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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.
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 5 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 14 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 17 months ago 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 21 months ago 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 21 months ago 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 22 months ago by Dixie Deb
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.
I liked the story and the period atmosphere. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. Three more words.Published on December 28, 2012 by JW
Good book to take along on a vacation to Hawaii. Enjoy it on the beach or download to your Kindle or iPad for the airplane trip, especially the trip home when you want to spend a... Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Reader in SF