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Primitive Secrets

A Storm Kayama Mystery by Deborah Turrrell Atkinson

Primitive Secrets by Deborah Turrrell Atkinson

Review: Deborah Turrell Atkinson introduces attorney Storm Kayama in a mystery set in Hawaii, Primitive Secrets.

Atkinson's Hawaii is fascinating to read, coupling beautiful descriptions of the islands with unusual tales of local legends. But she misses the mark with her character, Storm Kayama, and the mystery in which she finds herself. It's as if there are two books here: a genuinely interesting environment for an atmospheric mystery, blended with a somewhat dull and rather pedestrian plot.

There is clearly potential here for this series, but this debut mystery is at best disappointing.

Acknowledgment: Poisoned Pen Press provided an ARC of Primitive Secrets for this review.

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Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover), August 2007
ISBN-13: 9781590584026; ISBN-10: 1590584023

Location(s) referenced in Primitive Secrets: Honolulu, Oahu, The Big Island, Hawaii

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Primitive Secrets by Deborah Turrrell Atkinson

Primitive Secrets by A Storm Kayama Mystery

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1-59058-017-2
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List Price: $24.95

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