Review of Murder At Water’s Edge


Murder At Water’s Edge

Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery, Book #6

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


Luana Akina, a good friend of Lani’s, calls and informs her that her sister Mailie has been killed in an auto accident. The accident was determined to be just that, an accident, but Luana isn’t so sure that is the case. it seems that prior to her accident Mailie was involved in a local contest with a grand prize of $25,000. She suspected the results were being tampered with so had been quietly snooping around. The night before her accident Mailie had called Luana and told her she was close to something and the next day she was dead. Luana knows that Lani likes to investigate homicides so she asks for her help in uncovering what really happened to Mailie. The contest, which involves unlocking clues which lead to locations around the island where the next clue can be found, has a clause which allows for a substitute to be named should one of the contestants be unable to finish. Lani decides that the best way to help Luana find out what happened to her sister is to enter the contest as Mailie’s replacement in order to find out what is going on from the inside. She takes two weeks off work from her job as a water safety officer and then travels to Maui with her boyfriend Luke Austin.

Once Lani gets a feel for the game she quickly realizes that someone has hacked into the computer system and is tampering with the results. Luke is good on the computer but not nearly as good as their new friend Zak Zimmerman, so Lani calls new friend Zoe Donovan-Zimmerman and asks if she and Zak would be willing to come to Maui and help them uncover the conspiracy behind the mystery.

Join Luke and Lani, Zak and Zoe, as they race to uncover the clues faster than anyone else while outwitting a hacker and identifying a killer.  (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Lani, Luke, Zoe and Zak are all likable characters that you would want to be friends with in real life.  As usual, this author’s characters really shine.  It was great to read about these friends in the same book.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author always has a solid story line that pulls you in from the very beginning.  The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire story and it is a bit more complex than what is typically found in a cozy mystery.  

I would recommend this book (and all of this author’s series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  You cannot go wrong reading anything that she has written.




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