Ukulele Murder

Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #1

Leslie Langtry serenades readers with the tempting sounds of Hawaii in this delightful mystery. Nani Johnson is talented and determined I adored her gumption in sticking to her chosen instrument even in the face of such diversity. The opposition and hostility she faces could have easily turned her into a bitter person but while she is undoubtedly not happy with her reception she doesn’t go out of her way to antagonize anyone. Her musical competition whom she refers to as the Terrible Trio are an interesting group and I enjoyed watching her interact with them as much as I enjoyed them interacting with one another. Nani’s mother and her friend provided some fantastic smiles as the two women seemed destined to find each other. Nick Woodfield is an interesting character and I admit at times I thought he just might be too good to be true. If you like your mysteries on the fun side this is definitely one for you.

Ukulele virtuoso Nani Johnson thinks life is going to be wonderful when she relocates from Kansas to Kauai however she soon realizes that being a non native is a giant negative and her main competition whom she has dubbed the Terrible Trio are determined to keep her playing at a wedding chapel. When one of them ends up dead she’s the main suspect. Now can she find the killer before she plays her final solo?


Book Blurb for Ukulele Murder

Nani Johnson thought she had it made when she moved from Kansas to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. In spite of her certifiably crazy mom, Nani is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming a ukulele virtuoso! Unfortunately her Julliard training doesn't help her break into the local music scene due to some heavy competition from the Terrible Trio—three hostile, local musicians. The only work she finds is a few bar mitzvahs and gigs at the kitschy Blue Hawaii Wedding Chapel.

But when one of Nani's competitors drops dead right after a public feud, Nani becomes the police's main suspect. A missing murder weapon, mysterious threats, and a heck of a frame-up job all have Nani worrying she'll be trading in her flowery muumuus for prison orange. Enter hunky local botanist Nick Woodfield, who just might be able to help her clear her name...that is if he doesn't have secrets of his own. With the bodies stacking up, the danger closing in, and the authorities circling, Nani must track down a killer...before she ends up the latest victim of the Ukulele Murderer!


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2016 4.00