Sep 282012


How Far Is Heaven?: A Louise Golden Mystery by Laurie Hanan

Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Hoaka Moon Publishing (February 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615588859
ISBN-13: 978-0615588858

Christmas is never easy for mail carriers. But for Louise Golden, the season of good cheer is about to become a nightmare. Exhausted after a long day of delivering mail in nasty weather, Louise is heading back to the station when, through the heavy rain, a ghost like figure appears in her headlights. Louise hits her brakes, but it’s too late. The girl is taken to the hospital, unconscious. Who is she? What was she doing in the middle of the road on a rainy night, dressed only in an oversized tee-shirt? Why hasn’t anyone reported her missing? When Jane Doe regains consciousness, she remembers nothing—not even her own name. Louise befriends the frightened girl, who then disappears. Louise is suspended from work during the accident investigation, and uses her time to search for the missing girl. Meanwhile, with the holiday in full swing around her, Louise is confronted with religious traditions she feels no connection to. And how in the world is she supposed to sort out her relationships with the four men in her life? Each of them seems almost right, and yet so completely wrong. Sexier and grittier than Almost Paradise, The second Louise Golden mystery takes the reader on a true Hawaiian roller coaster ride.

This is the second book in the Louise Golden Mystery series, and it’s just as good as the first book, Almost Paradise.  The action starts in the first paragraph and I was hooked instantly.

I like that we see some familiar characters, and we also meet some new ones. The new bad guys are seedier and more heartless, and there’s lots of action. The book delves into Louise’s personal life a bit more than the first book did, and I liked getting to know her better. I liked that she seemed more… womanly is the word I guess. She lets go a bit more in this book than she did in the first one. But she’s still one tough cookie with a strong determination to get to the bottom things, no matter who or what is in her way.

I absolutely love this series, and can’t wait for the next book to come out. You can read my review of the first book here.

Meet The Author:
Laurie grew up in the picturesque islands of the South Pacific. Her father pioneered air travel to many of the tiny islands, and Laurie often accompanied him on his flights. She moved to Seattle to study photography and dance at the University of Washington. While there, she discovered an interest in Jewish Studies, Hebrew, and Middle Eastern dance. She moved to Israel to pursue these subjects, earning her keep by working in the cotton fields of the Jezreel Valley. Laurie moved to London, then lived in several European countries, before returning to Israel. It was on this second trip to Israel that she met the love of her life. They eloped and were married in Cyprus. Laurie and her husband spent time exploring the Far East, before settling in Hawaii. Laurie had a career with the Postal Service, and raised three children. She retired in 2006 and started writing her Louise Golden mystery series. She also promotes animal rights and rescue, and practices yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Laurie lives on Oahu with her husband, two youngest children, a Westie and an alley cat.

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  4 Responses to “How Far Is Heaven?: A Louise Golden Mystery by Laurie Hanan”

  1. Hi Vicki,

    I added ‘Almost Paradise’ to my reading list, after reading your geat review .. and unfortunately, that is where it has stayed!

    Laurie sounds like a real fun-loving author, who likes her book locations to be as authentic as possible … add that to yet another excellent review from youself and ‘How Far Is Heaven’ is on my list as well.

    The only slight reservation I have, is the cover for this new adventure. The cover for ‘Almost Paradise’ was amazing, but my frst reaction to this cover was very muted and circumspect.


    I am determined to get to them both one day soon!

    • Hi Yvonne~ when I first saw the cover I was like “huh???”, but after reading the book it seems a perfect choice. Now I love it! You’ll see if/when you read it.

  2. This looks like a great series. More for my TBR wish list! Thanks for sharing.

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