I have started another category called “Fiction Books Set in Hawaii”. I will be reviewing some of my favorite novels with a Hawaii setting. Most of the authors are from Hawaii, live in Hawaii or have lived in Hawaii.
This book is a great beach (or pool) read and also for dog lovers. The descriptions of the various locales visited, during Kai’s investigation, are both vivid and accurate (yes I live on the islands).
Where to buy: Amazon
There are likeable characters in Tommy Woo (an attorney who would rather be a jazz musician), Miss Fujiyama (Kai’s landlord who runs a lei shop downstairs) and Maile Barnes (a pet detective whom Kai had a crush on in high school).
So…if you love Hawaii, surfing and dogs, this book is for you!
Kai Cook is a private detective who also happens to surf. Surfing, for Kai, is a time for relaxation and also a chance to examine his cases from a different perspective.
Things are a little slow, for the surfing detective, but he catches a break (pun intended) when Barry Buckingham calls him up. Buckingham has a popular radio show and is also a big time gold dealer.
Kai thinks the case will involve Buckingham’s missing wife but he is sadly disappointed. Kai is instead hired to find the lost family dog, Kula, who also happens to surf.
A shady character, who Kai meets in Waimanalo for information on the missing dog, ends up dead with the surfing detective as the prime suspect. Now Kai must hurry to solve the case and clear his name.
Kai’s case takes him from Kailua Beach, on Oahu, to the Big Island and finally to Maui. With the help of Maile Barnes, a pet detective and ex-K9 cop, can Kai track down the famous surfing dog?
About the Author
Chip Hughes began surfing, in San Diego, during the late 60’s. In 1981, he earned a Ph.D., in English, from the University of Indiana. Hughes taught at the University of Hawaii for nearly 30 years before becoming a full time writer.
The surfing detective mystery series began in 2004 with “Murder in Moloka’i” (which I also read many years ago). Kula is the third book in the series of six planned volumes.
My favorite quote from Kai Cook:
“Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. I have my surfboard!”