Review of Murder At Dolphin Bay

Murder At Dolphin Bay

Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery, Book 1

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


Kailani Pope wants nothing more than to be a proud member of the Honolulu Police Department. Both her father and grandfather were cops, her five brothers are cops, and the only thing she has ever wanted from the time she can remember wanting anything, was to be a cop. She has passed all the requirements to be selected for the police academy but somehow her number never seems to come up.

While she is waiting for her name to work its way to the top of the list she works as a lifeguard for the Dolphin Bay Resort. When a guest of the resort is found murdered, Kailani decides that if she can solve the murder before her brother who has been assigned to the case by HPD, then the department will have no choice but to take her application seriously and move her to the top of the list.

Murder at Dolphin Bay is set on the beautiful island of Oahu providing a perfect backdrop for the perfect beach read.  (Goodreads)


Lani Pope desperately wants to work in law enforcement.  Her brothers, her father and her grandfather have all been policemen and she has known forever that she belongs there too.  She is always being passed over on the admittance list and she does not know if it is because of her small stature, her impetuousness or the fact that her brothers are making sure she stays at the bottom of that list.  She does know that she is tired of waiting for her turn and needs to figure out a way to move up the list and have her turn.  When she finds a dead body while life guarding, she decides that if she can solve the murder, she will have to be given an honest chance at her dream.  So with the help of her cousin and some friends, she sets out to catch a killer.  

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Lani is fearless, smart, determined and hates to take no for an answer.  She also likes to act before she thinks and this has caused some troubles for her in the past.  I really like the fact that she is spunky and feisty.  She comes from a large loving family and although they are overprotective, they love her unconditionally.  Her beach friends and her condo “family” add a lot to the story and I enjoyed reading the interactions between them all.  The author has a way with character development that allows the reader to feel as though they have known these characters in real life and care what happens to them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book and kept me guessing.  With a wide array of suspects and numerous twists and turns, figuring out the killer is a difficult task.  The author excels at descriptive writing and much of the time I felt like I was right there watching things unfold around me.  It was interesting to get some insight into Hawaiian culture and traditions.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Grab this first book in the Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery series so you can follow all of Lani’s adventures.



16 thoughts on “Review of Murder At Dolphin Bay

  1. I would really like to start this new series from Kathi Daley. “Murder at Dolphin Bay” sounds amazing. A story set in Hawaii is what I need right about now.

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