Hawaii Five Uh-Oh! by Jill Marie Landis is a humorous mystery featuring the lovely group of mostly older ladies called The Hula Maidens and the crew from the Tiki Goddess bar trying to track down an art thief and murderer on the island of Kauai.
Kiki, the leader of the Hula Maidens, is recently out of the mental hospital and still feeling the strain of her recent attack by Alphonse the monkey. She is suffering from PTMD – post-traumatic monkey disorder. Meanwhile, a big shot director from the mainland is welcomed to Kauai by his neighbor with Em and the Tiki Goddess staff catering the event. While the party is going on, some seriously expensive paintings he has in his home are stolen. Kiki gets the idea that trying to solve this crime will help her overcome her PTMD. Roland, a police officer and Em’s love interest, asks them to stay out of it as usual, but of course, they get involved.
The Hula Maidens are a delight as they try to solve the mystery with their schemes and find time to perform. Roland and Em’s romance simmers with promise. Louie, the owner of the Tiki Goddess bar, is ever present making up new concoctions and legends to go with them. At the end of the book, you can find recipes for some of the cocktails as well as for some of Kimo’s ono (delicious) food.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Hawaii Five Uh-Oh! is a fun read. It’s even better if you like Hawaii. Either way, the book is a good read with a mystery, some comic relief, and a touch of romance.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.