Edgar Allan "Poe" Rutherford is having a bad month. He lost his job in the lousy economy, caught his girlfriend cheating on him, and his 12-hour flight to Maui to visit his best friend, Foxx, was plagued by rotten weather, lousy food, false terrorist attacks, screaming babies, and a snoring man in front of him who insisted on keeping his seat reclined the entire length of the flight. But things quickly go from bad to worse when he finally starts what was supposed to be a much-deserved vacation.
Foxx's girlfriend, Lauren, a world-renowned artist, is brutally murdered at a crowded art show, and all the evidence points to Foxx as the guilty party. Everyone on the island thinks he did it, including the sexy police detective whose toes Poe stepped on, literally, at the art show. It's up to Poe to prove his friend's innocence, or Foxx is likely to spend the rest of his days behind bars. The possible suspects? An eccentric bunch to say the least, including a famous painter who thinks he's the reincarnation of a long-dead pharaoh and a sculptor who's living in a tree house because his third wife took everything in their divorce settlement. Can Poe discover the identity of the real killer? And, more importantly, will he ever convince the beautiful detective to forgive him for stepping on her toes?
©2012 Robert W Stephens (P)2012 Robert W Stephens
Poe starts out as a really, nice likeable character; in spite of the somewhat weak plot I felt invested in him. By the end, however, both he and his friend Fox come off more as overgrown frat boys. There are a couple of explicit sex scenes that I could've lived without, as well as an increase in the violence near the end. The suspects were largely a silly lot, but accepting that they were intended as caricatures, that wasn't all that much of a problem; the toughest part to get past was that the detective was willing to put her job in jeopardy in letting a complete stranger, whom she fell for almost right away, nose around in (interfere with) the murder investigation. Despite all that, I'd be interested in reading the sequel the author says he's considering ... but a word of advice: Poe's loaded - have him fly up front next time!
Audio narration fit the character very well.
I really enjoyed Aloha Means Goodbye. The story was well written and I liked the 'breaking of the fourth wall' aspect of it. Poe is writing his story and at times talks to us, the readers, to make sure we are 'following along' and reminding us of things that happens earlier in the book. This is done in a way that doesn't make the reader feel like he/she is being spoken down to.
Mr. Bray does a fine job of narrating the book. He gives each character their own personal 'voice' and has an easy way of telling the story. I really enjoyed his voice for Nakia. She sounded really interesting.
This is a traditional murder mystery with some plot twists. I really didn't figure out who the murderer was until almost the end of the book when it was revealed. The ending was a little predictable but fit in with the main character's behavior and background. It didn't detract from the book.
I would recommend this to my friends and family as a fun listen and I will listen to it again.
R.C. Bray’s narration was very good and fit the characters well. I especially like his deep rich tones, which give a bit of gravitas to the story. I’d listen to another one of his stories any day.
I couldn’t tell if this story was supposed to be a romance, a type of “chick lit” for boys, or erotic thriller. It’s nice to have a guy’s perspective, but Poe’s character is not very likeable and rather childish. I’ve never enjoyed listening to sex scenes and honestly didn’t expect them in this mystery. I do think Robert W. Stephens has potential if he can decide what type of book he wants to write and employs a good editor.
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