by Kathleen Costa
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Murder at Waters Edge, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.
Kailani Pope, ‘Lani’ to everyone except her paternal grandmother, is known for doing whatever is necessary to help a friend. So, when Bethany Halderman called and said her sister Cammy’s accident wasn’t an accident, Lani is there to help her friend find the truth. Cammy Halderman was competing in the Amazing Brains and Brawn Race when she was found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The contest had narrowed down to ten teams hacking computers to discover clues (Brains) leading to destinations requiring physical fitness (Brawn) to win a grand prize of one million dollars. Could that be the motive for murder? Or did Cammy happen upon something more sinister?
Lani agrees to go undercover and act as Cammy’s replacement and as for her ‘Brains’ partner, she invites new friend, Zak Zimmerman, computer wizard extraordinaire. With seemingly casual rules about outside assistance, Zoe and Lani’s boyfriend, Luke, are added as perfect investigative partners. The contest continues and Lani and her team are off hacking clues and exploring the island of Maui, its history, and its culture. Suspicious boil over and it is not lost on any of them that the stakes are high and with Cammy being a casualty, others are also at risk. The land of Aloha is turning into the land of murder.
For me it’s an exciting ‘two-fer.’ This is the sixth book in a favorite series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery, which adds characters from my other favorite Zoe Donovan series as a follow-up crossover event. If you enjoy this crossover between these two series, check out Easter Escapade when Lani and Luke first meet Zoe and Zak in Ashton Falls. Zoe and Lani work well together learning they have a lot in common, topped off by an aptitude for investigating murder.
In Murder at Waters Edge Kathi Daley continues to take us on a delightful journey with her characters as they share camaraderie, collaboration and ‘canoodling.’ The mystery could be the best yet, and adding to Kathi’s signature suspense is an exciting race around the island of Maui. I love Maui, a favorite destination for my family, so some of my favorite parts were those times Lani explained about Maui history, culture and sites I, too, have visited.
Fans will be thrilled with this engaging mystery and newbies will not feel out of touch because there is enough to make it a standalone story. Although if you are the kind of reader who enjoys experiencing the development of characters and subtle changes in relationships, you’ll love starting with the first book, “Murder at Dolphin Bay.” Each of the six books are 225 pages, give or take, so easily finished over a quiet weekend. I guarantee you will love the islands…Kathi Daley style!
Along with giving us a delightful story, Kathi Daley also gives a wide variety of delicious treats. This set of easy-to-follow recipes were provided by her fans and members of her online recipe exchange: Mauna Loa’s Brandy Slush, Swedish Nut Cake, Chocolate Mud Pie, and Butter Pecan Cake…and you thought you had nothing to serve at the book club!
Murder at Waters Edge earn 5/5 Encrypted Computer Clues!
To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Murder at Waters Edge, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “first,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 10, 2017. U.S. residents only for the print copy. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address. PLEASE STATE IN ENTRY WHETHER YOU WANT PRINT OR KINDLE.
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