From USA Today bestselling author Anne Marie Stoddard comes a fabulously fashionable mystery in paradise...
After a very painful—and very public—divorce from her cheating football star husband, Kaley Kalua just wants some peace and privacy. Cramming only the essentials (clothes, shoes, and makeup) into her Prada duffel bag, Kaley returns to her hometown of Aloha Lagoon to manage her Aunt Rikki’s clothing shop, the Happy Hula Dress Boutique. A new job, new friends, and a change of scenery are just what she needs to turn her life around. It doesn’t hurt that Kaley’s handsome childhood best friend, Noa Kahele, has also moved back to the small resort town.
Unfortunately, life on the island isn’t quite the peaceful paradise that Kaley was expecting. Not everyone is thrilled about her return—especially Louana, Happy Hula’s assistant manager, who thinks that she deserves Kaley’s new job. And when the woman is found strangled by a bikini top from the boutique, the police make it clear that Aunt Rikki is their main suspect. But Kaley is determined to prove her aunt’s innocence! Between dodging a nosy local reporter and sparring with her high school nemesis, Kaley compiles her own list of suspects. In the process, she also attracts the attention of a dangerous killer. If Kaley isn’t careful, she could wind up trading her colorful wardrobe for funeral black…
The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
Bikinis and Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)
Lethal Tide (book #10)
Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Handbags & Homicide (book #12)
About Aloha Lagoon:
There's trouble in paradise...
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii's hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere...and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget!
About the Author
Anne Marie Stoddard is a USA Today Bestselling Author, iBooks Bestseller, Amazon Mover & Shaker, and Amazon Top 100 Author. She writes supernatural thrillers and cozy mysteries with an edge, many of which are based on her experience working in radio and at music festivals across the U.S. Aside from writing, Anne Marie loves her husband and their dog, college football, hula hoops, music, coffee, and anything pumpkin-flavored. For more details about Anne Marie's upcoming projects, giveaways, and more, visit her online and subscribe to her newsletter at http://www.amstoddardbooks.com/. Connect with Anne Marie on social media! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmStoddardBooks Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMStoddardBooks
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the 8th book in this series that is written by multiple authors. I just loved it. Anne Marie Stoddard does an excellent job of making the story come alive. Kaley is a great character and was well written. Actually, all of the characters were well written. The mystery is excellent as well, I love it when I can't figure out whodunit! I can't wait to read some more books about this great place called Aloha Lagoon! I received an ARC from the publisher for purposes of an unbiased review.
Another enjoyable mystery in the Aloha Lagoon series. Kaley Kalua returns to Hawaii after she finds that her husband has been cheating on her. Kaley was born and raised in Hawaii and after her divorce is final she is eager to return to her native home and her Aunt Rikki. Rikki owns the Happy Hula Dress Boutique and Kaley will be managing the store for her aunt. The action begins as Kaley and her aunt stop by the store on their way home from the airport. Louana, the current assistant manager, is upset as she felt the manager’s position should have been hers and she and Rikki have words. Louana storms out of the store, destroying merchandise as she leaves while threatening Rikki with legal action. The very first day of work for Kaley starts out with her discovering a body and she realizes that she needs to find out who committed the murder before her aunt is mistakenly accused. Kaley begins asking questions about who else had reasons to commit this murder. Doing so, she puts herself in jeopardy while dealing with her renewed attraction for Noa Kahele, her former crush. This book has a mystery with an ending you won’t be expecting and an enjoyable cast of characters including Detective Ray and others who have appeared in previous Aloha Lagoon books. I received a free copy of this book in order to provide an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
I loved this murder mystery/romance set in Hawaii. All the suspects will have you guessing until the very end.
BIKINIS & BLOODSHED I enjoy reading this series of books because I get to visit another Hawaiian location. This location may have been my favorite because it revolved around “retail therapy”. Kaley was the strong but vulnerable main character that must come to the rescue of her Aunt Rikki, who has come to the rescue of Kaley. Kaley walks into a mystery, a murder mystery. This is happening while she’s trying to plant her feet and roots firmly back on her home base after a very public and embarrassing divorce. She must also come to grips with love lost and come to term with her new reality. She encounters her old nemesis, Harmony, and her once true love, Noa, who she walked out on in a very abrupt way. She is forced to relive the past while coming to terms with the present. I enjoyed Bikinis & Bloodshed. It was really a good fast paced summer book. It's filled with mystery, suspense, a bit of romance and murder. It’s a book that mystery lovers will enjoy.