Friday 9 October 2020

Fatal Break (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #15) by Beth Prentice

Samantha Reynolds' life in Aloha Lagoon feels like it's finally smooth sailing. She’s settled into her job as the resorts' surf instructor for children, things are looking good with her boyfriend Casey, and she has an amazing BFF in the local surf shop owner, Alani.

But when a storm hits Aloha Lagoon, Alani’s past comes back to haunt her, and Sam finds her bestie standing over the dead body of her wayward ex-boyfriend. While Sam knows Alani is innocent, the local
police aren't so easily convinced, and Sam realizes it's up to her to clear Alani's name and find the real killer before her friend ends up behind bars. Why was Alani's ex back in town? What was he doing in Alani’s shop after hours? And who is the mysterious raven-haired woman in his life and what does she have to do with it all? Sam is determined to find out...only can she do it before the real killer catches her? Or will Sam’s time in Aloha Lagoon come to a sticky end?   (Summary via Goodreads)

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!

I LOVE any time I can escape into the Aloha Lagoon Mystery series published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.  This series is unique in that the books are written by several different authors but they all focus on the Aloha Lagoon Resort which is located on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.  The books center around the resort but focus on different employees or friends and always have a murder that needs to be solved....sooner than later !!!

Fatal Break by Beth Prentice is the fifteenth book in this series and this is the third book that Prentice has written for the series so hopefully you are already familiar with Sam, her twin brother Luke and their friends.  If not, that's okay because once you start reading Fatal Break, you will become a fan instantly.

Sam lives with her twin brother, Luke, and their mother on the island.  Sam has her dream job at the resort teaching surfing lessons to children.  Luke works at The Lava Pot where he is the head cook and Sam's boyfriend, Casey, is the sexiest bartender around !!  Sam's best friend Alani whose family owns a surf shop is also Luke's girlfriend.

One night while hanging out at The Lava Pot Alani gets a shock...someone is there looking for her ex-boyfriend.  Her ex-boyfriend, Nathan, had conned her and her family out of a lot of money saying that he planned to take Alani on a dream vacation.  Unfortunately he took the money and left the island.  When Alani found out he might be back, all she can think about is the money he stole from her family and wanting to get it back.  But when Sam finds Alani standing over his body holding a paddle in her surf shop, it is clear that her family will not be getting any money from him.  And when Alani is arrested for his murder, everyone has bigger worries to take care of.

Sam will do anything for her family and friends and tracking down a murderer is top of the list in Fatal Break.  Finding out why Nathan returned to the island may be difficult to uncover with him dead but when they find out that Alani wasn't the only woman on the island that he conned out of money, the list of suspects grows.  Also Alani's old best friend, Abigail, also shows back up on the island at the same time as Nathan and Sam cannot help but wonder if there is more to the story.

Sam knows that Detective Ray Kahoalani is always on "island time" and she wishes that she could be on it also but with Alani arrested for a murder that she knows she didn't commit, she needs to step it up and solve the case......sadly the suspect list gets longer and longer as she looks into Nathan's past.....

Readers will fall in love with this series instantly and no matter what book you pick up and start, you will be adding the rest on your to be read list.  Any time that you can escape to the Aloha Lagoon Resort and the island, you will do it....and the best part is that you don't have to pack a suitcase.  You can stay in your pj's if you grab a snack and a drink and sit back and get on island time.....

Review by Missi M.

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