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Primitive Secrets: An Hawaiian Mystery    by Deborah Turrell Atkinson order for
Primitive Secrets
by Deborah Turrell Atkinson
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Poisoned Pen, 2002 (2002)
Hardcover, Paperback

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I've never been to Hawaii, but after reading Deborah Turrell Atkinson's Primitive Secrets, I feel as if I've at least had a Cook's tour. And enjoyed a really good mystery to boot.

Storm Kayama is a budding attorney and an orphan, who was taken in at age twelve by her father's close friend Miles Hamasaki. She discovers Miles dead in his office. Of course, Storm suspects murder rather than death by natural causes. This is a mystery, after all. Murder, intrigue, assault, homosexual liaisons, island lore, fraud, embezzlement and some very interesting native characters litter the pages. The action moves quickly and surely to the end which, by then, I had figured out. That's okay. I loved being proved right. The clues were there.

Atkinson is a talented writer with a good story to tell. Her plot, while intricate at times, never falters. She knows her craft and proves it on every page. Treat yourself to Primitive Secrets, a mysterious travelogue from a writer who lives in Hawaii.

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