Thursday, May 10, 2012

Banana Split Book Review & Giveaway Blog Tour **Closed**


I have a great book to tell you about today called Banana Split by Josi S. Kilpack. The setting for the story is in Hawaii and I don't know about you but it has always been the first Elvis Presley movie that featured Hawaii, I have always wanted to go there! Here is an excerpt from the back cover and then I will tell you what I think of this book:

Sadie Hoffmiller has survived eighteen months of nonstop adventures filled with murder, deceit and danger. She could really use some rest--and maybe even some time to heal--relaxing in the tropical paradise of Kaua'i. However, palm trees and sunshine are not as effective a medication as Sadie had hoped. And when she finds herself entangled--literally--with a dead body, she is forced to face the compounding fears and anxieties that are making her life so difficult to live.

Her determination to stay out of danger and to focus on overcoming her anxieties soon takes a backseat when she meets eleven year old Charlie, the son of the woman whose body she discovered near Anahola Beach. Charlie has some questions of his own about what happened to his mother, and he is convinced that only Sadie can help him. If only Sadie were as confident in her abilities as Charlie is.

With the help of her best friend and a local social worker, Sadie dives into another mystery with the hope that, at the end, she'll be able to find the peace and closure that has eluded her.
Sadie took this trip to Hawaii because for the last 18 months she has been a nervous wreck over murder, deceit, danger and murder. She is staying in a cabin that belongs to a friend named Tanya. She meets up with a group of ladies that call themselves the Blue Momma's and they talk her into going snorkeling. She does not let on that she is afraid to go into the ocean and is successful in overcoming her fear and jumping in.

While Sadie is out there she becomes entangled in something and when she realizes that it hair that belongs to a bloated dead lady, she starts screaming for help. They do get her and the body out of the ocean and when they get to shore she comes face to face with an 11 year old boy named Charlie. Turns out the woman's name is Noelani Povhu, a former drug addict. Noelani had not had an easy life but had cleaned her act up and was working and attending Church regularly.

Charlie had been place in foster care until Noelani could provide food and and shelter for him. He was with CeeCee and her adopted son Nat. Sadie needed to find out who had killed Noelani or to know exactly what happened.

Sadie has a boyfriend, Rick, used to be in law enforcement so he told her to go talk to Officer Wington and see what he might know about the dead woman. He was able to tell Sadie that she had a social worker named Tate Olie and her pastor was Darryl who had a wife names Bets who was extremely jealous. Pastor Darryl was kind and and affectionate with everyone. Sadie wondered if Bets might be the murderer and was that the reason? Jealousy? What she did not understand was that he was truly only concerned about doing God's will and he only loved her.

Tate Olie, the caseworker was in hot pursuit to solve this case and while doing so, he suffered a severe heart attack. Sadie goes to see him at the hospitaland he manages to tell her about a boat that is in Slip 23. The boat belongs to CeeCee's son, Nat. Come to find out, Nat and 2 other guys have been smuggling drugs. Bets had asked Noelani to meet her at the docks and when she got there she saw Noelani having a fight with 2 men. Nat hit Noelani and she falls and hits her head on a rock and died instantly. They took her body out to sea and dumped it.

Okay, this is where I end it so you will have something to read and the ending will be a surprise also. Happy Reading!

The author of this book has graciously offered one winner a copy of this really awesome book! Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. Photo used in this review was sent to me by the author's agent.

28 comments:

Diane Zielinski said...

I usually read non-fiction books, sometimes about history.

shelbers434 said...

I love mystery, chicken soup for the soul, romance, and parenting
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Paul T / Pauline T said...

i like horror, fantasy, sci fi, and new age - Paul T / Pauline T…pls use emscout9 at hotmail dot com instead of gmail to contact me

Jennifer Hiles said...

I like to read true crime books

Andrea said...

All kinds! - Christian fiction, mysteries, thrillers, dystopian, cozy mysteries, legal thrillers, etc..

Andrea said...

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Sarah Walker said...

I love to read paranormal romance books.

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Catie said...

I love true crime, horror, mystery, and psychological books!

jmcghee2024 said...

I prefer thrillers/suspense

BlackAsphodel said...

I like to read everything that is weird, unusual and well-written.

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Courtney Tucker said...
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Courtney Tucker said...

History, Nature, and Mysteries!

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Sarah said...

I like fantasy books.


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Tiffany Mary Cecilia said...

I like to read sci fi romance books.

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Gale Nelson said...

paranormal and romance

amy craft said...

love mysteries
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Kasee said...

I used to be a horror novel fanatic, but I read a little bit of everything. Lately, I've been trapped in a Historical Romance loop.

Just Jenn Jo said...

I love romance and mysteries

piggybanksavers said...

I like non-fiction, autobiographies, and humor!
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buzzd said...

I like mysteries

Priscilla Benavides said...

I like to read informational books, inspirational and science fiction books.
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katja9_10 said...

I like to read true-crime and biographies.

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mbreakfield said...

romance and science fiction

Kathy said...

I love romance:)
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Kim said...

I love it all...... If it has words and a storyline then I will read it lol

CAJUNMAN12 said...

I like to read historical books

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

I like to read James Patterson books they are crime drama/suspense/thriller type books