Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins receives an anonymous note, stating that her husband's death six years ago was not an accident. He did not fall off a cliff in Hawaii while visiting a friend, he was pushed. Henrie O. goes to Hawaii to investigate.
This is the 4th book in Carolyn Hart's Henrie O. series. I usually like this series, but I had a real hard time getting into this book. The first 100 pages were very slow for me. Maybe it was just my mood because this book has received a lot of reviews in the past. My rating: 3 Stars.
"Hart's laurels need no burnishing but bet on PARADISE for major awards when the lists come out." - Washington Times
A Henrie O mystery. Excellent!
This is a well above average mystery with a retired, widowed journalist, Henrie O, who is faced with an anonymous tip that her husband's death while on a trip to Hawaii six years ago was not an accident. This is a character I want to follow in other books.
I thought this book would be better than it was. It had tremendous potential with Henrie O trying to find out who had killed her husband and if his friend from his war correspondent years was more than a friend. The setting in Hawaii was superb, but, for me, this book fell a bit flat and seemed more about the lives of the rich and famous than about real suspense.
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Loved this series but this wasn't one of my favorites. Still a good read and if you start the series, you need to read them all, including this one. Answers some of the questions from earlier books and puts things to rest.
4th in the Henrie O series
Six years ago, Henrie O's beloved newspaperman husband Richard lost his life on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Now, on a brisk March morning, a chilling message has arrived by Priority Mail claiming Richard's fatal fall from a towering island cliff was no accident - it was murder. Following cryptic clues and her infallible instincts to a lush and verdant tropical Eden - and to the lavish mountaintop estate of wealthy matriarch Belle Ericcson, where Richard spent his final days - the determined sexagenarian sleuth becomes privy to terrible allegations of greed and jealousy, adultery and abuse...and of a mystery surrounding the kidnap-slaying of Belle's eldest child CeeCee. But now that her search for the truth has brought Henrie O to this lethal paradise where giant palm fronds hide evil deeds from inquisitive eyes, she may never be allowed to leave alive. Because the deaths did not begin or end with Richard Collins...and someone's dark and enduring homicidal passions have yet to be fully satisfied. (from back cover)
From Publishers Weekly: "In this action-packed series launch, the author of the Death on Demand mysteries introduces Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, a widowed former reporter whose investigative instincts have not been blunted by retirement. Forty years after their love affair ended, media magnate Chase Prescott calls "Henrie O" for help in figuring out who tried to kill him with poisoned candy. He invites her and all those he suspects of wanting him dead to his private island off the coast of South Carolina, hoping that Henrie will be able to ferret out the identity of his would-be killer. While a brewing hurricane threatens the island, Henrie faces a full roster of suspects: Chase's young third wife; his second wife's sister; his idealistic sons; a sly secretary; the purported heir-apparent to Chase's empire; his firm's general counsel; and a surly, abusive employee. Feisty and incisive, Henrie tries valiantly to determine who is behind further attempts on Chase's life while the storm, a would-be killer of a different sort, gathers. Two people are murdered; the hurricane shears wings off the mansion and redoubtable Henrie figures out the motives and the murderer in a tumultuous resolution." Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal: "The creator of the popular Annie Darling series introduces an older sleuth of forceful charm and infinite wisdom. Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, known affectionately as Henrie O, writes novels after working 50 years as a journalist. Longtime friend Chase Prescott, multimillionaire media magnate, begs her to visit his private island near Charleston so that she can deduce which of the people there wants him dead. Hart handles the classic situation (isolated mansion full of colorful suspects) with panache, controlling the melodrama but utilizing monster Hurricane Derek to great effect as plot and storm peak together. A surefire winner." Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.