A day in the life of Carrie Jorgenson by Catherine Bruns

Being a waitress is a draining job, both physically and mentally. Customers are often rude and it can be difficult to keep that smile plastered on your face all day. On the bright side, I fancy myself an actress so that part isn’t usually a problem.
Finding dead bodies, though? Yeah, that’s become somewhat of an issue for me.

My name is Carrie Jorgenson. I’ve lived in paradise (Hawaii) for almost four months and I’m finally starting to forget about my former life back in Vermont, which never actually was a life. But I prefer not to talk about the past anymore. My home and future are in Kauai now and I have a lot to be thankful for. Besides my fantastic boyfriend I have an adorable cat named Benny, an awesome little apartment and a full-time job at Loco Moco Café that I enjoy most days. And this Friday night is opening weekend at the Hana Hou Theater for Little Women, The Musical. I’m playing Beth—you know, the sister who contracts scarlet fever and dies. Oh, shoot. Maybe I shouldn’t have given that part away. . .

The ironic thing is that I’m in a musical and can’t even carry a tune. My coworkers Poncho and Vivian are always begging me not to sing karaoke at the cafe. But I love it and am improving, sort of. Last night I didn’t even shatter one drink glass. Success!

Keanu is a terrific guy and I’m so close to saying those three little words to him. Something seems to be holding me back, though. Keanu’s also my boss which sounds like it would be a problem, but it’s not. His parents? Eh, they’re a bit of a different story. They bought Loco Moco Café from Hale Akamu a few months ago. He’s the man whose dead body I found (waves hand) after work one night. Terry Church is Keanu’s dad and thinks I’m some type of gold digger. Yes, I heard him with my own two ears. It’s amazing the things you discover when hiding in a closet, let me tell you.

Anyhow, ever since Randolph Cremshaw walked into Loco Moco the other day, things have changed, and not for the better. You see, Randolph’s a mega popular food critic. He used to live in Hawaii and visits the island often. He came into the cafe and ordered our trademark loco moco, which is a yummy dish that consists of white rice and a hamburger patty with a fried egg on top, all smothered in mushroom gravy. Unfortunately, something went wrong with his order—let’s just say it was a flaming experience—and he’s using his powerful social media presence to inform everyone that our restaurant has “gone loco.” Nice, huh? That’s why Terry instructed me to bring Randolph a complimentary meal over to the Aloha Lagoon Resort, where he’s staying. Oh, and did I mention that Randolph enjoys having people bow and scrape at his feet? Sorry, not me, mister.

That should have been the end of it, except then Randolph informed me that his Kona coffee wasn’t hot enough. Apparently, his nickname is “Kona Man” because that’s his favorite beverage. Seriously, who can afford to drink Kona coffee every day? It’s wicked expensive. Randolph ordered me to bring him a new carafe right away. So, I’m on my way back with the coffee and now my temper is as searing hot as his beverage. Let’s see if either one is to his liking.

Why no one has killed this guy yet remains a mystery. I mean, he’s nasty as all get out and leaves one-star reviews for everyone. I tap on the door to his suite, which is slightly ajar. He must have left it open for me. When I look inside, I spot Randolph lying on the floor. He’s gasping for air and trying to tell me something. Panicked, I drop the carafe and coffee flies everywhere. By the time I dial 9-1-1, it’s too late. Randolph’s gone and I’ve stumbled on another dead body—again.

This whole daily grind thing is getting to be a bit too much.


Death of the Kona Man is the sequel to Death of the Big Kahuna and part of the multi-author Aloha Lagoon series with Gemma Halliday Publishing. Note: The Aloha Lagoon books can be read in any order.

Carrie Jorgenson is living the dream in Hawaii. She has a steady job as a waitress at the Loco Moco Café, a hot new love interest in her manager, and the curtain’s about to rise on her role in a local theater production. But when she’s asked to deliver food to a guest at the Aloha Lagoon resort—who then drops dead!—her dreams quickly become the stuff of nightmares.

World renowned food critic Randolph Cremshaw has no shortage of enemies. He’s rude, patronizing, and famous for his one-star reviews. After the coffee Carrie delivers is discovered to have been poisoned, she and the café quickly rise to the top of the suspects list. A jealous co-worker, thefts at the restaurant, and a performance that threatens to blow up in Carrie’s face only make things worse. With an already full plate, Carrie is also forced into making a decision that may change everything for her. But this all pales in comparison when she comes face to face with Randolph’s killer and what might be the final curtain call. . .of her life.

Recipes included!

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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win copy of Death of the Kona Man, either signed print (U.S. residents only) or Kindle/Nook (open to everyone), winner’s choice plus an Aloha Lagoon tote bag. The giveaway will end October 11, 2017. Good luck everyone!

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About the author
Catherine is the USA Today bestselling author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries. She lives in New York with her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. Catherine has a B.A. in English and is a former newspaper reporter and press release writer. She also writes the Cindy York mysteries and the Aloha Lagoon (Carrie Jorgenson) mysteries. To find out more about future releases and giveaways, you can sign up for Catherine’s newsletter here. Please feel free to connect with her on social media as well: Facebook and Twitter.

53 responses to “A day in the life of Carrie Jorgenson by Catherine Bruns

  1. This sounds really great. I’ll have to check this and the other ones out. Thanks for sharing it and the others with us.

  2. I would love to win. Having been to Hawaii, it would be great to Read a mystery set in this beautiful state.

  3. I was hoping to get to read this series but haven’t yet. I loved Hawaii each time we visited so thought it might be enjoyable to read these books for a reminder of this beautiful state, but t thankfully, we didn’t have the murder and mayhem. 😆. Thank you for the chance to receive a print book and a tote bag which would be great as we use totebags all the time!

    Cynthia B.

  4. Sounds llke a book I would really like to read. Never been to Hawaii, but sounds like a great place to be. Also a nice setting for a book.

  5. She’s quite a character!

  6. This sounds like a great series. Being a theater person,I think I would enjoy it a great deal. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Catherine Bruns

      I was a theater major in college and love to go to performances whenever I get a chance. I think you’ll enjoy the “behind the scene” exchanges, lol!

  7. This is a new to me author. I had to chuckle as I read the description of the book. It sounds like a humorous read.

  8. This sounds like a captivating series. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  9. I have not read a mystery located in Hawaii nor have I been there.
    I would love to read this book.

  10. Missy Cook VanHoose

    I can’t wait to read this. I already have it preordered!!!

  11. Christina Burrus

    I would love to own a print copy of your books!!! Thank you for the chance!!!

  12. Thanks for the great giveaway. Would love to win

  13. Amazing book, I would love a chance to win. Thanks for this chance.

  14. I enjoy reading Catherine Bruns books since their settings take me on a mini vacation. Thank you for hosting her latest book on your blog and also for the giveaway.

  15. Love the premise and cover of the book.

  16. Brandy Messenger

    Catherine Bruns is an excellent author. Death of the Big Kahuna was a good book and I’d love to read her new one.

  17. This book sounds wonderful! Thanks so much.

  18. Loved reading about Carrie Jorgenson and can’t wait to read Death of the Kona Man. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  19. Leslie Lawrence

    This is a new author to me. This series sounds like it would be fun to read. Thanks for the chance.

  20. donnadurnell2013

    I guess I feel about food / restaurant critics like I do movie critics. If the critic doesn’t like something, then I probably would like it.
    I don’t think critics need to be eliminated, I just think sometimes they need to be reined in. hahaha

    I look forward to reading your books. I will be picking up the first one very soon, so that I will be ready for the second one.
    Be picking up the first one very soon, so that I will be ready for the second one.
    Be picking up the first one very soon, so that I will be ready for the second one.

    Have a super great day, and rest of the week.

    donna dot durnell at sbcglobal dot net

    • donnadurnell2013

      Guess I really want to be ready to read the first and second one.
      Sometimes the phone just does its own thing.

  21. Look forward to reading and thanks for the giveaway chance I love tote bags and of course books!

  22. I would love to win. It looks like a great book.

  23. Wow, bonus giveaway! A free book and a tote bag!!!

  24. A move from Vermont to Hawaii is definitely a big change.

  25. I really enjoyed Death of the Big Kahuna and would love to win a signed copy of Death of the Kona Man and that adorable tote bag. Thank you for the chance to win! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  26. I enjoyed Death of the Big Kahuna and look forward to reading Kona Man!

  27. Despite the murder I think we could all use a taste of Hawaii. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  28. I like books by this author and would love to win this book!

  29. I loved the first book & can’t wait to read this one.

  30. I’ve never been to Hawaii but would love to travel there, even through reading this book. And I always love a book about food 🙂

  31. I love this series and the Big Kahuna was an excellent addition! I can’t wait to read Death of the Kona Man! Sounds like Carrie and Kenau are going to have their hands full. I enjoy all of Catherine’s books-she makes even the worst situations enjoyable to read about! Love that Carrie is getting better at Karaoke-she was pretty bad! 🙂

  32. Catherine Bruns

    Thank you so much for hosting Carrie today, Dru. She had a great time! Good luck to everyone!

  33. Aloha and mahalo for the chance.

  34. A great read and a tote to keep it with you. Lovely. and thoughtful. So hoping.

  35. I like reading books set in locales I want to visit someday.

  36. Love book s with a Hawaiian setting.

  37. This is a new series to me. Would really like to read about Hawaii. Sounds like a great read.

  38. New-to-me series….
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  39. This is a new to me series by a favorite author. I’d love to win a print copy and tote! Thanks!

  40. This series of books sounds so good. Love Hawaii.

  41. Kathleen Kendler

    Thank-you for the post. I have most of the series, guess it’s time to start reading them after a few ARCs on my list.

  42. This is a new author for me and her book sure sounds super duper exciting!! Can’t wait to read it!! Sure would love to win a print copy of it! The cover is totally awesome! I love Hawaii and this book being set there is so cool! Thanks for the chance to win!!! God bless!!!

  43. This sounds like a bomb diggity read- great review!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun 🤓

  44. Great review I love her books, I’m looking forward to this one.
    Penney

  45. Congratulations on your new release!

  46. Sounds like an interesting read.

  47. Definitely sounds like a fantastic book, can’t wait to start reading.

  48. **** WINNER ****
    Death of the Kona Man and tote bag is Cynthia Blain
    Congratulations

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