Elima-imaginary Elima. It is one of the Neighbor Islands. That is what the residents of the main island of Oahu call the other islands in Hawaii. The people of Elima- the haoles (white newcomers), the Asians, the Portuguese, the native Hawaiians, in the following pages are an amalgam of what one can find on any of the real Neighbor Islands. Elima is a county in its own right: the island has its own mayor, police force, tax structure, and share of corruption. Once almost entirely rural-with the standard crops of sugarcane, pakalolo and pineapple-it has been discovered by Mainland and Japanese entrepreneurs. Along with the other blessings of civilization have now come sprawling resort hotels, a rising crime rate, and the twenty-first century con man. The first four Kay Yoshinobu novels are offered together for the first time in this one volume: DEATH OF THE TIN MAN'S WIFE THE LEFT HAND OF DEATH DEATH OF A DEVELOPER A METHOD TO MURDER. Kay (Keiko) Yoshinobu, a young criminal defense attorney, has a talent for investigation. When homicide hits Elima, Kay, with partners Sidney Chu and Quality Smith, provide a formidable defense team. Both friendship and conflict are unavoidable with the local law enforcement officers like detective Hank DeMello and policewoman Corky Medeiros. Also unavoidable is social contact with the criminal court judges like the famously gorgeous Lisa Raines and the Charlie-Chan like county pathologist Cal Lim. Elima is a close, almost closed community. Trouble occurs when visitors drawn to the island stay on to exploit the economy and ruin the environment. This old, old story provides the tantalizing new puzzles Kay Yoshinobu excels in solving. Boson Books offers several mysteries and collections of short stories by John Broussard. Volume 2 of The Yoshinobu Mysteries contains 4 more exciting novels.
June 1 I doubt that I would be starting this diary if it werenOCOt for laptops. I had a maiden aunt who gave me a pretty, red, imitation-leather notebook with OC My DiaryOCO embossed in gold on the cover. She said every girl should start one at age eleven. If I remember right, I wrote the date on the first page and immediately lost the book. IOCOm not too likely to lose this laptop, since itOCOs my bread and butter. And, because I regularly send my programming back to the office, IOCOll be uploading these words to my own personal files back there OCo encrypted, of course. Ah, the joys of modern technology.The only tradition IOCOm going to adhere to is in treating you like a person, Dear Diary. So let me tell you who I am before I start telling you all my secrets. IOCOm Elizabeth Axelrood, better known as Liz to all my friends. IOCOm now all of twenty-five, a business success and, while not a personal winner, at least I wouldnOCOt classify myself as a loser in that respect, either. I majored in psychology in college, and my mom and dad assumed IOCOd go on in that field, but computers fascinated me. Much against the wishes of my folks, I quit before graduation and went into programming. ThatOCOs how I met my ex-husband. We started our own company, Ax-cell Learning Inc., got into educational software on the ground floor, and have been running to stay ahead of demand ever since. Now, I suppose you want to know about Gordon Axelrood, and what happened between us.... Thirty-five short stories about love, romance and relationships by John Broussard. Boson Books also offers several mysteries by John Broussard. Visit our fiction page. For an author bio, photo, and a sample read visit www.bosonbooks.com."
OC Back when I was a kid growing up in South Chicago, I never dreamed that having a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother would turn out to be an asset. But my ancestry paid off big-time when I sat down across from Timothy Fisher at a San Francisco sidewalk cafe on that warm September morning. He bought my cover as a Mid-East terroristOCohook, line and sinker. Of course, being an FBI agent, IOCOd been provided with excellent cover. Even so, he was nervous and kept looking around at our neighbors, the only ones at the time being a young couple who, hands across their table, were obviously and hopelessly in love. OC IOCOve got the money, OCO I told him, assuming that might help to calm him down. It didnOCOt. He kept scanning the street. OC IOCOm not interested, OCO he said. And that surprised me. What he said next surprised me even moreOC OCO Over 50! mystery short stories by John Broussard, a prolific and compelling writer. Boson Books also offers several full length mystery novels by John Broussard. Visit our Fiction page and look under Action, Adventure and Mysteries . For an author bio, photo, and a sample read, visit bosonbooks.com."
The setting is the Big Island of Hawaii. With its active volcano and its frequent earthquakes, it has long been the subject of Polynesian legends. And, at the core of the legends, are the tales told of the alii, the Polynesian nobility, who possessed a strange power making them invulnerable to attack. Lehua Watanabe, investigative reporter for the Kona News, suddenly acquires this mysterious force, which serves her well in her encounter with organized crime, but which also has strange and unwanted side effects. For other mysteries, collections of short stories by John Broussard and an author image, bio, and sample read visit bosonbooks.com.
The rain-soaked streets of Napua on Hawaii s island of Elima are a far cry from a battlefield but, for returned soldier Kimo Stanner, there s a sudden reminder of warfare when a figure rushes in front of his pickup and he feels the impact. Even before getting out to view the damage, he knows the pedestrian is dead, and there s nothing for it but to report to the police except that when the police arrive, the body has disappeared. When he turns to the firm of Smith, Chu and Yoshinobu to defend him on what is now simply a drunk-driving charge, Kimo s attorney is Laura Correa, newly hired by the firm. Kay Yoshinobu agrees to help the nervous attorney with her first case as a trial lawyer. With no missing persons reported, and no proof that there was actually a body at the scene, the case goes well, the judge is sympathetic, the defense witnesses are effective, and the prosecuting attorney isn t out for blood. And that s when things go wrong terribly wrong. A body turns up in a local gulch, is clearly the one Kimo reported, and the DUI is then raised to manslaughter. As the police look into the matter, they find more and more evidence to indicate even that charge may be changed to something more serious, and Kay s investigative abilities are put to a severe test. That Kimo s pickup clearly struck a pedestrian who was alive at the time seems irrefutable. And, by Kimo s own testimony, the man was dead following the accident. To prove otherwise seems both medically and legally impossible, but Laura and Kay soon find that there may be another explanation. And the search for it takes them off to interview a host of strange people.
When the local mission s Father Duffy shows up at the office of Smith, Chu, Yoshinobu and Correa, it looks at first like a routine case. Father Duffy is seeking an attorney to defend one of his clients on a possible murder charge. The routine aspect rapidly disappears when it turns out that Shelton Williams hasn t turned himself in to the police, for the simple reason that the murder has never been reported. Matters become more complex when the police investigation at the crime scene, a lookout at the edge of a steep cliff, reveals there is no recent body at the bottom of the gulch. But there is an old one a woman, not a man as reported by Williams. As the police try to identify the remains, the discovery at the scene of a wallet containing false police identification indicates Williams was indeed telling the truth, but that the possible victim is still alive and probably still around. Also, it seems likely he s a serial killer who was plying his trade on Oahu and had now shifted to Elima. In the meantime, Father Duffy, whose storefront mission has been threatened with eviction by the owner, finds that the same owner has gone through a strange conversion, has told Father Duffy he can stay on the premises and that s when yet another death occurs, one which brings the attorney firm into a case involving far more than murder. Boson Books offers several mysteries by John Broussard.
Hawaii is a paradise, especially for real estate salesmen. But Ron Crockett, recently arrived from the mainland and amazingly successful in marketing properties, finds a serpent in paradise. The snake is in the form of his boss, Dale Matthias. Unloved while alive, he is a far worse problem when found dead in his office, since Ron is suspected of killing him. The evidence is overwhelming, and even Ron's attorney, Kay Yoshinobu, can't see how he can possibly be innocent or, worse yet, that any jury will believe he is. There's motive (Dale had just fired him), means (the murder weapon a golf club) right there by the body, and opportunity (Ron is discovered holding the club over his deceased employer just minutes after his death). Inevitably, and over the protests of husband Sid Chu, Kay begins the search for other suspects of which there are many since Dale was adept at amassing enemies. Even more important is her growing conviction that Ron may in fact be innocent of the crime, though the circumstances of Dale's death seem to make that extremely unlikely Ron seemingly having been the only one in the office at the time of Dale's demise. Suspects range from Dale's wife and his ex-wife, to all of his employees, to angry clients and to virtually anyone who had dealings with him . . . and most of the likeliest suspects have no alibi for the time of his death. But with no proof against anyone else, Ron's trial is inevitable, and the proceedings are exacerbated by a prosecuting attorney who sees a successful conviction as a step up to higher office. Kay pulls out all the stops to defend Ron and, as it turns out, her legal skills may very well have been all too successful. Boson Books offers several novels and collections of short stories by John Broussard.
John A. Broussard's Murder at Milltown Junior College is packed to the last page with murder and suspense. This exciting mystery begins with the murder of Milltown JC's un-beloved president Gilbert Green. Green has a despicable secret. Is that what got him killed? Or has someone simply gone mad? Academic murder is an unlikely scenario in this seedy, down-at-the-heel Pacific Northwest logging town. The suspects are many and the clues are few. Paul Yankovich, Milltown Police Department Lieutenant is stumped, and Chief Stavros is about to pull him off the case. But when Jason Reilly Sociology Instructor and Marie Watanabe Director of Students stumble into unimaginable danger, Yankovich's response is quick and incisive. This cop procedural snares you from the get-go. Boson Books offers several mystery novels and collections of short stories by John Broussard.
Fifty-Minutes Flahterty presents forty-one short stories in the tradition of Sherlock HolmesOCowith a difference. Fifty-Minutes Flaherty is Holmes brought up to date, accelerated, and sprinkled with humor. Homicide Lieutenant Fifty-Minutes Flaherty has acquired his nickname from his success at solving crimes in less than an hour. His helper, who is sometimes actually helpful, is Detective Sergeant Donaldson. In each story the reader is ordinarily provided with enough clues to be able to anticipate Flaherty's solutionOCobut not always. John A. Broussard writes with the sure hand of the master mystery storytellerOCohis stories leave you with a craving for more, more! Boson Books offers several collections of short stories and mysteries by John Boussard.