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Ms America and the Offing on Oahu (Beauty Queen Mysteries Book 1) by [Dempsey, Diana]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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About the Author

Diana Dempsey never competed in beauty pageants but she did the next best thing: she worked in TV news. After a dozen years as an Emmy-winning anchor and reporter, Diana hung up her mic to become an author of fast and fun romantic fiction. Diana’s novels have been called “almost impossible to put down” (Romance Reviews Today), “skillfully plotted and filled with realistic detail” (Library Journal), and “spicy, sexy, and sultry” (Booklist). Her first novel was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book by the Romance Writers of America; another was a Top Pick of Romantic Times; and a third was a selection of the Doubleday Book Club. Diana loves to hear from readers! Visit www.DianaDempsey.com to email her and sign up to her mailing list to hear first about her new releases. Also join her on Facebook at DianaDempseyBooks and follow her on Twitter at Diana_Dempsey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Bramerton Press; 1 edition (4 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DJOEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,822 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I recently read Ms Dempsey's Falling Star and loved it, so I decided to check out her latest book. I have to say, I enjoyed this one just as much -- perhaps even more. Once again, Ms. Dempsey has created a spunky, resourceful heroine who, despite her status as a perennial participant in beauty pageants, is still very much an underdog, which made me root for her even more. The murder mystery she becomes embroiled in manages to be both comical and nail-biting, and the identity of the killer kept me guessing all the way. Add to that a wickedly fun cast of supporting characters and an exotic Hawaii locale and you've got a perfect summer beach read.
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With a name like Happy Pennington, it's no surprise to find that she's a leading contestant in the Ms America Beauty Pageant. However, Happy refuses to either be or be treated as a stereotypical beauty queen. In fact, she is determined to turn the stereotype on its head and in the main, this is exactly what she manages to do. Set in Hawaii, this book is packed full of brilliantly drawn characters who pull you into a story that holds your attention from the pretty well perfect opening line to the more than satisfactory ending. Like all good novels, the storyline works on several levels. Not only do you have a thrilling murder mystery but you also have a whole set of complex personal relationships. Apart from the beauty queens, their husbands - this is Ms America and the contestants must all be married ladies - the promoters and other characters with a vested interest, you also have Happy's own circle of friends and family. Issues with her parents, husband and daughter are explored in considerable depth and bring an extra dimension to what is a very skilfully crafted book. I felt there was also a cleverly visual aspect to this author's writing that brought the settings and situations vividly to life. There was great humour and warmth in this book so that you couldn't help empathising with all of the characters, even the less likeable ones. I found this a fun read that left me looking forward to finding out what happens next.
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I really liked this book. It cost nothing, but I would have happily purchased this for the same amount as the others.

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.
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Having read and loved all of Diana Dempsey's books, I was very excited to read her newest book, a funny murder mystery. The first sentence captured me, "I know it's hard to imagine a woman getting offed by a tube of lipstick, but I'm here to tell you, it can be done."

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.
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