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‘Captain Cooked’ author writes in treasure hunt


S.P. Grogan, author of “Captain Cooked,” will be signing his mystery book on the Big Island, Feb. 19-March 1.

One reviewer says “Captain Cooked reads like Janet Evanovich morphing into Rachel Ray while filming a remake of the Perils of Pauline.” The book’s subtitle speaks of ‘Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge…and Recipes’.

The heroine, instead of finding ‘a quiet beach where she could go topless,’ stumbles into a poisoned Hawaiian singing star. Her working vacation involves riots, suspicious accidents, earthquakes, flowing lava, a real cliff hanger — and romance, having to choose between three men. As the author teases, ‘and don’t forget the boiling cauldron’.

“Because I love the cultural mix of the islands and especially in these tough economic times,” Grogan said. “I’ve sought to create an adventure to attract more tourists to Hawaii.”

Local island artists like Kathy Long, Brad Parker, and Herb Kane are featured in Captain Cooked, as are top restaurants and chefs like Alan Wong, Merriman’s, and Hilo Bay Cafe, which contributed their best recipes.

A portion of book sales are being contributed to the Hawaiian Food Bank Program.

A unique aspect of the novel is that there is a real treasure hunt embedded within the pages. A Hawaiian war club is somewhere hidden on the Big Island and if found, using GPS, the finder receives $5,000 cash.

This same sort of contest was employed in Grogan’s previous mystery, a best seller entitled Vegas Die, where a dagger was secreted in a library book.

To start the adventure, visit

Book signing dates are as follows and tentative. Please check with bookstores to verify.

* 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb 19 at Kona Bay Books, located at 74-5487 Kaiwi Street, Kona (326-7790)
* 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Basically Books in Hilo (903-6277)
* 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, Big Island Geocachers at Island Lava Java restaurant, 75-5799 Alii Drive
* 4 p.m.-sunset Sunday, Feb. 20 Royal Kona Resort
* 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Kona Stories ‘Words & Wine’ (324-0350)

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