Lurking on the Tightrope: Mystery at Diamond Head

A Pari Malik Mystery

Book 1
Van Argan
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Intrigue lurks everywhere — even at Diamond Head, one of the world’s most beautiful places.

Ten talented people dedicated to the preservation of the Hawaiian Islands gather on the summit of the volcanic crater in Oahu for a filmmaking project. But two of the men suddenly vanish after they clash on the clifftop.

Due to highly suspicious past events, sleuth Pari Malik fears the worst. One of the men, the benevolent leader of a historic nature reserve, had been blindsided and stabbed in the neck a year ago. The other man, a womanizing scoundrel who was once one of the reserve’s groundskeepers, had been a prime suspect in the attempted murder.

While investigating the disappearances, Pari, a keen observer, uncovers a plethora of secrets and hidden agendas. And solving the mysteries may require her to discover complexities about herself and unravel the deepest enigma from her own past.

"Lurking on the Tightrope" is Van Argan's mesmerizing debut novel, full of surprising twists and psychological suspense. It is the first book in the Pari Malik mystery series and can be read as a stand-alone story.

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About the author

Clever plots, compelling characters, and surprise endings are the bedrocks of Van Argan's murder mystery novels.

In addition to writing, Argan, a graduate of journalism school and law school, has worked on animal rescue and animal protection missions throughout the United States. 

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Van Argan
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Oct 20, 2016
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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To solve vexing murders and disappearances requiring the keenest of sleuths, Pari Malik uncovers every secret and pieces together the most puzzling clues.

This 4-book box set includes:

Book 1: Lurking on the Tightrope: Mystery at Diamond Head

Intrigue lurks everywhere — even at Diamond Head, one of the world’s most beautiful places.

Ten talented people dedicated to the preservation of the Hawaiian Islands gather on the summit of the volcanic crater in Oahu for a filmmaking project. But two of the men suddenly vanish after they clash on the clifftop. Due to highly suspicious past events, sleuth Pari Malik fears the worst. 

Book 2: Lurking on the Precipice

A missing runaway. Anonymous threats. More disappearances. And a charming neighborhood brimming with secrets.

While visiting Mountain Quail Gardens, where Tuscan-themed homes surround a picturesque park, sleuth Pari Malik never expects to get enmeshed in yet another murder investigation. But Pari discovers she’s renting the same casita where an earnest young woman lived before she suddenly vanished. When another neighbor receives cryptic warnings, and yet another disappears during a hiking trip in a desert canyon, Pari springs into action to piece together all of the perplexing clues.  

Book 3: Lurking in Paradise

No means. No motive. No opportunity.

No camera.


The last time celebrity photographer Antoine Talon was in Oahu he left under a cloud of suspicion after a tragic death at one of his photo shoots. This time he’s leaving in a body bag. Discovered at a wedding rehearsal dinner on a dark rooftop, confusion abounds. Everyone says they have an alibi, there is no clear weapon, and no one had a reason to kill him. But one thing is obvious, his camera is missing and it may hold the key to unraveling the mystery.

Books 4: Lurking on the High Wire

The truth gets contorted when acrobats become suspects...

An idyllic Hawaiian retreat turns deadly for a group of performers and designers when their director is found stabbed to death in the forest. It will be up to Pari Malik and her assistant, Campbell, to unravel the tangled web of intrigue and circus politics to discover the true culprit.

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