Do you enjoy mental sojourns as well as physical journeys? Read more for a glimpse of the lives of multicultural people and events in exotic locales...And for further information including a map of O`ahu and an annotated glossary of Hawaiian and non-English terms, you can visit my author website...JeanneBurrows-Johnson.com.
Set in the lush environs of Hawai`i, the Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mysteries offer puzzling deaths, snippets of pan-Pacific history and multicultural Island life. Prescient visions drive the crime solving of Natalie and her companions: Her twin Nathan, a psychologist; Miss Una, Natalie’s silent but fleet-footed tortoiseshell feline companion; private investigator Keoni
Hewitt, and his former partner Lieutenant John Dias of the Honolulu Police Department.
While readers do not have to read the stories in sequence, I offer a layering of unresolved details and sub-themes and mini-mysteries that are unveiled through the series.
The Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mysteries are available by order through Independent bookstores [they need our support], Amazon, Authors Den [samples available], American West Books, Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Firestorm, Follett, Good Reads [samples available], Ingram, Kobo, Mackin, Midpoint, Rakuten Overdrive, Titlewave. . . 9-CD Audio Books are available from Artemesia Publishing and the author.
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You'll also find Island recipes to delight guests at your next Pa`ina [wondering what that is? If you're reading one of the ebook editions of the mysteries, you might want to check out the glossary of Hawaiian and other non-English terms... Jeanne Burrows-Johnson.com
WINNER 2019 NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
Finalist- Mystery Crime and Cover Design-Fiction (6x9)
Journalist Natalie Seachrist and her boyfriend private investigator Keoni Hewett are delighted to plunge into a Chinese New Year Aloha Scavenger Hunt. But when she realizes a haunting dream is actually one of her continuing visions of murder, the pair again volunteer to help his former partner, HPD homicide detective John Dias. Soon her expanding visions and the unrelenting assistance of feline companion Miss Una link two murders separated by sixty years to a mystery woman in red... and a false clue hinting at a priceless white jade Kuan Yin statue.
Her visions may spark an investigation, but Natalie’s research skills, stemming from her days in travel journalism, are what lead her to answers. The author’s bountiful details explore Hawaii’s history and culture, as scavenger hunt clues direct Natalie and Keoni to historical landmarks and the inquiry includes Chinatown in Honolulu. Though Burrows-Johnson tends to linger on descriptions of Hawaii’s food and handsome locales, this tactic meshes with Natalie’s investigative approach….A whodunit as smart and engrossing as the unlikely gumshoe.
Michael Radon, US Book Review 4 of 5 stars
The pace of this story naturally transitions from the scavenger hunt and its locales to the identity of the murderer...and gives the reader a grounded perspective before launching them into the action. Fans of a lighter mystery with rich characters and environments will devour this latest Seachrist story.
Tamara Benson, San Francisco Book Review 4 of 5 stars
There are many reasons to recommend this novel. The descriptions of each destination and the players' race during the scavenger hunt are well done and leave the reader ready to book-travel to see the sights first-hand. The visions add an interesting paranormal twist to what could be just another crime novel. The relationships between the neighbors are wonderful and something that really makes the characters likable. And, of course, any murder mystery that involves a cat is a winner from the start!...All in all, this novel was definitely worth the read, and I look forward to more in the series.
Frank Kaleba, Amazon Book Review 5 stars of 5
Clearly Jeanne's best yet. A swirling mix of the Asian immigrant experience, a modern scavenger hunt, revenge and murder, all set onto the perfumed tropical stage that is Oahu. Natalie Seachrist, the central character, once again proves she can chart a course through a baffling mix of clues and menace to solve the puzzle of a frozen corpse from decades past. As I read it, I was sure I was tagging along with Natalie, enjoying the sights, tastes and excitement of the tropics.
2018 ARIZONA LITERARY EXCELLENCE CONTEST
2nd PLACE, Published Fiction
2018 NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
Winner, Cover Design-Fiction (6x9)
Natalie, her mischievous cat Miss Una, and boyfriend Keoni Hewitt have moved to a Lanikai cottage. Seaside bliss evaporates when her chilling vision is confirmed by a moonlit garroting. Discovery of a suspect’s body at Diamond Head Beach may solve the case. But a tour of historic Kawai Nui Marsh puts Natalie's new friends in the crosshairs of a wily adversary. Does the murder's resolution lie in the victim’s past, or among her seemingly innocuous companions?
Kirkus Reviews...a winsomely detailed setting . . . the protagonist is first-rate. The plot offers a couple of impressive twists…A diverting tale led by a smashing amateur detective...Tamara Benson, San Francisco Book Review, 4 Stars... this book is truly a good book for a rainy day and has been a pleasure to read. Susan Miller, Manhatten Book Review, 4.5 Stars. The use of Hawaiian words and explanations was also a very nice touch, making me feel that I was part of the local culture. . . . It's nice to read about characters of all ages...The story had many layers as well as some twists and turns, which kept me glued to the pages...N. Jones, Amazon, 5 Stars. This is my first Natalie Seachrist story, but won't be my last. The story was quick paced, yet lingered appropriately on Hawaii life. The author took time to develop each character, and ensure their place in the story was appropriate.
2017 NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS
Winner, Cover Design- Fiction (6x9)
Writer Natalie Seachrist has always had visions. But envisioning her grandniece’s body draped over a vintage car shatters her world. Aided by PI Keoni Hewitt and her cat Miss Una, Natalie moves to the Honolulu foothills apartment where Ariel died. There she discovers the owners’ Shànghăi origins…and discord. Will Natalie learn the truth about the death before the case is closed? Or has she put herself in the way of a murderer who's willing to kill again to hide their secret?
Midwest Book Review. A deftly crafted and impressively engaging read..."Prospect for Murder" clearly demonstrates novelist Jeanne Burrows-Johnson as a master of the mystery/suspense genre. DJ Sakata, Good Reads, 4.5 Stars. Being a resident of Hawaii, I could not pass up a murder mystery based in Honolulu. It was thrilling while at the same time oddly relaxing to read a story with so many local references to places, food, culture, and traits....The writing was insightful, observant, emotive, and intelligent...Cherie Jung, Over My Dead Body. The reader’s attention will be captured the on page one of the prologue with the author's descriptive writing style. The pacing of the narrative was perfect. The characters were well-developed, the storyline plausible… AudioBook Reviewer, Audible. [She] did an excellent job of reading the book. The enunciation and clearness of her speech as well as the passion was not over the top or fake…Her voice was soothing and calming.
The award-winning book covers for the Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mysteries [as well as that for the forthcoming Conversations with Auntie Carol] were designed by Yasamine June. Her many talents include: Creative Direction; Fine art; Graphic Design; Illustration; Photography; Typography; and Videography. You can learn more about her at YasamineJune.com/about.
Yen for Murder was completed just before my wonderful editor,
Viki Gillespie took a long-deserved vacation to the British Isles!
What's in Natalie's next adventure in visions and crimes murderous?
A tragic murder of a Buddhist minister at her altar during
a case of grand larceny. Keoni's wondered where the Shākyamuni statue has been since his retirement. Does resolution of the case
lie within Nippon Antiquities auction house?
Or with an unexpectedly nefarious acquaintance?
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