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BOOK REVIEW: PLEASING THE DEAD
BY DEBORAH TURRELL ATKINSON
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Caryn St. Clair.
This is the fourth of the Storm Kayama books and I think one of the strongest. Each of the four books explore a different aspect of Hawaiian culture and a different part of the Islands. As in each of the previous books, Atkinson has made readers tourists as well as giving them a look at the Hawaii tourists don't often see. In Pleasing the Dead, readers visit Maui, go along with Laura and Storm shark diving, and learn about the significance of aumakua-family totems. Readers also experience one of the unsavory elements of the Hawaiian Islands when Storm runs into the Yakuza.
Storm's family are not in evidence as much as in the earlier books, and her boyfriend/partner doesn't appear until near the end. I think that is a plus for this book, allowing readers to be with Storm as she works thorough the case. Without giving away the ending, I wish that for once, Hamlin would not have arrived on the scene until all of the action was over.
Author Atkinson's Storm Kayama series brings the Hawaiian Islands alive for readers. These are not just mysteries set in Hawaii, the mysteries are ingrained in the Hawaiian culture. They reflect the day to day life on the islands from the beautiful landscape to the traffic snarls. Through the plots of her books, she explores the modern day conflicts between the various ethnic mixes of the residents against the native Hawaiian culture.
While I can't imagine a reader not wanting to read all four of the books in order, each of these books stands alone quite nicely serving as an introduction to the series.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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