Sunday 24 December 2023

Hallo-waiian Murder Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mystery series Book # 20) by Rosalie Spielman

From author Rosalie Spielman comes a Halloween homicide in paradise...

It's Kiki Hepburn's first Halloween in Aloha Lagoon, and she doesn't know exactly what to expect. Between working at the busy Aloha Lagoon Dive Shop and living with the eccentric Auntie Akamai, life is always unpredictable. But one thing Kiki definitely didn't expect to find is the dead body of Auntie Akamai's life-long friend, Celine Suzuki! And when the island's Homicide Detective Ray shows up, Kiki knows the death is not an accident—it's murder.

Now Auntie Akamai's friends are all suspects in the death. Was it Oliana Harris, the Pineapple Princess, and heiress to a pineapple fortune? Margaux La Roux, a transplant from New Orleans? Or Stella Keawe, Akamai's gossipy goose of a neighbor? They're all acting suspiciously. And each is hiding something. But is what they're hiding worth killing over?

To complicate matters even more, Kiki's parents want her to bring her hot diver boyfriend Dex home for the holidays, and Kiki's not sure how she feels about the whole situation—let alone how Dex feels. Instead of enjoying her first Hawaiian Autumn under the waves, Kiki's investigation takes her to gardens of flowering poisonous plants, an over-the-top animal shelter, a prickly pineapple plantation, and a zombie theme "Hallo-wedding." With time running out and "something" stalking her every move, will Kiki live to see her Halloween treats? Or will this year end in a "trick" Kiki won't come back from?

"I cannot stress enough that you should get on board with this amazing series. You will love your time at the Aloha Lagoon!"
~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

About Aloha
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)

Anytime I can travel to the Aloha Lagoon Resort in Hawaii I am going to do it !!  And I don't even have to pack, go to the airport, and deal with jetlag.  All I have to do is open a book .....  And the recent book I opened is Hallo-waiian Murder Mystery by Rosalie Spielman.  This is the twentieth book in the series and the third written by Spielman for the series.

The Aloha Lagoon Mystery series is a series that takes place in Kauai, a resort and tourist town, which multipy authors take turns writing a book for the series.  They have some things in common, like the resort, murder and Detective Ray Kahoalani.

In Hallo-waiian Murder Mystery Kiki Hepburn is enjoying life on Kauai.  She works with her boyfriend, Dex, at his father's diving business.  They take tourist out on diving excursions.  She lives with Dex's Auntie Akamai and her pet parrot, Paulie. Unfortunately murder tends to follow her .....  and in Hallo-waiian Murder Mystery during a weekly game night with Auntie Akamai and her lifelong friends, one of the friends, Celine, drops to the floor after eating some food from their delivery order.  A short time later the group finds out that Celine died.  They think that it was a heart attack but when Detective Ray shows up, they realize they were wrong.

No one can think of why someone would target Celine when another friend, Oliana, would have been  a better victim.  But Auntie Akamai needs to know the truth so even though Kiki wants to protest, she knows that she will do whatever she can to help Auntie Akamai ..... even though the last two attempts at solving murders left their marks.

You cannot help but love this series !!  And to read books by different authors with different characters is so fun !!  You will LOVE everything about this series and will want to return to Aloha Lagoon as often as possible .... even with murder in the mix !!!! 

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