JOANN BASSETT

JOANN BASSETT
Joan Bassett grew up in Seattle, but always preferred palm trees to pine trees. She wrote training programs for firefighters for almost twenty years, but always hoped to make a day at the beach an everyday event. In 1996, she bought an oceanfront home on Maui–best day ever. She loved every day she spent there, but now lives mostly in Southern Arizona (her husband wasn’t the island rat she was…). She travels to the islands throughout the year, and enjoys writing about life on “the most idyllic islands in the Pacific.”

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Kaua’i Me A River It’s her thirty-fifth birthday, but Maui wedding planner Pali Moon is doing her best to ignore it. But then she receives a letter from a lawyer in Hanalei, Kaua'i, requesting her presence at a meeting to discuss an ‘urgent family matter.’ The letter brings Pali’s Kaua'i past rushing back—her birth at a hippie enclave on the North Shore in the 1970’s; her father deserting the family never to be heard from again; and, worst of all, her mother’s tragic death when Pali was only five. What could a Hanalei lawyer possibly have to say that would be worth dredging that up again? But curiosity and devotion to her mother’s memory win out and Pali heads to Kaua'i. What she discovers on The Garden Island not only rewrites her history but also alters her future.

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Lanai of the Tiger In mid-November, Maui wedding planner Pali Moon is hustled into witness protection after sticking her nose in a hush-hush federal sting operation aimed at taking down a vicious drug lord. She’s sent to the private island of Lana’i, Hawaii, to hang out while the feds finish up. After a month she’s bored, homesick and WITSEC’s worst nightmare until she lands a job tending a cozy B & B in Lana’i City. Movie mogul Tyler Benson checks in and he decides on a whim to marry his long-time girlfriend on Lana’i—far from the stalking paparazzi. But before long, the bushes are rustling with reporters and photogs hoping to get a scoop on the wedding or a candid photo of the reclusive celeb. Then a body is found in Tyler’s fiancée’s suite and the tabloids shout, amen! Who needs a ho-hum wedding when you can have a star-studded murder?

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Livin Lahaina Loca It's Halloween night in Lahaina Town, Maui and the Mardi Gras of the Pacific is in full swing... But wedding planner Pali Moon isn't in costume--she's on a mission. A bridesmaid has vanished and Pali's canvassing Front Street, ducking into every overcrowded watering hole hoping to spot a girl with long red hair and a lingerie model's figure. No luck. Back at her car, Pali opens the door and finds the remnants of a bizarre trick or treat stunt. Turns out, Halloween in Lahaina isn't just a night for island high-jinx, it's also a night for vengeance.

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Maui Widows Waltz Even "death do us part" couldn't spoil her wedding day plans...  Wedding planner Pali Moon is thrilled when a would-be bride shows up at "Let's Get Maui'd" inquiring about a lavish beach wedding. That is, until she learns it must be on Valentine's Day--just nine days away. Oh yeah, and one other little hitch--the groom disappeared at sea a week earlier. But the bride's convinced he'll be found safe and sound, so she's got a plan--and a man--to do a proxy ceremony if necessary. The day before the big nuptials a man's body washes ashore on a South Maui beach. Has the groom finally shown up? If so, what's it going to be--a wedding...or a funeral? This is the FIRST book in the "Islands of Aloha" Mystery series.

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