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MURDERS OF CONVEYANCE
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I'm excited to tell you about Murders of Conveyance, the latest addition to the Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian mystery series!LikeProspect for Murderand Murder on Mokulua Drive, this book is a cozy mystery with pan-Pacific history, multiculturalism, and a hint of the paranormal set in the lush environs of Hawai`i. It contains several elements of classic literature:
~ Prologue and Epilogue
~ Casts of characters
~ Chapter quotes
~ Folio art [a hibiscus flower] around page numbers
~ Notes and Acknowledgements
~ Brief Overview of the Hawaiian language
~ Glossary of non-English and specialized terms [historically annotated]
The First Annual Aloha Scavenger Hunt is beginning. Journalist Natalie Seachrist, private investigator Keoni Hewitt, and friends Margie and Dan O`Haraare joining in the fun. Thanks to neighbors they christened The Ladies, Natalie is not worried about their tortoise shell feline companion Miss Una, who has a way of discovering her own ad- ventures. 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 Diasthat 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 figurine in rare white jade, 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 the hidden Kuan Yin? Coincidences? Or, has Natalie’s visioning revealed a murderer with long hidden secrets?
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Murders of Conveyance
Just Released by Artemesia Publishing
2018 ARIZONA LITERARY EXCELLENCE CONTEST
2nd PLACE, Published Fiction
2018 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
FINALIST, Cozy Mystery ~ WINNER, Cover Art 6x9 Fiction
2017 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
FINALIST, Mystery/Suspense ~ WINNER, Cover Art 6x9 Fiction