I was all set to dislike this book based on the reviews, but I actually enjoyed it. The plot was was interesting and complex, as were the characters...Show More » The setting was enjoyable, as it took place in Hawaii. Most of the reviews I saw said that the book needed editing, but I listened to the Audible edition, and didn't find that to be the case. Also, the narrator was really good. I tend to prefer male narrators who have a greater vocal range, but this narrator also had a good range to her voice, and spoke with a kind of gritty voice that I like when reading detective stories. Also note that though this is the second book in a series, I think it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I did not read the first book in the series, and I don't feel like it hampered my enjoyment of this book (though I would read the previous book just because I enjoyed this one). If you like detective stories, give this one a try.
I really liked this book. I found the introduction on hula dancing fascinating. I hadn't realized that the movements were so symbolic. And I really..Show More » have admired Leila Kahana's character - she's smart, sexy, confident, etc. - though I have to admit (without going into too much detail and giving away spoilers) that I was disappointed in her actions regarding Seymour. Other than that, the story is really well-written, the development of the mystery was well-paced, and all the Hawaiian cultural insights were really interesting. This is the third book I've read in this series, and I've enjoyed them all. I don't think its necessary to read the books in order to enjoy them, but you definitely get a better understanding of the different characters, relationships, and history if you do. I listened to the Audible audio edition narrated by Jane Boyer. I really like her narration. She has a great voice - its a little lower and she's able to pull off both male and female characters very well. I highly recommend this series if you like reading about Hawaii, mysteries, or crime novels. I can't wait for the next one in the series.