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Death in Paradise

by Kate Flora

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Education consultant and amateur detective Thea Kozak (An Educated Death, 1997), returns in a yawner set in Hawaii. Kozak, attending an educational conference in Maui, far from her home state of Maine and the embraces of her hunky boyfriend, Detective Andre Lemieux, finds herself reluctantly embroiled in a murder investigation. Conference director Martina Pullman is found dead in her hotel room, dressed in sexy lingerie and strangled with a stocking. Pullman, naturally, had made an enemy of every board member at the conference, not to mention the first wife of her husband, Jeff. When Pullman's assistant Rory Altschuler attempts suicide and when she herself is almost drowned on a scuba expedition, Kozak begins to suspect even those whom she longs to trust. Flora's verbosity fails to flesh out the characters, most of whom are stereotypical and shallow. Beautiful Maui features hardly at all as a backdrop. The one bright spot is 11-year-old Laura Mitchell, Kozak's self-appointed Watson, whose nose for detective work puts her in the path of danger as the murderers use her to get to Kozak.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Fifth in a series featuring Thea Kozak, a private-school consultant who keeps having to solve murders. In this outing, Thea has had to leave her boyfriend, Maine State cop Andre Lemieux, behind in Boston while she attends a conference in Hawaii which is focussed on single-sex education for girls. Then the executive director of the sponsoring association is found dead in her hotel room. Thea (who is on the board of directors) ends up not only taking over the running of the conference, but trying to solve the murder, eventually at the risk of her life. As usual, Kate Flora gives us interesting characters and fascinating plot. Recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
ok, not great, easy reading. Thea Kozak-=School for girl's conference in Maui ( )
  mtnmamma | Nov 9, 2008 |
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While on holiday to attend an educational seminar in Hawaii, Thea Kozak is determined not only to make the conference a success but also to take some time to relax and enjoy some peace. What she hasn't bargained for is a dead body, none other than the conference chairwoman, strangled and done up like and expensive call girl.

As Thea struggles to keep the conference from turning into chaos, she discovers more motives for the woman's death than positive aspects of her life--and more suspects than she can handle. Throw in some overly hostile local policemen, a suspicious husband, and an old family friend who makes Thea's mother look like a saint, and it looks like Thea isn't in for any kind of peace.

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In the course of an educational conference in Hawaii, a woman delegate is found dead in her hotel room, strangled with a stocking and wearing scant clothing. Sleuth and education expert Thea Kozak of Maine investigates.

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