BOOKS

Stairway to Heaven

 

The Hawaiian islands are experiencing their worst drought in recorded history. Wildfires burn out of control across the state. When firefighters discover a badly charred body on a steep mountain ridge, wearing swim fins and a diving mask, it sounds like the stuff of urban legends. The body is identified as a man on Louise’s postal route and she wonders if a mysterious package she delivered to him could hold the key to his death. Louise learns what was in the package and why everyone wants it, but is sworn to secrecy. One deception leads to another as Louise hides the truth to protect the innocent, and the not-so-innocent. A nineteen-year-old boy is suspected of murder, but Emmeline can’t believe it. The two teenagers run away on a stolen sailboat. A hurricane forming in the Pacific could be the answer to prayers for rain that would put out the destructive fires. As Louise races to find the missing sailboat, it becomes clear the approaching storm may not be the biggest threat to Emmeline’s safety.

“A very entertaining read.”
A.K. Gunn, author of The Death of Aloha

“Expertly, intriguingly, Hanan kept me riveted.”
Lizbeth Harth, author of Angel Hero

“Hanan spins the reader forward and ends with a satisfying thump.”
JoAnn Basset, author of the Isles of Aloha mystery series

“With a Hawaiian Flavor, this novel is a real treat.”
Barri Flowers, author of Murder on Ka‘anapali Beach

“A mystery almost to bizarre to believe.”
Greg Field, author of Red Dirt, White Bones

How Far is Heaven?

Christmas is never easy for mail carriers. But for Louise Golden, the season of good cheer is about to become a nightmare. Exhausted after a long day of delivering mail in nasty weather, Louise is heading back to the station when, through the heavy rain, a ghostlike figure appears in her headlights. Louise hits her brakes, but it’s too late. The girl is taken to the hospital, unconscious. Who is she? What was she doing in the middle of the road on a rainy night, dressed only in an oversized tee-shirt? Why hasn’t anyone reported her missing? When Jane Doe regains consciousness, she remembers nothing—not even her own name. Louise befriends the frightened girl, who then disappears. Louise is suspended from work during the accident investigation, and uses her time to search for the missing girl. Meanwhile, with the holiday in full swing around her, Louise is confronted with religious traditions she feels no connection to. And how in the world is she supposed to sort out her relationships with the four men in her life? Each one seems almost right, and yet so completely wrong. Sexier and grittier than Almost Paradise, The second Louise Golden mystery takes the reader on a true Hawaiian roller coaster ride.

“Sexier and grittier than Almost Paradise.”
Gail Baugniet, author of the Pepper Bibeau mysteries

“It has a real Hawaii feel that only someone who makes their home here can understand.”
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime series

A nice buildup of tension, leading to an exciting climax and a believable ending.”
K. Gunn, author of If Pigs Could Cry and The Honey Bee

Hoaka Moonshine

 

When Dee Maltin bought the little beach cottage on Maui, all she wanted was to leave her memories behind. Now, fifteen years later, things are starting to go awry. Why does everyone else deny hearing the feral cats that keep Dee awake all night? What’s the smell that permeates her house no matter how much she scrubs? Why does her strange neighbor, who hasn’t spoken to her in all these years, choose this moment to strike up a conversation? A woman shows up at Dee’s door looking for her birth mother. Is she a con artist, or just deluded? Dee searches for answers and is soon over her head in one big Hawaiian-kine mystery.

“A Beautiful, twisty mystery!”
A.J. Llewellyn, author of the Mingo McCloud mystery series

“This novella captures a complex mood, one of regret, dissatisfaction, isolation, and angst, all set in paradise.”
A.K. Gunn, author of The Death of Aloha

 

“Full of twists and complications, but never improbable.”
Gail Baugniet, author of the Pepper Bibeau mystery series

“Wonderful writing. The story left me flabbergasted!”
Darlene Cruz, book reviewer

Another Day in Paradise

Dog nappings have doubled on O‘ahu over the past year. Brazen thefts of beloved pets from their homes have the community on edge. A beautiful, mysterious Chinese actress is distraught when her Pomeranian is stolen. Mail carrier Louise Golden finds the missing pooch, only to learn the actress is suddenly gone, with her belongings. Dogs are disappearing. Street people are being abducted by aliens—or so claims Louise’s homeless friend, Frankie. Clues point in different directions. Nothing adds up. A masked man appears out of nowhere and warns Louise to mind her own business. What did he mean? Everyone is a suspect: her boyfriend who tells stories for a living, the ex lover who once betrayed her, the acting coach skilled in the art of deception, the shameless stalker in the yellow Tweety Bird van. At the polo field, tempers flare. Someone’s bound to get hurt. Things heat up for Louise, as well, when a sexy Brazilian polo player befriends her. Is he truly a friend, or a rake intent on seducing vulnerable women? Can Louise even trust her own spiritual awakening to help her find a path to understanding—or is she faking it and running blindly to a dead end? What will she do when she comes face to face with her greatest fears?

“Hanan is a magician with her words.”
Franki DeMerle, author

“A good read that will take you to sandy beaches and inside the homes of ordinary folks in Hawaii,”
Ellis Schuman, author of Valley of the Thracians and The Virtual Kibbutz

“Hanan really hit her stride with this one.”
Rick Ludwig, author of the Maui Mystery series

“Hanan’s third novel, while set on O‘ahu, is anything but a tourist’s idea of Paradise.”
Gail Baugniet, author of the Pepper Bibeau mystery series

Almost Paradise

Mail carrier Louise Golden lives on the island of O‘ahu and enjoys a friendly camaraderie with the people on her delivery route. When she notices Mrs. Santos missing from her home, Louise becomes concerned. She questions neighbors in an attempt to learn what became of the elderly woman. Louise is pulled into a mystery involving abductions, car tails, a celebrity pool party, exotic dancing, smuggled Hawaiian artifacts, and, of course, murder.

“There’s more going on in this book than the mere working out of the whodunit, and that’s because Hanan is a writer with depth, perception, and insight. This book is a pleasure to read.”
William Bernhardt, New York Times bestselling author

“Laurie’s descriptions of the Hawaiian backdrop are authentic. The action intertwines perfectly with local flavor, tradition, and a bit of the pidgin language.”
Gail Baugniet, author of the Pepper Bibeau mysteries

“I loved it!”
I’d Rather be Reading on the Beach book reviews

“Hawaii’’s symbolic lushness along with its exotic backdrop interplays beautifully with this lush read brimming with exotic characters that make up this engaging mystery.”
Peggy Edelheit, author

“A rich and tightly crafted story. Hanan is a writer of wonderful skill, exceptional humor, and warm accessibility.”
Rick Ludwig, author of the Maui Mystery series

“I couldn’t put it down.”
Linda Rose Herman, actress (Lost and The Descendents)