MURDER ON MOKULUA DRIVE
The 2nd Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery
~ published by Artemesia Publishing ~
2nd PLACE, PUBLISHED FICTION
2018 ARIZONA LITERARY EXCELLENCE CONTEST
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-932926-60-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-932926-62-0
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PROSPECT FOR MURDER
WINNER, COVER ART 6 X 9 Fiction
New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards 2017
What Reviewers & Readers are Saying...
Jordana Landsma, The US Review
This author knows her genre, and she skillfully blends familiar ingredients that faithful cozy mystery readers will appreciate. The story is further enhanced with several compelling flourishes. First, the author draws on the rich history of Denmark’s safe evacuation of its Jewish population during World War II and integrates this legacy into her 21st-century characters. Next, while cozy sleuths are often known for their intuition, Natalie’s dreams are downright prescient, bringing a mystical quality to the crime-solving activities. Finally, the book’s love affair with its Hawaiian setting is contagious, and the location details create an alluring atmosphere. All these added components bring depth and freshness to a familiar format.
...a winsomely detailed setting . . . the protagonist is first-rate. Natalie, for example, despite using her visions as an investigative tool, produces a significant break in the case with mere deductive reasoning. Her special ability does factor into the probe, but she would have made headway on smarts alone. The plot offers a couple of impressive twists…A diverting tale led by a smashing amateur detective whose dexterity far exceeds her paranormal gift.
Portland Book Review, Star Rating: 5 of 5
...a novel steeped in beautiful details. Both setting and character are wonderfully and intricately described, building a slice of life that draws the reader in and connects them to the story and its characters.
Tamara Benson,San Francisco Book Review, Star Rating: 4 of 5
Susan Miller,Manhatten Book Review, Star Rating: 4.5 of 5
Initially, it was the gorgeous cover that drew me to this book. . . . The use of Hawaiian words and explanations was also a very nice touch, making me feel that I was part of the local culture. . . . It's nice to read about characters of all ages, and this book had the young and the old. The story had many layers as well as some twists and turns, which kept me glued to the pages. . .
Elizabeth Konkel, Seattle Book Review, Star Rating: 4.5 of 5
Burrows-Johnson fills Murder on Mokulu Drive with strong female relationships as these incredible women work together to help and provide shelter for women in bad situations….and create this warm environment that even murder can't break….Even Natalie's cat plays a role in the story as a prominent member of the family and a watchful protector of sorts for the characters….The mystery itself is tragic and full of twists as Natalie and Keoni work to protect someone they care about and end up falling into the crosshairs of someone dangerous….A murder mystery in paradise, Murder on Mokulua Drive is full of heart, sweet romance, and a deep sense of family with layered characters, strong female relationships, and the scenic setting of Hawai'i.
Frank Kaleba, Amazon, Star Rating: 5 of 5
Jeanne Burrows-Johnson once again paints her protagonist, Natalie Seachrist, into a lush and immersive ramble through Hawai’ian culture, food, and milieu. It is a tropical milieu you can quickly embrace, as the sights, fragrances, and tastes of the island develop on the pages . . . .I thoroughly enjoyed this second entry into the Natalie Seachrist series . . . . Highly recommended to spirit you away.
N. Jones,Amazon, Star Rating: 5 of 5
This is my first Natalie Seachrist story, but won't be my last. The story was quick paced, yet lingered appropriately on Hawaii life. I love a good story that has me fooled and keeps me from guessing the outcome. This one delivered! The author took time to develop each character, and ensure their place in the story was appropriate.
Hawai`i journalist Natalie Seachrist has unusual visions. Her viewing of war-like scenes of a family’s predawn escape from Denmark initially seem unremarkable. Soon, Natalie and her boyfriend private investigator Keoni Hewitt move into a Lanikai cottage, where their expectations for relaxed living are met with warm welcomes. Across the fence live Miriam Didión, a widowed human rights activist, Joanne Walther, a retired teacher, and Esmeralda Cruz, a cook. They have all become friends by the time Natalie throws Keoni a surprise birthday party. Even Natalie’s feline companion Miss Una has embraced the women and keeps nightly watch over their property. Unfortunately, another vision of a garroting by moonlit shatters the peaceful environment and Natalie must reveal her horrifying insights of the real event to Keoni’s former partner, Honolulu Police Detective John Dias. When a suspect’s body is found on Diamond Head Beach, the case appears solved and Natalie plans a tour of historic Kawai Nui Marsh, a favorite destination of Queen Lili`uokalani. Unfortunately, the day of playing tourist devolves, and Natalie and her friends are soon in the cross hairs of a dangerous adversary. Does resolution of the gruesome murder lie in the deceased’s transnational past? Or in the visible present, among innocuous seeming companions?