• Death of the Big Kahuna

  • Aloha Lagoon Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Catherine Bruns
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Death of the Big Kahuna

By: Catherine Bruns
Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
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From USA Today best-selling author Catherine Bruns comes an Aloha Lagoon mystery that proves that, sometimes, paradise isn't all it's served up to be. 

New to both Hawaii and the Aloha Lagoon Resort, Carrie Jorgenson has big dreams of stardom. But, while she awaits fame and fortune, she's forced to accept a job waitressing at the resort's The Loco Moco Café. It isn't long before she discovers the dish on her new boss - also known to many as "The Big Kahuna". 

Hale Akamu is rich, handsome, repulsive...and dead. When Carrie discovers Hale's lifeless body, she's suddenly forced into yet another role: amateur sleuth. With everyone, from Carrie to the saucy chef to the café's hot assistant manager under suspicion, Carrie needs to track a killer before she becomes his next main entrée! Recipes included in the audiobook.

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! Visit us at alohalagoonmysteries.com

©2017 Catherine Bruns (P)2019 Catherine Bruns

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A Stab in the Chest

Carrie Jorgensen had moved to Kauai to get away from her horrible family. Working at the Loco Moci Cafe is a way to earn money and dream of stardom in the islands. The her despicable boss is killed and since she found the body she’s the prime suspect. A great series and narration.

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Excellent!

I love this series! Each author has their own little slice of Aloha Lagoon, and this one is fantastic too. Really fun read.
The narration was spot on. Perfect voice, that brought all the characters to life. Well done.

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Enjoyable but forgettable

I want to clarify that this is a multi-author series, meaning that each book is written by a different author, and the stories are not related. I had previously listened to the first book, and despite being this the sixth book, I had no issues following the story as each book is a stand-alone. The only thing they have in common is that the events happen in Aloha Lagoon, an imaginary place on Kauai, Hawaii.

Decided to part with her dysfunctional family, and following her boyfriend Brad, Carrie Jorgenson, a twenty-something girl, is a newly arrived at the Aloha Lagoon resort. Without previous real experience, she applies for a job at The Loko Moko Café, where she gets hired. The café owner is a despicable man with many enemies, and everyone seems to be a suspect after Carrie finds him dead at the cafe one evening after closing time.

I am really into cozy mysteries, and after listening to Ukulele Murder, the first book in this series, I was looking forward to this one. I would like to mention that I listened to this audiobook while I was spending a week in Hawaii, so I was ready to enjoy the luxurious descriptions while I was in a similar setting. Something that I missed were those descriptions, though. I have the feeling that this story could have happened anywhere else and still retain its essence. I have expected a special atmosphere to set the reader’s mood but it just was not there. The mystery was interesting enough to kept me engaged, even though the characters were not super developed. Despite Brad being Carrie’s boyfriend, we know little about him, and even Carrie’s story is obscure. I think this book would be mostly enjoyed by young adults, as Carrie is quite young and her worries revolve around an unresponsive boyfriend and an attractive coworker.

It was an entertaining story, not the best cozy mystery I have ever listened to but good enough to keep me going.

Amy Deuchler’s portrayal of Carrie was quite good, but I would have liked a bit more expressiveness and a more lively narration during humorous moments. Her male voices were good, but there was little differentiation among his female interpretations, which made following dialogs a bit difficult sometimes. The audio production was good and there were no issues.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Death of the Big Kahuna Rev

Summary:
Carrie Jorgenson has a lousy boyfriend but lands a waitressing job at a little café called the Loco Moco. It’s owned by a rich jerk who gets himself knocked off. Now everybody’s under suspicion, including Carrie.

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- Series features different authors. It’s an interesting concept and probably a fun project to contribute to. Basically, I think the only thing linking the series is the locale and maybe some side characters. You can certainly experience each of the titles on their own without the others. Except the ones by Catherine Bruns here. Death of the Kona Man should be read after Death of the Big Kahuna because Carrie comes back and the events take place right after.
- The con to doing things this way is that it’s probably up to each author to get their own book made into an audiobook, so not every one of the titles is even available through audible.
- Carrie’s backstory is harped on a little too much, but I did enjoy the fact that it’s not a typical upbringing.
- Typical cozy mystery fare. Hapless girl gets in trouble, can’t resist a good mystery, finds killer, gets some things settled in her life, etc.
- Side Characters: Not going to lie here, a few of the side characters are blurring. Tad’s interesting. Keanu’s perfect. Lola? is the gossipy new bff.
- Amy Deuchler’s performance is good. She distinguishes the various characters and settles into the first person pov well.
- Wrapup is just okay. There’s quite a bit of info dumping at the end. Maybe that’s a cozy mystery thing I’m just not used to, but the bad guys tend to have long soliloquy type speeches wherein they layout why the MC must die, then of course get foiled somehow.
- The recipes at the end ticked me off, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in the minority here. Why include that in an audiobook? (I’ve included charts before…and yup, it was a mistake. People typically can’t absorb things that way – not to the point where they could use the recipe.) Unless you’ve got a stellar memory, you’re better off Googling it so you can re-check instructions and ingredients.
- Setting: I enjoy things set in Hawaii. It’s a great mix of familiar yet exotic.

Conclusion:
If you live and breathe by cozy mysteries, give this book a shot. They’re all standalones so I can’t vouch for any of the others.

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Trouble In Paradise

Death of the Big Kahuna Aloha Lagoon Mysteries, Book 6, is a fun little mystery. The setting is Hawaii and a small café. The "Big Kahuna" is the not so nice owner of the restaurant. Things do not go well for him (think large knife).
The narrator, Amy Deuchler, is great. She set the tone for a good island story.
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LOVED IT

I love this series. This is the 3rd book i have read in this series and love them all. This story kept me laughing through out. I loved the characters and i was thoroughly entertained trying to figure out the murderer. The victim had too many enemies. The narrator did a great job. I will definitely continue to do more in this series. I was gifted this book at my request in exchange for an honest review.

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Another winner by Bruns and Deuchler............

Death of the Big Kahuna is the sixth book in the series, but the books are written by different authors and are completely standalone. I was already a big Catherine Bruns fan from her Cindy York series, and this book further cements my respect for her writing skills and vivid imagination. The book features Carrie Jorgenson, a recent transplant to Hawaii from the mainland. I wasn't certain if I was going to like Carrie because she seemed to be chasing after a worthless boyfriend and a pipe dream of stardom. However, quickly into the story, the author gives us more background into Carrie's difficult upbringing and romantic past. Given this rather sad history as well as her youth and naivete, all of Carrie's actions began to make more sense. By mid-way through the story, I was very impressed with both her personal growth and her ever increasing spunk.

While trying to retain her job as a waitress at the Loco Moco Cafe after her discovery of the dead body of the owner, Carrie decides to investigate his murder. Because her boss was such a jerk, she has plenty of suspects to consider and eliminate. With the assistance of several friendly coworkers and the resistance from the boss's hostile widow and multiple enemies, Carrie sticks with the challenge until the very end. I was completely surprised by both the identity of the murderer and the motive, and I grew to love the family Carrie was building with her new friends. With just a hint of romance on the horizon, I would love to see what adventures Bruns has in store for Carrie next.

Amy Deuchler's narration is as superb as always. She narrates many of the cozy mysteries by Catherine Bruns, and these two make a great team. Deuchler adds just the right amount of drama to her performance to increase the excitement without going over the top. Her delivery is flawless, she differentiates well between characters, and she has an all-around pleasing voice.

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Love it!

This is a great cozy mystery with a splash of love story. Can’t wait to see where this series goes!

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Death of the Big Kahuna

Good story, Very enjoyable. Will recommend to friends.
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Good read!

What could be better than living in Hawaii? Being broke, having an egocentric cheating boyfriend, and, oh yeah, finding your new boss that everyone hates dead on the hotel kitchen floor with a big knife in his chest. And being the newest employee doesn't mean much because the entire staff are the suspect list.
A good cozy mystery with believable characters and a sound plot. I loved it!
Narrator Amy Deuchler has a melodramatic delivery that really ratchets up the suspense factor.
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