MURDERS OF CONVEYANCE
The Third Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery
By Jeanne Burrows-Johnson
~ published by Artemesia Publishing ~
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-932926-60-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-932926-62-0
SYNOPSIS: MURDERS OF CONVEYANCE
The First Annual Aloha Scavenger Hunt is beginning. Journalist Natalie Seachrist, private investigator Keoni Hewitt, and friends Margie and Dan O`Hara are joining in the fun. Thanks to neighbors they christened The Ladies, Natalie is not worried about their feline companion Miss Una, who has a way of discovering her own adventures. Before departing for their Honolulu hotel, Natalie dreams of a film noire whodunit. Immersed in the action, she exits a vintage elevator, finds a man’s body lying in a hotel hall, and watches an elegant woman savagely search an adjacent room. After a murder occurs outside their suite, Natalie advises HPD Lieutenant John Dias that the victim’s taped outline and hat leaning against the wall eerily parallel her “dream.” She then identifies the man’s photo as Chinese professor Fù Hán Zhāng. Knowing the reliability of her prescient gift, the detective asks Natalie and Keoni to watch for clues to either death while the scavenger hunt visits O`ahu locales like the Pali Lookout and an ancient heiau.
After a full-color vision, Natalie is convinced that the site of her earlier “dream” is in Chinatown, her victim is Chinese, and the perpetrator is a tall woman in a red suit. When a false scavenger hunt clue alludes to a priceless Kuan Yin statue, Natalie turns to her friend Pearl Wong for help. After a Chinese New Year’s feast, the investigators tour the historic Shēn building which once held a boutique hotel where a family member disappeared in the 1950s. Is this the man Natalie envisioned dead in a narrow hotel hallway? Is his death linked to that of the professor? What of the hint of a hidden Kuan Yin figurine of rare white jade? Coincidences? Or, has Natalie’s visioning revealed a murderer with long hidden secrets?
WHAT REVIEWERS & READERS SAY ABOUT
THIS AWARD-WINNING SERIES
Prospect for Murder
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. While very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs and community library Mystery Fiction collections.
J. Aislynn d'Merricksson, San Francisco Book Review
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.
Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books
In this debut whodunit, Burrows-Johnson displays a fine eye for detail, a sharp ear for dialogue, and a commendable commitment to tie up loose ends. Her descriptions of time, place, history, and more make up in substance what may be lacking in suspense. One suspects this is only the beginning of Natalie s adventures.
Murder on Mokulua Drive
The most striking feature . . . is a winsomely detailed setting, from
seafood and Kona coffee to Hawaii’s generally relaxed ambiance (including a hammock on the lanai). . . . the protagonist is first-rate. The plot offers a couple of impressive twists…A diverting tale led by a smashing amateur detective whose dexterity far exceeds her paranormal gift.
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 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.
Portland Book Review, Star Rating 5 of 5
Both setting and character are wonderfully and intricately described, building a slice of life that draws the reader in…
Susan Miller, Manhatten Book Review, Star Rating 4.5 of 5
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 of 5
Burrows-Johnson fills Murder on Mokulua Drive with strong female relationships….Even Natalie's cat plays a role in the story as a prominent member of the family and a watchful protector of sorts for the characters….The mystery itself is tragic and full of twists as Natalie and Keoni work to protect someone they care about and end up falling into the crosshairs of someone dangerous…
Tamara Benson, San Francisco Book Review, Star Rating 4 of 5
…this book is truly a good book for a rainy day and has been a pleasure to read.
Frank Kaleba, Amazon Book Reviews, Star Rating, 5 of 5
Jeanne Burrows-Johnson once again paints her protagonist, Natalie Seachrist, into a lush and immersive ramble through Hawaiian culture, food, and milieu. Natalie is not a detective, but a catalyst for the solution. Highly recommended to spirit you away.
This is my first Natalie Seachrist story, but won't be my last. The story was quick paced, yet lingered appropriately on Hawaii life. I love a good story that has me fooled and keeps me from guessing the outcome. This one delivered!