Review of “Kihei Past Perfect”: A Hawaii Mystery By Alvin Koo

Are you looking for some fun private eye reads on Kindle, you can check out Kihei Past Perfect by Alvin Koo. A native of Honolulu, Alvin’s story is both easy to read, believable and filled with details from life in Hawaii.

If you are Amazon Prime member, you can read this book for free so check it out: This is not some novel with deep plots; it’s rather an enjoyable story with a dose of humor and mystery.

A Brief Summary:

Kihei Past Perfect, a Hawaii mystery, is about a retired Honolulu detective who opens a small PI business with the proviso that the cases not be too hard, too violent, or too dangerous, “just about $1,000 per to buy dinner at the fufu Wailea gold course and maybe fly to Honolulu to visit his daughters.” He lives in Kihei, which he considers the blue collar part of south Maui, next to the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Wailea, but it has the same fine sand, clear water and gentle waves. Almost perfect. The detective, John Makakiu, is trying to carve out a perfect life, but little stumbling blocks keep popping up.

Past Perfect revolves around a “missing persons” case, one of the hardest kind, especially if the missing person doesn’t want to be found. The world is a big place. The search takes Makakiu running down the beach after a half-witted witness, to an out of the way mansion near Hana on the farthest shore from Kihei, to a tiny village in Thailand, to a gun at his head, held by a five foot two little old lady, who was as mean as she looked sweet. All turns out well when he is sort of rescued by his new “squeeze” and the real bad person “spills the beans.”

Our Take: 

We enjoyed the story greatly. It flowed well, and seemed realistic. We also enjoyed the local Maui references.

Our Rating: 3.0

Note: You can read about our other coverage of Hawaii-based novels at Review of Hawaii-Based Crime Novel “Aloha, Lady Blue” By Charley Memminger.

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