Off to Kauai for a much-needed vacation, Charlie takes a helicopter tour with a gorgeous and fascinating pilot, Drake Langston. But partway through the tour they spot a body lying on the rocks below. When Drake's boss, Mack, is accused of murdering the victim, Charlie finds herself with another mystery to solve. Romance is in the air, too, as Charlie and Drake work together to find the answers.
Connie Shelton has been writing for more than twenty years and has taught writing (both fiction and nonfiction) since 2001. She is the author of the Charlie Parker mystery series and has been a contributor to several anthologies, including Chicken Soup For the Writer's Soul.
"My husband and I love to do adventures. He flew helicopters for 35 years, a career that I've borrowed from in my Charlie Parker mysteries. We have traveled quite a lot and now divide our time between the American Southwest and a place on the Sea of Cortez. For relaxation I love art -- painting and drawing can completely consume me. I also really enjoy cooking, with whatever ingredients I find in whatever country we are in at the moment. We walk every day and love watching and photographing wildlife."read more
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The second appearance (following Deadly Gamble) of Charlie Parker, an Albuquerque CPA who keeps the books for her brother's private investigating firm, works more successfully as a Hawaiian tour than as a mystery. On vacation, Charlie is taking a helicopter tour of Kauai, when she and the pilot, Drake Langston, spy a dead body on the rocky coast. The dead man is identified as Gilbert Page, a married California businessman who had just had a fight with his young girlfriend. The hunky Drake asks for Charlie's help after his friend, Mack, owner of the helicopter tour business, is arrested for the murder. The dead man was a loan shark, and Mack was one of his indebted minnows. Charlie travels to the mainland to check out Page's background and pokes around Kauai to find out how and when someone dumped his body on the rocks before she nabs the killer. Charlie's first-person narration is pleasant but not much more, and this lightweight caper never quite gels into an engrossing mystery. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved