Murder in Paradise

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
206 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2015
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Author Biography

Larry K. and Lorna Collins, a husband/wife team, co-wrote 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park, their memoir of building Universal Studios Japan, which finaled for the 2006 EPPIE Award. They also collaborate on the Agapé Jones mysteries: Murder…They Wrote and Murder in Paradise. The latter was a finalist for the 2012 EPIC eBook Award for mystery.
Larry wrote a short story collection, Lakeview Park, and writes the sci-fi series, The McGregor Chronicles.
Lorna co-wrote the Aspen Grove romance anthologies: Snowflake Secrets, Seasons of Love, The Art of Love, An Aspen Grove Christmas, …And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe, and Directions of Love. The latter won the 2011 EPIC eBook Award for best anthology. Ghost Writer, is her fun beach read—with a ghost—set in Laguna Beach.
Their latest collaboration, The Memory Keeper, a historical novel set in San Juan Capistrano in the 1800s, was a 2015 EPIC eBook Award finalist.
They are currently working on sequels to the the Agapé Jones mysteries and The Memory Keeper. Larry continues to write additional volumes in his sci-fi series.
They live in Dana Point, visit Hawaii often, and Larry surfs every weekday.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In Murder in Paradise by authors Larry K. and Lorna Collins, we find ourselves in the middle of a murder mystery in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, Hawaii. Our protagonist, Agape Jones, a retired detective from the NYPD, never thought he’d find himself dragged into an investigation when he was supposed to be relaxing and enjoying time far away from the world of crime. But when his outrigger team is the one that finds a body, he’s asked to assist in the murder investigation of the famous surfer Philip Fowler, who was also the son of Hawaii state senator Thomas Fowler. Agape soon realizes he’s investigating much more than a murder, and what he finds might put his very life at risk.

Authors Larry K. and Lorna Collins have done a wonderful job in describing the flora and fauna of Hawaii, and I almost felt I was there with Detective Jones as I was reading along. A fun murder mystery adventure that’s easy to follow and will keep you on the edge of your seat at times, Murder in Paradise would appeal to any reader who loves suspenseful reads, mysteries, or a book so rich in details of the setting that it almost feels like a travelogue at times. It’s my pleasure to recommend Murder in Paradise, and I hope that this married duo of authors is hard at work on their next novel in this same vein.