Semi-retired Natalie Seachrist and PI Keoni Hewitt are preparing to participate in the First Annual Aloha Scavenger Hunt. Winning a week of accommodations at the hotel hosting the event, they dive into the event with her friends Margie and Dan O`hara from the mainland. But after Natalie realizes that a dream of a film noire is actually one of her expanding visions, they’re off on another adventure in murder…and it’s centered in Chinatown.
Michael Radon, The US Review of Books, 4 stars of 5
The pace of this story naturally transitions from the scavenger hunt and its locales to the identity of the murderer of the Chinese linguistics professor and gives the reader a grounded perspective before launching them into the action. Fans of a lighter mystery with rich characters and environments will devour this latest Seachrist story.
…Her visions may spark an investigation, but Natalie’s research skills, stemming from her days in travel journalism, are what lead her to answers. The author’s bountiful details explore Hawaii’s history and culture, as scavenger hunt clues direct Natalie and Keoni to historical landmarks and the inquiry includes Chinatown in Honolulu. Though Burrows-Johnson tends to linger on descriptions of Hawaii’s food and handsome locales, this tactic meshes with Natalie’s investigative approach…A whodunit as smart and engrossing as the unlikely gumshoe.
The First Annual Aloha Scavenger Hunt is beginning. Journalist Natalie Seachrist, private investigator Keoni Hewitt, and friends Margie and Dan O`Hara are joining in the fun. Thanks to neighbors they christened The Ladies, Natalie is not worried about their feline companion Miss Una, who has a way of discovering her own adventures. Before departing for their Honolulu hotel, Natalie dreams of a film noire whodunit. Immersed in the action, she exits a vintage elevator, finds a man’s body lying in a hotel hall, and watches an elegant woman savagely search an adjacent room. After a murder occurs outside their suite, Natalie advises HPD Lieutenant John Dias that the victim’s taped outline and hat leaning against the wall eerily parallel her “dream.” She then identifies the man’s photo as Chinese professor Fù Hán Zhāng. Knowing the reliability of her prescient gift, the detective asks Natalie and Keoni to watch for clues to either death while the scavenger hunt visits O`ahu locales like the Pali Lookout and an ancient heiau.
After a full-color vision, Natalie is convinced that the site of her earlier “dream” is in Chinatown, her victim is Chinese, and the perpetrator is a tall woman in a red suit. When a false scavenger hunt clue alludes to a priceless Kuan Yin statue, Natalie turns to her friend Pearl Wong for help. After a Chinese New Year’s feast, the investigators tour the historic Shēn building which once held a boutique hotel where a family member disappeared in the 1950s. Is this the man Natalie envisioned dead in a narrow hotel hallway? Is his death linked to that of the professor? What of the hint of a hidden Kuan Yin figurine of rare white jade? Coincidences? Or, has Natalie’s visioning revealed a murderer with long hidden secrets?
Both of these award-winning suspense-filled cozy mysteries bring you the murderous adventures of semi-retired journalist Natalie Seachrist, her tortoise shell feline companion Miss Una, PI Keoni Hewitt, HPD Lieutenant John Dias, and her twin, psychologist Nathan Harriman. Set in the alluring multi-cultural environment of Hawai`i, you'll find warm relationships between people of all ages and backgrounds and snippets of pan-Pacific history...
The award-winning covers of Prospect for Murder and Murder on Mokulua Drive.
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