Book Review: Iced in Paradise

Iced in Paradise

5 stars

Genre: Contemporary cozy mystery

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Hirahara pens an excellent ice-cold murder mystery in Iced in Paradise, her first book in the new Leilani Santiago series. As always, Hirahara does an excellent job of infusing interesting historical and contemporary details into her story. I particularly like the insider’s perspective on living in the Islands as opposed to the typical Mainlander view. All the characters in the novel are strong and unique. Leilani, the protagonist, is very feisty and definitely not a pliable young woman, but I like her bravery and tenacity in searching for the brutal truth. I also appreciated how she didn’t have life figured out already and had realistic dilemmas revolving around romantic relationships, job choices, and even family ties.   

A great start to a new unique mystery series; a literary treat as delicious as a bowl of cool shave ice.   

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