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Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Aug 022018
 

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
by Terry Ambrose

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The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Satori (July 19, 2018)
Print Length: 330 pages
ASIN: B07CZ3B389

Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?

Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.

As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Wilson McKenna and his friend Chance, a Private Investigator in Training are on the case to find out who scammed one of his tenants out of all her cash. The case turns out to be much bigger than McKenna imagined and that doesn’t make his bride to be very happy. He just wants to solve the case and survive to walk down the aisle.

Mr. Ambrose has written a mystery that goes from simple to complex in the blink of an eye. Each twist and each turn brings more people into this convoluted story of lies, half-truths, and deception.

I loved the way McKenna and Chance work together. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They trust each other implicitly and they always have each other’s back. They banter back and forth is priceless.

My one downfall in this story was McKenna’s girlfriend Benni. She just came off very wishy-washy to me. First, she gets McKenna to give up a profession he clearly loves. Then when a tenant is scammed Benni encourages him to help. When the investigation gets a little dangerous he keeps the details to himself because he knows her fear of becoming a widow. When she finds out he “lied” to her she packs her bags and threatens to leave. Then literally, just minutes later she says she’ll stay but he must include her in the investigation and tell her everything, no matter how dangerous. She also wants to take an active part in the investigation. I have entered this series late by starting with this book so I may be missing some character dynamics between these two, but I don’t think he will ever be able to make this woman completely happy and still remain true to himself.

A trip to Hawaii has always been on my bucket list so a mystery set there always delights me. I love the descriptions this author gives about McKenna’s little piece of the place. I love the language snippets too. Every time I read the word Slippah (flip-flops), it made me smile. It really is a beautiful language and McKenna slipping words in here and there adds a natural feel to the story and shows the author’s love for the island.

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Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who tracked down deadbeats for a living. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He likes cool photography, funny mysteries, and finding the oddest things while walking on the beach.

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Sep 152017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Mai Tai One On (The Tiki Goddess Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Hawaii
Bell Bridge Books (July 3, 2011)
Hardcover: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1611947939
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1611940442
Kindle ASIN: B005CD2RC4

 

 

Six months ago, if anyone would have told Em Johnson she’d end up divorced, broke, and running the dilapidated Tiki Goddess Bar on the magical North Shore of Kauai she would have told them to shove a swizzle stick up their okole. As if all that isn’t bad enough, when an obnoxious neighbor with a grudge is found dead in the Goddess luau pit, suspicion falls on Em and the rest of the Goddess staff. With the help of a quirky dance troupe of over-the-hill Hula Maidens, Em and the cast of characters must ban together to find the killer and solve the mystery before the next pupu party.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Doesn’t that cover just scream fun! and murder!

Em Johnson’s uncle owns Tiki Goddess Bar on the North Shore of Kauai. The Hula Maidens, a group of seniors who dance at the joint have written to Em and asked her to come because they are worried about her uncle’s memory, plus the place is losing money fast. With nothing to hold her on the mainland she hops a plane. She has been there are 6 months and some of her ideas have started to turn the place around. The jury is still out on her uncle.  But when one of the bar’s neighbors is found dead, in the Imu, (the pit where they cook the pigs for the luaus) Uncle Louie is the police’s prime suspect.

What really makes this book sing or I should say dance is its cast of quirky characters. Their antics had me in stitches from the first page until the last. The Hula Maidens are a hoot and Detective Roland is a fire dancer when he isn’t trying to put Uncle Louis or their new bartender behind bars. A new neighbor is quite flamboyant and the dead neighbor took obnoxious to a whole new level. There is also parrot named David Letterman, who is the taste tester for Uncle Louie’s new creations and he is a big fan on the television show Survivor. The ringmaster trying to hold this whole circus together is Em Johnson and while trying to protect the people she cares for she doesn’t always make the best decisions.

This series gets off to a nice start with not only a murder or two but also a kidnapping and a human femur bone found on a shelf. Everyone seems to be holding something back and those secrets lead in many different directions. Detective Roland seems to be around often but in addition to asking questions the Hula Maidens think he has romantic ideas about Em. She feels a little spark too, but until the case is solved she has no interest in the fire dancer, no matter how good he looks in that loin cloth.

I have never been to Hawaii and probably will never get there so I really enjoyed this little virtual escape. I will be back when I read book #2, Two to Mango.

If you like your cozy mysteries to include a nice slice of humor, fix yourself a mai tai and enjoy!

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Apr 152017
 


It is my pleasure to welcome Terry Ambrose back to Escape With Dollycas!
His new book Maui Magic was released March 30.

How does Hawaii sound for an escape? When I heard Left Coast Crime was going to be in Honolulu for 2017, I knew I had to be there for two reasons. First, that’s where my Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries are set. Second, I was suffering from Hawaii withdrawal.

For this trip, Kathy and I had a little friend tagging along. Her name is Ariel Afuera, and she wanted to go everywhere with us. That was actually easy to accomplish because Ariel stands about two inches tall and fits in a pocket. Oh yeah, my kind of traveling companion.

We were staying in Waikīkī for nine days. Four of those were dedicated to Left Coast Crime, the rest were either travel or sightseeing days. We only rented a car once for our driving trip. If you’re going to Honolulu and staying in Waikīkī, consider options other than a rental car. It costs about $25 to park a car overnight and between the public transportation, the taxis, and Uber, you can get anywhere for less cost and with no hassle.

We began our driving tour with a stop for breakfast at the Koko Head Cafe. The only problem with this stop was we couldn’t find it! We easily found the address on 12th Ave., but the cafe was nowhere to be seen. It was time for a phone call. One of the staff was kind enough to stand in front of the cafe and wave his hands in the air as I walked around the block. It turns out their address is on 12th, but the front door is on a tiny street one block over. I wasn’t particularly surprised. This was, after all, Hawai’i. By the way, breakfast was worth the hassle. They had great food.

Our first stop on the actual tour was Halona Blowhole. If you’re not familiar with the term, a blowhole is a place where the ocean rushes through a lava rock tube and shoots vertically into the air. One of the best is Spouting Horn on Kaua’i, so we were disappointed when the blowhole was a bust. We visited during low tide so the tidal action was weak and the results far from impressive.

Although the Halona Blowhole was disappointing, the stop was still worthwhile. To the northeast, lava rock gives way to soft sand and the kind of beach Hawai’i is famous for. This is rightfully called Sandy Beach and whether you’re a shell seeker, a surfer, or just a virtual visitor, beaches like this are what everyone visualizes when they think of Hawai‘i. The really nice thing was Sandy Beach Park is only about a 15-minute drive and it has decent restrooms. Plus, the Halona Blowhole is easily visible, so we had a double bonus.

Our next stop was supposed to be Makapu‘u Lookout. Unfortunately, we got a little overzealous and though we might visit the Makapu‘u Lighthouse itself. The problem there was parking. Lots of spaces, but they were all filled. The second problem was the lighthouse is at the end of a long uphill hike. We took a vote and Ariel lost. She wanted to go to the lighthouse, the big people said no way, we’re moving on to the next stop on our travel guide, Makapu‘u Lookout.

Ariel was very pleased at the lookout. She still got to see the lighthouse and was able to have her photo taken with it in the background. We told her our next stop was my one “must see” on the trip, the Byodo-In Temple. She was strapped in and ready to go in no time.

The Byodo-In Temple is one of those incredible places where serenity seems to hang in the air. This is a privately owned temple, but is open to the public. The entrance fee is modest and helps to support the maintenance of the grounds. We were surprised to learn that they were in the middle of a major renovation while we were there. The workers had scaffolding all along the front of the building.

We spent a long time walking around the outside, then went inside to enjoy the quiet. This is a magnificent place and I’d recommend a visit if you even get to O’ahu. The grounds are perfectly manicured and despite all of the other visitors, remains on my must-see list of recommendations.

Even if you can’t make it to Hawai’i, you can enjoy its beauty. I post one of my Hawaii photos every Friday at terryambrose.com. I hope you’ll stop by to enjoy the view!

~Terry

Terry, thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. I have always wanted to travel to Hawaii and this just makes me wish harder for the actual experience.


Maui Magic: A McKenna Mystery (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Hawaii
Self Published – March 30, 2017
Print Length: 262 pages
ASIN: B06WGYZYJR

Whatever happened to easy? McKenna had the perfect cover for his plan to propose marriage. He and his girlfriend Benni would help his elderly tenant, Mrs. Nakamura, fly to Maui for a visit with her pregnant granddaughter. Then, he’d take Benni for a walk on the beach. He had a ring, but did he have the courage to pop the question?

The minute they land, McKenna’s perfect plan hits a snag. Mrs. Nakamura’s grandson-in-law is being accused of murder—and she wants her amateur sleuth landlord to investigate. Reluctantly, McKenna agrees to take the case with his friend Chance. They dive into an investigation that starts in a seedy hospitality club and goes straight downhill. Before they know it, the battle for Maui’s water is raging around the amateur sleuths and they have too many questions to answer.

Why was the murder victim living under a fake identity? Why is their client claiming he committed the crime? And, who is the mystery man stalking them?

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Once upon a time, in a life he’d rather forget, Terry Ambrose tracked down deadbeats for a living. He also hired big guys with tow trucks to steal cars—but only when negotiations failed. Those years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

Today, Terry likes fast, funny mysteries and cool photography.  He writes the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries and organized an anthology to benefit Read Aloud America. He fondly likens his efforts to those of a blind man herding cats. Find him at terryambrose.com.

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Nov 172016
 

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20 quick questionsTwenty Quick Questions With Frankie Bow

Favorite Color – Black for shoes, white for walls.
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Favorite Candy – Snickers
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Favorite Snack – Quesadillas
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Favorite Soft Drink – Coke Zero. Manly, yes, but I like it too.

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Favorite Hard Drink – Jameson

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Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – All of them. It’s ice cream, isn’t it?

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Favorite Movie – I’d watch Paris is Burning again.

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Favorite TV Show – Perry Mason

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Favorite Book –Queen Lucia
Favorite Fictional Character – Emmeline Lucas (“Lucia”)

Favorite Super Hero – The Tick
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Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Peggy Lee
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Favorite Carnival Ride – It’s a Small World at Disneyland, before they remodeled and toned down the New Guinea section.
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Favorite Spring Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Favorite Summer Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Favorite Fall Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Winter Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
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Favorite Place to Read – On the elliptical machine. Multitasking!
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Favorite Place to Write – I do everything at my computer now. My handwriting is atrocious.
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Dream Vacation Destination – Cooking lessons in Italy, which I’ll be doing very soon!
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The Invasive Species: (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 4)
File Size: 855 KB
Print Length: 242 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 30, 2016)
ASIN: B01E6WR8RK
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Professor Molly Barda is thrilled to be included in a grant to investigate attitudes toward biotechnology. But she immediately finds herself embroiled in the deadly fight between big biotech and anti-GMO activists. When Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura stumble onto the scene of a brutal murder, they realize that everyone has something to hide–and there are some questions you don’t ask.

The Professor Molly mysteries are the first campus murder mysteries set in Hawaii.

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Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to have Terry Ambrose drop by for a visit! 

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Kai Palakiko’s smile captivated me the moment I met her. It happened on a flight from San Diego to Honolulu in May 2014. She was ten years old, precocious, and determined to prove her nanny wasn’t a killer. Okay, I didn’t know the last part until long after the flight. But, isn’t that the way it goes with some people? The more we discover, the deeper we want to dig.

Kai isn’t a real person. She’s one of the main characters in “North Shore Nanny,” my sixth Trouble in Paradise McKenna MysteryNorth Shore Nann 600x900. Her inspiration was a photo on the cover of Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine, Hana Hou. The real subject of the cover photo was a girl standing in front of her purple, red, and white surfboard. She stood about half the height of the board. And, from the moment I saw this “little shredder’s” picture, I knew I had to write about her.

Little shredder is the term used to describe a young surfing sensation in Hawaii. The term came into use because it often looks like these kids are literally shredding the waves. To be truthful, I’m more of a splasher than a shredder.

You see, I’ve only been on a board once in my life and that was because my wife signed me up for a paddleboarding lesson. Paddleboarding involves standing on a surfboard and propelling yourself forward with a paddle. The lesson ended in a minor disaster and some rather embarrassing photos.

DSC01221 copyThe lesson started out well enough—we were on the docks. I was holding my own as three of us knelt on our boards and navigated out into the calm water. Then came the tough part. The instructor wanted us to stand.

“Don’t worry,” he told us, “nobody’s ever fallen in during one of my lessons.”

Emboldened by his success record, I stood. Sort of. I made it up, shaky knees and all. Then, after a few seconds, disaster struck. Splish, splash, that’s me, taking a bath in the Oceanside Marina. Okay, I can’t quite check surfing off my bucket list. And yes, I did ruin our instructor’s perfect record.

DSC01234So, what’s a non-surfing mystery writer going to do with a precocious, ten-year-old, little shredder? Write a cozy thriller, of course. Laura Childs calls them thrillzies. Whatever we call this type of story, it’s a delicate blend of cozy mystery and elements designed to ramp up the tension.

I knew Kai couldn’t be directly involved with a murder, but she could use her traits to save someone who was. I returned back to an issue that had bothered me from the moment I heard about it—veteran’s benefit scams and shoddy medical care.

What? How’d we go from a kid who surfs to VA benefit scams? Her name is Juliana Rollins and I envisioned her as Kai’s nanny. Juliana is a forty-something, ex-army nurse who was fired after she blew the whistle on abuses in an Army hospital. Juliana grew out of a conversation I’d had while researching a previous book. Here’s the description for “North Shore Nanny,” which shows how a precocious ten-year-old, an army nurse, and a reluctant amateur sleuth all tie together.

McKenna and his friends are taking a sunset cruise off the coast of Honolulu when they discover a stowaway. The stowaway turns out to be ten-year-old Kai Palakiko, one of Oahu’s best young surfers.

Kai insists she needs to hire a private investigator so she can prove her nanny isn’t a murderer. McKenna reminds everyone he’s only an amateur sleuth, not a PI. Kai’s determination and charm endear her to his friends on the cruise and, despite his better judgment, McKenna agrees to help.

Almost immediately, McKenna realizes Kai will be the worst possible client. She’s precocious, strong-willed, and has a nasty habit of interfering in the investigation. He also discovers the woman he’s trying to help appears to be lying about her involvement in the murder. The worst part is she’s somehow involved in a government cover-up involving the US Army and secrets nobody wants unearthed.

The deeper McKenna digs, the more he realizes his fearless client’s commitment to saving her nanny is only the beginning of his trouble in paradise.

~Terry

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Black Thumb by Frankie Bow – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Aug 202016
 

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The Black Thumb (Professor Molly Mysteries) (Volume 3)
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 18, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1943476183
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Synopsis

When a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly’s not just a witness-the victim is Molly’s house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just…academic.

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About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Jun 132016
 

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The Cursed Canoe
by Frankie Bow

 

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The Cursed Canoe: A Molly Barda Mystery
2nd Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 338 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (February 23, 2016)
ASIN: B01C5JYVXA
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Professor Molly Barda investigates a mysterious paddling accident, and realizes it isn’t just business majors who cheat to get what they want. Whether it’s moving up in the college rankings, getting a seat in the big canoe race, or just looking out for themselves, some people will do whatever it takes-including murder.

Praise For The Cursed Canoe

The Cursed Canoe has a little something for everyone: a slick mystery, and intrepid heroine, some comic relief.
~Back Porchervations

…an enjoyable light read…
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

It’s written really well, is very engaging and entertaining with the right dose of humor and sarcasm. The plot is clever and well woven, the dialogue is brilliant.
~LibriAmoriMiei

The author’s writing is impeccable. Suspense mixed with humor. The dialogue flows with an island accent.
~Laura’s Interests

It’s well written; the characters are nicely rounded, and the situation with the college finances are all too understandable.
~Author, Jemima Pett

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Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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June 9 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
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June 11 – Jemima Pett, Author – REVIEW
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May 052016
 

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House of the Hanging Jade
by Amy Reade

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Contemporary Fiction/Suspense
Setting – Hawaii
Lyrical Underground (April 26, 2016)
ASIN: B0138NHCMO
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A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens’ house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .

Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade–an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it’s the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the first book by Amy Reade that I have read but it definitely will not be the last.

Kailani Kanaka has had enough of the harsh winters in Washington D.C. so she decides to return home to Hawaii. She quickly finds a job working as a personal chef for the Jorgensens. Barbie Jorgensen wants her family to eat more healthy foods, while her husband Lars, and the kids, Marcus and Justine, love things like chips, hamburgers and pot roast. She grows close to the children as she teaches them about more healthy treats and teaches them a little cooking as well. She is so happy and feels at home.

But things are a little more cloudy in the household. Mom seems to be having an affair with a doctor living in the guest house, and Dad seems to know but Kailani tries to remain neutral and putsthe kids needs first. Then the man is founds dead in the pool and Kailani wonders if Lars got rid of his competition. As if there is not enough drama, her ex, Geoffrey, from Washington, shows up and is determined to win her back. She had no serious feelings for him when she left but apparently he did. She becomes unnerved when she finds him stalking her and demanding they get back together.

First of all the Hawaiian setting and the Jogensen’s home sounds absolutely fabulous. I hope someday to see the surf and sand myself. I don’t understand how anyone could ever leave the islands to live somewhere like D.C.

The characters Amy Reade brings to life in the pages are vibrant, complex, and real.  Kailani has a good soul and tries to see the best in everyone. Her boyfriend goes from quirky to crazy in a hurry. Barbi Jorgensen seems to be into every man except for her husband. Lars is a good man, in a tough spot. The oldest son Marcus is having trouble adjusting to life in Hawaii. The family has recently moved from California. Justine is at a tender age so Kalani feels very protective of her. We also meet Kailani’s family and her friend, Liko, who becomes the children’s tutor.

The Jorgensen home is a house full of secrets and Kailani seems to be caught in the middle.

There are more than a few suspenseful moments in this book. One where Kailani gets up close and personal with a shark. I think I held my breathe the whole time I was reading about that adventure. But it was the final twist that had me almost hyperventilating. So good, so, so good!

This is a excellent piece of suspense fiction. I could easily see it made into a movie of the week.

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About The Author

Amy M. Reade grew up in northern New York. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, two cats, and a fish. She writes full time and is the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, a novel of romantic suspense set in the Thousand Islands region of New York, and The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, a novel in the same genre set outside Charleston, South Carolina. Her third novel, House of Hanging Jade, is set in Hawaii and will be released in April, 2016. She is currently working on the first book of a series set in the United Kingdom (expected release date in early 2017). She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.

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Mar 252016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
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The Corpse with the Diamond Hand
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)
6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Hawaii – Cruise Ship
Touchwood Editions (October 13, 2015)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1771511445
E-Book – ASIN: B012EHNWB0
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Cait and Bud have set sail on a romantic and worry-free Hawaiian honeymoon cruise, but when a man drops dead at their card table, Cait can’t help but lend her expertise. The sudden death appears to have been from natural causes, but Cait suspects something sinister, and with only two days left at sea—and thousands of possible suspects—she and Bud join the head of security in an investigation. However, the unique circumstances of an at-sea investigation mean their involvement cannot be official, and Cait must lean on her charm to conduct her own covert interviews.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cait and Bud finally are off on their honeymoon. A romantic cruise from Hawaii to Canada. They even get to visits the Hawaiian Islands. A trip I would love to take. As they are enjoying some time in the ship’s game room one of the ship’s staff goes into convulsions and dies. Most think natural causes, but Cait thinks murder. Before the ship docks in Canada she has to prove it. So she and Bud inform the ship’s head of security of the backgrounds and qualifications. He decides begrudgingly to let them assist in his investigation.

Cathy Ace gives us another great mystery where Cait tunes in her Eidetic memory to help solve the case. This is basically a closed room mystery and Cathy Ace writes this style brilliantly. Cait and Bud are the perfect team. They play to each other strengths and are very friendly and non-threatening in their way of interviewing suspects. In fact most of the suspects thought they were just talking about the death with another couple that was in the room when it occured. I love the way it played out.

Cathy Ace brings us right aboard that cruise ship to travel with Cait and Bud. I just feel bad their romantic getaway was ruined. The spent their last days chasing down clues instead of relaxing. The were able to see a few sunsets and visit their favorite bar on the ship often but most of the time the investigation was all they had on their minds.

As all the novels in this series, I read it all in one evening. They are hard to put down.

While part of a series this book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but I bet you will want to read them all.

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About This Author

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. In The Corpse with the Silver Tongue her foodie criminologist sleuthed in the south of France. The Corpse with the Golden Nose found Cait sniffing out a killer in BC’s vineyards. The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb met her when she was meddling in murders in Mexico. This time Cait is caught up in a true closed-room mystery in a classy casino restaurant in Las Vegas. When not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

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