From USA Today bestselling author Anne Marie Stoddard comes another fabulously fashionable mystery in paradise...
Kaley Kalua is ecstatic when her best friend announces that she’s getting married and bringing the pre-wedding celebration to Aloha Lagoon! As the maid of honor, Kaley can't wait to see her bride-to-be bestie, Emma—that is, until Emma shows up on the island with a few unwelcome faces in her wedding party, including Kaley’s cheating ex-husband, Bryan, one of his former mistresses, and his new girlfriend! To make matters worse, Kaley’s current relationship with the resort's hot lifeguard is on the rocks, and her
brand new handbag goes missing after a wild night celebrating Emma’s bachelorette party.
But things go from bad to downright deadly when Bryan’s girlfriend is found the next day, dead and buried in a shallow grave on the resort beach—along with Kaley’s missing bag! The police seem convinced that Kaley is involved in the woman’s untimely death. In order to prove her innocence and save Emma’s wedding weekend, Kaley must do a little investigating of her own. Did her arrogant ex-husband kill his own girlfriend? Or did the jealous other woman commit the crime? The deeper Kaley digs in her pursuit of the truth, the more secrets and lies she uncovers. It soon becomes clear that someone doesn’t want Kaley to air their dirty laundry. If she isn’t careful, she may not live to see her friend walk down the aisle.
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 & 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
Loved this one in the series. I love that each can be read independently. This had a great story, my idea of "who dun it" changed several times and was happy with the ending. Great storytelling that had me hooked from Page 1. A book vacation to Hawaii!
Bad girls know how to spoil a party. And when one is murdered during a pre-wedding girlfriend trip the claws come out! A fun read with lots of interesting twists.
Handbags & Homicide is a very entertaining mystery. With designer bags, sport figures, a cheating ex-husband accompanied by his current and former girlfriends, a best friend rushing her wedding and murder there is plenty to keep your interest. This was a great mystery - lots of plot twists, plenty of suspects. I highly recommend you read this one!
This handbag is full of fun and intrigue! Handbags & Homicide is the twelfth book in the Aloha Lagoon mystery series, all written by different authors, and the second book written by Anne Marie Stoddard within this series. It features Kaley Kalua who manages the Happy Hula Dress Boutique at Aloha Lagoon Resort. Kaley has been asked to be the maid of honor for her friend Emma in a quickie wedding in just two weeks to Atlanta Falcons football player, Dante. Kaley's ex-husband, Bryan, and another football teammate, is one of Dante's groomsmen. Out of loyalty to her friend Emma, Kaley carries out her maid of honor duties to provide the best that the Aloha Lagoon Resort has to offer for the pre-wedding weekend. Unfortunately, members of the bridal party, Coco and Val, are also on the Atlanta Falcons cheerleading team and also had an affair with the ex-husband Bryan. Out of appreciation for pulling together the pre-wedding celebration, Emma gifts Kaley with the coveted Michael Kors cross-body handbag that Kaley had been eyeballing during a shopping trip in Atlanta months ago. Kaley brings the handbag to the bachlorette party at the premier Lanai Lounge nightclub at Aloha Lagoon Resort. After a night of drinking and partying, Kaley wakes up with a massive hangover and little memory of the previous evening. One thing is sure, her new handbag is missing. With the help of Emma's GPS cell phone locator, the handbag is found on the beach ... with the strap wrapped around one of the cheerleaders' neck. Immediately Kaley is the prime suspect. I hadn't read the previous book written by this author in this series as I have been reading some of these books out of order. However, I was able to easily get a grasp of the characters without knowing the details of Kaley and Bryan's previous history. Now that I got a taste that Bryan's affairs were the crux of their divorce, I am anxious to go back and read the first book featuring Kaley: Bikinis & Bloodshed. I enjoyed this cozy mystery tremendously. The writing flows and you are instantly captured with the bridal drama, providing lots of fun in Kauai. I received an ARC from the publisher for purposes of an unbiased review.
Another great installment to this series. Kaley's friend Emma is getting married and wants to have the bachelorette party at Aloha Lagoon. Kaley's purse goes missing and ends up in a shallow grave with the victim. Kaley must prove her innocence. Story was fast paced and get me engaged. One of the best in this series.
This was an enjoyable mystery that I had a problem putting down. There is a cast of believable and realistic characters in a fun setting. It is another book set in the lovely Aloha Lagoon in Hawaii where we revisit the resort and other local settings as well as see friends from other books. Tensions are high when Kaley Kalua's friend from Atlanta, Emma and her other bridesmaids arrive for a bachelorette party. Among the group are a couple of cheerleaders for the Atlanta Falcons who cheated on Kaley with Bryan, her ex-husband and football player with the Falcons. To add fuel to the fire, the guys arrive as well - for their own party at the resort. When one of the cheating women is found dead with Kaley's brand new purse wrapped around her dead body, the police look hard at Kaley. There is a lot of drama going on among the group as Kaley and her friend from work investigate all who might have it in for the cheating cheerleader. Ms. Stoddard does a great job at creating some mean girl characters and likable ones and lots of tension and secrets to unravel. I received a complimentary ARC from Gemma Halliday Publishing to read and give an honest review.