When a beautiful heiress, Adrienne Ridgely, appears in the office of Kai Cook, the surfing detective, insisting that the accidental death of her sister Sara was in fact a murder, Kai is intrigued. He takes the case out of curiosity, and an undeniable attraction to his client, but soon finds himself convinced that she’s right—but, also, that she might be the killer.
Murder on Molokai by Chip Hughes is a delightful mystery, full of realistic portrayals of Hawaii and its culture, and with a large dose of humor and thrills from the very first page. Readers will be enthralled by Kai’s pursuit of justice for the murdered woman, and his race against the clock, not only to solve the case, and perhaps save his own life, but to save the islands from the machinations of greedy politicians and unscrupulous developers for whom murder is not an option left off the table in their pursuit of money.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review, and without reservation I call it one of the best mysteries I’ve read so far this year—and, I read a lot of them. If you want a fast-paced thriller that stands in a class by itself, this one is highly recommended. It has a few typos, but they don’t detract from a great story. Every page is a treat to read.
I give it an unqualified four stars.