Tuesday, February 26, 2013


In need of an escape from winter’s snowy grip?  How about a vacation to Hawaii?  At least a virtual one?  Then check out today’s Beach Read.

Book Title: Photo Finish (Trouble in Paradise)
Author:  Terry Ambrose
Genre:  Mystery
Setting:  Oahu, Hawaii!
Format:  ebook
Pages:  264
Publication date:  July 20, 2012
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Opening Line: Harris Galvin gave me what the Hawaiians call “chicken skin” the moment I met her. 

Favorite Passage  (this is just one example of the author’s very colorful prose):  Alexander’s lived here all his life and he’s like an umbrella drink; lots of Hawaiian, two parts haole, a shot of Chinese and a dash of Japanese.  The Haole part is pronounced “how-lee” and just means that a couple of the pretty Hawaiian girls who were his grandmother’s jumped the racial barrier and married white people, probably sailors from the mainland.  A couple of his other kupuna became enamored with Asian members of the opposite sex and so Alexander’s was a very common mix here in the islands.

Beach Read Rating: 4 out of 5 Beach Umbrellas

Review: The tag line for this book is:  “A con.  A killer.  Island secrets discovered.” The book is all that, and more.  In addition to a fast start (how many people do you know who witness a body being thrown from a plane?  So many questions to be answered from that…) and a good overall story, I really enjoyed Terry Ambrose’s references to the Hawaiian way of life.  He does a great job of “setting the scene” but not just in the physical sense but also incorporating island language, history, culture and superstitions.  The style Ambrose uses reminds me the definitive hard-boiled detective writer Raymond Chandler, only in a much more contemporary setting. What fun!  

Flap Copy: Catch island fever with this funny Hawaiian mystery set on the beautiful island of Oahu.   

Wilson McKenna's newest tenant is hot, gives great hugs, and just saw a dead body being thrown from a plane. McKenna's not one to get involved in other people's problems, especially those of a woman half his age, but before he knows it, he's volunteered to track down the plane and its owner. In no time, McKenna has uncovered an island drug ring, pissed off a sociopath, and set himself up as the victim in a beautiful woman's con that could cost him his life.  

Trouble?  Oh, yeah.  McKenna's found it.  If only trouble didn't have such great legs.  

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