In need of an escape from winter’s snowy grip? How about a vacation to
? At least a virtual one? Then check out today’s Beach Read. Hawaii
Book Title: Photo Finish (Trouble in
Author: Terry Ambrose
! Oahu, Hawaii
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.
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
Trouble? Oh, yeah. McKenna's found it. If only trouble didn't have such great legs.