Welcome Cheryl Linn Martin!
Pineapples in Peril
Book One of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
CHERYL LINN MARTIN
About the Book: Thirteen-year-old Leilani Akamai and her friends, Maile and Sam, are the only official members of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club. Leilani pictures a summer full of secrets and stakeouts as she and her friends aim to solve their first real crime — a case of pineapple vandalism at Tong Plantation.
It’s all Leilani has to look forward to now that her younger brother, Kimo, has already ruined her summer. Thanks to him, surfing is out and she blames him for her broken arm, now in a clunky, itchy cast. To top things off, Kimo might interfere with the pineapple case and blow their entire investigation! The ugliness continues when Leilani’s beloved surfboard ends up in the hands of her dreaded enemy! Can she get her board back and solve the first case of the Hawaiian Island Detective Club? This summer will be one to remember.
The Pacific NW’s weather yields a very short flip-flop season before it’s time to dig out her favorite boots, unlike the glorious year she spent in Hawaii.
After graduating from The University of Oregon and pursuing a successful Parks and Recreation career, she now focuses on her passion—writing mystery novels. The Hawaiian Island Detective Club combines her love of all things Hawaiian and her fascination with intrigue.
When not writing she loves to try new adventures like wakeboarding, rock wall climbing, horseback riding, and zip lining. While in Hawaii her exploits included surfing, snorkeling, and bodysurfing.
Cheryl is a wife and mother of three grown children. Memories of raising her spirited kids inspire many of her characters’ quirks, relationships, and mishaps.
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Cheryl, what do you love about this book?
I’ve loved mysteries since I was a kid reading my first chapter books. As an adult I knew I wanted to write a mystery and set it in an exotic, tropical place. Because I had lived in Hawaii for a short time years before, I figured, why not the islands? I love the scenes set outside with the fragrance of fruit and flowers. I love the sounds of the ocean and the sea breeze smells. The amazing aromas of Asian, Hawaiian and Polynesian foods, as well as the wonderful island culture makes me hunger to return to the islands. I hope young readers will experience a little of Hawaii on every page.
What’s the main thing you learned during the process of writing and publishing this book?
I learned how much I remembered of my life in Hawaii, and the research I did made my longing to return even stronger. My love of mysteries was reinforced, but the main thing I learned was that after years of trying to write mysteries for adults, my strength was in writing for Middle Readers (approximate ages 8-12.) I love this age group and love adjusting my mind to their lives and how they act and react in all situations they find themselves facing.
What should your readers discover and want to share with their family and friends after reading this book?
Young readers will discover that sibling relationships are wonderful one moment, and irritating the next.
They will see how faith plays into their everyday lives, and that failure, frustration, confusion and challenges face everyone.
Readers will see that success can prevail even when disaster happens. I believe they will fall in love with the young teens and the crazy, silly and fun exploits in Pineapples in Peril, and want to read the rest of the mysteries in the series.