Prospect for Murder – A Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery
Retired travel writer Natalie Seachrist has had visions since childhood, but her personal world shatters when her twin Nathan (a psychologist) confirms that the body she envisioned draped over a vintage Mustang was that of his granddaughter. As the police launch their customary investigation of the unexplained death, she and her feline companion Miss Una move to the Honolulu foothills apartments where Ariel fell to her death. With the cautionary advice of friend and retired homicide detective Keoni Hewitt, Natalie explores the premises and personalities surrounding her.
Soon she discovers the fascinating story of the Shànghăi origins of the affluent and elderly Chinese-Hawaiian Wong sisters who own the apartment complex...plus more than a little discord between Pearl Wong’s nephew and the handyman who owns the Mustang on which the college student died. Unfortunately, Natalie’s on-site sleuthing produces few concrete leads. But just as she questions the purpose of her mission, she experiences a vision from the perspective of her grandniece, and is forced to reveal her escalating visions.
At Natalie’s invitation, Keoni joins Nathan and her for meetings with the coroner and the Honolulu police detective who was once his partner. Despite items missing from Ariel’s effects, a lack of physical evidence points toward the death being an accident or suicide. But why would a young girl approaching the end of a successful college career kill herself? Natalie remains determined to solve the mystery before the police close their investigation without an arrest. But can she solve the riddle of the unexplained death before the murderer kills again to hide their secret?
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 . . .