Ghost Ship by Neil S. Plakcy ~ Book Review by Queue

GhostTitle: Ghost Ship
Series: Mahu, Bk 4

Author: Neil S. Plakcy

Publisher: MLR Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/30/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller


When a sailboat carrying four bodies washes up on the Leeward Coast of O’ahu, openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka, on loan to the FBI, must discover what sent this young family and their deadly cargo on a dangerous trans-Pacific voyage. Leaving behind his partner and their infant twins, Kimo must work with his police cohort Ray Donne to unravel the forces that led this family to their deaths.

From Hawaii’s sunny beaches to a chillly island in Japan to the Pacific Northwest, Kimo and Ray step far out of their comfort zones to confront an evil much greater than any they’ve investigated before.

My View:

I’ve been a big fan of the Mahu series since book one but the last two have fallen a little flat for me and this one was along the same lines.

Kimo Kanapa’aka and his journey of self-acceptance has been my favorite part of the storylines but after so many books and being settled down, there isn’t much to explore anymore.

I love mysteries with gay characters where the romance takes a back seat but I also want the MC to learn something or grow and evolve along the way. The best stories in this series were ones where the cases he’s investigating can connect to things going on in his life.

That didn’t happen here. Kimo’s case is totally separate from the issues he’s having with his partner, Mike. Really, the issues are being caused by Kimo’s absence and Mike being upset it. I felt like Mike’s attitude was rather unfair and just made it harder for Kimo to concentrate on his job.

I never really got into the case here involving stolen plutonium. There were no personal stakes here and the way Kimo and Ray went about investigating the case sometimes had me shaking my head. I understand that a lot of law enforcement is based on being in the right place at the right time and speaking to the right people. But here it took Kimo just happening to have a family member in Idaho Falls and that person’s mother just happens to know their suspect. Additionally, the way the suspect opened up to Kimo and Ray just felt suspicious. I would think with everything his plan entailed he would be a little more careful than to tell two complete strangers almost everything.

The decisions made by Kimo and Mike at the end of the book make it look like this could be the last of the series. As much as I like Kimo I think it’s time. His story has been told and Plakcy can now focus on a different series.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Ghost Ship by Neil S. Plakcy ~ Book Review by Queue

  1. Hadn’t spotted this new one – I know what you mean about growth of long term characters. I will be getting as I have enjoyed Kimo’s journey

  2. Some of the attitudes to issues in this book like nuclear war and the situation in the middle east were really really appalling. Also the whole approach of government authorities to the stolen plutonium depicted in the book…failed to convince.

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