New in the USA Today bestselling series—Jessica Fletcher finds herself in a tropical paradise where “aloha” means both hello and goodbye. But sometimes, the goodbye is permanent…
Jessica is on the Hawaiian island of Maui, giving a lecture on community involvement in police investigations. Her co-lecturer is legendary retired detective Mike Kane, who shares his love of Hawaiian lore, legends, and culture with Jessica. But the talking stops when the body of a colleague is found at the rocky foot of a cliff.
Mala Kapule, a botanist and popular professor at Maui College, was known for her activism and efforts on behalf of the volcanic crater Haleakala. Plans to place the world’s largest solar telescope there split the locals, with Mala arguing fiercely to preserve the delicate ecology of the area.
Now it’s up to Jessica and Mike to uncover who was driven to silence the scientist…and betray the spirit of aloha.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Murder, She Wrote Series , #41|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels.
Donald Bain, her longtime collaborator, is the writer of more than one hundred other books, many of them bestsellers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a big fan of all Murder She wrote books. Have read all the books and wait for the next one out. I like that she is in Hawaii because I just came back from there and can relate the history of where the story was written about. It is a easy summer read.
I have always enjoyed the Murder she wrote series. It was a great read.
She's not the typcal old lady type
Spectacular Setting, Amazing Scenario For this Murder She Wrote novel, Jessica takes us to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui, and we get to vicariously enjoy the tourist sites, the food, festivals, and the local attitude, Live the Aloha Spirit, a saying worn on badges by the many workers in the island's large tourist industry. It is a spirit of friendliness and community, but as Jessica learns all too tragically, not everyone on the island lives the Aloha spirit. Jessica is on Maui as a guest of the police department to share the lecture stage with retired Maui detective and local big kahuna, Mike Kane, to talk about community involvement in crime solving to police recruits. While she is there, she plans to visit the niece (Mala) of her friend Seth Hazlitt's old university pal, Barrett Kapule, who sadly passed away recently. She has a letter of condolences from Seth to pass on to the family. Mala, a botanist of some reputation, is teaching about invasive species of plants at the local community college and is in competition for the chair position of that department. She is also spearheading a committee to prevent a multi-million dollar project to build a large telescope at the top of Haleakala, one of the two volcanoes that form the island, because it could seriously upset the ecological balance of the volcano, and also because the land is sacred to the natives. Jessica and Mala plan to attend the same luau but miss each other. When Mala is found dead the next day, having fallen (or been pushed) from the edge of a cliff not far from where the luau was held, Jessica is haunted by a conversation she overhead while exploring the nearby area. She and Mike decide to find out for themselves what happened. The teaser just inside the cover was extremely effective. It's from a very intense part of the story about 3/4 of the way through the book where there is an attempt on Jessica's life. Had to keep reading until I got there. If you never wanted to visit Hawaii before, you'll definitely want to after reading this book. You can bike all over the island, which is perfect for Jessica since she doesn't drive, and there is a wonderful bus trip up Haleakala for a spectacular view of the sunrise and the option to bike down the steep mountain road with its 29 switchbacks, a ride which could be hazardous to your health. Especially if you're Jessica Fletcher and sticking your nose in where other people don't want it! Lots of possible motives for murder here, especially with such a beautiful victim and several competing beaus, and Jessica has a hunch there may be a young witness whose family doesn't want him caught up in the investigation — it could be hazardous to his health. If you loved the TV series, you'll love the books. This makes 19 of them I've read and I've enjoyed every one.
Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain are at it again with the forty-first novel in the Murder She Wrote series, Aloha Betrayed. Fans of the old television show will love Jessica's take on Hawaii in this book. With details about everything from plant life to culture this book is a traveler's dream, but it borders on getting lost in the details, instead of the mystery. Perhaps not my favorite of the Murder She Wrote books, but still a solid installment in a long lived series. Jessica is at it again, this time in Hawaii. I liked the fact that the author was able to give Jessica a reason to be in the state that was believable. I could just see Jessica giving a lecture on just this topic or something similar. I always loved her forthright and upfront manner when it came to solving mysteries and that is exactly what readers get in this installment of the series. Aloha Betrayed is clue-based and the reader is able to follow the evidence just like the heroine. Unfortunately, this one leaned a little further away from the mystery aspects of the book and centered more on Hawaii itself. This would have made a great story about the state of Hawaii, it's landmarks, things to do, places to see, etc. But it was supposed to be a cozy mystery. Don't get me wrong there was a murder and Jessica did solve it, but the bulk of the materiel in the book was not related to that part of the book. So the balance was way off. I think it's great to set a good scene and draw the reader in, but an author can sometimes go a little overboard and I think that's what happened here. Bottom Line: This one is just a bit slow and a little underdeveloped. I wanted more character involvement and stronger connections to each clue. I didn't want to know as much about the flora and fauna as I did about 'whodunit'. It wasn't predictable, just not up to the usual standard of this series. I hope for more with the next one, because I'm sure this writing duo has a lot more stories to tell.