- By JoAnn Bassett

Maui Widow Waltz

  • Title: Maui Widow Waltz
  • Author: JoAnn Bassett
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Maui Widow Waltz Even death do us part couldn t halt her march down the aisle Cash strapped Maui wedding planner Pali Moon can t believe her luck when a prospective bride flashing a five carat dazzler pops into her sh

    Even death do us part couldn t halt her march down the aisle Cash strapped Maui wedding planner Pali Moon can t believe her luck when a prospective bride flashing a five carat dazzler pops into her shop, Let s Get Maui d, to request a glitzy beachside wedding But then Pali learns the lavish wedding must take place on Valentine s Day only nine days away Oh, and one otEven death do us part couldn t halt her march down the aisle Cash strapped Maui wedding planner Pali Moon can t believe her luck when a prospective bride flashing a five carat dazzler pops into her shop, Let s Get Maui d, to request a glitzy beachside wedding But then Pali learns the lavish wedding must take place on Valentine s Day only nine days away Oh, and one other little hitch the groom s been missing at sea for than a week But no worries, the bride assures Pali, with or without the groom the wedding will take place She s struck a deal with the groom s best friend to be his proxy, if necessary Two days before the nuptials, a male corpse floats ashore on a South Maui beach Looks like the groom s shown up just in time But what s it gonna be a wedding or a funeral Show More Show Less

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    1. I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any place goodbye so regretfully. - Mark TwainWith the snow piling up in Maryland, I escaped to Hawaii in JoAnn Bassett's MAUI WIDOW WALTZ, the first entry in her six book series, Islands of Aloha. Bassett lived on Maui, giving me the confidence that she could deliver an authentic experience. She did not disappoint. The heroine, Pali Moon, grew up on Maui and understands the island way of life. In [...]

    2. Picked this item up on a whim a while ago, then last night when I couldn't sleep I started reading? This was a fast-paced, well-plotted little mystery with a great setting. Nothing too deep; not great literature; but a great way to spend a sleepless night. A fun, entertaining read. I will go on to the next book in the series to see if the author's approach holds up.

    3. When rich and spoiled mainland socialite, Lisa Marie Prescott, walked into Pali Moon’s ‘Let’s Get Maui’d’ wedding shop and asked Pali to plan a wedding, despite the fact that the groom-to-be had been missing at sea for over a week, Pali’s first inclination was to decline. But, with the unrelenting rain putting a damper on business, Pali’s having trouble paying her bills, and an unscrupulous real estate dealer has his eyes on her business. Principles are fine, but a person has to ea [...]

    4. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I should explain that I've lived most of my life in Maui and over the years read more than a few books where authors used the Islands as a colorful backdrop for less than stellar stories too often creating their own version of Island life in the process. I did feel there was a little too much Hawaiian language and local pidgin included, but to be fair I realize that was her effort to create a sense of place for the reader. This story is not only ent [...]

    5. This book is frivolity of the best kind. It was just so darned much fun, I kept reading and now have moved on to the second book in the series. The main character, perpetually on the edge of financial ruin, is a wedding planner in Hawaii. Pali Moon (not the name she was born with, she hastens to assure us)ekes out a precarious existence surrounded by a mass of colorful secondary characters. I want so badly for her to succeed, find her own happy ending, and simultaneously want the series to keep [...]

    6. One of the reasons I love cozy mysteries so much is because of the rich settings that take me to a different place. Of course, this requires a skilled writer and JoAnn Bassett is most certainly that. Despite living in the southwest, I could feel an ocean breeze while reading this book, it was that well written. I look forward to the next books in the series and highly recommend this one.

    7. Pali Moon is the proprietor of Let's get Maui'd. She is hired by a young woman (bridezilla) to plan a wedding in just a few days. Pali needs the money so she accepts this job even though the bridegroom is missing. This is a crazy story.

    8. Cute, but fluffy. Enjoyed it while reading it. Will promptly forget it. Don't have plans to continue the series.

    9. I guess I need to start writing actual reviews because I can't remember some books shortly after I read them!I got this book free at some point on and waited quite some time to read it. I'm glad I finally did. While the story line was a bit unbelievable I found it to be a nice read. The characters were pretty likeable and it was nice to be transported to Hawaii for a bit.My rating is based on 4 stars being that I would read other books in this series. (This is really to jut help me remember if [...]

    10. Somewhat silly tale about an irritating bride-to be and a Hawaiian marriage coordinator. The original premise was far-fetched, but accepting that, the action does pick up. There's a very disappointing try for romance that remains distracting and then is awkwardly addressed with a single sentence at the end of the book. Too, the bride is so rude and over the top, only fictional writing would have someone put up with. It was entertaining at times, but not worth recommending.

    11. Quick, fun little read. To be honest, my initial choice to read it was because I love the cover. Alas, it's not my genre so I'm not really a fan. Fun and quirky characters, but the plot wasn't quite believable, and I found myself often wishing Pali could get her head on just a smidge straighter and that we could just get on with the show already.

    12. Gotta love MauiI loved reading all the geographical information as I could remember most of the places from a visit there. Anyone who loves Maui and mysteries should enjoy this book.

    13. I enjoyed this book. It was a 5 star book. I never mean to rate a book lower than a 3 but sometimes I hit that stars wrong.I admire all of the authors, and their ability to put word together for a story. Thank you all, very much.

    14. Started off with a promising storyline and some well developed characters bit failed to reach its promise

    15. UniqueIt was interesting cause of the setting and use of Hawiaan words and history. Had me guessing till the end.

    16. This would be a cozy mystery if it offered any type of recipes or patterns in the back, as it is, think of it as a light-hearted mystery with very little blood and some steamy kissing scenes. The story transports the reader to Hawaii with lovely described settings and keeps the reader there with an intriguing plot.A wedding planner in Hawaii is just an interesting job to begin with. Plus, Pali has a bit of mystery to her. She admits from the very beginning that Pali isn’t her name, but the rea [...]

    17. Nervous and demanding brides are nothing new to wedding planner, Pali Moon. She’s been in the business long enough to know how to calm nerves and cool tempers. But nothing in her skill set has prepared her for Lisa Marie Prescott, a spoiled, demanding uber-rich kid who insists on the “perfect” Valentine’s Day wedding. A wedding that comes with more than a few complications and one sticky little detail - the groom is missing and presumed dead.Lisa Marie, however, insists that her fiancé, [...]

    18. Maui Widow Waltz: by JoAnne BassettKindle $2.99 Link: amazon/s/ref=nb_sb_nosThe opening line of this witty, humorous mystery by JoAnne Bassett was a great line and right up my alley: "People marry for two reasons: love or money." And it gets better from there. Pali Moon has problems enough as a struggling wedding planner. Her company "Let's Get Maui'd," is about to lose its location, she's about to get evicted from her house and naturally it's been raining for weeks, and there's no business to b [...]

    19. I received a free Kindle copy of "Maui Widow Walz(Islands of Aloha Mystery Series) by JoAnn Bassett, in exchange for an honest review.This was a great cozy mystery story, and great launch for a new series! There were lots of lots of twists and turns in the story, and I kept reading on to see who_dun_it.What Wedding Planner would organize a proxy marriage for a demanding bride and a missing and presumed dead groom?Pali Moon was a wedding planner and the owner of "Let's Get Maui'd", set in the sta [...]

    20. I received this book as a free download a while back from . Probably more like a 2.75-- not quite an "I like" but it was better than "ok"As cozy mysteries go it fit all the appropriate boxeswoman business person down on her luck - checkstrong woman in some aspects of her life messed up in others - checkstrange client that if the protagonist wasn't so desperate she would not have anything to do with - checka quirky best friend(s)- checka baddy - completely unrelated to the "mystery" lurking in th [...]

    21. This book never quit! It was very easy to get into and to read. I never once got bored or frustrated which was great :D The wedding planner angle to the murder/mystery/amateur sleuth genre was very appealing and the premise was original. The plot had loads of twist and turns and kept me interested but the humor and the candor of the characters is what hooked me.There was comedy and humor in abundance throughout the story. The suspense was grand and the mysteries hard to figure out. The thrills w [...]

    22. I purchased this book for my Kindle because it was a $0.99 special. It was very readable - I went right to the next one after finishing it. I love mysteries that are part of a series. The positives of the book - the allure and mystique of the Hawaiian Islands, the wonderfully described settings, the relationships between the characters; the not-so-positive sides - I cannot get a real grasp of the characters. I keep expecting Pali Moon to be a sort of Kinsey Millhone, but Pali isn't as scrappy. A [...]

    23. I liked the book! Not-ling-from-paycheck-to-paycheck wedding planner Pali Moon not only has the wolf at the door in the form of an overweight & sleazy person trying to foreclose on her home, building, and business, Pali feels the stars might be aligning correctly when a 5-carat-blinger walks in wanting a beach wedding for Feb. 14, just a week away. Problem ise bride is there, but the groom is missing.So begins the adventures of Pali. Even I couldn't figure out the killer---the psycho bride, [...]

    24. Have you heard about the new genre 'cozy lit'? Lots of indie writers now writing book series with the main character as a small business woman solving crimes and mysteries. Light, entertaining reading. Having visited Oahu annually for the past ten years, Hawaii is a favorite setting so this book piqued my interest. Well written, a few editing proofreading ughs (which sorta drive me cuckoo), but well thought out mystery that kept me interested to the end. Pali Moon as the main character wedding c [...]

    25. A very fun, quick read. Looking forward to the rest of the series! I was just in Maui about a month ago, so the local color was fun for me. I remember many of the local places mentioned. Pali and her BFF Farrah reminded me very much of Dharma and her friend Jane from the TV show "Dharma and Greg." Others have noted some of the pros and cons in their reviews. Pros: good local color especially use of local slang, pretty believable characters, and good plot twists and turns. Cons: would have liked [...]

    26. Besides a book cover drawing me in to read a book, I look at the location the book was set. If the location is in a place I have lived or been to, then I will read the book and this one set in Hawaii drew me in because my daughter was born there on Ohau. While I lived there, the job I had afforded me a trip to Maui though I didn't get to see much of the island, so this book gave me more of an insight to Maui.Anyway, this book is a great mystery with great likeable characters, and the light use o [...]

    27. This was a quick read for me. I liked the characters and enjoyed the Hawaiian setting. The mystery part was okay, but the part with her building being bought out (and her home going into foreclosure) could have been left out with not much loss. In fact,(it resolved very quickly at the end when it was not necessary to provide Pali with incentive to take on "the bride from hell."The repeated references to her full name being embarrassing without actually giving her full name were annoying. I guess [...]

    28. I highly recommend Maui Widow Waltz to mystery buffs, chic lit fans, and anyone who enjoys a great story. MWW is delightful from beginning to end. I loved and could identify with the main characters (Pali, Farrah, Steve) immediately, and the villain (Lisa Marie) was among the most despicable ever (although there were actually multiple villains, including Tank). The setting was perfect (I spent my high school years in Hawaii and enjoyed the pidgin English references). The plot moved along and kep [...]

    29. This was a pleasant light mystery with a cast of interesting characters who were well developed and easy to identify with. I enjoyed the characters and the story moved along quickly. Much of the dialogue is very funny. The setting was very detailed so I could feel like I was in Maui as I read.I was a little disappointed in the ending because I thought the business aspects of the solution could have been described a little better to wrap up the characters a bit more.Overall it was a very entertai [...]

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