Murder on Mokulua Drive – A Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery
Hawai`i journalist Natalie Seachrist has unusual visions throughout her life. When she envisions a family’s murky predawn escape from Denmark to Sweden by boat, she has no idea how scenes from a World War II movie will impact her modern life. Soon after, Natalie and her boyfriend Keoni Hewitt (a private investigator) move to a lovely Lanikai cottage she has inherited. Their expectations for relaxed living are met with warm welcomes in the gracious seaside neighborhood. Across the fence lives Miriam Didión, a widowed human rights activist and her housemates, Joanne Walther, a retired teacher, and Esmeralda Cruz, her cook.
They've all become friends by the time Natalie throws Keoni a birthday party. Even Natalie’s feline companion Miss Una has embraced the women by keeping nightly watch over their property. But when a horrifying vision of a moonlit garroting shatters the peaceful environment, Natalie must reveal her murderous insights to Keoni’s former partner, Honolulu Police Lieutenant John Dias. Discovery of a suspect’s body on Diamond Head Beach implies resolution of the case. Feeling safe, Natalie and her neighbors plan a tour of historic Kawai Nui Marsh, a favorite destination of Queen Lili
uokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii. When their day of playing tourist devolves, Natalie finds her party in the cross hairs of a dangerous and unexpected adversary.
Does the answer to the complex crime lie buried in the victim’s transnational past? Or in the visible present among innocuous seeming 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 . . .