Maui Widow Waltz

Maui Widow Waltz

by Joann Bassett

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ISBN-13: 9781463606657
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JoAnn Bassett grew up in Seattle, but always preferred palm trees to pine trees. She ran a business and raised a son, hoping to someday make a day at the beach an everyday reality. In 1996 she and her husband bought a home on Maui, making the dream a reality. Now she lives in Arizona, but still enjoys writing about life in the islands.

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Maui Widow Waltz 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SOS_Aloha More than 1 year ago
I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any place goodbye so regretfully.- Mark Twain With the snow piling up in Maryland, I escaped to Hawaii in JoAnn Bassett's MAUI WIDOW WALTZ, the first entry in her six book series, Islands of Aloha.   Bassett lived on Maui, giving me the confidence that she could deliver an authentic experience.  She did not disappoint.  The heroine, Pali Moon, grew up on Maui and understands the island way of life.  In fact, many scenes take place off the beaten track, away from tourist traps, where kamahina (locals) survive the challenges of high cost living in a tropical getaway.   Although she lives paycheck to paycheck, Pali still maintains the Aloha spirit.  I commend Bassett for creating an "earthy" protagonist whose life is not quite perfect in Paradise.  She also gives readers a handful of colorful characters who reflect the diversity of the islands.  The story itself is humorous but not quite the laugh out loud I prefer in cozy mysteries.   The mystery is intriguing as Pali uncovers the layers of deception from those involved in the wedding, akin to peeling a Maui onion.   However, I found the mystery dragged during the countdown to the wedding day ... Pali spends much of her time driving up and down the East Maui mountain ... just waiting for something to explode with the bridezilla.  Yet Bassett delivered a satisfactory ending, tempting me to continue with the series.   Recommended read for fans of cozy mysteries and Hawaiian culture. I purchased a print copy of MAUI WIDOW WALTZ to feed my appetite for Hawaii.