Murder Casts a Shadow: A Hawaiæi Mystery

New Year s Eve, 1934 While Honolulu celebrates with champagne and fireworks, someone is making away with the Bishop Museum s portrait of King Kalakaua and its curator A series of brutal murders follows, and an unlikely pair, newspaper reporter Mina Beckwith and visiting playwright Ned Manusia, find themselves investigating a twisted trail of clues in an attempt to recoveNew Year s Eve, 1934 While Honolulu celebrates with champagne and fireworks, someone is making away with the Bishop Museum s portrait of King Kalakaua and its curator A series of brutal murders follows, and an unlikely pair, newspaper reporter Mina Beckwith and visiting playwright Ned Manusia, find themselves investigating a twisted trail of clues in an attempt to recover the painting and uncover the killer.Honolulu in the 1930s is a unique and volatile mix of the provincial and the urban, East and West, islander and mainlander Mina and Ned, both of Polynesian descent, confront the complexities and contradictions of Island life as their investigation takes them into the heart of Honolulu society and close knit local families, whose intricate histories and relationships will have a direct impact on future lives and events A lively cast of characters aids Mina and Ned in their search for answers Cecily Chang, an antiques and explosives expert, steers them through Chinatown s back alleys Hinano Kahana, a hula chanter and dancer, brings Ned closer to solving an ancient riddle Mina s grandmother, Hannah, helps them unlock a secret from the past.Prewar Honolulu comes to life in this thoroughly entertaining mystery that evokes a colorful bygone era.
Murder Casts a Shadow A Hawai i Mystery New Year s Eve While Honolulu celebrates with champagne and fireworks someone is making away with the Bishop Museum s portrait of King Kalakaua and its curator A series of brutal murders follow

  • Title: Murder Casts a Shadow: A Hawaiæi Mystery
  • Author: Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
  • ISBN: 9780824832179
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Maybe my expectations were too high. ’s description of this book read New Year's Eve, 1934. While Honolulu celebrates with champagne and fireworks, someone is making away with the Bishop Museum's portrait of King Kalakaua and doing away with its curator. A series of brutal murders follows, and an unlikely pair, newspaper reporter Mina Beckwith and visiting playwright Ned Manusia, find themselves investigating a twisted trail of clues in an attempt to recover the painting and uncover the kille [...]

    2. There is a bit of “As You Like It” in this novel with newspaper reporter Mina Beckwith as Rosalind and Hawaii as the Forest of Arden. Set in 1935, Mina teams up with visiting playwright Ned Manusia, an equally likeable character, to investigate the murder of a nasty museum director and the theft of a royal portrait. The mystery is a little awkward and it is not too difficult to identify the villain. However, the trail leads them to another suspicious death famous in Hawaiian history, and the [...]

    3. This is a wonderful mystery, along the line of the golden age of mysteries (in my opinion) that also provides a delightful introduction to Hawaii inbetween WWI and WWII. The history of the Hawaiian islands is also covered, which opens a new view for me of an area of history I have never studied.I hope that the author continues her books, I've become quite fond of Mina and Ned!

    4. I really enjoyed it. I loved reading about what part of Hawaii was like in the 1930s. It was certainly hard to picture it knowing what Hawaii looks like now. I never guessed who the main antagonist was.

    5. I don't usually read mysteries, but picked this up after visiting Hawaii and hearing Kneubuhl on NPR. The story is set primarily in Honalulu in the 1930s and centers around a half-Samoan, half-English detective/playwrite/secret service agent, Ned, and a plucky, half-Hawiian, half-Caucasian newspaper reporter, Mina. The who-dun-it part of the book was interesting and kept me going, and the culture and milieu was also fascinating. The book had an intsensely strong sense of place, and having recent [...]

    6. It is 1935 in Hawai’i and even though the depression has hit these tropical islands as well the sugar industry has cushioned the effects of unemployment somewhat. Honolulu may have not have all the sophistication of a mainland city especially when it comes to the arts but it tries to make up for it with an excellent community theater. London playwright Ned Manusia has come to put his latest play on here and he feels quite at home here because he is of Polynesian extraction himself. He was born [...]

    7. Murder Casts a Shadow by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl is a fascinating murder-mystery story that will keep you wondering until the very end. Usually, I'm not much of a fan of mysteries, but I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to almost anyone looking for a compelling read. The main character, Ned, is a police officer/detective who is in charge of watching the transfer of a set of portraits to the Bishop's Museum in Hawaii. He is also a playwright, and the production of one of his plays in [...]

    8. "Perfect Read for Those Cold Winter Months" As Honolulu welcomes the year 1935 with various festivities, a priceless portrait of Hawaii's King Kalakaua is stolen and museum curator Abel Halpern, a man widely loathed (and possibly crooked) is clubbed to death. More murders follow, prompting an unlikely pair of sleuths, visiting playwright (and sometime spy for the British government) Ned Manusia and local newspaper reporter Mina Beckwith, who delve into the mystery to find those responsible. Thei [...]

    9. I chose this book as my Hawaiin summer vacation read after hearing about it on NPR. After listening to the author talk about places in Honolulu I knew I should load it on Kindle on my phone. (I didn't pack a single book, hooray!)Since there is a 6 hour flight to Hawaii I knew I could get some reading done. It was actually quite thrilling to hear all these beautiful places discibed and then get off the plane and say "I want to go to there!" I can't remember ever reading a murder mystery before, B [...]

    10. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was much better than I had expected. The main characters were likable and well developed and the cast of suspects was wide enough to keep you engaged. I really enjoyed the way the author was able to explain how Native Hawaiians feel as though they are a displaced people on their own land even though it wasn't a huge focus of the book it continues to be a struggle today for Native Hawaiians to find a balance in a political divide. I also loved that she [...]

    11. I rarely read mysteries but I was attracted to read this book after hearing on NPR of the tie-in with Hawaiian history. This novel is set in the Honolulu and Kona areas in the mid 1930's, and its gentle cardboard characters roam a somewhat idealized landscape and social setting of the era. The protagonists own beach bungalows near Diamond Head and have relatives who can recount personal memories of Hawaiian royalty. Despite the nastiness of the murder and the continuing body pile up, it was fun [...]

    12. Honolulu in the 30's was an idyllic place, for sure. The more I read, the more jealous I am, to see how it has "changed"'s not like this today. I know. I live here.But if you are at the top of the food chain, as these characters are, it makes sense, that their social lives take priority over anything so mundane, as a murder!And with a small dip toward history, we are given the even more intriguing story about the poisoning of King Kamehameha, while he was traveling in California. off the takeove [...]

    13. Oh my gosh! I loved this book. A look at Hawaii in the 1930's thru the eyes of twin sisters. So much fun. Can't wait to read the next one. I don't know why this book tickled my fancy so much but maybe it was that; it was relaxing as the characters relaxed on the beach, exciting as they followed the clues to help solve a murder, interesting as a peek at Hawaii's history making you feel like a part of it, and fun to meet new friends and maybe fall in love.Reread this book in June 2015. Liked it al [...]

    14. Surprisingly complicated! I enjoyed all of the twists and turns. The characters were extremely rich. The dialogue was great. I loved learning about Hawaii, though there were a few things I would have loved learning more about - like the glass orbs that float in from the ocean. I do think Kneubuhl wasn't quite able to capture and maintain the 1930s - much of the book felt like it was set in the present. But I really enjoyed it and will definitely pick up the next in the series.

    15. I read this book based on a recommendation from NPR. Also, I'm a sucker for books about Hawai'i. I was surprised for how good the book was considering I've junked every recommended book from NPR. Also, the cover of this book looks awful.That being said, Kneubuhl wove a good story sprinkled with detailed morsels of home. I recommend the book to anybody from Hawai'i. If you're not from HI, this'll probably be a 3-star book

    16. I have to start this by saying that I'm a bit biased because I recently returned from a trip to Hawaii and saw many of the places mentioned in the book. I really liked it. I liked both protagonists and thought the mystery was really compelling. I enjoyed the fact that I didn't know who the murderer was for a long time. I actually stayed up late to finish it because I couldn't stand not knowing anymore. If you like period mysteries, try this one.

    17. The best thing about this story is the glimpse into life in Honolulu in the 1930’s. I found little to identify with in the characters, who are for the most part rich, spoiled, shallow and self absorbed. But the writing is solid, I love mysteries, and there is an intriguing mystery going one here that is solved satisfactorily.

    18. 3 stars. Like so many others here I read this after hearing about it on NPR. While I very much enjoyed this, the writing was a bit awkward at times. Dialog in particular seemed stilted. This is the first in this series, though, and I think that as the author becomes more adept with this format the books will only get stronger. Will definitely read another in this series.

    19. More like 3.5 stars. This is an excellent historical mystery, obviously well-researched, with an interesting cast of characters and a very appealing heroine. The only disappointment was the dialogue, which felt rather stilted at times--but not enough to put me off reading the next book in the series.

    20. Set in Hawaii in 1934, this mystery had likable sleuths and an interesting setting. The writing was a little bland and the murderer a bit over the top at the end. Also I should subtract a star for the comment about mousy librarians.

    21. A good mystery book read especially for those of us who live in Honolulu or visit Hawaii often. Ned and Mina make a good detective team and I hope the author writes another novel situated in Hawaii using the same team.

    22. A mystery set in Hawaii in the 1930's. I got a bit confused with all the different, seemingly unrelated people getting murdered, but then that keeps you guessing about what's going on. An enjoyable read.

    23. Loved it! Wonderful peek at pre war Hawaii. Mina and Ned are a great pair but the real gem is the island and it's people. And the mystery was interesting enough to keep me wondering. Ready to start #2 in the series.

    24. What a fun book! Very nostalgic about Hawaii in the 30's. She integrated a lot of Hawaiiana without being overly didactic. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to Kama'aina.

    25. This mystery has an old-fashioned air to it, which actually adds a certain amount of charm. Set in Hawaii during the 1930's, the historical background is very interesting and fun to learn about.

    26. This was a clever little whodunit set in Hawaii in the 1930s. There was enough Hawaiian history and epicurean references to really keep the pages turning.

    27. I really liked the setting of the story and the plot was very engaging. My favorite character was definitely Andrew.

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