Review Of Murder At The Witching Hour


Murder At The Witching Hour

Sand And Sea Hawaiian Mystery, Book #3

Kathi Daley

5 Stars 



It’s the week before Halloween and Kailani Pope has been asked attend her friend Morticia’s wedding. The week long event, which culminates with a costumed wedding ceremony on Halloween night, is being held on a private island which can only be accessed by boat. Things start off a little slow but become a lot more interesting when a tropical storm hits and one of the groomsmen turns up dead. Join Luke and Lani as this amateur sleuthing team attempt to determine if the killer is: the mummy in the kitchen who also serves as the chef, the seemingly blind butler, the sexy vampire who is also the maid and bartender, or one of the other kooky and spooky guests at this very unusual wedding event.   (Goodreads)


When Lani, Luke, Kekoa and Cameron agree to attend a wedding of a high school friend, they expect to have a fun relaxing weekend getaway.  They were not expecting a weekend of drama, mystery and murder.  But that is exactly what happened.  All of a sudden they have their hands full trying to find a killer and staying alive long enough to hear the wedding march instead of a death march.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I always know when I read a book by this author, the characters are going to be likable and people I want to spend time with.  This book has more characters than normal (guests for the wedding or the staff working the event) and at times I got a little confused as to who was who.  But no need to worry, there is a cast of characters at the beginning of the book for easy reference. 

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, hearing the storm pounding the island and watching all the action taking place in the dark gothic atmosphere.  I really enjoyed the castle atmosphere, the stormy night scenario and the freakish cast of characters, they all added another level to the book.  The mystery is carried on well throughout the book and there are enough twists and turns, suspects and red herrings thrown in to make me change my mind a few times.  And as usual, there is more than one mystery to ponder.  That is one of the many reasons I enjoy all of this author’s books.

If you are looking for  a great Halloween read, then this is the book for you.  Kathi Daley is an expert at weaving a spooky, mysterious, suspenseful tale that will get you into the Halloween mood, no matter what the time of year that it is.

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