In the novel, the heroine goes in search of ‘a quiet beach where she could go topless,’ but stumbles into a poisoned Hawaiian singing star. Her working vacation involves riots, suspicious accidents, earthquakes, flowing lava, a real cliff hanger, and romance, having to choose between three men.
The bookâ€™s subtitle promises a “Hawaiian mystery of romance, revenge… and recipes.”
The author teases, “And donâ€™t forget the boiling cauldron.”
“Because I love the cultural mix of the islands, and especially in these tough economic times, Iâ€™ve sought to create an adventure to attract more tourists to Hawaii,” Grogan said.
Local island artists are featured in Captain Cooked, as are top restaurants and chefs who contributed their best recipes. A portion of book sales are being contributed to the Hawaiian Food Bank Program.
A unique aspect of the novel is that there is a real treasure hunt embedded within its pages. A Hawaiian war club is somewhere hidden on the Big Island and if found, using GPS, the finder receives $5,000 cash. This same sort of contest was employed in Groganâ€™s previous mystery, a best seller entitled “Vegas Die,” where a dagger was secreted in a library book.
One reviewer says: “Captain Cooked reads like Janet Evanovich morphing into Rachel Ray while filming a remake of the ‘Perils of Pauline.'”
Book signing dates are as follows:
- Saturday, February 19th at 2 pm at Basically Books in Hilo (800-903-6277)
- Sunday, February 20th at 10am at Lava Java in Kailua-Kona (Big Island Geocachers)
- Sunday, February 20th Borders Bookstore in Kailua-Kona (808-331-1668)
- Tuesday, March 1st at 6 pm at Kona Stories in Kailua-Kona (808-324-0350)
- February 26th from 11am-2pm at Barnes & Noble in Ala Moana Center (808-949-7307)
- February 26th at from 3-5pm Borders in Waikele Center (808-676-6699)
- February 27th at Borders in Ward Center
Book signing dates are tentative. Please check with bookstores to verify.