Barbara E. Sharp
as Helen Grant, Lahaina's Historian, begins researching the
genealogy of the Smythe family. Using microfilmed depositions,
old logs, and letters, she unearths five generations, dating
from 1844, during Lahaina's whaling days, to a present day
U.S. Senator. When Jamie's body washes up on the beach, Helen
and Ben, along with their friends, Nacho and Justin, begin
to learn surveillance, snooping, and eavesdropping, in a somewhat
bumbling but determined attempt to find the killer. As they
close in on the suspect, they plan a daring sting operation
that puts Helen and Mambo, the cat, face to face with the
killer and his knife.
When the murderer is safely behind bars, Helen
leaves for Hana on an archaeological dig, where she meets
Ioane, a local man who helps locate the Hawaiian side of the
A letter arrives too late to warn Jamie of impending danger,
but succeeds in bringing closure to a 30-year-old mystery,
adding the final nail to the killer's coffin.
Helen and Ben are
fascinated as Joe relates his father's amazing story, beginning
on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. At that time James French,
a young sailor, caught two notorious enemy spies, met his
future wife, and went AWOL, setting the stage for his amazing
Now, 50 some years later, James, a foxy gentleman
in his seventies, arrives in Lahaina. He is a man of many
faces - perhaps an international spy, or as his son suspects,
just a wily old con man.
James is aiding an international organization
from Tel Aviv in their search for valuable art objects stolen
by Nazis during WWII. With his band of Lahaina "agents,"
including Helen, Ben, Nacho, Justin and others, they use unorthodox
schemes to unearth information about Valdera, the third spy,
now living on Maui with his family, a mixed bag of Byrdes.
Just when the sleuths think the adventure is over, they find
themselves chasing an arsonist through Lahaina town, at night,
in hurricane winds, with sirens blaring.
in Lahaina is humid, still, and lazy - a time to doze in a
hammock by the lapping surf, catching whatever small breeze
there may be. Helen and Bens life slows to a snails
pace until a series of break-ins bring them out of the doldrums.
Clues from an old notebook, and tall tales of midnight screams
and a howling dog, begin to conjure up a gruesome murder scenario
from the past.
Nacho and Justin join forces with Helen,
Ben, Keoni and Lani, to piece it all together. Then unexpectedly
a friend dies, a ransom note is found, and Halloween night
turns grim as an unorthodox plan unfolds.
Life has a tendency to continue on, no
matter what, so with the exception of a surprise ending to
Helens big party, and the unexpected pyrotechnics show
that thrills a crowd of people on Front Street, the sleuths
day to day lives remain fairly normal. Helen writes about
Plantation History, Ben throws Sams parents and their
shrunken head out of his house, Mambo and Windy plan a crime,
and Justin goes in search of raccoons.
The Right Time is a story of deepening
friendships, both human and feline, that are bonded not only
by shared experiences, but with doses of good conversation
and lots of humor.
fierce Kona storm moves up the Hawaiian island chain, bringing
thunder, lightning, rain and wind to Maui, and setting the
stage for the drama about to unfold. Helen, Nacho, Justin,
a mysterious old lady and the cats wait out the tempest in
the comfort of Helen's house, while outside, a few feet away,
a murderer lurks in the dark night.The storm forces Ben, who
is on his way home from Fiji, to make an unscheduled stop
on Molokai. Determined to get back to Maui, he begins the
complicated and sometimes hair-raising conclusion to his journey.Danger
escalates when, blown by an ill wind, a collection of dangerous
troublemakers arrives in Lahaina town. Friends, both old and
new, must pull together in a coalition of strength, to determine
which lifesaving choices and hunches to follow. These decisions
must not be wrong, for riding on the outcome is the life of
a dear friend.
Sometimes the best
laid plans o mice an men go astray. This loosely
translated quote of poet, Robert Burns, describes Helen and
Benss plans for an upcountry mini vacation. Just as
they settle into their Makawao B&B, Ben receives a phone
call with tragic news about his brother. Unable to believe
the bad news, he and the Lahaina sleuths begin to investigate.
Soon a strange series of events draws them into yet another
far-reaching mystery, starting with an auto theft, followed
by the appearance of a prowler and the murder of an archaeologist.
Interspersed with all this intrigue, life does
manage to have some normal events: Helen gives a historical
tour to some visitors, friends attend a cruise ship party
on her patio, Aunt Vera comes to visit, and Mambo and Windy
find a new friend.
As Ben, Helen, Justin and Nacho research the
past 20 years of brother Guss life, they piece together
information that leads them into extreme danger that culminates
in a frightening shootout with notorious thieves from the
mid-east. Then, just when they think its all over a
sick maniac rises from the ashes, seeking revenge
and Ben and the cats have been vacationing for months on their
new boat, camping, fishing, beachcombing and enjoying the
beauty of Hawaii's beaches. Then one morning a rifle shot
rings out, shattering the serenity and causing them to run
for cover. In retrospect it seems as though this was a warning
shot, but in real-time they had no forewarning of the shocking
events that lay in wait.
As danger comes close to home, Helen faces
something from her past; something she would just as soon
ignore. Fellow sleuths, Nacho and Justin, with the help of
a clumsy undercover agent, form a circle of protection. As
the strange events continue, local police and firemen come
to the rescue, and Helen and Ben's friends go way beyond the
call of duty to protect them.
It will take courage, skill and deductive
reasoning to find a solution to the chaos, but what's the
harm in having a little fun along the way? . . . barbecues,
meetings at Pineapples, a hunt for a dead body, dinner out,
a baby shower? . . . can't hurt!
is such a peaceful, romantic place to live. Itís hard to believe
in this paradise, that one little indiscretion could lead
the Lahaina sleuths into a life of crime. What set it off?
. . .
The whack to Benís head? The monkey? Nachoís skills at breaking
and entering? Fortunately for Ben, Helen, Nacho and Justin,
they have some really diversified friends.
Two of these, considered to be specialists, come to their
aid, and before long a group of local friends have jumped
in wanting to help.
Unfortunately, several of these friends get caught up in the
As things go from bad to worse, the sleuths must face a bizarre
funeral service, a murder, and a death in the family. It will
take not only the help of their friends, but a whole lot of
soul-searching, snooping, and deducing, to solve this one!
Hawaiian islands are north of the equator in the middle of
the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from anywhere. North
to Alaska is 3,000 miles - east to California, 2,400 miles
- south to Australia, 5,000 miles and west to Japan 4,000.
Maui sits midway in the chain of eight islands.
the leeward side is the historical town of Lahaina, home to
a group of four amateur sleuths: Ben, Helen, Justin and Nacho.
They appear to be ordinary people leading ordinary lives,
but appearances can be deceiving. For instance, Justin thinks
he may have witnessed a murder.
Government spies, a cat and some really resourceful friends
join in the dangerous hunt for the killer and his boss, relying,
as usual, on their natural instincts . . . and a little help
from an amazing tech gadget.
ON THEIR OWN
you finish reading The Seawall, you may wonder if that's
Let me assure you that "it" is only just beginning.
Book #9, Helen, Ben, Nacho and Justin are on the adventure
of a life time. They will travel to places they have never
seen before, meet the worst of humanity and the best of
humanity. A dying man with his last breath, will whisper
a vital clue. It's dangerous out there in the world of global
espionage, but they have a plan:
trust no one, leave no trail, stay out of sight and use
the methods that have always worked in the past.
cats, Mambo and Windy have been left at home with cat-sitters
and way too much time on their hands. (Paws)
One thing leads to another until they are entangled in a
strange little adventure of their own.
#9 is now available and in stock
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