PROSPECT FOR MURDER
Publisher: Artemesia Publishing (July, 2016)
A Natalie Seachrist Mystery
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
I’m embarrassed to admit that I shuffled this book to the bottom of my “to read” pile more than a couple of times. I didn’t look at the front cover and I rarely read book blurbs because I prefer to experience the author’s writing without any preconceived notions (or the names and/or circumstances of the soon-to-be-dead). Unfortunately, I kept thinking, wrongly so, that PROSPECT FOR MURDER was a book involving gold mining or some such. If I’d only read the back cover book blurb, I would have known there wasn’t the slightest possible chance that this was a mystery involving mineral mining of any sort!
Also, if I had just peeked inside, I would have discovered that the author provides a cast of characters. I love books with casts of characters! (Possibly even mystery books with a mining setting, although I’m not 100% positive about that.)
Enough silliness about me.
PROSPECT FOR MURDER is a murder mystery set in Honolulu. Natalie Seachrist is a 50-ish, semi-retired journalist, whose friend Keoni Hewiit, a retired homicide detective, has asked her to help him out on a research project.
Suddenly, Natalie’s world is impacted by a terrifying vision. Throughout her life, since early childhood, Natalie has experienced visions. This time, the vision involves the gruesome death of someone close to her, her grandniece Ariel.
As the local police continue the official investigation without much progress, Natalie devises a plan to carry out her own investigation into Ariel’s death. Natalie and her cat, Miss Una, take up residence in the apartment complex where Ariel died. She enlists the help of her friend Keoni.
The reader’s attention will be captured the on page one of the prologue with the author’s descriptive writing style. Readers will quickly warm to the protagonist, Natalie, her cat Miss Una, and the many other memorable characters.
The pacing of the narrative was perfect. The characters were well-developed, the storyline plausible, and the author’s descriptive writing skill will leave readers wanting more Natalie Seachrist and Miss Una stories…and very likely the reader will wish that they could know Natalie personally.
I think Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher fans will be especially delighted with PROSPECT FOR MURDER and I do hope there will be further sleuthing opportunities for Natalie!
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