ALOHA, LADY BLUE
Humorist Memminger’s first crime novel is a paean to John D. MacDonald, but set in Hawaii. McBride’s houseboat is the Travis McGee, and McGee novel titles are sprinkled throughout. But he draws on other things Hawaiian as well: Two dogs patrol the yacht club à la Magnum, P.I. and there are references to Hawaii Five-O. These draw the reader a little bit out of a story that’s otherwise filled with surprises, well-wrought characters and lots of humor.