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Livin' Lahaina Loca (Islands of Aloha Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I first met Pali Moon and her pals in Maui Widow Waltz, liked it so much I eagerly agreed when this second in the series was offered to me for a read-review. Even the author's clever covers make me laugh! (Hint: Every book title is a take-off of song titles and they all relate to Hawaii.)
This time, Pali has lost her business lease at her old location above a local market due to a fire (Maui Widow Waltz) and now she's reduced to a tiny office above a smelly restaurant with a back alley entrance. She's still scraping by in a bad economy as a wedding planner, because weddings, no matter the economy, are still happening in Maui. Adding to the fun, there's Steve, Pali's sensible gay roommate, Hatch her hot fireman boyfriend from the last book , and Farrah, a beautiful plus size Hawaiian woman, and best friend any girl could possibly have.
Enter Keith and Nicole, two California book-ends with money to burn for their upcoming nuptials. Keith hands out cash like party favors and Nicole is true to form as another incredibly bitchy bride. Then one of the bridesmaids goes missing, and Pali, though worried that her reputation as a wedding planner would really take a hit if word got around she "...was on the grim reaper's speed dial," she also can't ignore the possibility that something bad has happened to the young woman.
Someone else obviously doesn't want her ignoring the situation either, because they've left the severed pony-tail of the young woman's hair in the backseat of Pali's car. Then a ransom note shows up on her car window, and oddly, the local police and the wedding couple ignore Pali's assertion that the girl has been kidnapped and may be murdered. They may ignore her, but Pali is determined to find the girl. When the wedding couple decamp Maui without so much as a good-bye, Pali gets an envelope with more than enough cash to pay off her expenses.
I got a kick out of the next scene where she races to meet a potential client at the airport, the envelope of cash in her purse, and a drug-sniffing dog and a zealous agent part her from her hard earned, and (hilariously) drug-infested cash.
With surprising twists, lots of humor, and rich anecdotal asides of the Hawaiian culture, there's a really big surprise ending for Pali.
This is surely another winner for JoAnn Bassett and her Pail Moon series. And, lucky for everyone, I hear there are plenty more to come.
And, it's another priced right e-book at $2.99 on Amazon/Kindle
I adore this series! Non-stop action and adventure peppered with thrills and chills keep readers on their toes and guessing from beginning to end trying to solve the latest mystery. Really never thought wedding planning could be this exciting (much less enthralling). By the time each book ends I am sad because that means the latest caper is over. Amazingly romance is on the back burner in this series almost like an afterthought and for some reason that works well here. Who could have guessed a series about a wedding planner could so effectively sideline romance and still be awesome? The characters' humor and dry wit make this series a comedic hit in my opinion .
New characters help the original characters which causes them to reach beyond their comfort zones and grow. A new wedding makes things hectic in the new shop during the busiest and craziest holiday (Halloween) on the islands. After the fire in the last book Moon has been forced to set up shop above a restaurant which brings it's own special set of problems... mainly a fishy smell and a rickety staircase in an alley. Pali has to work extra hard to impress clients as her shop is so unimpressive. I would recommend this series to Stephanie Plum fans. I can't wait for the next book!
***this series is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers
Disaster strikes when a bridesmaid of one of her wealthy clients and the most expensive wedding Pali has done, is missing after a party. A series of bizarre personal items belonging to the bridesmaid are left behind for Pali. Her gut reactions and Homeland Security training kicks in to bring the reader an intense, exciting, and can't put down mystery.
I am native Hawaiian, and I am fine with people writing fictional works based off of my homeland. But when Hawaiian words are misspelled I feel like the author didn't do enough research or the editors just got lazy. its supposed to be "E Komo Mai" not "E como Mai". there is no "C" in the Hawaiian language!!!
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