There are moments in The Kona Shuffle where your eyes scan the words as fast as they can as your jaw hangs open catching flies Esther and Tommy with the gun The naked guy strapped to a chair and tortured with cheesy steel guitar music and a sunburn from hell Gerald who wears plaid shorts in the Kona heat and speaks in a brogue because the father he never met is Scottish I can t even mention the whole fertility idol thing without cracking up because I remember those from Woolworth s tourist s There are moments in The Kona Shuffle where your eyes scan the words as fast as they can as your jaw hangs open catching flies Esther and Tommy with the gun The naked guy strapped to a chair and tortured with cheesy steel guitar music and a sunburn from hell Gerald who wears plaid shorts in the Kona heat and speaks in a brogue because the father he never met is Scottish I can t even mention the whole fertility idol thing without cracking up because I remember those from Woolworth s tourist souvenir selection as a kid.Tom Bradley s The Kona Shuffle is a screwball detective comedy about four identical backpacks that get mixed up during a hard landing at the Kona Airport Of course none of the bags are carrying the typical tourist maps and sunscreen and all of the owners are highly motivated to get their bags back As the bags are stolen, swapped, and misdirected, deals are stuck and double crossed in hilarious situations It s up to private investigator Noelani B Lee to figure it all out and ultimately decide who gets the goods.There s just the right balance between locals only inside jokes and a fast paced action packed narrative Like a good plate lunch, there s a little bit of everything here that satisfies If you re heading to Hawaii, it s a great beach or plane read that guarantees you ll be checking menus for loco mocos and paying a littleattention to your fanny pack in Waikiki.Can t wait for the next Noelani adventure, The Hilo Hustle I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud Good story Fun characters If you like Tim Dorsey or Carl Hiaasen you should enjoy this book. Mystery MadnessBradley plays fast and loose with zany characters and a contorted plot of missing jewels and black bags A fun read hands down. I really enjoyed this book but what failed the 5 star rating is there were too many loose ends left in the last chapter. If Carl Hiaasen moved to Hawaii and focused on organize crime rather than environmental misdeeds then you would get The Kona Shuffle A mix of bumbling criminals, strange situations and the always exotic Hawaii, brings together a fun story of thievery and double cross The characters are fun, if a bit static and the story blends together a nice mix of mystery and action to be really enjoyable If you re looking for a tropical misadventure in your mind pick this one up This is a funny romp of a book Set in Hawaii, the plot revolves around a jewel heistactually a defraudingin which the jewels go missing A bunch of weird people board a plan with backpacks like the one the jewels are hidden in When the plane nearly crashes, each one grabs the nearest backpack in the rush to get off.The heroine is a private detective hired to find the jewels Best I can figure, she s a cross dresser with a genetic problem that allows her to talk like a man This comes in This is a funny romp of a book Set in Hawaii, the plot revolves around a jewel heistactually a defraudingin which the jewels go missing A bunch of weird people board a plan with backpacks like the one the jewels are hidden in When the plane nearly crashes, each one grabs the nearest backpack in the rush to get off.The heroine is a private detective hired to find the jewels Best I can figure, she s a cross dresser with a genetic problem that allows her to talk like a man This comes in handy when she skulks around looking for backpacks.Throw in a couple of crooked brothers who hate each other, a sleazy jeweler putting stolen jewels in his original designs, some career criminals looking for an easy buck, and a college student just wanting hisWell, I won t tell the whole story If you ve ever seen the film It s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, you ll recognize the scenario And if you like a mystery that s heavy on action and misconstruction with a dash of comedy thrown in, you ll like this book When a backpack full of stolen jewelry goes missing on Hawaii s Kona Coast, private investigator Noelani Lee must match wits with low level mainland criminals and starry eyed locals to find the missing rocks while deciding what to do about some embarrassing secrets she uncovers along the way