RECIPES TO ENHANCE READING THE NATALIE SEACHRIST MYSTERIES

Prospect for Murder, Murder on Mokulua Drive, Murders of Conveyance

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MURDERS OF CONVEYANCE [The third NS Hawaiian Mystery] 

2019 NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS

Winner, Fiction-Adventure/Other

Finalist- Mystery Crime and Cover Design-Fiction (6x9)


Do you enjoy mentally sampling the food and beverages enjoyed by Natalie and her friends? The Recipe section of my drop down menu offers a few ideas to enliven your own gatherings...or as Islanders might say, a PĀ`INA [a word you'll find in the glossary]  

PĀ`INA: SHARING FOOD IN HAWAI`I

 Food, beverages, and entertainment are important features in the Natalie Seachrist mystery series. Each of the casual recipes I share will suggest easily available ingredients that can be portioned to suit your palette...  

I hope you will enjoy the discussions of Island food, beverages and entertainment that appear here. Some may be referenced directly in the series, like the Hawaiian potato salad that greets Natalie when she moves into her Auntie Carrie's Lanikai cottage in title two, Murder on Mokulua Drive. Others may be classic dishes that you associate with life in the Hawaiian Islands.

Friends like Margaret-Jean Hansen (with whom I attended classes at the University of Hawai`i) often inspired the meals we shared in our homes, as well as the restaurants we often visited.  Sadly, some of the restaurants I wish I could recommend to you no longer exist.  Happily, others have become even more popular than they were when I lived on the island of O`ahu, and you may discover them in your own travels in Hawai`i.  

When I first moved to Honolulu in 1972, I longed for a few fast food restaurants and ice cream stores that I had taken for granted on the mainland of the United States. Within a few months however, I had discovered Island delights like scoops of white rice and Hawaiian shaved ice cones to satiate my food cravings.


Each of the casual recipes I share with you will suggest ingredients that are easily available and that can be added in portions to suit your palette. Whether you are planning a quiet night for two, or a large gathering that will overfill your lānai, I join Margaret-Jean in wishing you the vital ingredients of friendship and creativity that are included in all Island cooking.​ I'm only sad that she is no longer here to offer more of her delight in life and food...but I hope you will enjoy her potato salad recipe and the story of our friendship

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PROSPECT FOR MURDER

2017 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS

FINALIST, Mystery/Suspense ~ WINNER, Cover Art 6x9 Fiction


MURDER ON MOKULUA DRIVE

2018 ARIZONA LITERARY EXCELLENCE CONTEST

2nd PLACE, Published Fiction

2018 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS

FINALIST, Cozy Mystery ~ WINNER, Cover Art 6x9 Fiction


MURDERS OF CONVEYANCE

B O O K  A W A R D

2019 NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS

WINNER, Fiction-Adventure/Other

Finalist- Mystery Crime and Cover Design-Fiction (6x9)


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