"A wedding on the lip of a Hawaiian volcano sounds risky to Dinah Pelerin, the bride's best friend and maid of honor. The bride, Claude Ann Kemper, has bet her heart that she's found the right man at last. The groom has gone all in on a real estate deal he believes will set him and his new wife up for life. A group of Native Hawaiians claims that ...Read More"A wedding on the lip of a Hawaiian volcano sounds risky to Dinah Pelerin, the bride's best friend and maid of honor. The bride, Claude Ann Kemper, has bet her heart that she's found the right man at last. The groom has gone all in on a real estate deal he believes will set him and his new wife up for life. A group of Native Hawaiians claims that the sacred bones of an ancestral king are buried on the land the groom plans to sell and one of them has vowed do whatever it takes to stop him. Claude Ann's ex-husband is stalking her and rigging booby-traps. A blackmailer is conspiring to cash in on the groom's suspicious past. And Pele, the local fire goddess, is rocking the island with a series of earthquakes. It seems as if the stakes can't get any higher. And then somebody shoves a member of the wedding into a flow of molten lava and all bets are off..."--P.  of cover.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2011-03-21 In Matthews's somewhat contrived follow-up to 2010's Bones of Contention, a wedding takes aspiring anthropologist Dinah Pelerin to Hawaii, where she finds plenty of natural (volcanic) and unnatural (murder) eruptions bubbling under the beautiful surface. It's the second marriage for both Claude Ann Kemper, Dinah's best friend, and "attractive and amiable" Xander Garst, who has strained relations with his grown children, son Jonathan and daughter Lyssa, who's married to race car driver Raif Reid. Xander and his business associates are on the cusp of a huge development deal opposed by Eleanor Kalolo, Xander's sister-in-law, and other locals. Dinah, who has "trust issues," is thrust into the midst of tangled personal relationships as well as money and cultural conflicts, which collide with fatal results. Matthews's effective use of Hawaiian myths, fauna, flora, and volatile geology helps offset the cluttered field of suspects and the unlikely resolution. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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