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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author Mary Jo Burke comes the next deliciously deadly episode in the best-selling Aloha Lagoon Mystery series.

After Simone Ryan is stood up at the alter by her fiancé, Elliott, she decides to enjoy her would-be honeymoon in paradise alone. She checks into the Aloha Lagoon Resort's bridal suite and promptly begins to drown her sorrows in champagne. But when Simone steps out onto the balcony to take in the glorious Hawaiian scenery, she gets an even better view. Hot local baker, Liam Bentley, is out for a stroll on the beach. Maybe being single isn't so bad after all. 

But when Elliot makes a surprise appearance at the resort - with a younger woman in tow - things turn deadly, and suddenly Simone finds herself not in the role of newlywed but prime murder suspect! 

Fighting for her life - not to mention her dignity - Simone must uncover secrets from her ex-fiancé's past, which may just have killer consequences for her own future. With the help of the ever-so-tempting Liam, his feisty grandmother, and the quirky Aloha Lagoon staff, Simone finds herself tracking down a murderer who may just be closer to home than she thinks... 

About Aloha Lagoon: There's trouble in paradise... Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii's hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere...and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget!

©2016 Mary Jo Burke (P)2018 Mary Jo Burke

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Fun simple Mystery

This is a fairly simple entertaining read with a great backdrop in a beautiful setting.While I believe younger listeners will enjoy
this book more I suspect anyone who wants a light Summer read will enjoy this book.


The Narrator is a Pro and did a good job with the material.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Loved it.

I really liked the narrator in this book. I thought she bought out the main character. I didn't just get told what she was like but I also felt it. She really bought out the personality of the characters.
The book itself is heavy on the romance and the mystery isn't too bad, I have read a lot worse. There were moments that made me smile, which I really like in a cozy mystery.
Another reviewer mentioned sex in this book well I listened to it and the sex scene happens behind closed doors. Yes sex is discussed but it does not go into detail, so if you want a cozy mystery with plenty of romance and no sex then this is for you.
I really enjoyed listening to it and I would highly recommend it.
It can be read as a stand alone.

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Fun Mystery

This was a fun listen with murder, mystery and lots of laughs!! Susan Marlowe did a great job with the narration. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Loved it

Fun audible with mystery murder and laughs

The narrator does a good job of reading.

I was given this audible free at my request and I'm happy to provide my review

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Jilted With a Side of Murder

When a young woman is left standing at the altar, she decides she might as well take advantage of the honeymoon trip to Hawaii, even if she does have to go solo. Life takes some funny turns though and before she knows it, she's anything but alone when her husband-to-be on the beach near her hotel and her boss and her bosses daughter end up in Hawaii too. Murder, mayhem, a determined police detective, a handsome scone baker and a naughty grandmother help to flesh out the cast of this zany who dun it.
A thoroughly entertaining romp in one of the world's most romantic places.

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A cozy Hawaiian Getaway

This is a very great book. I'm 2/3 through it and am enjoying it a lot. The narrator is pretty good, her voices are fine but she can't seem to pronounce her 't's . It's probably a regional thing and isn't annoying enough for me to stop listening.

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Romance and Mystery in one

Romance and Mystery are my two favorite genres, and Mary Jo Burke did a great job weaving the two together. The story is a standalone listen and part of a series. This is my first book by the author and I really enjoyed it. I loved the imagery, the twists, and how it ended. Susan Marlowe did a great job building the tension, displaying realistic emotions, and having distinguished voices for the various characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by both author and narrator.

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Heavy on Romance, but a fun mystery!

Cozy mysteries tend to be a blend of mystery with a bit of romance. This book however is heavier on the romance & is a bit more PG13. So, if you like your mysteries without the extra steamy romance plot then this won’t be a book for you. I say this to spare people buying this book & leaving a bad review due to that.
I enjoyed the plot of this mystery, although at times I was confused as to who was who because there were multiple names used for 1 person. This applied to a few characters & it was a little tough to keep up so I had to rewind many times to re-listen. That’s my only qualm with this book, as otherwise it was a good mystery with twists & turns that I didn’t expect. The narration was well done, and my favorite character was Ellen!
This book was gifted to me as a review copy & I left my honest review.

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Not for me

I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

This book was okay it just really was not my style. A little to much romance/sex and not enough mystery for my taste. I had not read or listened to any other books in this series or by this author. The book was fine as a stand alone I had not problem with that. Susan Marlowe does a very nice job of narrating this book. If you like romance/sex mysteries I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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Love the Quirkiness

I really enjoyed this book! It is full of humor and wit. Ellen reminds me of my grandma, so full humor, sex appeal, and doesn't care what anyone things about her. Liam is the gentleman, that everyone wants....someone who is willing to fight for his girl. Simone, is so funny with the monologue that goes on in her head, especially with how she describes how much she wants Liam. I am looking forward to more books in this series.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.