Death in Paradise: A Henrie O. Mystery (Henrie O Mysteries (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1999
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"Hart's laurels need no burnishing but bet on PARADISE for major awards when the lists come out."
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A courageous Pulitzer Prize-winning ex-reporter with an unparalleled talent for deduction, Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins has unraveled some murderous mysteries in the latter years of her long, event-filled life. But this time a killer has struck perilously close to Henrie O's heart.
Six years ago, Henrie O's beloved newspaperman husband Richard lost his life on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Now, on a brisk March morning, a chilling message has arrived by Priority Mail claiming Richard's fatal fall from a towering island cliff was no accident -- it was murder. Following cryptic clues and her infallible instincts to a lush and verdant tropical Eden -- and to the lavish mountaintop estate of wealthy matriarch Belle Ericcson, where Richard spent his final days -- the determined sexagenarian sleuth becomes privy to terrible allegations of greed and jealousy, adultery and abuse...and of a mystery surrounding the kidnap-slaying of Belle's eldest child CeeCee. But now that her search for the truth has brought Henrie O to this lethal paradise where giant palm fronds hide evil deeds from inquisitive eyes, she may never be allowed to leave alive. Because the deaths did not begin or end with Richard Collins...and someone's dark and enduring homicidal passions have yet to be fully satisfied.See all Product description
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Henrie O is angry and wants vengeance on the perpetrator. She travels to Hawaii to visit Belle, who was her rival for her spouse's affections. She knows that the killer is at a family reunion being hosted on the woman's estate. No matter what she must do or who she must hurt in the process, Henrie O plans to complete her quest of identifying her husband's killer and bringing the individual to justice.
Carolyn Hart proves why she deserves all the awards (winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macauley awards for this mystery series) she has garnered. DEATH IN PARADISE: A Henrie O Mystery is one of the author's best mystery novels to date because the book is an enjoyable, exciting and intellectually stimulating who-done-it with a suspenseful ending. This reviewer strongly recommends the entire series, but especially this particular tale.
Which is why her world is shattered by a poster she receives in the mail that claims that Richard's death was murder. Unable to let that knowledge go uninvestigated, Henrie starts following his last few days through Dallas to Kauai.
On Kauai, she joins the family of Richard's close friend Belle Ericcson. It was on Belle's estate that Richard took his fatal plunge. And Henrie is beginning to suspect that his death had something to do with the kidnapping and murder of Belle's oldest daughter. Could a member of Belle's family be a killer?
I greatly enjoyed the last book in the series, so I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to those standards. It started strong, laying the ground work for the story with plenty of questions. But once the story moved to Kauai, the action stopped. Henrie spent pages analyzing every clue from every possible angle. The good news it is made it easier to keep the multiple to characters straight. Henrie herself came across as weak and over emotional here, not the strong woman we've seen in the previous three books. I realize it was probably more realistic, but it got tiring reading about Henrie's emotions coming to the surface and how she had to fight them to find the killer. We get it already! And the ending was very weak.
If you are new to the author or the series, don't start here. Carolyn Hart is a great mystery writer. She just wrote a clunker here.
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