4 out of 5 Stars
The aspiring detectives of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency take on their first official paying assignment: discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.
It seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.
Piecing together the puzzle detours the trio—to the domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs. Serious game players, they play for keeps. Does the trio possess enough shrewdness and savvy to beat the odds and win the game?
One brash, loud, fun blond, one quiet intelligent red-head and one organized and in charge brunette make up the “Triple Threat” Detective Agency.
When Rey decides she wants to become a P.I and that Jill and Linda are to join her… There’s no getting out of it! And, why not make a go of it on the beautiful island of Hawaii where a degree in policing and all the other hoops you need to jump through aren’t required?
The story is narrated by Jill, who seems to take charge as the leader of this rag-tag group and is told in a quirky and glib fashion rife with puns and colloquial (which I love!) that make it a fast and fun read.
I will admit that I felt a little lost in some of the book with references to the first book in the series. While, absolutely able to stand on it’s own as a story unto intelf, I couldn’t help feeling as though I’d missed quite a bit of the “before” and how they wound up where they are now (how does everyone seem to have a rich, eccentric relative who leaves them truck loads of money?….. And how can I get one for myself?)
Tyler Colins writes with a wonderful descriptive prose that…. Well, frankly most of the time made me hungry (man, I want spam and eggs again…) but, it also made me feel like I was right there with the characters (in Jill’s house that sounds like the ugliest thing in the world. I mean, I get you’re in Hawaii, sweety. But, do you really need so much pink??)
The one thing that frustrated me was that Jill is depicted as a strong woman, but every time Cash shows up she seems to turn into a doe eyed, melted teenaged girl. I mean, the guy breaks into your house and tries to kiss you and you just stand there all a-flutter?? Really? It seemed a little out of character for her.
And now for Nicole’s nit picking “really? You had to put this in your review?” thing she didn’t like in the book….. Jill is THE WORST at choosing nicknames for people. “Aloha Shirt Man”?… Really?? His name is Cash, girl. You don’t choose a nickname that’s three times as long as their name and is just a dumb description of what they wear. If anything, you’d just call him “Aloha” or something. Short and sweet, but gets the point across that his shirts are dumb. Ha ha!
All in all it was a fun read bordering on the Cozy line (just throw in a couple recipes for that delicious food mentioned and I think you’d be there!). It was refreshing to have people who were actually actively making a go at being P.I’s doing things as opposed to just some ladies living normal lives and randomly trying to solve a mystery of sorts.. I mean, who does that in the real world?
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Tyler Colins is a fiction writer and blogger, and a sometimes editor and proofreader (books, manuals, and film/television scripts). She’s also been known to create business plans, synopses and outlines, and film promotion documents.
Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are both skills and joys (she likes playing detective and developing structure).
Her fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries. Her genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and “affirmative” non-fiction.
She aims to provide readers with smiles and chuckles like the ever-talented Janet Evanovich and missed Lawrence Sanders, the “coziness” of Jessica Fletcher, and a few diversions and distractions as only long-time pros Jonathan Kellerman and Kathy Reichs can craft.
Twitter- Tyler Colins@UsBound3
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- 1oz Spiced Rum
- 1oz Coconut Rum
- 1 Teaspoon Grenadine
- 3oz Pineapple Juice
- 2oz Orange Juice
- optional Pineapple, orange and/or cherries for garnish
- Fill a shaker with ice
- Add all ingredients to shaker
- Shake until chilled
- Pour into glass full of ice (I always go for a hurricane glass!)