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The Paradise Affair
Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery #9
by Bill Pronzini
Forge, $24.99, 172pp
Published: January 2021

Quincannon’s pursuit of two con men who have absconded to Hawaii with a considerable sum of his employer’s assets dovetails nicely with Sabina’s vision of a second honeymoon.

But neither is wont to stay out of trouble, and Sabina inadvertently becomes involved in a locked room/dying message murder in Honolulu.

When Quincannon’s pursuit of two con men leads to Hawaii, Sabina talks him into turning the pursuit into a second honeymoon. On the voyage to Honolulu, they make the acquaintance of Hawaiian residents the Pritchards and become their guests once they reach Hawaii. While Quincannon tracks the elusive con men and tries to find out what kind of scam led them to Hawaii Sabina become involved in solving the locked door murder of their host’s next door neighbor.

This is another pleasant outing in a charming historical mystery series. Usually set in San Francisco, in this book we get a glimpse of late 19th century Hawaii. The characters of Quincannon and Sabina continue to evolve and the mystery is intriguing enough to hold one’s interest. A lovely afternoon’s light reading. I look forward to more in this series. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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