The Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian mysteries
By Jeanne Burrows-Johnson
~ published by Artemesia Publishing ~
Copyright from 2017© Jeanne Burrows-Johnson
Prospect for Murder
FINALIST Mystery /Suspense
WINNER, Cover Art 6x9 Fiction
2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
Murder on Mokulua Drive
WHAT REVIEWERS & READERS SAY
REGARDING MURDER ON MOKULUA DRIVE...
Jordana Landsma, The US Review of Books
This author knows her genre, and she skillfully blends familiar ingredients that faithful cozy mystery readers will appreciate. The story is further enhanced with several compelling flourishes. First, the author draws on the rich history of Denmark’s safe evacuation of its Jewish population during World War II and integrates this legacy into her 21st-century characters. Next, while cozy sleuths are often known for their intuition, Natalie’s dreams are downright prescient, bringing a mystical quality to the crime-solving activities. Finally, the book’s love affair with its Hawaiian setting is contagious, and the location details create an alluring atmosphere. All these added components bring depth and freshness to a familiar format.
The most striking feature of Burrows-Johnson’s . . . book is a winsomely detailed setting . . . the protagonist is first-rate. Natalie, for example, despite using her visions as an investigative tool, produces a significant break in the case with mere deductive reasoning. Her special ability does factor into the probe, but she would have made headway on smarts alone. The plot offers a couple of impressive twists…A diverting tale led by a smashing amateur detective whose dexterity far exceeds her paranormal gift.
Star Rating: 5/5
Both setting and character are wonderfully and intricately described, building a slice of life that draws the reader in…
Susan Miller, Manhattan Book Review
Star Rating: 4.5 of 4
Initially, it was the gorgeous cover that drew me to this book. . . . Overall, I was impressed by the character development in the book. . . . . The use of Hawaiian words and explanations was also a very nice touch, making me feel that I was part of the local culture. . . . The story had many layers as well as some twists and turns, which kept me glued to the pages. . .
Elizabeth Konkel, Seattle Book Review
Star Rating: 4.5 / 5
A murder mystery in paradise, Murder on Mokulua Drive is full of heart, sweet romance, and a deep sense of family with layered characters, strong female relationships, and the scenic setting of Hawai'i.
Tamara Benson, San Francisco Book Review
Star Rating: 4 / 5
…this book is truly a good book for a rainy day and has been a pleasure to read.
Frank Kaleba, Amazon.com
Star Rating: 5 / 5
Jeanne Burrows-Johnson once again paints her protagonist, Natalie Seachrist, into a lush and immersive ramble through Hawai’ian culture, food, and milieu. It is a tropical milieu you can quickly embrace, as the sights, fragrances, and tastes of the island develop on the pages . . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this second entry into the Natalie Seachrist series . . . . Highly recommended to spirit you away.
REGARDING PROSPECT FOR MURDER...
Midwestbookreview.com A deftly crafted and impressively engaging read from cover to cover, Prospect for Murder" clearly demonstrates novelist Jeanne Burrows-Johnson as a master of the mystery suspense genre.Very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs and community library Mystery Fiction collections.
DJ Sakata, GoodReads.com. Being a resident of Hawai`i, I could not pass up a murder mystery based in Honolulu. It was thrilling while at the same time oddly relaxing to read a story with so many local references....The writing was insightful, observant, emotive and intelligent. Each scene, task, and event was highly detailed and meticulously described....I savored the sense of familiarity as well as the intriguing storyline.
Cherie Jung, OverMyDeadBody.com. Readers will quickly warm to the protagonist, Natalie, her cat Miss Una, and the many other memorable characters. The pacing of the narrative was perfect. The characters were well-developed, the storyline plausible, and the author's descriptive writing skill will leave readers wanting more Natalie Seachrist and Miss Una stories.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson,SanFranciscoBookReview.com. I live in California and have a hope to one day visit Hawai`i, I enjoyed reading about Natalie's research work as much as the murder plot. The story is well written....I'd love to read more of Natalie's adventures in the future! Highly recommended for the mystery-lover.
AudioBook Reviewer,Audible.com. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is perfect….Burrows-Johnson masterfully describes the locations, people and history in vivid detail that flows almost poetically….[She] did an excellent job of reading the book. The enunciation and clearness of her speech as well as the passion was not over the top or fake.…Her voice was soothing and calming.
Of her work in UNDER SONORAN SKIES, Prose and Poetry from the High Desert [one of 2012's top picks by the Southwestern Books of the Year] Kirkus Reviews said her historical essays are interesting. The Arizona Daily Star appreciated her indexing and the Green Valley News and Sun found her design a beautiful hardcover book and the prose well researched and well written.