It’s Day #4 of the discount promotion for Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie. The price? A mere 99 cents.
Hula has Rey, JJ, and me accepting our first official Triple Threat Investigation Agency case: to learn what the young wife of an elderly millionaire is up to. Before we can do so, however, she’s found floating along the shores of a deserted Oahu beach. There is an interesting (if not sordid) collection of characters (also known as suspects).
Here’s a little taste . . .
Rey and I twirled like plastic pinwheels propelled by a brisk gust. Twenty feet away stood Marvyn Flagg, a .40 Smith & Wesson in a shaky hand the pale color of a fish belly. The photo IDs made him look ten years older and stout, but in reality he was barely twenty with a slim ferret face. Cheap baggy jeans, an oversize plaid shirt, and bargain-store black basketball shoes enveloped the small frame like a shorn parachute a woodland sapling.
“Careful,” Rey warned, crossing lean arms. “You may accidentally shoot someone—like yourself.”
“What’re you doing here?” The meek voice held the force of a sparrow’s chirrup. The low-capacity weapon rose higher, but didn’t seem any steadier.
“We’re checking out how people from different walks of life live,” I responded, appearing as blasé as I sounded. I settled on a sofa arm. “What brings you here?”
“This is my place. That means I can shoot trespassers.” Like his hand and gaze, the tone was far from composed. He motioned the floor. “Are you looking for something in particular?”
Rey flourished an arm like a hostess beckoning guests. “Simply looking.”
He held out his other hand. “Maybe you better pass any weapons you have.”
“Come get them, honey-pie,” she challenged with a seductive voice and air, an index finger beckoning him forward. All that was missing was a tight sequined nightgown and she’d have had Ginger Grant from Gilligan’s Island down pat.
Marvyn, or whatever his real name was, eyed us apprehensively. Extending both palms, I offered a casual smile. “It’s your move.”
“I could shoot you both,” he advised, not sounding any more convincing than he appeared.
I hope you find Hula as exciting as we did.
Stay well everyone!