From USA Today bestselling author Anne Marie Stoddard comes a frighteningly fashionable mystery that asks the question: What do zombies, vampires, and beauty pageants have in common? They’re all about to make Kaley Kalua’s life a waking nightmare…
Happy Hula Boutique manager, Kaley, is excited to celebrate Halloween with her friends at Aloha Lagoon’s upcoming Alohaween Festival—that is, until her Aunt Rikki drags her to a ghoul-themed beauty pageant to cheer on her longtime nemesis, Harmony Kane. The competition is stiff, and things turn deadly when the winner is found staked with her own scepter and stuffed inside a coffin on one of the floats for the annual Halloween parade.
Kaley is even more shocked when she receives a call from Harmony, begging her to prove that she didn’t kill the woman. She reluctantly accepts, and with the help of her pal, Jamie, and the oh-so-tempting resort lifeguard, Noa, Kaley delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the beauty queen’s ghastly murder. Did a scorned pageant contender take out the competition, or does one of the judges have something to hide? It seems nearly everyone has a skeleton in their closet, and someone wants theirs to stay buried. Kaley finds herself in the killer’s cross-hairs, and if she doesn’t uncover the truth soon, she may wind up in a coffin of her own.
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)
Tiaras & Terror (book #13)
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 was my first book in this series. they are all written by different authors. i really enjoy this format, because it gives it a freshness as well as makes it like visiting an old friend. Kaili and her aunt are enjoyable characters and i'd like to read more in the series.
Halloween and Hawaii, a terror-ific combination! Tiaras & Terror is the 13th book in the Aloha Lagoon mystery series, all written by different authors, and the third 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 by her childhood nemesis Harmony Kane to determine who would want to murder her arch rival Jade Monroe in the Miss Undead Hawaii Beauty Pageant. Jade was known to cheat her way in the beauty pageant circuitry to beat her competitors, including intentionally sabotaging Harmony's talent act in one competition. The culprit did catch me by surprise but the author did a great job with the motive. Besides solving the mystery, Kaley also must resolve her insecure feelings. After going through a divorce with her cheating ex-husband, Kaley is still having trust issues even with her devoted boyfriend Noa. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to read in cozy mysteries. This is a winning combination of Hawaii and Halloween. With many Halloween festivities and costumes in this book, it was truly a fun read. I read the previous book by this author and I absolutely loved it. I did miss the first book so I am anxious to go back in time and relive Kaley's tumultuous relationship with her ex. This author does an excellent job of writing these cozies. Her writing flows, you feel the emotions of these characters and the frightful moments during some Halloween events, and she is able to create a fun and intriguing mystery. I plan to seek out this author's other series. I received an ARC from the publisher for purposes of an unbiased review.
This is a fun mystery to read if you enjoy Halloween since the book revolved around the Alohaween Festival Week at the Aloha Lagoon Resort. Mean girl Harmony Kane is a contestant in the Miss Undead Hawaii contest and everyone in the gang has agreed to go watch her compete. Kaley, her boyfriend Noa, her best friend, Jamie and her boyfriend, Javi, Aunt Rikki and others from the crew of the Happy Hula Dress Boutique attend in support of Harmony. A lot of old rivals from the pageant circuit come together and not all are friends with each other, in particular, Jade, Tess and Harmony. Jade won the contest and Harmony was quite angry as was Tess, who was humiliated when Jade trips her on stage. Tess happens to be girlfriend of Jade's step brother, Kyle. The next morning when Jade doesn't show up for the parade to ride the pageant float, Harmony is called to fill in as the first runner up. Before the parade starts, Jade's body is found in a fake coffin on the float and Harmony gets blamed for the murder. Kaley is totally surprised when Harmony calls her from jail asking her to find the real killer. Kaley only agrees after Harmony agrees to be nice. There are lots of people in this story that hate each other and have a reason to want to get rid of Jade because of her nasty personality, including her step brother who would inherit her money, recently inherited because of the death of her father. It was fun to watch Harmony be nice to Kaley for a change but there is a side mystery that involves Noa that has Kaley upset. Could there be another woman? It is a fun week of Halloween fun in Aloha Lagoon. This is a great, fast read. Ms. Stoddard does a great job keeping the story flowing. Thanks to Gemma Halliday for the complimentary ARC to read and give an honest review. The opinions stated are mine only.
The action and drama in Aloha Lagoon continues in Tiaras and Terror. Harmony asks for Kaley's help to solve the murder. Kaley is distracted because her boyfriend Noa has been seen around town in the cozy company of a red haired woman. With possible boyfriend issues and way too many suspects who will not mourn the victim's demise, can Kaley find the murderer before she herself becomes a victim? Do not miss this newest murder in Aloha Lagoon.