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Death of the Kona Man: A Carrie Jorgenson Aloha Lagoon Mystery

Aloha Lagoon Mysteries, Book 9
Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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From USA Today best-selling author Catherine Bruns comes the next deadly delicious Carrie Jorgenson adventure in paradise....

Carrie Jorgenson is living the dream in Hawaii. She has a steady job as a waitress at the Loco Moco Café, a hot new love interest in her manager, and the curtain’s about to rise on her role in a local theater production. But when she's asked to deliver food to a guest at the Aloha Lagoon resort - who then drops dead! - her dreams quickly become the stuff of nightmares.

World renowned food critic Randolph Cremshaw has no shortage of enemies. He's rude, patronizing, and famous for his one-star reviews. After the coffee Carrie delivers is discovered to have been poisoned, she and the café quickly rise to the top of the suspects list. A jealous co-worker, thefts at the restaurant, and a performance that threatens to blow up in Carrie's face only make things worse. With an already full plate, Carrie is also forced into making a decision that may change everything for her. But this all pales in comparison when she comes face to face with Randolph's killer and what might be the final curtain call...of her life.

Recipes included!

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book one)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book two)
Deadly Wipeout (book three)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book four)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book five)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book six)
Ukulele Deadly (book seven)
Bikinis and Bloodshed (book eight)
Death of the Kona Man (book nine)
Lethal Tide (book 10)
Beachboy Murder (book 11)
Handbags and Homicide (book 12)

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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Book 9 in series

I was gifted this audiobook with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.
This is book #9 in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries by Catherine Bruns and the first in the series I have read. The book was okay and might have been a lot better if I had read the books before this one. Amy Deuchler is the narrator and she does a good job of narrating this audiobook. I enjoyed the book just was a little lost at times.

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Loved it!

If you like clean mysteries with humour then this book is for you. Can't wait to listen to the next one in the series.

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Carrie can really get herself in trouble..........

Death of the Kona Man is the second book in this cozy mystery series featuring Carrie Jorgenson and her fellow employees at the Loco Moco Cafe in Hawaii. Although the author gives enough background to enjoy this book as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series to get a better understanding of Carrie's upbringing, history and quirky personality. As usual, trouble seems to follow Carrie constantly - in part due to her inquisitive nature, and it isn't far into the book until she finds another dead body. This time it is the food critic despised by all with whom Carrie had numerous altercations in the days proceeding his murder. Once again, the police see her as a prime suspect, and she is compelled to investigate and save herself and the Loco Moco from certain doom.

As with all of Catherine Bruns' books, Death of the Kona Man has a terrific mystery with a plethora of suspects that keeps Carrie and the reader constantly second guessing the direction of her investigation. I was completely surprised by both the motive and the murderer's identity, which is the sign of a great mystery. However, even more than the mystery portion of the book, I loved the interactions between Carrie and her boyfriend, Keanu. He is my dream book boyfriend, and I absolutely love him for Carrie. I wanted to shake her several times for her self-doubts, but Keanu's love and patience won over not only Carrie but this reader, too. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I am very excited to read the next book in the series soon.

Amy Deuchler has an amazing voice, and she is an incredibly talented narrator. She is the perfect Carrie, but she also handles all the characters with skill. I especially enjoy how she uses slight emphasis to ramp up the excitement level at the scarier scenes. With her flawless performance and smooth delivery, Deuchler makes these already fun stories even more enjoyable as an audiobook.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Earns 5+/5 Cups of Kona Coffee Sans the Poison!

Audiobooks aren’t for everyone, but I always challenge readers to become listeners. I have always loved being read to by my parents, my teachers, my students, my husband, and now many narrators who go beyond the traditional reading to include accents, dialects, gender tones, and a wide range of emotions that keep me mesmerized. That’s what I love, and that’s what I get from Amy Deuchler in Catherine Bruns’s “Death of the Kona Man.” She has a delightful tone in her voice and performs well the emotions and different personalities. The biggest challenge for any female narrator is getting those male voices correct, and in this book there are several. Amy, however, does a great job from Poncho’s Mexican/Hawaiian accent to the detective’s and Keanu’s straightforward tone. The whole experience was very entertaining!

One can’t forget that it always starts with the story. Catherine Bruns‘s well-written, steady paced, humor-laced cozy brings us Carrie Jorgenson, a delightful, young woman whose gaining confidence and independence after the end of a relationship. She is a waitress at the Aloha Lagoon Resort’s Moco Loco Café and learns that a cutthroat food critic has arrived on the Island. Her worst fears are realized when Randolph Cremshaw, dubbed “The Kona Man” because of his well-known 10-cup a day coffee addiction, shows up in true obnoxious, demanding form. A lunch fiasco turns into a 1-1/2 star review, customers staying away, and the owner furious. But, Karma does his worst, or best as you might hope, with coffee sweetened with a bit of cyanide!

This page-turner uncovers a treasure trove of suspects who all have motive to spike the man’s coffee: more than a few disgruntled relatives, the café owners, Carrie who found the body…again, and even hints of other victims of the man’s vicious reviews. Exciting…Catherine epitomizes the ‘cozy’ genre treating murder lightly and focusing more on the mystery, strong characters, and lots of twists and turns that lead to a nail biting end that puts Carrie in personal jeopardy. Included, to add a bit of realism, are side conflicts, thefts at the café, a theater performance, and a budding relationship for Carrie. And the recipes are included! Catherine treats us to some Island delicacies straight from Chef Poncho’s kitchen at the Loco Moco Café: Loco Moco (Yeah!), Aloha Mix-Up Cookies, Ahi Tuna, and Pineapple Cookies!

I highly recommend this multi-author Gemma Halliday Publishing series, and with two thumbs up, I give high praise for Catherine Bruns’s books and Amy Deuchler’s narration.

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  • Richard Hildrew
  • 01-16-20

Very Enjoyable Mystery Novel

I don't usually read this type of book but I am glad that I did, this is a really enjoyable mystery novel with a great plot with plenty of humour and really interesting lead characters. The plot is exciting and has plenty of twists and turns . It even has a list of recipes from the story at the end which I thought was a great idea. The whole experience is enhanced by the excellent narration by Amy Deuchler.
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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-04-20

Was this the Bates Hotel in diguise?

Carrie is now established as one of the more permanent servers at the Loco Moto despite the obvious dislike of the owner. And her clumsiness, eavesdropping and ability to discover read bodies. Could it be because the owner's son is in love with her? But there's an even madder waitress at the restaurant for a while, at ?easy and as well as the dead good critic, money is going missing and Carrie isfo!losing her dream to become an actress.

This is a very lightweight, but fun, story set in the sunshine of Hawaii - and we all need a little extra sunshine in our lives. Narration by Any Deuchler is, as always, good, easy on the ear, with fine intonation and reasonable voice definition despite her difficulty in presenting the male timbre. My thanks to the rights holder of Death of the Kona Man, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Too much romancing in this one for me, sad!y, but with enough of a mystery to keep the reader guessing. A book many cozy readers would enjoy.

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  • Julie
  • 12-24-19

Lights camera action.

I enjoyed this book. This book is book nine in the Alpha Lagoon series and this is the second book by Catherine Bruns with the rest of the books written by different authors. I enjoyed the first book by Catherine so jumped at the chance to listen to next book, glad I did. It was more a romance between Carrie and Keanu but having met them in the first book it was fun catching up with again. The mystery was good, just got a bit lost. I did work out who the killer was but enjoyed the way Carrie got there. The characters are fun which makes the story a fun listen.
When a food critic arrives at the Loco Moco Cafe things don't go well and to avoid getting a bad review Keanu's dad, the keener of the cafe asks Carrie to take a new order of food to his hotel room. Things get even worse for Carrie and the cafe as when she arrives she finds him at deaths door. When it turns out he died from poisoning the police look closer at Carrie and the owners of the cafe that provided him with the poisoned coffee. Another reason for Keanu's dad not to like her. The food critic also had ties to the people who are putting on the show that Carrie is also performing in. Carrie starts to dig into his past but can she find out the real reason someone wanted him dead?
Amy Deuchler is a great choice for the narrator, as she does an excellent job bringing the characters to life and is a pleasure to listen too.