It's the middle of the pandemic and Hawaii has been virtually closed to tourists.
So when Leilani Santiago and her young sisters save a mysterious woman wearing an unusual lei from drowning in Waimea Bay in Kaua'i, questions abound. Who is she and where did she come from? Leilani suddenly finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when the lei is traced back to her best friend, the very pregnant Courtney Kahuakai, and her family's flower business.
While the woman is in a medically-induced coma at a local hospital, Leilani sets out to discover her identity and her connections to the island. She is drawn deeper into the mystery, only to stumble into secrets that prove deadly. When Leilani's investigation puts her family in danger, her survival and the safety of those dearest to her will depend on her sense of ingenuity and the strength of her island community.
"Hirahara gives us a multilayered story, rich in island detail." -Booklist
"Fans of intrepid amateur sleuths will want to see more of Leilani." -Publishers Weekly
"With a strong sense of place, community, and culture, Hirahara's follow-up to 2019's Iced in Paradise opens a window on a Hawai'i unseen by most mainlanders . . . the multilayered central puzzle rivets from start to kindhearted finish." -Mystery Scene
"Naomi Hirahara's second novel featuring the multicultural Santiago family from the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i deftly uses COVID-19 as background for an energetic story about how the pandemic has affected tourism, small businesses and the vagaries of families in a tidy plot." -Sun-Sentinel
About the Author
Naomi Hirahara is a writer of both nonfiction books and mysteries. With Geraldine Knatz, she cowrote Terminal Island: The Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor, which won a Bruckman Award for Excellence and an Award of Merit from the Conference of California Historical Societies. Her Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mysteries have been published in France, Japan, and Korea. A former editor of the Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she also curates historical exhibitions and writes articles and short stories.