I selected this book by Jeanne Burrows- Johnson from Kindle Unlimited because it was set in Hawaii. I was intrigued by the description and decided to use it for the Literary Escapes challenge.
Initially it started out very slowly and I was not really finding it engaging. I will admit I almost set it aside for good. It finally caught my attention and held it about a quarter of the way into the book. I think the beginning was just very descriptive without much action so it was hard to stay engaged.
I think part of what I liked about the book was all the cultural and geographical refrences to Oahu. We lived in the islands for 4 years when I was young. In fact, I started school there. Additionally, having lived in California for most of high school and college we vacationed there quite a bit. Hawaii is to the west coast what Florida is to the East and Midwest. I had never been to Florida until I graduated college.
The author talks a lot about parts of the island and the Navy life which resonated with me. I know many of the locations and terminology she references. I think this definitely lead to my enjoyment of the book, probably more so than someone who doesn't have that familiarity.
An additional feature that I found interesting is the in depth descriptions of Mrs. Wong's memories of China and Hong Kong. I found this cultural piece interesting as well as how it tied into Natalie's research and work on projects. I think history buffs will definitely like this series even though it is not a true work of historical fiction.
I will be interested to see how the next book in the series goes.
Prospect for Murder by Jeanne Burrows-Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Although this cozy started out slowly I am glad I stuck with it. It was a well written story with plenty of Chinese and Hawaiian history and culture presented. If you are looking for a mystery with more depth without much violence this is a great pick . I especially liked it as I spent 4 years of my childhood living in the islands and can relate on a deeper level
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The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:
- Literary Escapes #LiteraryEscapes Hawaii
- Calendar of Crime #CalendarOfCrime2021
- Cruisin thru Cozies free choice 28
- Cloak & Dagger #CloakDaggerChal Book #52
- Craving for Cozies Book #44
- 52 Book Club #the52bookclub2021 #30 Watch Out For Dragons!
- BooklistQueen # 32. About an Immigrant
- Spells and Spaceships Dragon Badge
- Pick your Poison #13-2 A book about the immigrant experience
- Medical Examiner Challenge 2 Toe Tags
- Beachcomber Challenge
- Crime Scenes
- Row 2
- Row 4
- Street or sidewalk
- Row 1
- Falling object
- Row 4
- Push or fall