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Murder in Maui (A Leila Kahana Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

R. Barri Flowers
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Book Description

MURDER IN MAUI: A Leila Kahana Mystery is an original eBook police procedural medical mystery novel set in the lush, deceptively idyllic tropical paradise of Hawaii.

Maui County homicide detective and composite sketch artist Leila Kahana is the protagonist. A Hawaiian native, Leila follows in the footsteps of her grandfather who was the County of Maui police chief. She is tough, smart, sexy, and outspoken.

Leila’s partner is Detective Sergeant Blake Seymour, separated from his wife and pushing to make lieutenant.

Leila and Seymour investigate the execution-style murder of two prominent doctors in an upscale condominium. Larry Nagasaka and Elizabeth Racine are found lying naked in bed in a pool of their own blood. It is learned that they are married, but not to each other, and that the doctors belong to a prestigious medical association.

Assisting the detectives in the case are fellow members of the homicide squad, Detectives Trent Ferguson and Rachel Lancaster, run by Lieutenant Paul Ortega who is contemplating retirement. As they interview suspects and collect evidence, more doctors belonging to the medical association are murdered, making it clear to all that they have a ruthless and determined serial killer on their hands.

Leila, attempting to step out of the shadow of her grandfather and prove her worth to a skeptical Polynesian mother, is determined to solve this case, made more difficult as all the victims have skeletons in their closets.

Leila’s romantic involvement with Seymour--in spite of her conservative upbringing and the fact that he still pines for his soon-to-be ex-wife--complicates matters.

What sets this series apart--aside from the lush setting of Maui and its distinct areas that are prominent in the book such as Wailuku, Lahaina, Kihei, and Napili--are the colorful, main characters as they painstakingly go through the process of stopping a ruthless killer, with everyone a suspect.


“Flowers delivers the goods. An exotic setting, winning characters, and realistic procedural details make MURDER IN MAUI a sure hit with crime-fiction readers.” -- Bill Crider, Edgar winner and author of MURDER IN THE AIR and MURDER IN FOUR PARTS

“A page-turning mystery featuring the debut of a fascinating character, Detective Leila Kahana. Flowers weaves in the professional and private lives of the detectives in the CID as they go about their business of catching a killer.” -- Jan Grape, Anthony & McCavity winner and author of WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU and co-editor of MURDER PAST, MURDER PRESENT

“MURDER IN MAUI is terrific. Gripping writing, wonderfully rounded characters you really care about, and vivid locations--this novel is a real and rare treat.” -- Peter James, international bestselling author of DEAD SIMPLE and DEAD LIKE YOU

“MURDER IN MAUI by R. Barri Flowers starts with a bang--literally--and drops you right into the deep end of murder. A by-the-book mystery that keeps the suspense taut and edgy.” -- Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of THE 731 LEGACY

“MURDER IN MAUI launches a series detective in a beautiful setting with a thoroughly puzzling mystery to solve. If you love Hawaii or a good head-scratching mystery, you’ll enjoy this book. Very entertaining.” -- William Bernhardt, author of CAPITOL BETRAYAL and CAPITOL OFFENSE

Editorial Reviews


"A police procedural of the highest order, mixing equal parts Sue Grafton and Jeffrey Deaver with sprinkling of Patricia Cornwall." --Jon Land, Internationally Acclaimed, Bestselling Author of STRONG JUSTICE and STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE

"Vivid details of police procedure one would expect from top criminologist. A gripping novel in what promises to be outstanding series." --Douglas Preston, New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-creator of the PENDERGAST series of novels.

"Gripping, tightly woven tale you won't want to put down. Author neatly contrasts natural beauty of tropical paradise with ugliness of murder and aftermath. " --John Lutz, Edgar Winner and Bestselling Author of MISTER X and NIGHT VICTIMS

"From one of the best true crime writers around. Fans  of CSI and Hawaii 5-0 will love this one and scream for more!"
--Deborah Shlian, Award-Winning Co-Author of DOUBLE ILLUSION, and DEVIL WIND

"Combination of grit, action, and incredibly realistic police procedure. So genuine, was tempted to call for backup." --Lee Lofland, Former Detective, Author of POLICE PROCEDURE AND INVESTIGATION, and Founder of the Writers' Police Academy

From the Author

As a frequent visitor to Hawaii, and Maui in particular, I am pleased to combine this great love with my background as a criminologist and mystery author to present this riveting police procedural and medical mystery eBook, MURDER IN MAUI: A Leila Kahana Mystery.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did in writing and will visit Maui, if you haven't already, and see what makes it such an extraordinary place to hang out. Or use as the backdrop for a mystery novel.

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Here is a quote by a fellow mystery author and graduate from my alma mater on MURDER IN MAUI:

"R. Barri Flowers writes with the passion and knowledge of someone who truly knows his craft. MURDER IN MAUI is a steamy, non-stop thrill ride through the seamy underbelly of Hawaii." -- Allison Leotta, Federal Sex Crimes Prosecutor and Author of Thriller, LAW OF ATTRACTION


R. Barri Flowers

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: R. Barri Flowers (March 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGS7EK
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dry and unoriginal June 14, 2011
By newhere
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If the author wishes to construct a series out of this character, some major changes will be necessary - or the author should keep their day job. I have a policy of not quitting on a book, but It was like reading someone's notes while they were watching a TV sitcom.
There is the stale plot line of male-female police partners giving in to their sexual attraction, but (even more predictable) -one of them is in the middle of a divorce and the other cannot seem to have lasting, meaningful relationships because of her career. <yawn> Even their obligatory sex scenes felt like the author was distancing themselves and uncomfortable......."he-put-it-in-her-she-arched-her-back-talk-about-the-case-in-bed-the-phone-rings-back-to-work." The author just had no ability to get the reader to care about these characters.
Most surprising was the lack of any effort to take advantage of the locale. Although the author mentions the Maui towns by name, the book's setting could have been In any city. Oh wait - the ocean was mentioned perhaps three times, so we will change the comparison to any city on any coast.
References to any Maui locations were so general and non descriptive, the book could have been written by someone only using a map. No sunsets? No views of Molokai or Lanai? No nighttime nude swimming at McKenna beach? At what bar did Leila meet her friend? Was the art gallery on Front Street or in the lobby of a hotel? What music played in the background at the art exhibition? Leila takes a morning run on the beach. That's it? The sun isn't dawning on the west Maui mountains and Haleakala doesn't rise majestically 10,000 ft above her crowned by lavender morning clouds? I don't pretend to be a writer, but how can a
book possibly be so stale when surrounded with so much to work with?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Murder In (!) Maui, or maybe in Milan, or... December 8, 2012
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... on Mykonos, perhaps???

The author of this highly appraised (by colleagues and friends, I suppose...) failure didn't even make a difference between an island or a city or a state - using "in" in the title.
Where an "on" would be much more appropriate!
There is nothing about this miserable "mystery" that makes us readers think that all those shambles take place ON an Hawai'ian Island! One of the most distictive places in the whole world - the Island of Maui.

If I am aloowed to quote the very able co-reviewer "newhere":
>>References to any Maui locations were so general and non descriptive, the book could have been written by someone only using a map. No sunsets? No views of Molokai or Lanai? No nighttime nude swimming at McKenna beach? At what bar did Leila meet her friend? Was the art gallery on Front Street or in the lobby of a hotel? What music played in the background at the art exhibition? Leila takes a morning run on the beach. That's it? The sun isn't dawning on the west Maui mountains and Haleakala doesn't rise majestically 10,000 ft above her crowned by lavender morning clouds? <<
And "newhere" doesn't pretend to be a writer! Compliments to You then, newhere!

I can only add that all the times I had the luck to be in those fabulous waters on those immensely impressing islands, I NEVER met a girl/woman named Leila - in Finland and Norway and Sweden yes, there come 13 on a dozen! But maybe there will always be a first time...

To tell much about the story means to give the book too much attention.
Murder of adulterers, a wishy-washy investigation, detectives with their heads elsewhere - I write "heads" intentinally because "brains" - I don't know if there are some provided by the author...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of twists to keep me guessing March 26, 2014
By Blondie
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I found this book to be a fast paced murder mystery with lots of twists to keep me guessing. The Maui setting was a bonus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read March 25, 2014
By Winnie
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Given the author's apparent criminologist background he gets the details of police procedure right. It is a good easy beach read with a good sense of place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable March 16, 2014
By Alaura
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I always like to read books set in locations where I am going on vacation, so I picked up this murder mystery set in Maui when I was going there on vacation. It was a great fun read. Perfect for a vacation with lots of references to different neighbourhoods and locations on Maui and a suspenseful plot. I will definately read other book by this author.
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More About the Author

R. Barri Flowers is an award winning, bestselling author of mystery, thriller, suspense, young adult, and romance novels, along with true crime and criminology books.


Bestselling young adult fiction includes GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and DANGER IN TIME.

As an award winning criminologist, the author's latest true crime and criminology books include THE DYNAMICS OF MURDER, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES, PROSTITUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE.

Under the pseudonym, Devon Vaughn Archer, the author has also penned several bestselling mainstream and romance novels, including FOREVER SWEETHEARTS, ALOHA FANTASY, THE SECRETS OF PARADISE BAY, CHRISTMAS HEAT, and THE HITMAN'S WOMAN.

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