Murder on Mokulua Drive – A Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian mystery
Murder on Mokulua Drive, is the second Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian cozy mystery written by Jeanne Burrows-Johnson. Like Prospect for Murder (the award winning first book), Murder on Mokulua Drive features the lush environs of the Hawaiian Islands, snippets of pan-Pacific history, a cast of characters, chapter aphorisms, floral art pagination folios, a guide to pronouncing Hawaiian vocabulary, and a glossary of non-English and specialized terms.
Hawai`i journalist Natalie Seachrist has unusual visions. Her viewing of war-like scenes of a family’s predawn escape from Denmark initially initially seems unremarkable. Soon Natalie and boyfriend private investigator Keoni Hewitt move into a Lanikai cottage, where their expectations for relaxed living are met with warm welcomes. Across the fence lives Miriam Didión, a widowed human rights activist, Joanne Walther, a retired teacher, and Esmeralda Cruz, a cook. They have all become friends by the time Natalie throws Keoni a surprise birthday party. Even Natalie’s feline companion Miss Una has embraced the women and keeps nightly watch over their property. Unfortunately, another vision of a garroting by moonlit shatters the peaceful environment and Natalie must reveal her horrifying insights to Keoni’s former partner, Honolulu Police Detective John Dias.
When a suspect’s body is found on Diamond Head Beach, the case appears solved and Natalie plans a tour of historic Kawai Nui Marsh, a favorite destination of Queen Lili`uokalani. Unfortunately, the day of playing tourist devolves, and Natalie and her friends are soon in the crosshairs of a dangerous adversary. Does resolution of the gruesome murder lie in the deceased’s transnational past? Or in the visible present among seemingly innocuous companions?
About Jeanne Burrows-Johnson (San Jose, California Author)
As an author, Jeanne Burrows-Johnson embraces her lifetime of experiences in the performing arts, education, and marketing. Academically, she was accepted for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at the University of Hawai`i. During graduate studies and a teaching assistantship, she became a member of Phi Alpha Theta. She’s also a member of the National Writers Union, Sisters in Crime, Arizona Mystery Writers, and a Lifetime Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, Highland Division. Jeanne’ inspiration for storytelling is rooted in theatrical training during her youth and grew with the colorful tales shared by myriad characters in her life.
In the co-authored book, UNDER SONORAN SKIES, Prose and Poetry from the High Desert, Jeanne’s contributions included historical articles, design of the evocative hardcover, and indexing of its broad-spectrum contents. Having been a resident of Hawai
i for 20 years, it’s not surprising that her Natalie Seachrist mysteries are set in its lush and multicultural environment. While sampling Island life and pan-Pacific history, Jeanne’s readers join in the heroine’s contemplation of haunting visions and puzzling deaths. The award-winning PROSPECT FOR MURDER and MURDER ON MOKULUA DRIVE will soon be joined by MURDERS OF CONVEYANCE. This third book in the series takes place during a scavenger hunt across Oahu during Chinese New Year as Natalie, Keoni, and Miss Una explore two murders separated by sixty years.
You’ll find Island recipes, a comprehensive glossary of terms included in the mysteries and more information about Jeanne’s projects at her author website, JeanneBurrows-Johnson.com. You can also learn about CONVERSATIONS WITH AUNTIE CAROL, a print and audiobook project that will present interviews with an elderly Hawaiian woman from `Ulupalakua, Maui, who was dancing hula in Waikiki on December 6, 1941. There’s also a link to Jeanne’s blog that helps creative professionals examine issues in shaping, refining, and marketing their work. Please use the contact forms on her websites to drop her a note . . .