Book Review: Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie by Tyler Colins

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Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie?Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie? by Tyler Colins

Last year, I read the first book, The Connecticut Corpse Caper, in the Triple Threat Mystery series by Tyler Colins. Her second book, Can You Hula Luke Hilo Hattie?, is even better. Colins is one talented author who can weave a complex plot and help readers fully visualize a setting.

In this caper, our three heroines have formed a private eye agency in Hawaii. They’d solved the murders in the first book as regular citizens, so why not make it a full-time job? It was too much work in California or Connecticut to get their licenses, so Hawaii became the new home. Great idea! Fun backdrop. Hilarious characters. First, they need to bring home a runaway, hooked-on-ice teen. Second, they need to prove a man’s wife is cheating. Unfortunately, it isn’t your typical case, and when the wife turns up dead, the mystery is gonna be way more complex than our heroines thought.

Colins has created a bevy of intense and charming characters. I love ‘Cash’ who seems like a very cool dreamboat. Each time I got to know a new character, they end up getting killed off! Maybe it won’t happen this time…. but like in her first book, the body count keeps rising. It’s a fun way to keep readers on our toes. My favorite aspect of the author’s writing style is her descriptions, whether of people or settings. It’s way more than you’d normally see in a book, but it fits very well. I have a beautifully clear picture of who’s talking or moving about the book. I find myself drawn to the action, too, but it’s a very complex plot to keep focused on.

I also see strength in transitions between scenes. It’s rarely over-simplified or brash. It ends in the right place, and I roll into the next scene without worrying what happened in between. I also find the dialog to be rather strong… quick puns, not wordy, direct but full of imagery and thought. I can’t wait to see what third adventure the ladies find themselves embroiled in… no matter what the plot is, I’m sure it will create loads of fun and memories. Great job, Ms. Colins!

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16 thoughts on “Book Review: Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie by Tyler Colins

    lghiggins said:
    February 23, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    I have trouble getting past the cover. Is it an invitation to not take things too seriously? Having read the books, do you have a different take on the covers?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 24, 2019 at 7:22 AM

      I don’t think the cover is a valid / good representation of the book. I think it’s a fun cover, but it didn’t draw me in. I follow the author’s blog and read another one of her books. If I’d just seen it on a shelf or on a book site, I probably wouldn’t have grabbed it as it wouldn’t seem like my reading style.

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    Shalini said:
    February 23, 2019 at 10:34 PM

    I didn’t like the covers too. But I have heard it is quite a fun book. But I will pass on this one. Great review Jay… You are a kind kind man

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    tylerus said:
    February 24, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Thanks ever so kindly for your review – I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. 🙂 Yes, those covers are going (I appreciate the honest feedback). . . . I’m in the process of finding a cover designer who’ll rework all four. 🙂 Thanks again Jay!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 24, 2019 at 3:19 PM

      It’s a well-written book and you will have great success with it! I can’t wait to see the new version of the cover!


    robbiesinspiration said:
    February 24, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    This sounds like a lot of fun to read, Jay.

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    February 25, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    I couldn’t fit it in last year but was able to do a spotlight for it. Glad you enjoyed!

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    Grace & Gratitude – The Writer's Grab-Bag said:
    February 27, 2019 at 12:42 AM

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    carhicks said:
    March 9, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    I read this one earlier and was k8nd of meh. I think I should have read the first one before this one. I am not crazy about the cover either and am glad to see that it will be revised. Nice review Jay. Lots of positives for me to consider.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 10, 2019 at 10:27 AM

      Glad to help. I’m in Quebec City this weekend. I wonder how close to you. LOL

      Liked by 1 person

        carhicks said:
        March 11, 2019 at 10:04 PM

        Well, I am in Florida, so not very close.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 12, 2019 at 7:48 AM

        Wait, why did I think you were in Canada? Was that just a trip north, or have I lost my mind?


        carhicks said:
        March 12, 2019 at 6:05 PM

        No, I live in Canada, Windsor, Ontario to be exact, but I go to Florida for 2 to 3 months in the winter. I am actually on the road back home now. I left this morning. Just thought I would throw you off there. 🤣🤣

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 12, 2019 at 6:31 PM

        Phew, I thought for a moment I’d lost my mind. 🙂 Got it. You’re further west than I was. 🙂

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