MURDER IN MAUI
There are two types of scenes in this short book — routine police investigation and steamy sex scenes. Flowers’ writing style is sparse and to the point, which works well for the procedural detective work. However, it is not as suited to the many relationship issues that the Maui detectives face. Every character in the book is going through extreme personal turmoil including divorce, infidelity, alcoholism — the list goes on and on. Self-destruction runs so deep that it is difficult to like any of the characters. Readers may initially connect with the main protagonist, Leila Kahana, who seems content with her life, but when she hooks up with her married partner Seymour it is hard not to feel regret and sadness for Leila’s poor choice. The story’s saving grace is that despite their personal issues, the police detectives in Murder In Maui are very good at their job and always get the bad guy.
Caught naked in bed during an affair, two doctors are murdered in an upscale Hawaiian neighborhood. Maui police detectives Leila Kahana and Blake Seymour are called in to investigate. Thanks to professional misconduct, gambling debts and jealous spouses, there is no shortage of suspects. Tensions also run high between the two detectives who try to navigate their own affair. But when several more murders take place on their watch, Leila and Seymour must put aside their personal relationship to stop the serial killer before more people are killed. (Self Published, February 2011, dl. $4.59)
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