The Edgar Award-winning novelist launches a new series featuring Leilani Santiago, who has returned to the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i to help keep afloat the family shave-ice business. But when she goes to work one morning, stumbles across a dead body, and her father becomes the No. 1 murder suspect, Leilani must find the real killer and safeguard her family.
Iced in Paradise, the launch of a new series, is the epitome of a traditional mystery, concentrating on character with a minimum of violence ... Hirahara’s affinity for showing the vagaries of families elevates Iced in Paradise. The Santiagos’ Japanese, Filipino and Anglo background allows Hirahara to show how the various cultures are incorporated into the family’s life ... A breathtaking view of Hawaii enhances the story ... We’ll look forward to more adventures of the Santiagos.
Hirahara emphasizes Hawaiian culture while shedding light on native Hawaiian issues with land. It takes time to adjust to the pidgin, Hawaiian, and Japanese words, but, fortunately, the author of the 'Mas Arai' mysteries provides a glossary ... Featuring family loyalties, surfing, and a distinct lifestyle, this character-driven, atmospheric mystery may appeal to new adults and those readers interested in Hawaiian culture.
The cantankerous Leilani and island setting intrigue, but the murder investigation is overshadowed by subplots including the troubled history of Hawaiian land ownership, the devastating effects of alcoholism, and Leilani’s romantic problems. Those who value personal relationships more than the mystery will look forward to the sequel.