The Floating City by Pamela Ball

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.