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