JoAnn Bassett is the author of the “Islands of Aloha Mystery Series.” A collection of eight cozy mysteries featuring wedding planner, Pali Moon, and set on the six major islands of Hawaii: Maui, Lana’i, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i and Hawaii, the Big Island. She’s also the author of the “Escape to Maui” series: novels of mainland women who move to Maui for a fresh start.
About my story: Maui wedding planner Pali Moon is hired to do a simple beachside wedding, what she privately calls “Happy Meal” nuptials: ten-minute ceremony, two Costco lei, and a dozen photos of the smiling couple. But two nights before the event, the bride’s missing and the groom’s frantic. Maybe things aren’t so “happy,” after all.
I started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that liars come from all walks of life. I never actually stole a car, but sometimes hired big guys with tow trucks and a penchant for working in the dark to “help” when negotiations failed.
A resident of Southern California, I love spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where I invent lies for others to read. My years of chasing deadbeats taught me many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.
About my story: In Murder on the Road to Hana, one member of McKenna’s tour group is killed next to the grave of Charles Lindbergh. To solve the case, it’s McKenna vs. twelve suspects and a drone. Bad odds under the best of circumstances.
Frankie Bow is the author of The Molly Barda Mysteries. Like her protagonist, Molly Barda, Frankie teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.
About my story: Professor Molly Barda thinks she’ll be attending another tedious team-building retreat—until the Trust Fall exercise goes horribly wrong. Now, an egotistical colleague is lying dead on the floor, and all fingers point at Molly’s best friend Emma as the main suspect.
Based in Honolulu, Kay Hadashi is a lifelong avid reader and has had an extensive career as a surgical nurse. Story plots for her novels come from events at the hospital and straight out of the news media. She knows that the best stories are the ones that come to life through the characters. Using elements from her family and herself, the characters she creates have qualities and failings that readers enjoy. Kay is proud to be a part of this anthology project that will long continue to benefit the residents of Hawaii.
About my story: Finding a dead man with a crushed skull and broken limbs below your luxury Waikiki condo lanai is never good. When security contract worker Keiko Tamura investigates, she finds more questions than answers. One of those questions leads right back to the people she works for: Homeland Security.