Image of Aloha, Lady Blue: A Mystery


Image of Aloha, Lady Blue: A Mystery

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.

Stryker McBride is a retired crime reporter whose career was cut short by a bullet. The upside is a $300,000 houseboat and enough of a settlement to keep him comfortable. When he gets a call from a former high school classmate to investigate the death of her grandfather, he encounters a boatload of trouble. There’s a society with secrets they wish to keep buried and are willing to kill to keep them hidden. When the crooked cop who shot him and killed a policewoman dies mysteriously in prison, he realizes how far the problem reaches. (MINOTAUR, Jan., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown