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Ms America and the Offing on Oahu (Beauty Queen Mysteries Book 1) by [Dempsey, Diana]
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Customers who enjoy books by Janet Evanovich are sure to enjoy MS AMERICA AND THE OFFING ON OAHU, the debut mystery in a fast and hilariously funny series about how being a beauty queen can be murder …

Ms Ohio Happy Pennington finds out it’s not all sequins and silicone when she competes on Oahu for the Ms America crown—the first national title of her life.
When her fiercest competitor tumbles dead out of the isolation booth during the televised pageant finale, Honolulu PD gets to thinking Happy might have killed her.

What’s the only thing a beauty queen worth her sash can do? Nab the real killer—even if that means tangling with snarky rival contestants, a local who claims to be Hawaiian royalty, a brooding helicopter pilot, and a pageant emcee hot enough to die for ...

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Author Diana Dempsey never competed in beauty pageants but she did the next best thing: she worked in TV news. After a dozen years as an Emmy-winning anchor and reporter, Diana hung up her mic to become an author of fast and fun romantic fiction.

Her novels have been called “almost impossible to put down” (Romance Reviews Today), “skillfully plotted and filled with realistic detail” (Library Journal), and “spicy, sexy, and sultry” (Booklist). Her first novel was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book by Romance Writers of America; another was a Top Pick of Romantic Times; a third was a selection of the Doubleday Book Club.

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About the Author

Diana Dempsey never competed in beauty pageants but she did the next best thing: she worked in TV news. After a dozen years as an Emmy-winning anchor and reporter, Diana hung up her mic to become an author of fast and fun romantic fiction. Diana’s novels have been called “almost impossible to put down” (Romance Reviews Today), “skillfully plotted and filled with realistic detail” (Library Journal), and “spicy, sexy, and sultry” (Booklist). Her first novel was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book by the Romance Writers of America; another was a Top Pick of Romantic Times; and a third was a selection of the Doubleday Book Club. Diana loves to hear from readers! Visit www.DianaDempsey.com to email her and sign up to her mailing list to hear first about her new releases. Also join her on Facebook at DianaDempseyBooks and follow her on Twitter at Diana_Dempsey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Bramerton Press; 1 edition (Dec 4 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DJOEU
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2012984) out of 5 stars 148 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa23d6ae0) out of 5 stars A Terrific Heroine and an Absorbing but Fun Murder Mystery June 22 2011
By W. E. Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I recently read Ms. Dempsey's Falling Star and loved it, so I decided to check out her latest book. I have to say, I enjoyed this one just as much -- perhaps even more. Once again, Ms. Dempsey has created a spunky, resourceful heroine who, despite her status as a perennial participant in beauty pageants, is still very much an underdog, which made me root for her even more. The murder mystery she becomes embroiled in manages to be both comical and nail-biting, and the identity of the killer kept me guessing all the way. Add to that a wickedly fun cast of supporting characters and an exotic Hawaii locale and you've got a perfect summer beach read.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa23d6600) out of 5 stars Delightful & Intriquing Mystery For All Readers--We Guys, Too July 9 2011
By Thomas C. Dulaney - Published on Amazon.com
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Happy Pennington is a finalist for the Ms. America title. When her main competitor is killed on stage, Happy ends up with the title and a chance to do what her Daddy did--solve murders.

The plot is fascinating. Each scene, for example when the chopper pilot--at altitude--gulps the poisoned drink meant for Happy, is refreshingly novel. The characters are funny, vain, flawed, self-absorbed, officious, arrogant, all in their turns to combine to an entertaining ensemble.

The writing is vivid, crisp, fast paced and fun.

Readers who enjoyed Sandra Bullock and the film Miss Congeniality will love Happy and this book. And for those who didn't care for the Bullock movie, get a sample of this great read because Offing on Oahu is more fully realized than the movie plot.

For the men (like me) who steer clear of "chick lit," I advise you drive right up to this book if you enjoy a mystery, a pretty woman with brains, wit and spunk, and innovative situations beautifully described.

The writing and story are as lean as a beauty queen, likewise beautifully toned and without an ounce of fat.

And on a more personal note, I especially liked how the book gives great entertainment without using woman as sex objects, eye candy, and all the other standard cleavage-capitalization one normally finds in books, TV and movies.

Happy is returning for another mystery, and I'm glad. Meantime, I need to revisit the author's other works for a look-see via samples.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d744f8) out of 5 stars Not a great book Nov. 12 2011
By Wish I Had a Pineapple - Published on Amazon.com
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While the book was not truly awful (I did manaage to finally finish it), it simply wasn't very good, either. The characters are predictable, the situations stupid, and the setting of Oahu is in name only and does not come into play at all in the plot. Having lived on Oahu, I found the few references to Hawaii and Hawaiian culture pretty laughable, and sometimes fairly insulting. I'm sure the author has either never been there, or only spent a week at a resort somewhere before writing this book. As for the writing itself, you can tell the author has probably read Southern chick-humor, such as the Sweet Potato Queens, et al, because her main character, although not Southern, certainly tries to act as if she is a Georgia Peach - all the while just missing the "something" that would make her one. I was really hoping for a murder mystery situated in Hawaii, as that's a genre that really interests me. Unfortunately, it could have taken place in Sandusky. Obviously, the author asked someone, "hmmmm...name a place that starts with 'O'". Too bad they didn't reply, "Ohio." I hope the author works a little harder on her next novel, and learns how to create believable characters, realizes that people aren't stupid enough to believe someone would actually DO the things her characters do (nor would they get away with it if they did), and that plot twists should be crafted, not contrived. Sure, stretching the truth is a good part of humor writing, but you can't stretch it 'til it breaks.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa23d6870) out of 5 stars Fulfills every expectation for a cozy mystery! July 9 2011
By Diana L Driver - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms America and the Offing on Oahu is a giggle a minute - when you're not on the edge of your seat wondering how the heroine is going to "get out of one"! Sassy characters, an insider's look into Beauty Contests, a setting to die for in Hawaii and a plot that carries from beginning to end - this book is a page turner that you won't want to put down and never want to end. If I could give it a higher rating than five stars, I would. I LOVED this book and look forward to the next one in the Ms America series!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d717d4) out of 5 stars too drawn out, a lot of nothing May 25 2014
By Aloha - Published on Amazon.com
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Too long, same ol same ole all thru. I quit after 150 pages . Read the last 2chapters. Wouldn't recommend it too much of the same thing. Also doesn't need the swearing, crude language.