Tuesday 23 June 2020

Photo Finished (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #14) by Dane McCaslin & Kimberly Griggs

Photo Finished
From USA Today bestselling author Dane McCaslin Kimberly Griggs comes a deadly day in paradise...

When photographer Autumn Season lands the job of official photographer at the prestigious Aloha Lagoon Resort, she's ecstatic. But a lively luau suddenly turns deadly, and Autumn realizes she may have accidentally snapped a picture of a murder in progress! Now the killer will go to any lengths to protect his (or her) identity, and Autumn is clearly in their sights. With the help of her best friend, super hottie, and head of the Aloha Lagoon Resort Security, Jimmy Toki, Autumn sets out to find the killer's identity before the killer finds her. What do stolen camera equipment, a bossy busty blonde, and a group of jealous surfers have to do with it all? Autumn isn't sure, but when another luau ends in another body, Aloha Lagoon might be headed for infamy instead of fame. If Autumn doesn't get to the bottom of it all soon, she may just be the next victim to wipe out!

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
Bikinis Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)
Lethal Tide (book #10)
Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Handbags Homicide (book #12)
Tiaras Terror (book #13)
Photo Finished (book #14)
Fatal Break (book #15)

About Aloha Lagoon:
There's trouble in paradise...
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii's hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere...and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget!   (Summary via Goodreads)

I love any time that I can get out of my head and travel to Aloha Lagoon Resort in Hawaii.  I love that whatever book I pick up in this series is guaranteed to take me away.

Photo Finished by Dane McCaslin and Kimberly Griggs is the fourteenth book in this amazing series and readers cannot help but get lost in the story.  Readers do not have to read these books in order as each book is written by a different author and focuses on different people and places around the Aloha Lagoon Resort on the island.

In Photo Finished you get an amazing murder case to follow and you get a hint of romance......  main character Autumn moved to the island from the Midwest to pursue her dream of surfing and photographing surfers.  And thanks to her friend Jimmy, who is head of security at the Aloha Lagoon Resort she gets a job as a photographer and her first job is to take pictures of a luau.  There is going to be a big surfing competition on the island soon and this luau is going to have professional surfers and sponsors at it.  Unfortunately during the luau one of the surfers ends up dead in his plate of sushi and to make matters worse, while everything is happening, Autumn's camera is stolen.   

It seems that whoever the killer is, they think that Autumn must have taken incriminating pictures of them so they had to steal her camera.  This means that Autumn could be in danger if the killer thinks that she also saw them in the act.  Who better to have your back than the head of security ?  Autumn and Jimmy have been best friends even since she moved to the island and as you read this story you can see that they both want to take their relationship to the next level.  But Autumn can't seem to get her head out of the murder investigation, even with Jimmy and Detective Ray Kahaolani continouously telling her to stay away from it !!  Autumn feels like she needs to figure it out as well as find her camera.  And when someone else asks for her help but ends up dead before she can find out what kinds of help they need, she becomes more determined than ever !!

All of the books in this series will have readers on the edge of their seat wishing they were right there along with whichever main character is in trouble.  And the way that all of the authors create the scene for us is quite captivating ....  I highly recommend reading this series so that you can return to Aloha Lagoon as often as possible.

Review by Missi M.

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