Thursday, August 31, 2017

Books Read - August 2017

Allen, Amy
Holiday Surprises ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Jeremy captures Lana and fills her full of drugs.  Jared rescues her and proposes marriage.

Masquerade Gone Awry ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lana and Jared get married.

New Beginnings ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Jared meets Lana, a survivor of attacks by a family friend.  Their budding romance begins, as Jeremy, the family friend sets fire to Lana’s cottage.

Simmering Illusions **
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lana has a vision of a fire, and Jared ends up in the hospital with a broken leg.  Jeremy’s siblings come from Guam, but not to support him, as Lana thinks, but to apologize to her for their brother’s actions.

Ambrose, Terry
Stealing Honolulu ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marty Fitch and his friend, Jake, are high on the rooftops of Chinatown scoping out an import/export shop that Jake believes harbors thieves who break into ATMs  When Jake falls to his death, Marty promises to continue his investigation.

Bassett, JoAnn
Isle Be Seeing You ****
Fiction.  Pali and Finn are having trouble conceiving, and Finn is contemplating a divorce.  Farrah has seen a ghost in her backyard and wants to have a kahu come bless the house.  Pali’s sifu, Doug, has confessed to killing his wife, but Pali doesn’t believe him and is determined to find the truth.

Bevill, C.L.
Bubba and the Curious Cadaver *****
Fiction.  Eighth in the Bubba cozy mystery series.  Bubba stops to help a woman, which causes him no end of trouble, starting with finding another dead body and involving the Department of Homeland Security.  Willowdean is heavily pregnant and can’t stop eating, but Bubba’s afraid his wife will find out he spent the afternoon at a strip club.  She’s usually carrying mace.

Blake, Deborah
Reinventing Ruby *****
Fiction.  Romance between two chefs and how Ruby learns to trust herself and others.

Bury, Scott
Echoes *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Vanessa Scott is drawn into a drug case that has echoes back to her own teenage years, when she was in love with a local drug pusher.  He disappeared 15 years ago, and when he shows up again, it’s to save his younger brother.

Calverley, J.M. (Meg Amor)
Pele’s Revenge *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Reef is back on the Big Island serving as a detective with the HPD.  His partner, Pono, and he have been called on an odd case.  A body has been found sitting in lava, and though Reef has had his fill of drug-related cases on the mainland, he and Pono trace the corpse back to a meth lab.

Crosby, Tanya Anne
The MacKinnon’s Bride ****
Fiction.  First in the Highland Bride’s series.  Page has been bathing in the pond when she suddenly hears noises nearby.  Fleeing the water, she runs through the darkness, only to find herself caught by a clan of Scotsmen.  Iain MacKinnon plans to trade her for his son, who Page’s father has been holding to give to the king of England.  Though Page’s father does release the boy, he refuses to take back his daughter.  Not wanting to tell Page her father cares nothing for her, he decides to let her believe she is his prisoner.  Until they fall in love.

Deitch, Gale
Pineapples and Pearls *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Anna Scatalini gets a call from her niece, Paolina, in New Jersey.  Paolina asks if she can come for a visit.  Her ex-boyfriend has beat her up, and she needs a place to hide.  Anna asks her worker, Makoa, to watch over Paolina when she arrives, but they can’t keep Gino from showing up and attacking her again.

Doyle, M.L. 
Hidden Designs *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Ken Yamada and his lover, Chuck, are on a romantic weekend cruise on a friend’s yacht.  Pirates invade the ship and leave a corpse behind after dismantling all communication systems, so the passengers cannot get help.  Ken and Chuck begin investigating as their feelings for each other build.

Dragon, C.C.
Golden Owls ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  FBI consultant Sandra Gates is working with the police on the Big Island to find the source of some fake golden owls that have been pawned in Vegas, where she is based.  

Garrett, Danielle
The Ghost Hunter Next Door *****
Fiction.  Second in the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery series.  Scarlet is enjoying running her own floral shop and meeting with the neighborhood ghosts once a week, but when a frightening specter invades her shop and demands her help, she’s not sure what she can do.  A TV show is renovating a local mansion into a B&B, and the specter, Rosie, is adamant that Scarlet stop the production and send everyone away.  While Scarlet can’t promise that, she does promise to look into Rosie’s death and try to figure out why she hasn’t passed over to the other side.

Filler, Lynda
Narco Orphans ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Jared and Peace are still in Mexico.  Peace finds out Paddy is her father.  A group of children are found injured and taken in to safety in San Pancho.

The Road to San Pancho ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Jared is on a break from firefighting and travels south to Mexico.  Along the way he meets Peace, a young woman on a search for her Mexican father.

Galenorn, Yasmine 
Fury Calling *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Fury urban fantasy series.  Fury, Tam, and the others are settling in to Willow Wood and the Underburrow.  A traitor is in their midst, and he targets Fury and the villagers.  Lyon is still attempting to open the Chaos portals, but Fury is determined to find a way to stop him and end his fight forever.

Gilbert, Julie C.
Christmas Makes It Chaos *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marcella and her partner are in New York for an anti-terrorist conference, but Cassandra appears in Marcella’s room asking for her help.  When she learns what the stakes are, Marcella  follows her conscience and goes along with the plan.

Money Makes It Deadlier ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marcella and her partner are assigned to work on a banking case, but bank robbers attempt to hold up the bank while she’s there, and she must give chase.

Rescue in Reno *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marcella works with Jeff Gatton, inventor of Eagle Eyes, to shut down a human trafficking ring run by the mob.

Revenge Makes It Sweeter *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marcella is still embroiled in the Berkley attempted murder case, and she and Cassandra team up to help save a girl.

Treachery Makes It Tense *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Matts family has been taken hostage, and it’s up to Marcella and Cassandra to save them.

Violence in Vegas ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marcella is in Vegas visiting a friend who owns a hotel.  Angela is having a hard time with vandals, and Marcella decides to look into it for her.  What she finds is tied to the mob and an  old lover, Trevor.  He’s after a prototype supposedly about to be unveiled at a gathering at the hotel.

Grafton, Sue
Y is for Yesterday *****
Fiction.  25th in the Kinsey Milhone mystery series set in Santa Teresa, California.  Ten years prior, a young woman was murdered.  Now, the repercussions of that crime have surfaced, and Kinsey is drawn into a complicated plot that leads to another murder.

Guthrie, R.S.
Elysium Tombstones *
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Pono asks Lei to help him work a cold case for an ex-SEAL friend of his.  Lei cheats on Michael.

Hanan, Laurie
Hoaka Moonshine *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Dee Malkin is haunted by the sounds of cats every night, which keep her awake.  One day a woman comes to her door and says she believes that Dee is her mother.  Astonished, Dee talks to a friend who lives nearby, and he shares some secrets with her.

Hansen, Craig
Fireweed Trail *****
Fiction.  A young Lei is hiking with a group of troubled teens along the Oregon Coast Trail.  One of the girls, Fang, disappears during the night and is found at the bottom of a cliff the next day.  Three of the hikers point their fingers at Lei as a murderer, but a savvy cop follows her instinct and saves the day.

Harper, Steven
Writing the Paranormal Novel *****
Non-fiction.  Tips, suggestions, and lessons on how to write a paranormal novel, as well as each step of the publishing process.

Hornsby, Kim
Rocky Bluff *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lei has met a new friend, Kali, who introduces her to the world of acting.  During a performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a prop falls killing one of the actors.  Kali is being stalked by an ex-boyfriend, and Lei and Stevens try to track him down.

Kana, Lucas
Princess Eyes Pt. I ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Michael Stevens starts out as a forensic pathologist then quits to become a detective.  Working with an FBI agent, he helps solve a cold case that has resurrected.

Keefer, Dylan
Angel’s Poison ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Raine is a criminal psychologist and has returned to Hawai’i to give a talk at the university.  She’s approached by Micah, an MP, who asks for her help in solving a case.  A young woman disappeared for a week, and when she returned she had no memory of how she got there.  Raine wonders about her picture-perfect family and soon finds out the horrible truth.

Kuhn, N.
Deadly Treasure ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  A woman trying to find a wrecked ship in order to correct the tale of her ancestor, ends up in danger, and Lei and a former SEAL have to save her.

Levy, Mark
P.S. from Paris ****
Fiction.  Mia, a movie star, meets Paul, a reluctant writer, when she leaves England to visit her best friend in Paris.  Fleeing a failing marriage, she wants to be free, to be herself.  Paul’s books are selling like hotcakes in Korea, but not so well at home.  Paul’s best friend sneakily sets him up on a blind date, but when he meets Mia, their date is full of surprises.

Llewellyn, A.J.
Mercury Blues ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Mercury is trying to start his life over as a private investigator on Mau’i, but his past continues to follow him around.  He has a deadly enemy and calls on his acquaintance, Lei, to help him figure out who it is.

Logan, Patricia
Unforeseen Dangers *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Jack Jenkins’ brother, fellow detective Lane, has gone missing in Los Angeles, and Jack jumps on a plane in the islands heading to the mainland to help Lane’s partner find him.  Ties to the case lead back to Hawai’i, and Jack coordinates with Lei in resolving the issue.

Logan, Ron
Of Rainbows and Butterfly Wings ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Mau’i Medical Examiner, Philip Gregory, is called to the scene of a dead body on the beach.  She looks familiar, and he travels to O’ahu to do some research on her, not knowing that his interest has started the ball rolling for a hitman to target him.

MacOwl, Joanna
Silvery Moon *****
Fiction.  Third in the Fern witches trilogy.  Dana and Carla are raising their baby girl, when Carla is in a horrible car accident.  Dana tries to heal her with her powers, but something goes wrong.

Talking to Trees *****
Fiction.  First in the Fern witches trilogy.  Dana takes a year off of her job teaching English in college to work on her dissertation while living in her uncle’s cabin in New Hampshire.  She meets a fascinating woman named Liz who is suffering from a deadly disease.  Dana also reconnects with her first love, Carla, who happens to be Liz’s lover.  When Carla asks Dana to heal Liz, she agrees, knowing that it will have repercussions on her own life.

Wand *****
Fiction.  Second in the Fern witches trilogy.  Dana has an enemy, one she has been sharing a bed with, and one who is after her power.  As Dana works with the Dark energy of the wand, her power almost overtakes her, but she needs to keep control of it to protect herself.

MacRae, Molly
Plaid and Plagiarism ***
Fiction.  Janet, Tallie, Christine, and Summer have purchased Yon Bonnie Books and hope to run it along with a teashop next door and a B&B upstairs.  When a body is found in the shed behind Janet’s house, the four women put their minds together and try to figure out who the murderer is.

Mailliet, G.M.
Death and the Lit Chick ****
Fiction.  DCI St. Just is at a Scottish castle for a weekend speaking to crime writers about police procedure.  When one of the authors is murdered, he assists the Scottish police in solving the crime.

Manning, Fiona
Dark Dawn ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Tiare is worried about her missing aunt and cousin, and in trying to find them, she learns that their disappearance is linked to her other aunt and possibly to a fraud case.

Darker Dawn *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Tiare is on O’ahu for a training course at Tripler, when her good friend and fellow nurse, Kalu, disappears.  Kalu’s daughter is also missing, and Tiare is desperate to find out what happened to the two women.

McGuire, Shawn
One of Her Own ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Gemi’s sister has gone missing, and Gemi must face off with the Yakuza to fine her.  

Out of Her League *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Gemi has to go undercover at Kenichi Tanaka’s estate to try to find her sister, Ashley.  The problem is that Tanaka is the head of the Yakuza on Mau’i, and Gemi’s life might be in danger.

Over Her Head *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Gemi has graduated from the police academy and is busy walking a beat, but Lei asks if she’d be willing to do some undercover work at a local restaurant.  Women have been disappearing from there and ending up in Japan, and Gemi’s job is to help stop what’s happening.

McNicol, Donna B.
Paradise Dead ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Ten former bandmates are gathered on Kaua’i to scatter the ashes of their former manager.  Even before they arrive at the C’mon Inn, two of them are almost forced off the road.  Another falls victim to poisonous mushrooms, and the attacks keep coming.

Paradise Down ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Jared is on vacation on Kaua’i, and he meets Lucia, a woman looking for her brother who owns a dive shop on the island.  Her brother has gone missing, and when Lucia is attacked and the shop is trashed, Jared gets the police involved.

Morrigan, Laura
A Tiger’s Tale *****
Fiction.  Second in the Call of the Wilde cozy mystery series.  Grace gets called out to help a depressed tiger who tells her that a girl has been kidnapped.  Grace sets out to find the girl, whose parents aren’t even interested in locating her.  When she runs afoul of the mob, Grace isn’t sure who to trust.

Woof at the Door ****
Fiction.  First in the Call of the Wilde cozy mystery series.  Grace is an animal behavioralist who happens to be able to communicate with animals psychically.  She’s called out to subdue an angry doberman who witnessed his owner’s murder and is caught in a quandary of how to tell the police who the killer is without sounding like a nut.

Nayes, Alan
The Eclective: The Haunted Collection ****
Fiction.  Collection of haunted stories.

O’Flynn, Corinne
Pay the Price *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lei and April are posing as Half-Moon Girls while the FBI runs a sting against the Oasis Group.  The job is dangerous, and both women end up in trouble as they try to save the other women from the trafficking group.

Pierce, AP
Murder Most Maui ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lei has been invited to a fancy party at a Hollywood star’s new house by the beach.  He confesses to murder, but she doesn’t plan on arresting him.

Pierce, Noelle
Spark My Desire ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Jared is a firefighter in Los Angeles, and when his best friend’s sister arrives in town, he’s determined to stay away from her.  But he just can’t help himself when she starts flirting with him.

Sands, Patricia
Soga’s Second Chance *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Soga had a hard time dealing with his wife’s mental illness, and when his good friend and confidante was killed in a car accident, he had no one else to turn to.  Years later, during a pilgrimage to Japan, he meets a woman who bears a mysterious likeness to his old friend.

Schoonover, Dave
Kapu *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Katie is fresh off probation with the police force, and she’s been assigned to the computer lab.  Lei and Pono get called out on a murder which is traced to a mysterious man calling him self Mu, a Warrior of Kamehameha.

Shenold, Carol
Dragon Touched ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Kat works and lives at an art gallery on the Big Island.  Her mentor and guardian dies and leaves the gallery to Kat, angering his nephew.  Kat feels dragon spirit moving through her, and she uses it to help get her out of trouble.

Shojai, Amy
Born to Love ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Keiki is  just a puppy living in Texas and being trained to be a police dog.  Her trainer is trying to set up her own training facility, and the opportunity rests on a the dogs’ owner who wants to sell the dogs for dog fighting.

Trained to Serve ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lia and Keiki are training for Keiki’s K9 police dog training.  While out tracking, they discover the body of a young woman and a Hawaiian girl hiding nearby.  Mele is terrified she will be returned to The Boss, who abuses her, but she runs from Lia in fear.  Keiki follows her, but a fire is on the way and traps them at a water tank.  Lei Texeira is assisting the local police and helps track the girls and dog.

Thomas, Kayla Dawn
The Bet’s Off ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Vale’s uncle has died, and she travels to the family ranch on Kaua’i to help her grandfather get the ranch back into shape.  With a mobster pressuring her to sign over the ranch to repay gambling debts her uncle owed, she turns to lawyer Weaver to help her sort things out.

Broken Beginnings *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Weaver returns to Montana to work out a custody agreement with April but arrives just in time to find out she’s been killed in a car accident, leaving him Shaylee’s only parent.  The search for the killer continues as Weaver gets to know his daughter and gets ready to take her back to Kaua’i.

Timmer, Julie Lawson
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives ***

Fiction.  A newly divorced woman moves with her teenage son to a small bungalow.  When they arrive, they’re met by a whirlwind of an elder French woman dead set on running their lives.  The divorcĂ©e is determined to keep the woman out of her life, but it doesn’t work that way.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Books Read - July 2017

Ambrose, Terry
Tough Choices ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marty Fitch wants to put the bad guys on his video blog, but he gets caught up in a drug deal caper that goes wrong, and the next thing he knows, he’s running for his life.

Arden, Zoe
Witch Cake Murders ***
Fiction.  First in the Sweetland paranormal cozy mystery series.  Ava and her father have been living in New York, and she has been blissfully unaware of who, or what, she really is.  When two women appear and tell her  they’re her aunts and want to take her home, she doesn’t know what to think.  But she goes along with them and finds a whole new world.

Ashford, Lindsay Jayne
The Woman on the Orient Express *****
Fiction.  Agatha Christie has just divorced her husband, and she travels on the Orient Express to Baghdad in an effort to get away from the publicity for awhile.  On the train she meets two women, both of whom also have their secrets.  The three women get to know each other, creating a tie that binds them forever together.

Atreya, Rasana
Valley Isle Secrets ***
Fiction.  Wayne Texeira stumbles over a dead body while out on a  hike, and Barreira, Pono’s  partner, accuses Wayne of murder, though there is no evidence.  When Wayne finds out that a number of grown children from Ailani’s Children’s Home have died, he believes them all  to  be connected.  With the help of Lei, he tracks down the murderer.

Aylward, Malcolm
Dead Flow *
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Gaby Texeira has just been hired  as a detective on the HPD.  A crazed man is determined to obey Pele and become a god in his own right.  But three women must give their lives for that to happen.

Baylee, Eden
Charade at Sea ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lainie is on a Hawaiian cruise with Max when she meets Clara, a new bride with a husband twenty years her junior.  When his stories about himself prove suspicious, Lainie and Max worry that he’s up to no good.

Seal of a Monk ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Lainie is on Kaua’i at a meditation retreat, where one of the other participants is her best friend’s daughter, who goes missing a few days into the retreat.  With the help of an ex-SEAL, Lainie goes looking for her.

A Snake in Paradise ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds  book.  Lainie is newly divorced and is celebrating her new life by vacationing on the Big Island.  She meets Julian, a younger man who seems too good to be true.  And he is.

Blackwell, Juliet
A Ghostly Light *****
Fiction.  Seventh book in the Haunted Home Renovation paranormal cozy mystery series set in San Francisco.  Mel Turner runs her own construction company, and she’s been hired to work on a lighthouse on a small island off the coast.  When a homicidal ex-husband chases down his former wife, the woman Mel is working with, a ghostly interference might take over.

Bury, Scott
Dead Man Lying *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Vanessa Storm is called out to investigate the death of a famous musician on his estate near Hana.  Lei is there assisting, and as they’re checking the heiau the man seems to have fallen from, a shot rings out and comes close to hitting Vanessa.  A tropical storm brews, trapping everybody on the estate, and Vanessa and Lei end up with more bodies on their hands.

Palm Trees and Snowflakes ***
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Vanessa Storm works a case of drugs being imported from Asia to the U.S. and reconnects with her old boyfriend.

Torn Roots ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  A development company is building a wharf and a subdivision of mansions along the Hana coast, but a group of environmentalists is protesting the development.  Vanessa Storm is alerted to the presence of a rogue Homeland Security officer and has to catch him before someone dies.

Caine, Rachel
Stillhouse Lake ****
Fiction.  Gwen Proctor and her kids are on the run.  Not that the law is after them, but other people are.  After changing locations and names  eight times, Gwen is tired of running and finally starting to feel as if the cabin at Stillhouse Lake could be their home.  But her ex-husband Mel still wants her.  Dead.  Being in prison isn’t stopping him, and Gwen suddenly realizes her family is still in danger, and the danger is even closer than she imagined.

Cassidy, Dakota
Witch Slapped ****
Fiction.  First book in the Witchless in Seattle paranormal cozy mystery series.  Stevie Cartwright has lost her witchy powers and was kicked out of her coven in Texas.  She returns to the only other home she’s ever known, Ebenezer Falls, Washington, with her familiar Belfry in her purse.  He’s a bat.  Running low on funds and not being able to find a job, Stevie is getting desperate when a windfall lands in her lap.  A ghost, Crispin Alaistar Winterbottom, needs her help in solving a murder, but Stevie ends up being the prime suspect.

Crosby, Bette Lee
Esther’s Gift *****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Esther Ka’awai is a special woman.  Known by all to be a Kahu Kupuna, knowledgeable in Hawaiian lore and healing.  When John introduces her to his grandson, the Knowing tells her he is a very sick young boy and is in need of medical help.

Doyle, M.L.
Hidden Poppies ****
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Marcella Scott is partnered up with Ken Yamada for a kidnapping case.  A young girl has disappeared, and a kidnap  message has just been received.

Galenorn, Yasmine
Maudlin’s Mayhem *****
Fiction.  Second in the Bewitching Bedlam urban fantasy series.  Maddy is hit with a Dirt Witch’s hex, and bad things begin happening at the B&B.  She has to find the witch and find a way to break the hex before someone gets hurt.

Garrett, Danielle
Along Came a Ghost ****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Beechwood Harbor paranormal cozy mystery series and first in the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries.  A ghost named Lenny appears to Holly while she’s working in her greenhouse, and he mentions Earl, Posy’s husband.  She’s been waiting over 100 years for him.  Holly asks Scarlet, the local florist and ghost whisperer, to help find Earl and bring him back to the manor where he is reunited with Posy.

Murder’s a Witch ****
Fiction.  First in the Beechwood Harbor paranormal cozy mystery series.  Holly Boldt is a witch living in Beechwood Manor along with a shifter, a vampire, a ghost, and a mysterious tenant nobody knows anything about.  She works as a barista at a local coffeehouse and is shocked one day when she arrives at work to discover her boss lying dead in the alley.  When her best friend becomes the prime suspect, Holly does whatever she can to find the real murderer.

Twice the Witch ****
Fiction.  Second in the Beechwood Harbor paranormal cozy mystery series.  A new witch, Evangeline, has come to live in the manor, and Holly fears she’s after Adam.  At work, Paisley is upset that her cousin is missing, and her aunt hires Nick to find the girl.  Unfortunately Holly finds her first.  At least she finds her ghost.

Witch Slapped *****
Fiction.  Third in the Beechwood Harbor paranormal cozy mystery series.  The vampires are in town, and when Nick gets caught up with them working on a case, Holly has to come to his rescue while at the same time keeping him blind to the supernatural life.  Harvey comes to stay at the manor, and he catches Holly making illegal potions and hauls her off to jail.  Again.

Witch Way Home *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Beechwood Harbor paranormal cozy mystery series.  Holly has to go  to court to beg for her potion master’s decree, but it doesn’t look like she’ll win when Harvey disappears in the middle of the hearing.

Gilbert, Julie C.
Never Again **
Fiction.  Lei Kindle Worlds book.  Alana’s best friend is Michael Stevens, and her boyfriend is  jealous of her relationship with Mikey.  But that doesn’t stop her boyfriend from cheating on her with another woman, and when Alana finds them together, she breaks up with the man.  He retaliates by planning to murder Michael.

Grafton, Sue
Writing Mysteries *****
Non-fiction.  Collection of essays by members of the Mystery Writers of America on the craft of writing mysteries.

Hamilton, Laurell K
A Shiver of Light *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Merry Gentry urban fantasy series.  Merry, a faerie princess living in Los Angeles, has just given birth to the first sidhe triplets to be born in hundreds of years, and her uncle Taranis is claiming one of the children as his own.  He wants Merry as his queen, but she refuses his advances, and her lovers want him dead because of the rape.  His anger is such that he sends sidhe assassins after one of her lovers, who is killed in her arms.

Hamilton, Lyn
The Etruscan Chimera *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Lara McClintoch mystery series.  Lara is in Italy, hired by a reclusive billionaire to buy an Etruscan hydria from another collector in Paris.  When the collector ends up dead, and the hydria goes missing, Lara figures her job is over.  But when the hydria appears in her car, she panics and drives it over the border back into Italy.

The Thai Amulet *****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Lara McClintoch mystery series.  Lara is in Thailand on a buying trip.  She was asked by a woman to find her ex-husband, who lives in Thailand but has gone missing.  Lara meets up with Jennifer and her Thai boyfriend and is invited to stay with his very wealthy family.  While tracking down the missing man, Lara discovers that Jennifer’s boyfriend’s family is involved, and whatever she finds will affect Jennifer.

Herbert, A.L.
Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles ****
Fiction.  First in the Mahalia Watkins cozy mystery series set in Washington, D.C.  Halia owns Sweet Tea, a soul food restaurant, but when she finds her business partner dead in her kitchen, the victim of murder, she panics and convinces her cousin to help her move his body out into the alley behind the restaurant.  When his body disappears and her cousin becomes the prime suspect, she is determined to solve the mystery.

Murder with Macaroni and Cheese ***
Fiction.  Second in the Mahalia Watkins cozy  mystery series.  Mahalia is contacted by an old classmate to cater a reunion.  The woman, Raynell Rollins, was extremely popular in high school, but she was also an incredible bully, and Halia doesn’t have fond memories of her.  When she finds Raynell dead on the bathroom floor, Halia tries to figure out which of their acquaintances could be the culprit.

Hoffman, Alice
Blackbird House *****
Fiction.  Collection of short stories centered around a farm on the Cape in Massachusetts.  For over 200 years people have lived and died here.  These are their stories.

Green Angel *****
Fiction.  First book of Green.  Green lost her family on the day of the fire.  She was left with ashes, and that’s how she wanted it.  Time passed, and she slowly grew back into herself, and she knew her family was there still with her.

Green Witch *****
Fiction.  Second  book of Green.  Green is in search of the future.  She finds the present.

Faithful *****
Fiction.  Shelby struggles with the memory and guilt of a car accident that left her best friend  in a coma, and at first she takes it out on herself.  Ben is also a lost soul, but he falls in love with Shelby, and they move to New York together.  Shelby feels she is unworthy of Ben’s love and sabotages herself in an effort to lose Ben.  But as she lives her mundane life, we see another side  to Shelby as she slowly works her way to acceptance of what went before.

The Marriage of Opposites *****
Fiction.  Rachel Petit Pizzarro was born and raised  in St. Thomas.  She was a strong woman who went against her religion and community in marrying the man of her dreams, and she ran her family with an iron fist though based in love.  When her son, Camille, wanted to live his life as an artist, she fought against him but finally gave in, and he became one of the founders of 
Impressionism.

Nightbird *****
Fiction.  Twig and her family  live on a farm in Sidwell, Massachusetts.  They’re in hiding.  People know they’re there, but they want no contact with anyone else.  But when Twig meets the family who live down the road, she befriends Julia, who is her  own age, and that one act leads  to the entire town discovering the Fowler secret.

The Probable Future ****
Fiction.  Stella comes from a long line of Sparrow women, each of whom receives a special talent on her thirteenth birthday.  Stella’s is that she can see people’s deaths.  Her vision lands her father in jail when she foresees a woman’s murder and insists that her father tell the police.

Property Of ****
Fiction.  She wants McKay.  No matter what it costs  her, she want him.  The President of the Orphans.  She competes against the gang, and against the Dolphin, and against the drugs.  She survives.

Howey, Hugh
Casting Off *****
Fiction.  Third in the Wool dystopian series.  Although Juliette at first refuses to take the sheriff’s job, she eventually relents and agrees, hoping to do more good up top than she can down deep.  But her curiosity makes her a target, and she doesn’t last long at her job.

Proper Gauge *****
Fiction.  Second in the Wool dystopian series.  A new sheriff is needed, and the mayor’s choice is a woman from deep down working in Mechanics named Juliette.  But the powerful head of IT has promised the job to someone else, and when he doesn’t get his way, he gets rid of those in his way.

The Stranded *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Wool dystopian series.  Fighting continues in Silo 18, but as Juliette finds her way to Silo 17, she feels as if someone is watching her.

The Unravelling *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Wool dystopian series.  Juliette has been sentenced to the cleaning, and her friends in Mechanics are feeling her loss, knowing that the sentence is undeserved.  They begin a new rebellion that shakes the entire silo.

Wool *****
Fiction.  First in the Wool dystopian series.  Thousands of people are living in a concrete silo sunken deep into the earth.  A winding staircase is how they travel from one level to another, and there are 148 levels in total.  Life seems good, but there are some things you cannot speak about.  It’s not even safe  to wonder about them.  If you do, bad things will happen.

Kimelman, Emily
Warrior Dog *****
Fiction.  Kindle Worlds book.  Keiki, the Rottweiler, loves her masters and takes her job as protector very seriously, but when a man arrives and starts a fire under their house, Keiki feels as if she’s failed her masters.

Llewellyn, A.J.
Bullets and Birthday Lu’aus ****
Fiction.  Kindle Worlds book.  A baby is up for adoption, but the mother keeps telling lies.  Abe and Lei are trying to figure out what’s going on and how they can keep the baby safe.

Coffee and Kukui Nuts ****
Fiction.  Kindle Worlds book.  Abe Torufu is on O’ahu to help his sister taste test cakes for her wedding.  While at the bakery, he spies a man putting a bomb into a woman’s car.  The killer then comes after Abe while he’s under protection by Tony, a detective with the HPD.

Hula Pie and Coconut Bras ****
Fiction.  Kindle Worlds book.  Abe and Lei are on O’ahu to take a training course, and while there they get a case of a woman who was found strangled.  While out with his sister, they buy a starving dog from a homeless couple, but when he sees the couple selling another dog the next day, he becomes suspicious.  They’re somehow tied to the dead woman.

Ti Leaves and Moon Cakes ****
Fiction.  Kindle Worlds book.  Abe’s sister is getting married, but when Abe sees a familiar young boy in a photo taken at the wedding site, he and Tony tie him to a missing-child case on the Mainland.

Mahkovec, Linda
The Garden House ****
Fiction.  Miranda’s children have grown and gone, and she’s struggling with trying to figure out what to do with all her time.  Her husband is very supportive, except when it comes to the strange dreams she’s been having.  Their new tenant living in the garden house is secretive, and Miranda is worried that her dreams are tied to him.

McNeal, Laura
The Practice House *****
Fiction.  Aldine leaves Scotland to move to America.  After spending some time with her sister in New York, she accepts a job as a teacher in Kansas.  She boards with a local farm family but soon finds herself falling in love with the husband.  And he with her.  When the family moves to California, Aldine takes work as a waitress at a Harvey House.  She spends her days daydreaming of Ansel but expects to never see him again.

Neal, Toby *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Scorch series.  Lucy is in love with Roan, but he keeps pushing her away.  When she is kidnapped by Kane, Roan rushes out to recover her on his own without waiting for the Luciano men.  When he fails, he realizes that his effort put Lucy into even more danger and is determined that once she is safe, he’ll leave forever.

Nolfi, Christine
The Shell Keeper ***
Fiction.  First in the Lei Texeira Magic series.  Lei in on vacation in South Carolina before she begins her job as a police officer in Hilo.  Pixie, the B&B’s hostess, tells Lei she’ll meet a woman on the beach at night.  Mystified, Lei does in fact meet with a strange woman, who seems to have psychic skills.

The Shell Seeker ****
Fiction.  Second in the Lei Texeira Magic series.  Lei is waiting to join the Hilo PD, but on vacation in South Carolina, a new friend asks for her help in solving a robbery.  An expensive Pirate Necklace has gone missing, and Lei needs to find it before her vacation is up.

O’Flynn, Corinne
Half-Moon Girls ****
Fiction.  Lei is called out on a case of a murdered woman who has a half-moon brand on her ankle.  When she finds out the woman was with a missing friend, Lei is doubly invested in solving the case and hopefully finding her friend.

Tell the Truth *****
Fiction.  Lei is waiting to testify in the trial for the man responsible for her kidnapping the year before.  She learns  that a prison guard has attempted to kill him in prison and realizes the Oasis Group wants to silence all the witnesses to the crimes, and they’re coming after Lei and Alicia.

Oakley, J.L.
The Christmas Well ***
Fiction.  Short story about a community coming together around a well at Christmas.

Coconut Island *****
Fiction.  In 1946 at tsunami wiped out much of Hilo, and Wendy Watanabe’s grandfather’s family was split in two with the deaths of his siblings.  Wendy’s Auntie Bee remembers vividly her experiences, and after some bones were found and determined to have been a family friend, she begins to remember darker secrets of murder.

Saddle Road *****
Fiction.  A vet has been murdered, and it’s up to Lei, Michael, and Pono to find the murderer.  Their journey takes them to the Big Island, where Michael and Pono end up being stalked by the killer and stranded in the fog.

Volcano House *****

Fiction.  Auntie Bee is getting ready to celebrate her 80th birthday, when someone leaves a box in the back of her car.  When she unpacks it at home, she finds a haversack filled with old magazines and papers left by Robert Louis Stevenson who had written a story during his stay on the Big Island.  But someone is after those papers, and when they’re tied to an old murder case, her niece, Wendy, gets involved with saving her aunt.