Thursday 4 January 2018

Death of the Kona Man (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #9) by Catherine Bruns

Death of the Kona Man (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #9)
There's trouble in paradise...the multi-author Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series dishes the dirt on all the murder, mystery, and madcap mayhem in Aloha Lagoon. Told from the points of view of several different women who live and work in Aloha Lagoon, there is never a dull moment. Enjoy their laughter, love, and intriguing investigations—island style!

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next deadly delicious Carrie Jorgenson adventure in paradise... 

Carrie Jorgenson is living the dream in Hawaii. She has a steady job as a waitress at the Loco Moco Café, a hot new love interest in her manager, and the curtain’s about to rise on her role in a local theater production. But when she's asked to deliver food to a guest at the Aloha Lagoon resort—who then drops dead!—her dreams quickly become the stuff of nightmares. 

World renowned food critic Randolph Cremshaw has no shortage of enemies. He's rude, patronizing, and famous for his one-star reviews. After the coffee Carrie delivers is discovered to have been poisoned, she and the café quickly rise to the top of the suspects list. A jealous co-worker, thefts at the restaurant, and a performance that threatens to blow up in Carrie's face only make things worse. With an already full plate, Carrie is also forced into making a decision that may change everything for her. But this all pales in comparison when she comes face to face with Randolph's killer and what might be the final curtain call…of her life.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Death of the Kona Man by Catherine Bruns is the 9th book in the Aloha Lagoon Mystery series.  Each book in this series is written by a different author.  You can pick up any of these books and get to know all about the island and the people who live, work, play .....and maybe die there !!

In Death of the Kona Man you hang around with Carrie Jorgenson.  Carrie is someone that you will instantly like.  She followed her boyfriend to Hawaii from Vermont but ended up single when she caught him cheating.  That's okay.....she's in HAWAII !!!  She works at the Loco Moco Cafe, which is an ocean front cafe in the Aloha Lagoon resort, she also has a role in the local theater production of Little Women and she has a new boyfriend.  

The Loco Moco is visited by a famous food critic, Randolph Cremshaw, who sits in Carrie's section.  Unfortunately someone put hot sauce in the ketchup containers and the food critic ends up with his mouth on fired and storms out.  The critic trashes the cafe on his blog so the owners agree to provide free food for him in order to save the cafe's reputation.  Unfortunately (again) when Carrie delivers his breakfast the coffee is cold so he sends her back to get fresh hot coffee.  When she returns with the hot coffee, the critic is on the floor foaming at the mouth....and not in a good way !!!

 Even though there are a lot of people who disliked Randolph and probably wanted him dead, the Loco Moco and Carrie are on the top of the suspect list.  The owners don't care much for Carrie already because she is dating their son, Keanu, and this new development does not help matters any.

While continuing to work at the cafe, go to rehearsals and performance at the theater Carrie does some investigating of her own.  She knows that she did not kill Randolph and no one in the cafe would either but who on the island would ?  

As she investigates she finds out Randolph and his brother Richard went to college with Jeff who owns and is the director at the theater as well as Howie who is a Hollywood producer who is on the island.  Randolph also has a daughter on the island that he wanted nothing with as well has his wife who was having an affair with his brother.  

There are so many people that could have killed Randolph but when Carrie uncovers some things from his college days ......

Oh I can't tell you any more.... I mean I could but I really think you should read for yourself.  
Gemma Halliday Publishing has done an AMAZING job putting together this series and the authors writing it.  There is also a website that you can visit to better aquaint yourself with the people and places as you read the series.  

Death of the Kona Man was the first book in the series that I have read but I guarantee that I will be going back and reading the rest of them.  I didn't want to leave Aloha Lagoon.  In her writing Catherine Bruns takes you away.... not only does she take you to paradise where there is a murder but she takes you down lovers' lane also........

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Review by Missi S.

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