Mai Tai One On (Tiki Goddess Mystery Series #1)

Mai Tai One On (Tiki Goddess Mystery Series #1)

by Jill Marie Landis


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Six months ago, if anyone would have told Em Johnson she'd end up divorced, broke, and running the dilapidated Tiki Goddess Bar on the magical North Shore of Kauai she would have told them to shove a swizzle stick up their okole.

As if all that isn't bad enough, when an obnoxious neighbor with a grudge is found dead in the Goddess luau pit, suspicion falls on Em and the rest of the Goddess staff. With the help of a quirky dance troupe of over-the-hill Hula Maidens, Em and the cast of characters must ban together to find the killer and solve the mystery before the next pupu party.

JILL MARIE LANDIS has written over twenty-five novels, which have earned awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA Today Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in both Single Title and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner. She's written historical and contemporary romance as well as inspirational historical romance, and she is now penning The Tiki Goddess Mystery Series, which begins with Mai Tai One On.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611940442
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 07/03/2011
Series: Tiki Goddess Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 682,833
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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Mai tai one On 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
bookwyrmian More than 1 year ago
This book was just fun. Fun, fun, fun. From the comic background characters, to the main characters with their real problems. If you're a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels this is a series for you. The exotic local adds just the right amount of spice to the mystery, and the actual plot of the mystery is just convoluted enough to keep you guessing. Snatch up this book right away!
CristinaG More than 1 year ago
Jill Marie Landis has written a winner with Mai Tai One On, the first book of the new Tiki Goddess series. Put on your puka shell necklace, grab a mai tai and get ready for a Hawaiin vacation! This book has all the ingredients for a summer fun read or a cold, "I wish I were in Hawaii", winter read. There is the exotic location, suspense with a couple of murders and kidnappings to solve, romance and the laugh out loud antics of, my favorite dancers, The Hula Maidens. Reading the final chapter I couldn't help but wish the second book was already available. I think this book makes a fun reading group selection. I love this book!
SincerelyStacie More than 1 year ago
This sounded like a fun read and came highly recommended by authors I love like Kristin Hannah and Carly Phillips. This isn't my typical genre but, I was willing to take a chance. I was expecting a little more "romance", but it was mostly mystery with a comedic twist. Since I have never been to Hawaii, some of the terms and way of life described in Hawaii was new to me. I could see those who are familiar with the Hawaiian life-syle would appreciate that part of the book more. I did appreciate the author making one of the characters from Iowa and not making her too "hickish". Since there were a couple murders and an attempted murder in the story, you were easily drawn into finding out who was the next to fall and who the murderer was. Even though the story leads you in several directions, I did guess the murderer early on, but it didn't change my interest in finding out if and/or how that person would be caught. This was an enjoyable light read. It is perfect for a weekend getaway or for taking a break from heavier reading. It will make you laugh and make you wish you were relaxing at the Tiki Goddess bar yourself! The fun part is, the author includes some signature Tiki Goddess drink recipes at the back of the book. I may have to try out some of those! I will be watching for Book 2 of the series to come out!
MnSensei More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I'm a mid-50's male so probably not the target audience but I still loved it. (My wife tells me it sounds like an Evonovich book.) I bought to read while in Hawaii but enjoyed it so much I bought the second one read at home. It's relatively short (my only complaint) but a fun read. I love the Hawaii setting and if you are familiar at all with Hawaii you'll really appreciate the references and lifestyle. If you are looking for Tom Clancy book, this isn't it. It has a good plot, and is fun and entertaining. Also one reviewer mentioned something about being offended by detailed descriptions of nudity. I wonder if they reviewed the wrong book? There might have been something in the last few pages but I don't remember any other situation that could remotely quialify as that. I loved reading this book, loved the second one and am looking forward to the third!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read! The mystery keeps you guessing, the hot cop keeps your pulse up. The little touches of Hawaiian culture and the antics of the Hula Maidens make this a unique spin. This winning formula will keep me coming back for more! ..wjj
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also read Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels. This is a great comparison. Great story. Fun read. Looking for ward to reading other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like this book was much needed therapy for my busy life. While i was reading i could imagine a tropical paradise with funny and quirky friends, enjoying a mai tai or two. Jill marie landis us a gifted writer and my blood pressure went down just by reading this funny mystery. I will be buying more books by her. Its cheaper then xanax.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Was a fun read
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Emily Johnson needed to start a new life when her marriage broke up rather badly so she moved to Hawaii to help her uncle run his restaurant, the Tiki Goddess Bar, on the island of Kauai. Favored by locals and frequently drawing tourists under Em's management, the restaurant has finally begun to come into black ink for the first time in quite a while. Then the unthinkable happens. A cantankerous neighbor is found face down in the luau pit and the most likely suspects seem to be Uncle Louie, bartender Sophie and Em herself. Sophie has a past that puts a target on her back and Uncle Louie had a longstanding feud with the victim. Em doesn't appear to have much of a motive but she finds herself in compromising circumstances more than once, leading the detective to be a bit suspicious. The bar's free entertainment is the Hula Maidens, a group of, shall we say, well-aged ladies who will perform whenever they get the opportunity and they're not about to let the Goddess be put out of business by such a thing as murder. The wheeling and dealing by the murdered man's high-powered realtor niece who has inherited his house and wants to put up a high-value mansion isn't going to endanger their beloved bar either so they swing into action to help Em solve the case. Before their sleuthing gets very far, there's another murder and Em disappears. Is this a sign of her guilt or is something more sinister going on? Throw in a handsome fire dancing detective, a Liberace-like celebrity, a 95-year-old hula dancer in a mobility scooter and a parrot named David Letterman who frequently has to sleep off a hangover and the reader is in for a treat. The descriptions of this less-commercialized part of Hawaii are enticing, reminding me of why I wish I lived on a tropical island. The mystery itself is a bit lightweight---I identified the murderer early on--- but there is plenty of humor and a bit of romance, making this an ideal beach read, and I'm looking forward to the next book in this new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kauai is the first Hawaiian island my husband and I visited and the book brought back many fond memories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, fun beach read.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Doesn’t that cover just scream fun! and murder! Em Johnson’s uncle owns Tiki Goddess Bar on the North Shore of Kauai. The Hula Maidens, a group of seniors who dance at the joint have written to Em and asked her to come because they are worried about her uncle’s memory, plus the place is losing money fast. With nothing to hold her on the mainland she hops a plane. She has been there are 6 months and some of her ideas have started to turn the place around. The jury is still out on her uncle. But when one of the bar’s neighbors is found dead, in the Imu, (the pit where they cook the pigs for the luaus) Uncle Louie is the police’s prime suspect. What really makes this book sing or I should say dance is its cast of quirky characters. Their antics had me in stitches from the first page until the last. The Hula Maidens are a hoot and Detective Roland is a fire dancer when he isn’t trying to put Uncle Louis or their new bartender behind bars. A new neighbor is quite flamboyant and the dead neighbor took obnoxious to a whole new level. There is also parrot named David Letterman, who is the taste tester for Uncle Louie’s new creations and he is a big fan on the television show Survivor. The ringmaster trying to hold this whole circus together is Em Johnson and while trying to protect the people she cares for she doesn’t always make the best decisions. This series gets off to a nice start with not only a murder or two but also a kidnapping and a human femur bone found on a shelf. Everyone seems to be holding something back and those secrets lead in many different directions. Detective Roland seems to be around often but in addition to asking questions the Hula Maidens think he has romantic ideas about Em. She feels a little spark too, but until the case is solved she has no interest in the fire dancer, no matter how good he looks in that loin cloth. I have never been to Hawaii and probably will never get there so I really enjoyed this little virtual escape. I will be back when I read book #2, Two to Mango. If you like your cozy mysteries to include a nice slice of humor, fix yourself a mai tai and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute and little wacky at times; kept me wondering til near the end "who done it".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!  So enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's an easy read that I couldn't put down. Looking forward to reading others in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for the beach in the trades with a cool drink. Enough adventure, follies and detecting to delight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very similar to Janet Evanovich books, but not quite as good. Light and easy reading, funny story line and characters that are defined well enough that I got an actual mental image of them all. This book was written in a style that flows easily so one does not get tangled up in a tongue twisting vocabulary. Very enjoyable.
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LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Landis, but it won't be my last. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.  The characters are original and interesting. I enjoyed spending time with Em, Uncle Louie and the staff of the Tiki Goddess Bar in beautiful Kauai, Hawaii. Oh, and the Hula Maidens! Loved the oldster Hula Maidens! The story is entertaining and flows at a great pace. All with a mystery that had me guessing until the end.  I can't wait for my next visit to The Tiki Godess!
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jef71 More than 1 year ago
I won this book and so glad I did. It is funny. I enjoyed all the girls in it. Th characters were just great. I will be buying more of her books.
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Entertaining fun read
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