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Death in Paradise

(Thea Kozak #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Death in Paradise is the latest title in Kate Flora's sassy Thea Kozak series. On a holiday to attend an educational seminar in Hawaii, Thea is determined not only to make the conference a success but soak up some sun and get in some serious down time. What she hasn't bargained for is a dead body, none other than the conference chairwoman, strangled and done up like a very ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Forge (first published October 1998)
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Mary Garrett
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If any trip deserves a do-over, it would be Thea’s trip to Hawaii. “Thea will fix it” is challenged to the max by murder and mayhem while she tries to organize the many facets of a conference on girls’ education. Appropriately, her sidekick in these challenges is a self-appointed young spy, Laura. Allies are sometimes hard to identify, but possible candidates include a soul-singing sister, a pathologist and his sweet wife, and two prickly police officers . . . may
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death in Paradise, the fifth book in the Thea Kozak Mystery series, is a solid continuation from the previous books in the series. Thea once again finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery. This time it’s the strangulation death of the director of a conference she is attending in “Paradise”. Thea is a strong inquisitive person who always seems to find herself in situations that require her to get involved. But this time around she has an 11 year old partner who is more then happy to help.

Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read! My first book in Kate Flora's Thea Kozak series, but it wasn't hard to become acclimated, even not starting in the beginning of the series. Thea Kozak is a very interesting main character and you find yourself admiring her determination and from the heart approach to having to suddenly fill in caused by her partner's illness. Who wouldn't want to have a business trip to Maui, except that she finds herself with all business and no time for a few hours of simply relaxing? They don't c ...more
Ellen White
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thea partner Suzanne was to do the conference in Hawaii, but was sick.
Martina was the head chairman, and her assistant Rory, and Thea was trying to keep up with her demands. The morning conference of 180 people Coming and they find her murdered. The setting and what she was wearing, was she waiting for someone, didn’t seem like her. Rory feels it’s her fault and wants to jump off the balcony. With murder and Rory, Thea is once again trying to figure out why and what is behind it all. Full of act
T Olsen
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, very well written and great characters, and the story is moving along all the time with very little waste. Mysteries and thrilling action very well described in incident after incident through the whole book.
I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review.
Evonne Hutton
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Flora's writing touches a deep visceral level!
Thea is the person we would all grow up to be!
A great story line that is extremely well written
I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. This is my honest review.
Peter Sullins
Too much descriptive “thinking” & not enough movement. Didn’t move as well as other Flora mysteries. Not a book on my reread list. ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I love how the author manages to suck you in. I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery. I am voluntarily posting this review. This is my honest review.
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Fifth in a series featuring Thea Kozak, a private-school consultant who keeps having to solve murders. In this outing, Thea has had to leave her boyfriend, Maine State cop Andre Lemieux, behind in Boston while she attends a conference in Hawaii which is focussed on single-sex education for girls. Then the executive director of the sponsoring association is found dead in her hotel room. Thea (who is on the board of directors) ends up not only taking over the running of the conference, but trying ...more
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Having liked Flora's police procedural, Playing God, I thought I would try her Thea Kozak series, though I don't usually like amateur sleuth mysteries. While this is a cut above the usual in that genre, it did reinforce my feelings about why I don't care for amateur sleuth plots: way too much "inside" Thea's head as filler for not much happening; way too many contrived coincidences to make the plot work (e.g., eavesdropping). Still, the characters are likeable and if you're on the beach in Hawai ...more
Meg Hannah
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Not the best-written book---it could use some serious editing (and more realistic dialogue for Laura). But I like Thea and this series' enough-but-not-too-gory murders. Hey, it's fun fluff! Also, I've been on a nonprofit board and could really relate to the board dynamics---that part was very well done.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Funny! Sort of in the Elizabeth Peters romantic suspense books but without all the silly gothic-y touches. This is about a woman who is helping to run a conference in Hawaii when the organization's director is killed. The main character is then questioned extensively by the local cops at the same time as she is hunted by the killers. Good mystery?
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
5th in Thea Kozak series -- Martina, a mean alcoholic & also chair of a board for single-sex education is killed in her hotel room while at a confernece in Hawaii. Thea discovers the boby. All the board members had grievances w/ Martina. ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #1 read in 2013

I enjoyed this one in the series. I think I may actually like Thea better away from Andre. The plot and setting were interesting.
Mar 05, 2009 marked it as to-read
I'm taking a writing class with this author, so I figure I should read her stuff.
Mike Poulin
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Okay read.
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Kate Flora grew up on a chicken farm in Maine where the Friday afternoon trip to the library was the high point of her week. She dreamed of being able to create the kind of compelling, enchanting worlds of the books she disappeared into every week, but growing up in the era when “help wanted” ads were still sex-segregated, she felt her calling was to go to law school and get the job they told her ...more

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