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A Natalie Seachrist Mystery
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Semi-retired journalist Natalie Seachrist has had visions all of her life. But when her twin Nathan confirms that the body she saw draped over a vintage Mustang was his granddaughter, her world changes forever. During research for retired police detective Keoni Hewitt, she has another unsettling vision and decides to move to the Honolulu foothills apartments where Ariel died. With Keoni’s cautionary aid, and her feline companion Miss Una, Natalie explores the premises and personalities of the complex. There she discovers the fascinating story of the 1920s Shànghăi origins of the affluent Wong Sisters—and more than a little discord between Pearl Wong’s nephew and the handyman who owns the Mustang. Without forensic evidence, Ariel’s death is deemed an open case that may have occurred during an accident, or even a suicide. But why would a young girl who is approaching the end of a successful college career kill herself? A third possibility is murder. But what could Ariel have done to incite the wrath of someone during her tour of an apartment? Will Natalie be able to learn the truth about Ariel’s death before the police close the investigation without an arrest? Or has Natalie put
herself in the way of a killer who’s willing to murder again to hide their secret?
A deftly crafted and impressively engaging read from cover to cover, "Prospect for Murder" clearly demon- strates novelist Jeanne Burrows-Johnson as a master of the mystery/suspense genre. Very highly recom-mended for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs and community library Mystery Fiction collections.
DJ Sakata [GoodReads.com]
Being a resident of Hawaii, I could not pass up a murder mystery based in Honolulu. It was thrilling while at the same time oddly relaxing to read a story with so many local references to places, food, culture, and traits. I was quickly drawn into the narrative and enjoyed being in Natalie's head as she processed information and formulated her plans. The writing was insightful, observant, emotive, and intelligent. Each scene, task, and event was highly detailed and meticulously described - she really was a close approximation or the Hawaiian version of Jessica Fletcher, as her friend had teased. I savored the sense of familiarity as well as the intriguing storyline.
Cherie Jung [overmydeadbody.com]
The reader’s attention will be captured the on page one of the prologue with the author's descriptive writing style. Readers will quickly warm to the protagonist, Natalie, her cat Miss Una, and the many other memorable characters. The pacing of the narrative was perfect. The characters were well-developed, the storyline plausible…very likely the reader will wish that they could know Natalie personally.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson [SanFranciscoBookReview.com]
I live in California and have a hope to one day visit Hawai`i. I enjoyed reading about Natalie's research work
as much as the murder plot. The story is well written....I'd love to read more of Natalie's adventures in the
future! Highly recommended for the mystery-lover.
AudioBook Reviewer [Audible.com]
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is perfect….Burrows-Johnson masterfully describes the locations, people and history in vivid detail that flows almost poetically….[She] did an excellent job of reading the book. The
enunciation and clearness of her speech as well as the passion was not over the top or fake…Her voice was soothing and calming.
In fictional and non-fictional projects, author Jeanne Burrows-Johnson draws on her experience in the perform-ing arts, commerce and education. Her humorous and energizing articles and essays have appeared in business, literary and professional publications, including: Broker World; the Hawaii Medical Journal; The Real Estate Source; The Rotarian; and, Under Sonoran Skies Prose and Poetry from the High Desert. Turning to mysteries, she takes inspiration from the people and stories of Hawai`i, where she lived for over twenty years. Academically, she was accepted for membership in Phi Beta Kappa [the nation's oldest academic honor society] while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Hawai`i. During graduate studies of post-World War II Japan, she became a member of Phi Alpha Theta [the national history honor society] and received a teaching assistantship in the World Civilization Program of the University of Hawai`i. Jeanne is also a Lifetime Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, Highland Division. Focusing on life's synchronicity, her public addresses are noted for inter-cultural references and historical asides. Jeanne’s integrated perspective helps shape seminars and workshops that facilitate communication between diverse groups of professionals and the general public. As a consulting wordsmith, she draws on her interdisciplinary training to assist other writers polish their skills and help them achieve their desired potential.
THE NATALIE SEACHRIST MYSTERY SERIES
I hope you enjoy Prospect for Murder, the first book in the Natalie Seachrist mystery series. Natalie, Keoni, and Miss Una are ready to present the intriguing stories of Murder on Mokulua Drive and Murders of Conveyance which are completed and ready for publication. If you’re wondering what I’m doing now, A Yen For Murderis nearing completion as I write these words! For both personal and professional pleasure, I attend meetings of Arizona Mystery Writers and Sisters in Crime.
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