The Last Smythe - Book #1

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Using logs, journals, depositions and personal letters from 1844, four diverse friends who live in Maui begin to solve their first Lahaina Mystery. Their methods are often bumbling and unorthodox, but nevertheless quite successful - the amateur sleuths hunt down a multiple murderer. In the process, they discover the amazing story of the Smythe family's ties to Hawaii and their well kept secret.

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Words: 49,990
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452354989
About Barbara E. Sharp

The Lahaina Mystery Series
by Barbara E. Sharp

Ten years as Research Director of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation, reading archival microfilms, entering 3,000 pages of history into the computer, writing historical articles for the local newspaper and speaking to community groups, has culminated in the writing of seven mystery novels. The stories follow the adventures of a diverse group of friends who live and work in modern-day Lahaina where they find themselves involved in murder, mayhem and history.

The books are fast reads with lots of humor and action as the amateur sleuths use historical research, sting operations, surveillance and their unique talent for deducing.
The action centers mostly in and around historic Lahaina town, occasionally in upcountry Maui and at Hana during an archaeological dig. Local residents and visitors from all over the world will recognize locations and the historical sites, that are included in the context of the stories.

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Review by: Maurine Shea on Jan. 09, 2013 :
I wish I had previewed this book before buying it. The story plot is very good, the writing is not. There are long narratives, paragraphs and sentences that are hard to navigate. The history reads like a text. The author could greatly improve her story by using more dialogue and less telling. Also, reading the story aloud or having someone else do so before publishing might help catch grammatical and punctuation errors. I was very disappointed in the writing style, but loved the plot. $5.99 was too much to pay for this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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