Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Aloha and Happy New Year everyone! How exciting to begin a new year, with a clean slate and lots of exciting plans for the months ahead. Beginning right now!

Tonight, for our first monthly meeting of 2014, our SinC/HI guest speaker is none other than A.J. Llewellyn, one of the contributing authors of MYSTERY IN PARADISE 13 Tales of Suspense, the anthology of mystery short stories set in Hawaii.

A.J. LLEWELLYN contributed her short story POI DOG: A Leilani Squires Honolulu Mystery. This Honolulu fraud examiner, Leilani Squires, thought it was going to be a dreary, rainy day in Waikiki, but appearances can be deceiving. A.J. is also the author of numerous novels available in book stores and on the Internet.

A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled. Her passion for the islands led to writing a play about the overthrow of Queen Lili'uokalani's kingdom. She never lacks inspiration for writing erotic romances but has many other passions: collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with family, friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.

We look forward to hearing all about A.J.'s secrets to a prolific writing career and about how she manages to publish at a feverish rate.

Sisters in Crime/Hawaii monthly meetings are held
on the third Wednesday of the month,
at The Makiki Community Library, 1527 Ke'eaumoku Street, Honolulu, HI,
from 6-8 p.m.
Free parking is available in the Ke'eaumoku and Makiki street parking lots and on Ke'eaumoku Street alongside the library.
Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MYSTERY IN PARADISE 13 Tales of Suspense

No, we haven't been inactive since August, 2013. In fact, we've been so busy doing, it was almost impossible to take the time to write about what we were doing. Several members of Sisters in Crime/Hawaii banded together to indie-publish an anthology of mystery short stories set in Hawaii. A future post will detail our progress and some of the lessons we learned along the way.

The back cover text tells the story of what you will find between the covers of our anthology:

From cozy mystery to classic crime, from gumshoe to urban noir, MYSTERY IN PARADISE is a collection of twisted, heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises. These 13 utterly unforgettable stories by 13 of the hottest authors to hit Hawai`i’s literary scene are sure to leave you with chicken skin as they take you on a ride through the seamier side of Paradise.  

Chinatown has always been good for a mystery. THE JOSS AT TABLE TWELVE is a traditional cozy. In THE CHINATOWN CONUNDRUM, a reporter gets the scoop on a bloodless corpse found in a back alley. In THE FACE, an off-duty HPD detective and a fourteen-year-old girl team up to investigate the murder of a homeless man beaten beyond recognition. A seemingly simple infidelity case soon turns deadly, in THE KAHALA CAPER.

THE MAN WITH THE BLACK FEET poses the question: What happens when a man is stripped  of everything that makes him feel important—his career, his family, his health …? In POI DOG, a fraud examiner thinks it’s going to be a dreary day in Waikīkī, but appearances can be deceiving. LOVE SHACK questions the meaning of loyalty, the depth of love, and the seduction of greed. In ADRIFT ON KANEˋOHE BAY, a glorious day-sail takes a tack into a deadly enigma.

In TOURISTS, islanders know no matter how romantic, you don’t swim at night. Mystery shows its humorous side in BAD HAIR DAY, when two pals take up the search for a missing Honda. GLORIA was the best. But what does that mean? Why did she die? In WAR, LOVE, FOOD, AND TRUST, a woman works under cover to learn whether Honolulu restaurants are compliant with World War I conservation regulations. Psychological thriller FROSTED is the tale of a woman with an icy stare and a chilling secret.

Available at in trade book and eBook format, MYSTERY IN PARADISE 13 Tales of Suspense will take you on a colorful trip around the islands, and show you a bit about Hawaiian culture, its people, and life in paradise. Enjoy!  Aloha from the anthology authors and editors: Lourdes Venard, Rose Mary Thompson, Lehua Parker, Bob Newell, Patricia Morin, Tyler Miranda, Rosemary and Larry Mild, A.J. Llewellyn, Laureen Kwock, Laurie Hanan, A K Gunn, Greg Field, and Gail M Baugniet.