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Ms America and the Offing on Oahu (Beauty Queen Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I am biased as Hawaii is my favourite place on Earth, and I remember Oahu vividly. However, this story stands on it's own, I have previously read 'Falling Star' by the same author, which I liked equally, but for different reasons.
This is the first in a series, and we join Happy Pennington (Miss Ohio) as she bids to become Miss America, the fairest of them all.
Unfortunately while waiting to make her final appearance at the contest, she finds herself in a sound proof booth with another contestant who is not very nice. Then to make matters worse the aforesaid contestant is found dead. As Happy was the last person to see Tiffany Amber alive, she decides to investigate to clear her name as the police have placed her name high on the list of suspects. Much light hearted investigations ensues coupled with a lot of girl talk.
This is a light read but still a page turner, it is fun following Happy, her room mate Shanelle and her mother as they go about their business on Oahu. I particularly enjoyed the nightly torch lighting by the lovely Hawaiian man, and the girls cocktail hour.
This was very easy read and I am now half way through the second adventure set in Las Vegas. Downloading this book can only be a good thing, and I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this.
Happy Pennington is a contestant in the Ms. America beauty pageant who winds up winning the crown, or more accurately, being given the crown since the woman who would have won was poisoned right in the middle of the pageant. Happy is a likable protagonist but not always with the best common sense. She has a fascination with matters homicidal and is determined to find the murderer. She sneaks into the dead girl's hotel room looking for clues, she steals her luggage and laptop searching for a trail, and she escapes from the hospital while under police observation as a person of interest in the case. I was wondering all the while which would happen first, whether Happy would get caught herself or whether she would catch the beauty queen stalker.
The beautiful island of Oahu is the venue and Dempsey paints an evocative picture as she describes "the young, tanned Hawaiian man with an Adonis-like body clothed only by a loincloth as he lights the tiki torches on the hotel property". The story is charged with the family dynamics between Happy's mother, husband, and petulant teenage daughter and all the electric drama you would expect between beauty pageant competitors. Happy has her hands full.
I loved Ms America and The Offing on Oahu the way every page held some unpredictable action. The whacky eccentric characters were entertaining, there were times when I laughed out loud and I certainly was entertained. I found this book very appealing and a good read. I hope this is just the first in a long series to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first of the Ms America books I have read, and was a little disappointed. I felt that it had too many characters and rather confusing at times , many times I had to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Happy Reader
A good read. Lots of unexpected turns. Funny at times. I prefer books with a romance but this was still good and I would recommend it.Published on 10 July 2014 by Laura Norman
This was a particularly crazy mystery, quite amusing, but rather too convoluted for me. The author brought the beauty pageant world realistically to life and that alone kept me... Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2014 by Liz Bailey
Fantastic, great, super. Loved this book and the antics of Happy. Great story lines, great characters and a brilliant read. Couldn't put the book down lol.Published on 26 May 2014 by Ms Topping
This is actually a funny, well written story. Not knowing anything about American beauty pageants, the author brings to life the characters in such a way, you feel you are... Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by MummyC
A light hearted read which keeps you coming back for more, twists and turns. well written, a different read for me!!Published on 9 Mar. 2014 by Beth
I read so many genres, the intense crime/thrillers are perhaps favourite, along with Georgette Heyer, Erskine, Penman, James Herbert, Daniel Easterman (sadly so little of his in... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2014 by roseanya
Second time reading Diana's sleuthing novel.really enjoyed both -would recommend.Great for a beach summer holiday book,I want to be a contestant after reading these :)Published on 7 Jan. 2014 by stacey woodman