Joseph Lennon is Cabot Cove’s newest resident, and with his extreme wealth he seems to be taking over the town and changing it. Now he’s sponsoring thJoseph Lennon is Cabot Cove’s newest resident, and with his extreme wealth he seems to be taking over the town and changing it. Now he’s sponsoring the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, promising it will rival New York City’s, and hoping to attract more visitors and the media. Some residents are happy with the changes, while others are decidedly not. After the fireworks, Joseph Lennon’s body is found dead, floating in the water. The most obvious suspect is arrested, but mystery writer Jessica Fletcher believes him to be innocent, so she sets out for some sleuthing of her own.
This was another enjoyable mystery from the Murder She Wrote series of books. The small town atmosphere of Cabot Cove really came to life and I could imagine I was there. I liked the Fourth of July setting, and the festivities were fun with parades, concerts, and fireworks. The entertaining cast of characters provided a wide pool of suspects. Jessica was very likable as always and determined to see that justice was served. A really enjoyable and fun read....more
Recently divorced Em Johnson leaves the mainland for the North Shore of Kauai to help out her uncle when she finds out that he and the bar he owns, thRecently divorced Em Johnson leaves the mainland for the North Shore of Kauai to help out her uncle when she finds out that he and the bar he owns, the Tiki Goddess Bar, aren't doing so well. She figures the change will do her good. She helps get the bar back on its feet again, only to have a dead body turn up in the luau pit, the underground oven where the pigs are cooked. The Goddess staff are being looked upon as suspects, so Em and the Hula Maidens (the mostly senior dance troupe who perform at the Goddess even though they don't dance all that well) decide to investigate to find the real killer. This was a really fun and cute mystery. It has a very lively and colorful cast of characters including handsome police detective, Roland Sharpe, who moonlights as a fire dancer. The story is humorous with a small hint of romance and a wonderful setting on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai....more
I've always enjoyed the "Murder She Wrote" television series, so I thought I'd try one of the books inspired by the show and decided that a story setI've always enjoyed the "Murder She Wrote" television series, so I thought I'd try one of the books inspired by the show and decided that a story set in Hawaii would be a good place to start. Jessica Fletcher goes to the Hawaiian island of Maui as a guest of the Maui Police Department to teach a class on community involvement in criminal investigations. Of course a dead body turns up along the way at the bottom of a cliff, that of a college professor whose acquaintance Jessica had made on her first day in Maui. The circumstances surrounding the beautiful, young girl's death seem suspicious to Jessica, so she decides to investigate with the help of her co-teacher, Mike Kane, who also happens to be a retired police detective.
I enjoyed this book so much. The story is written in the first person point-of-view of the always likable Jessica Fletcher. There were many potential suspects in the large and entertaining cast of characters. I found the pieces of info on Hawaiian culture and customs to be extremely interesting. I loved the beautiful and detailed descriptions of Maui, from luaus and beaches, to an exciting trip to the summit of the Haleakala volcano to see the sunrise above the clouds, and then the subsequent journey by bicycle back down the winding mountainside. The story was just like watching an episode of Murder She Wrote. The mystery was good and the sights of Maui fantastic and have me longing to visit the beautiful island paradise....more