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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A local shop-owner is found standing over her dead con-artist boyfriend's body and her best friend must prove her innocence in the entertaining murder mystery Fatal Break (An Aloha Lagoon Mystery Book 15) by Beth Prentice. Sam, short for Samantha, is the children's surf instructor for the Aloha Lagoon resort. Alani is Sam's best friend and owns the local surf shop. One night, while Alani and Sam are enjoying a drink at the resort's only tiki bar, two people enter that have life-changing effects in Sam's and Alani's futures. One is a large hairy man searching for Alani's ex-boyfriend, Nathan. His questions rile Alani and she threatens bodily harm to Nathan if she ever sees him again. The second person is Abigail, Alani's former BFF who left Hawaii at the same time as Nathan. Although uncomfortable with abandoning Alani, Sam leaves her at the bar with Abigail. The following morning Sam walks into the surf shop to pick up her new surfboard but instead discovers Alani hovering over Nathan's dead body. Convinced that Alani is guilty of Nathan's death, the police chief charges her with murder. With all the evidence pointing at Alani, can Sam find a way to clear her friend's name?
Fatal Break (An Aloha Lagoon Mystery Book 15) by Beth Prentice is an enjoyable sleuth mystery novel set in a beautiful Hawaiian resort town. It is a delightfully amusing story with a splendid setting, an engaging plot and relatable characters. The protagonist Sam is so outstandingly normal that you can't help but like her. Despite her self-proclaimed lack of focus, Sam is like a dog with a bone when it comes to hunting down murderers. Locked doors and hulking men are no match for her obsession. With interesting characters and a fabulous plot, this is a humorous mystery novel that will entertain amateur sleuth fans of all ages.