Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?
Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.
As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.
What a fun story! I loved the engaging characters and the setting in this cozy. It’s been years since I visited Hawaii, but I enjoyed reading about the locations as much as I did about the mystery itself.
When Wilson McKenna’s tenant is duped in a work-from-home scam, he brings in a friend to investigate since he’s busy planning his wedding. Of course, things can’t be that easy and he gets roped into coming along during part of the investigation. There’s plenty of drama involving the bride-to-be’s displeasure at her fiance’s investigating, and plenty of action to keep the story moving along.
The Scent of Waikiki is the 9th book in the Trouble in Paradise series. I wasn’t at all lost jumping in at this point, but I think I will go back and start at the beginning…
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About the Author
Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who tracked down deadbeats for a living. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He likes cool photography, funny mysteries, and finding the oddest things while walking on the beach.
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