PROSPECT FOR MURDER
WRITTEN AND NARRATED BY
WINNER, Cover Art 6X9 Fiction
2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
~ from Artemesia Publishing ~
MURDER ON MOKULUA DRIVE
The second Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian cozy mystery
Now available in hardcover and Ebook editions through
Copyright from 2017© Jeanne Burrows-Johnson
Thank you to everyone
by to chat at the
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS!
I hope you've already met
Natalie Seachrist and her companions
in their murderous adventures in
PROSPECT FOR MURDER!
What is Natalie doing now? Sadly, her auntie Carrie has passed. Although she misses her very much, Natalie is pleased to have inherited her lovely cottage in the welcoming beachside community of Lanikai, Hawai`i. Accompanied by her boyfriend Keoni Hewitt and the silent, but fleet-footed feline Miss Una, Natalie is ready for a life of relaxing semi-retirement. But that is not to be. . .and I don't mean because her new entertainment magazine column is too exhausting. . .
THE FIRST REVIEW OF MURDER ON MOKULUA DRIVE:
Jordana Landsma, TheUSReview.com
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.
Semi-retired journalist Natalie Seachrist has had visions all of her life. But when she has one about a child escaping by boat from Denmark to Sweden in a murky predawn, she has no idea how scenes resembling a World War II movie will impact her twenty-first century life in Hawai`i`. Soon after, she and her boyfriend, homicide-detective-turned-private-investigator Keoni Hewitt, move into the Lanikai cottage she has recently inherited.
The warm welcome they receive from Miriam Didión, a widowed human rights activist, sets the ideal tone for life in the delightful windward neighborhood. Unfortunately, their expectations of a relaxing seaside life are soon shattered. By the time Natalie throws Keoni a birthday party, she has become close to Miriam and her personable housemates Joanne and Izzy. Even Natalie’s feline companion Miss Una embraces the women who live next door by keeping watch on their property each night. Abruptly, their lives change when Natalie experiences a horrifying vision of a scuba diver garroting a woman. And when one of her neighbors is found dead in the maid’s quarters of Miriam’s home the following morning, Natalie must reveal her murderous vision to Keoni’s former partner, Honolulu Police Detective John Dias.
Hoping her unusual gifts may prove useful once more, the Lieutenant asks Natalie and her twin Nathan (a psychologist) to read the victim’s journals. While fascinated by the decades-long commentary, Natalie finds no clue to the brutal murder. But when the body of a nefarious suspect is discovered at Diamond Head Beach, the murder appears solved. Believing that her life of semi-retirement is back on track, Natalie schedules a tour of historic Kawai nui Marsh with a few of her new friends. Too soon, the unraveling of a day of playing tourist as well as the perceived resolution of the murder place Natalie and her companions in the cross hairs of an unexpected and dangerous adversary.
Does resolution of the gruesome crime lie buried in the deceased’s transnational past? Or does it lie in the visible present among innocuous seeming companions?
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