Another murder mystery sent to me by my mother. It's set in 19th century Hawaii just before, during, and just following Queen Lili'uokalani's deposition. While I would never claim to be Hawaiian (I have always said my dad is Japanese from Hawai'i), I do have strong feelings about the place where I spent summers with my grandparents and cousins; that so strongly influenced me culturally and gastronomically. In little historical sidebars, I learned more about the last century of sovereign Hawai'i's history in this book than I ever knew and it made me sad. The story of any conquered people is a sad one, I think. It gave me insight into the prejudice and hate that still exists there today. But again, it was less interesting as a murder mystery than a cultural study for me.