The Maui Mystery Series



This new cozy mystery series is a spinoff from the Melanie Kato Adventure Series. You’ll recognize your favorite characters from past books, and meet a few new ones as murders befall peaceful Maui!

Now that she has taken on the responsibility of being mayor of Maui, Dr. Melanie Kato has her hands full with a new baby, a busy hospital schedule, a daughter exploring the magical side of life, and her dreaded mother-in-law filling in as nanny. The glue that holds it all together? Husband Josh and best friend Trinh, the source of Melanie’s daily pangs of jealousy. Don’t miss this fun–and often funny–new cozy series!



All is bliss on Maui, at least until a mangled body washes ashore on one of the island’s most popular beaches. After a quick look by the coroner, the police get involved and label it as a murder. As island mayor, surgeon, and expectant mother, Melanie Kato has other things on her mind than death. But as they say, curiosity kills the cat, and she joins the three-ring circus when the investigation begins. Complicating her life as mayor is the discovery that ancient Hawaiian artifacts have been stolen from the local museum, irreplaceable treasures with haunted histories. Police resources are already stretched thin, and when Melanie sifts through clues and contends with devious characters, she only makes things worse. Mired right in the middle of both investigations, Melanie’s spare time disappears as she struggles to find peace on her beloved island, while resolving two compelling mysteries, welcoming a new baby, and trying to keep her family in one piece.


NOW AVAILABLE!–Anyone up for a round of golf on one of Maui’s premiere courses? Be careful of that giant water hazard on the left, and the bunkers on the right! These traps are deadly!

When a visiting Japanese businessman never shows up to play a round of golf with Maui mayor and surgeon Melanie Kato, she finds a replacement to fill in the foursome. But the sunny day in tropical paradise doesn’t last long when a dead body turns up on the golf course. Digging a little to find the truth and the culprit only makes a mess of things, and whenever the mother of two young kids tries to step back from the investigation, she gets involved even more.

With one last scoop of dirt in search of clues, the truth is finally told, making it personal for Melanie and her family. But it might be too late, when guns are pointed and threats are made. To win a match bigger than a round of golf, she must measure every word and deed very carefully, not just her own, but everyone involved.


When a rowboat washes ashore on a beautiful resort beach on Maui, it brings trouble with it.
A vacationing couple is found dead in the rowboat, along with a mysterious little teddy bear. As soon as the police get involved, they discover Maui Mayor and prominent surgeon, Melanie Kato, isn’t far away from the crime. But when they cut open the bear, they find more evidence than what Melanie can explain.
Her life is already overflowing with in-laws, a funky new nanny, and a busy hospital practice. Toss in an inquisitive four-year-old daughter and a baby that needs more attention than Melanie can give him, and something has to give. Making one hard decision after another is nothing new to Melanie, but when it involves her husband while trying to clear herself of heinous crimes, she is pushed to the edge on a moonlit night in the tropics.


A day of relaxation takes a wrong turn when a dead body is discovered at a popular Maui spa.
‘Mayor Melanie’ as she is known to most people on Maui is quickly thrust into another mystery when a co-worker is found dead in the massage room at her friend’s spa. She has enough trouble in her life, with her young kids’ secret special abilities, her husband on the loose, and her entire life seemingly under reconstruction. One problem follows another, and she can’t seem to shake any of them.
When Melanie’s best friend is implicated in what has been determined a murder, it’s a little too much to take. But when someone comes after her and the kids, Melanie has had enough and goes on the offensive. She puts her foot down–literally–to put an end to the trouble that plagues her family and friends.
Or does it?


Melanie and the kids visit Lana’i in “A Down to Earth Murder”, coming in March 2019, followed by A Lonesome Murder in May, in which Melanie’s old Friend from Africa, Song, comes to Maui for a visit. What could go wrong with a snorkeling trip to Molokini?


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