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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 1 New edition (July 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824832175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824832179
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

New Year's Eve, 1934. While Honolulu celebrates with champagne and fireworks, someone is making away with the Bishop Museum's portrait of King Kalakaua and doing away with its curator. A series of brutal murders follows, and an unlikely pair, newspaper reporter Mina Beckwith and visiting playwright Ned Manusia, find themselves investigating a twisted trail of clues in an attempt to recover the painting and uncover the killer.

Honolulu in the 1930s is a unique (and volatile) mix of the provincial and the urban, East and West, islander and mainlander. Mina and Ned, both of Polynesian descent, confront the complexities and contradictions of Island life as their investigation takes them into the heart of Honolulu society and close-knit local families, whose intricate histories and relationships will have a direct impact on future lives and events. A lively cast of characters aids Mina and Ned in their search for answers: Cecily Chang, an antiques and explosives expert, steers them through Chinatown's back alleys; Hinano Kahana, a hula chanter and dancer, brings Ned closer to solving an ancient riddle; Mina's grandmother, Hannah, helps them unlock a secret from the past.

Prewar Honolulu comes to life in this thoroughly entertaining mystery that evokes a colorful bygone era.

About the Author

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, the author of Hawai'i Nei: Island Plays, is a well-known Honolulu playwright and writer. Her work has been performed in Hawai'i and elsewhere in the Pacific, the continental U.S., Britain, and Asia. She is currently the writer and co-producer for the television series "Biography Hawaii."

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It's obvious that the author did a great deal of historical research.
ATX
Good story, interesting characters, the author did a good job of character developemnt for both the main characters and the secondary characters in the mystery.
Jon
I had a good feeling reading this book about another time, another place.
Ohioan

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Vercesi on May 6, 2010
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This story vividly depicts the Old Hawai'i, a time more of locals than tourists. While today's reader will recognize many of the locations, imagining them some seven decades earlier adds to the mystique of the tale. The author's background in theater brings the behind-the-scenes alive as the story moves from museum to playhouse and back. This is a solid mystery with many potential suspects, especially well done for a first novel. It leaves the reader yearning for more, perhaps a sequel for the characters to continue life in paradise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Fussell on March 15, 2009
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I saw this book in a small book shop near the Hawaiian Village Hilton when on vacation --- we went on to Maui, but when we returned for our last night before flying out---they were all sold out. One of the first things I did on our return was order this book from Amazon. And was I glad I did.

She creates the Hawaii that was--in ways that I could correlate it with the Hawaii that I saw in 2008. Great insight into her characters, the Hawaiian stage productions, and their sense of history and connection to the royal family.

I highly recomemd this book, and I look forward to the next book based on these characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Huffman on March 8, 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first novel by Hawaii resident Victoria Kneubuhl, who is a well-known playwrite in the Hawaiian islands. Her characters were engaging and the mystery was well-crafted. It artfully gave the reader a glimpse into an earlier era of life in Hawaii, and especially what it might have been like to be an ambitious female before it was considered socially acceptable. I hope to see more mysteries from this writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ATX on March 18, 2010
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This novel is truly a work of art. It's obvious that the author did a great deal of historical research. It was fun to hear about the Hawaii of yesteryear and enjoy hearing of familiar places in the islands. The character development was amazing, drawing me in form the beginning. I would imagine that if you didn't know anything about the Hawaiian language, it might be a slightly frustrating read, but don't let that deter you from being completely entertained and schooled about the subtleties of island culture. I love how there are several story lines to easily follow & how they all get wrapped up into nice endings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil S. Plakcy on March 30, 2009
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The characters are charming, and the setting evocative; Victoria Kneubuhl paints a picture of Hawaii in the 1930s when race relations were tense, and the forces that brought down Queen Lili'uokalani and would lead to statehood were already in play. Reminded me of the Lockridges and Nick and Nora Charles.
Neil Plakcy, author of Mahu: A Hawai'ian Mystery (A Kimo Kanapa Mystery)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on December 3, 2011
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There are many good things in this book. The setting, Hawaii in 1934, is wonderfully depicted. The characters are varied and interesting. The plot ties into Hawaiian history and the American cabal that rode roughshod over the wishes of the Hawaiian people and the Hawaiian monarchy. The plot has a few twists, and the two main protagonists get to island hop in order to solve the mystery. I had a good feeling reading this book about another time, another place.

A few things bothered me, though, and one was Point of View. The author jumps around from Mina's to Ned's point of view, usually in little sections, but sometimes in the same paragraph, which is disconcerting, sort of like a loud, unexpected crash. Because the author has two heroes, there is less drive and less tension. The story doesn't drive toward a conclusion, it kind of ambles toward the conclusion from a couple of different directions. And in regard to the solution of the mystery, I never find it satisfying when the "answer" comes to somebody in a dream or a vision.

The author also did not verify slang expressions from the 1930s. She has one character tell another to not "get bent out of shape." Reading this in a 1930s setting startled me, so I checked a very good slang dictionary, which listed that particular idiom as entering American English after the year 1950.

This novel's strongest features are the setting and the characters. If you like mysteries and like Hawaii, I suggest that you read Murder Casts a Shadow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robbyon3 on April 4, 2014
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I read this book as part of an assignment for a genrefiction class. We have read quite a few books and through many of them this remains to be the most enjoyable in my honest opinion. The author plays a perfect balancing game, juggling suspense, and action with the perfect amount of character development. Because the author has a background in theater its very interesting to see the kinds of scenes she portrays, they are very vivid. i recommend this book, its an easy read, and everyone loves a good mystery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Dupre on July 10, 2013
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I bought the book because I thought it would be an interesting read--Hawaii in the 1930's and a murder mystery. Unfortunately, the writing is mostly dialogue, rather simplistic, and the characters are predictable.
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