"Death at the Spring Fling" By Rosalie Spielman: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sarah Erwin

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries  from Gemma Halliday Publishing takes everything readers love about cozy mystery series and adds a wonderful twist! Each book in this series is written by a different author and follows different heroines in the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, along the coast of Kauai. Books in this series can be read in any order, and readers get to see the town from different eyes and hear the stories told with each author's unique flair.

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Death at the Spring Fling
by Rosalie Spielman is book 21 in this series and features Kiki Hepburn, her handsome and charming boyfriend Dex, and her delightful landlady Auntie Akamai. The dive shop where Dex and Kiki both work is sponsoring the first ever Aloha Lagoon Resort Spring Fling Dance. The day before the dance finds Dex and Kiki busy assembling and hanging the Under the Sea themed decorations. Kiki overhears an argument between two men and notices her long-time foe Ruby Nakasoma standing nearby.

The night of the dance Kiki and Dex step away to get some air when they hear a scream. They investigate and find Ruby leaning over a dead body, holding what looks like the murder weapon. Ruby insists she is innocent before she retreats into hiding. While not one of her favorite people, Kiki can’t help but investigate, despite Detective Ray Kahoalani’s warning (Detective Ray is the detective in each entry into the series). And to solve this mystery Kiki will need help from everyone–even requiring Dex to go undercover.

This was such a fun mystery with the perfect setting for armchair travel. I wish I could visit Aloha Lagoon (without the murder). The writing is a successful combination of mystery and humor, especially between the characters. I adored the scenes where Kiki and a friend or Auntie Akamai would get the giggles–I couldn’t help but laugh right along with them. The cast of characters is supportive of Kiki’s investigation and eager to help in their own ways and that made the mystery entertaining and fast paced.

I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery along with Kiki. In addition to a long list of possible suspects, there are also many twists and turns throughout that had me questioning every one she encountered. I read this quickly and was sorry to say goodbye to the characters and setting. Thankfully there are many books available in the series and more publishing in the future.

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Sarah Erwin started her career as a children’s librarian, later becoming a public library director and now she’s a stay at home mom. While her career might have changed, her love of reading has been a constant since 4th grade and she reads over 200 books a year. Read along with her on her blog Sarah Can’t Stop Reading or on Instagram. Sarah lives in St. Louis, MO with her two kids, her husband and a family dog and cat.

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