Tuesday 16 August 2022

Death on a Cliff (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Book 18) by Rosalie Spielman

Former socialite Kiki Hepburn is happily settling into life with her new found-family in Aloha Lagoon, Hawaii—working at Aloha Lagoon Dive Shop, living in a cottage in Auntie Akamai’s back yard, and getting to know the hot dive guy Dex a whole lot better.

But all that changes when Dex’s longtime friend and former football teammate, “Tiny” Anelo, comes home to Aloha Lagoon, celebrating being an NFL draft pick. Tiny is surrounded by an entourage, but not all of his hangers-on are admirers—most notably Tiny's ex-girlfriend, Delany. While no one seems happy to see her, Kiki is still shocked when Delany's body is found lifeless in the meadow at the top of a jagged cliff.

It's clear someone has murdered the young woman. And when Kiki unwittingly provides the police with evidence that points to Tiny as the killer, Dex begs her to try to help his friend. It's a request she can't ignore, even if the list of people who wanted Delany dead is longer than a late night luau. Between a smarmy sports agent, an obsessed fan-slash-“best friend,” and a former college professor, Kiki finds no shortage of motives. And the plot only thickens when a second dead body shows up, along with a mysterious clue in the form of a Hermes handbag. With the clock ticking and the police closing in, Kiki finds herself in deep water... can she tread water long enough to catch the killer?  (Summary via Goodreads)

The Aloha Lagoon Mystery Series books in order....

Ukulele Murder (book #1) by Leslie Langtry
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2) by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens 
Deadly Wipeout (book #3) by Beth Prentice

Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4) by Mary Jo Burke

Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5) by Aimee Gilchrist

Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6) by Catherine Bruns

Ukulele Deadly (book #7) by Leslie Langtry

Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8) by Anne Marie Stoddard

Death of the Kona Man (book #9) by Catherine Bruns

Lethal Tide (book #10) by Beth Prentice

Beachboy Murder (book #11) by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens

Handbags & Homicide (book #12) by Anne Marie Stoddard

Tiaras & Terror (book #13) by Anne Marie Stoddard

Photo Finished (book #14) by Dane McCaslin & Kimberly Griggs

Fatal Break (book #15) by Beth Prentice

Death Under the Sea (book #16) by Rosalie Spielman

Tidal Wave (book #17) by Beth Prentice

Death on a Cliff  (book #18) by Rosalie Spielman

Hula Homicide (book #19) by B.A. Trimmer COMING SEPTEMBER 6TH

I am a HUGE fan of the Aloha Lagoon Mystery series published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.  The books in this series are written by different authors and commonly center around the Aloha Lagoon Resort.  Death on a Cliff is the second book in this series written by Rosalie Spielman and they focus on Kiki Hepburn, also known as rich girl Katherine Barrington.  She kind of ran away from home and that life and is now living the life she wants on the island Kauai, Hawaii.  She works as a dive guide, giving tours underwater, with her boyfriend Dex, and his father.  Dex's Auntie Akamai, who is also Kiki's landlord and friend makes the lunches for the tours.

In Death on a Cliff Dex's friend Tiny is taken in for questioning when Dex and Kiki happen to find his ex-girlfriend dead when they went to a quiet little area to star gaze.  Dex knows that Kiki has a knack for getting people to talk because shortly after she arrived on the island she was the subject of a murder investigation and had to prove her innocence. Dex asks Kiki to look into Delaney's murder because he knows that there is no way that Tiny would ever hurt someone, let alone murder them.

So Kiki teams up with Auntie Akamai and they start their own investigation.  Unfortunately they discover things that do not make sense and also that Tiny wasn't completely honest about his relationship with Delaney.  And when the person on the top of their suspect list ends up murdered the same way as Delaney, they do not know what direction to go in.

I cannot stress enough that you should get on board with this amazing series.  Whoever the author is writing the book, you are guaranteed to have a great experience.  You will love your time at the Aloha Lagoon 
Resort and will want to find your own way of staying in Kauai for as long as you can.  Luckily there are eighteen books released and the nineteenth book being released soon !!!!

Review by Missi M.

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