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Murder in Maui: A Leila Kahana Mystery Paperback – April 16, 2012
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R. Barri Flowers is a bestselling, award winning author of more than fifty books, including mysteries, thrillers, romance, young adult, true crime, and criminology. Recent mystery fiction titles include MURDER IN HONOLULU: A Skye Delaney Mystery, DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL: A Jack the Ripper Mystery, DEAD IN THE ROSE CITY: A Dean Drake Mystery, KILLER IN THE WOODS, STATE'S EVIDENCE: A Beverly Mendoza Leal Thriller, JUSTICE SERVED: A Barkley and Parker Mystery, and teen mysteries, DANGER IN TIME and GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY. Recent true crime titles by the author include SERIAL KILLER COUPLES, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, and MASS MURDER IN THE SKY: The Bombing of Flight 629. Mr. Flowers is the recipient of the Wall of Fame Award from Michigan State University's renowned School of Criminal Justice. He has appeared on the Biography Channel's Crime Stories and Investigation Discovery's Wicked Attraction series. The author is busy at work on his next mystery novel, SEDUCED TO KILL IN KAUAI. Connect with R. Barri Flowers online through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, MySpace, CrimeSpace, and at www.rbarriflowers.com.
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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...
And that lame love-or-what-You-wanna-call-it story with the "he" absent and the "she" likewise. The "he" is with his Wifie who left him because he cheated on her before, and the "she" is calculating if the "he" is finally Mr Right...
Oh - gimme a break!
Make a soap opera of it!
A total waste of time and money!
I want my 4,75 Euro back!
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? If words paint a picture for the reader, this is merely an
elementary sketch. NOTE: The author chose to reply to my review in a somewhat snarky, defensive manner. I never questioned the investigative procedures reflected in the book and was remiss in not crediting the authenticity of those procedures. I do hold a degree in Criminology, so it did not surprise me that the author has a respected history of writing textbooks. That explains a lot regarding [what i observed as a] dry writing style.