Aug 142013


Another Day In Paradise by Laurie Hannan

Dog nappings have doubled on O`ahu over the past year. Brazen thefts of beloved pets from their homes have the community on edge. A beautiful, mysterious Chinese actress is distraught when her Pomeranian is stolen. Mail carrier Louise Golden finds the missing pooch, only to learn the actress is suddenly gone, with her belongings. Dogs are disappearing. Street people are being abducted by aliens—or so claims Louise’s homeless friend, Frankie. Clues point in different directions. Nothing adds up. A masked man appears out of nowhere and warns Louise to mind her own business. What did he mean? Everyone is a suspect: her boyfriend who tells stories for a living, the ex lover who once betrayed her, the acting coach skilled in the art of deception, the shameless stalker in the yellow Tweety Bird van. At the polo field, tempers flare. Someone’s bound to get hurt. Things heat up for Louise, as well, when a sexy Brazilian polo player befriends her. Is he truly a friend, or a rake intent on seducing vulnerable women? Can Louise even trust her own spiritual awakening to help her find a path to understanding—or is she faking it and running blindly to a dead end? What will she do when she comes face to face with her greatest fears?

This is book 3 in the Louise Golden mystery series by Laurie Hanan, and I would have a tough time deciding which book I like more, all three are really good. They all kept my attention, had a wide range of  great characters, unusual scenarios, and they all kept me guessing. Plus, you get a peek into life in Hawaii! Even with it’s tropical awesomeness, there are still bad things that happen, and bad people, just like every where on the planet.

I loved that Emmeline & Jackie were still in the series, I liked reading how they’re personalities changed as they got a little older. I also liked that the furry characters were kept in the story.  Who doesn’t like reading about cats and dogs?

Not only is this a great mystery, it’s also got lots of humor. Some of the stuff Hanan comes up with is hilarious.  And I love that she writes so that you can “see” what’s going on.

In this book, Louise takes us on another “whodunnit” ride that starts with finding a long lost dog, then the story escalates to trying to find out who is killing street people. When she did figure out who the killer was, I was quite shocked. My brain was going in a completely different direction, and I would have never thought of that person. The final scenes  were amazing, and the ending couldn’t have been better.

I sure hope there are more  books to follow. It would be a shame to not be able to go on more adventures with Louise.

You can check out my reviews of the first two books in the series, Almost Paradise (book 1)  &  How Far Is Heaven (book 2).

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves a good, not so heavy mystery.

 Posted by at 7:30 PM

  8 Responses to “Book Review: Another Day In Paradise: A Louise Golden Mystery by Laurie Hanan”

  1. Hi Vicki,

    The ‘mystery caper’ and mysteries which are not quite such heavy going, seem to be on the increase in the last few months.

    I have been invited to read and review several such stories, by their authors and whilst I have enjoyed the reading experience, they are never going to replace a good, traditional mystery/suspense, for me, I’m afraid!

    You are obviously enjoying this series and enjoy Laurie’s style of writing and storytelling, as reflected in the excellent review.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts,


    • I agree Yvonne, traditional mystery/suspense will always be my favorite, but I do love a lighter read once in a while, and this series is perfect for anyone wanting a break.

  2. I could use a mystery with a little humor right about now. I will go check out this series and it is definitely on my TBR list. Thank you for the great review!

  3. This sounds like a series I’d enjoy. Great review!

  4. Awesome review! I like mysteries (or any book) that can bring humor into it also, especially after reading a heavy emotional book. They are the perfect book to pick up after a book that has torn you up. 🙂 Sticking these on my TBR. Thanks!

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