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Murder Casts a Shadow: A Hawaii Mystery (A Latitude 20 Book) Paperback – August, 2008
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Neil Plakcy, author of Mahu: A Hawai'ian Mystery (A Kimo Kanapa Mystery)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best thing about this story is the glimpse into life in Honolulu in the 1930’s. The writing is solid, I love mysteries, and there is an intriguing mystery going one here that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Laurie Hanan
The author's writing skill notwithstanding, she clearly knows her subject, and researches the details in depth. Her characters are very appealing, very charming. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mela Ansmith
Murder Casts a Shadow was a page turner for me. This novel allows you to jump in and try and solve the murder mystery yourself which keeps you really engaged with the characters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Corena Nunez
This is the most boring book. by far, that I have read in a very long time. I keep waiting for it to get better. I have about 20 pages left and I'm still waiting. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by ShihTzu Mom
This isn't just a great mystery, it also takes you back to a fascinating period, the mid-30's, in a Hawaii that no longer exists. A terrific read!!!Published on August 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The cast of characters were perfect for the Hawaiian setting. The plot kept you interested throughout the entire book; never revealing the true murderer until the end of the book. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by eledoc
I think this book was recommended in a article on Summer Reads. I have a former college roommate who lives in Hawaii and decided, in her honor, to order this author's first two... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Dixie Deb
I bought the book because I thought it would be an interesting read--Hawaii in the 1930's and a murder mystery. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Frances
I have been a frequent visitor to Hawaii, so reading this and the author's other mystery was a pleasure. So many of the sites in the book brought back fond memories. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Gene J.