Today is launch day for book 2 in my new Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery Series so I am going to give away 5 copies of the book (paperback or Kindle – Non US Kindle only). I’m really loving this new series and this particular book in the series was a super fun one to write.
The story begins at a sunrise ceremony for the summer solstice. Lani is attending with her neighbor Elva, a senior citizen who can no longer drive. When one of the seniors in attendance turns up dead, Elva and some of her friends decide to investigate. Lani doesn’t want any of her senior friends to put themselves in dangers way, so against her better judgement, she decides to help them out. Here is a clip of one of the scenes with the seniors:
The minute we walked into the diner the women who were already there descended on Luke. Four seniors had arrived early. Janice was sitting at the head of the table and seemed to have been leading a discussion that had ended the moment we walked in. Sitting to Janice’s right were regulars Diane and Beth, and to her left was a woman I had only met a few times, Emmy Jean Thornton.
“There’s my cowboy,” Wilma Goodwin exclaimed as she waddled over to Luke and demanded he give her some sugar.
Luke hugged Wilma and politely greeted each woman in turn, making sure a hug was returned with a hug and a kiss to the cheek returned with the same. There weren’t many men who would be so gracious to a group of women twice his age. By the time our drinks were served Luke had a long list of honey do’s from the senior honeys in his life.
Once all the women had gotten their fill of attention from their cowboy, the topic of conversation moved from rain gutters to murder. It seemed this small contingent of senior women had gathered early specifically for the purpose of discussing the situation. If the head nods were any indication, it seemed Janice spoke for all of them when she announced that they were tired of waiting for answers and had decided to help.
“You’re all going to investigate?” I confirmed.
“We are,” Janice answered. “And because we don’t have all the resources you and Luke have, we hoped both of you would be willing to help us.”
“Help you do what exactly?”
“Find the killer.”
I looked at Luke, who simply shrugged. Fat lot of help he was.
“I get why you’re growing impatient, but Janice, you have that new granddaughter I’m sure you want to spend time with, and Beth, you have a husband and kids to think about. Investigating could be dangerous.”
“We’ve got our minds and our wits and most of us still have our original body parts,” Janice answered.
“What about Diane’s new hip?” I asked.
“Doesn’t slow her down any more than Emmy Jean’s new boobs,” Janice pointed out.
I glanced at Emmy Jean, who only attended senior events sporadically, and it did appear she’d had a boob job. She worked on herself more often than any woman I’d ever met. She was one of the younger group members at sixty-two, but already she’d had a face-lift, a tummy tuck, and now new boobs to round out the package.
“Maybe we can discuss your ideas and then Luke and I can check some things out and get back to you,” I suggested.
“The girls and I want in on the action,” Emmy Jean insisted.
While I preferred they didn’t get involved at all, I certainly wasn’t going to let them investigate on their own. I looked at Luke with an expression that I hoped communicated that I needed his help with this.
Based on his next comment, he either didn’t understand or didn’t agree. “I think if the ladies want to help we should let them, although I’m not sure this is the best venue for discussing the matter. What do you say we all meet at my house later this afternoon for a BBQ and strategy session?”
Luke’s announcement was met with applause from everyone present. I wished I could say I was equally thrilled, but I couldn’t help but wonder if this whole thing would end badly.
If you want to find out how it end up here is the link to buy Murder at Sunrise in Either Kindle or Paperback.
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