In fictional and non-fictional projects, author Jeanne Burrows-Johnson draws on her experience in the performing arts, commerce and education. Her humorous and energizing articles and essays have appeared in business, literary and professional publications. Now turning to suspense mysteries, she takes inspiration from the people and stories of Hawai’i, where she lived for over twenty years.
Academically, she was accepted for membership in Phi Beta Kappa while completing her Bachelor’s degree in History at the University of Hawai’i. During graduate studies of post-World War II Japan, she became a member of Phi Alpha Theta (the national history honor society) and received a teaching assistantship in the World Civilization Program of the University of Hawai’i. Jeanne is also a Lifetime Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, Highland Division.
Focusing on life’s synchronicity, her public addresses are noted for inter-cultural references and historical asides. Jeanne’s integrated perspective helps shape seminars and workshops that facilitate communication between diverse groups of professionals and the general public. As a consulting wordsmith, she draws on her interdisciplinary training to assist other writers polish their skills and help them achieve their desired potential.
Prospect For Murder
Semi-retired journalist Natalie Seachrist’s had visions since childhood. But when her twin Nathan confirms the body she saw draped over a vintage Mustang was his granddaughter, her world shatters. With the cautionary help of retired police detective Keoni Hewitt, Natalie begins investigating the Honolulu foothills apartment where Ariel died. There the writer discovers the fascinating story of the 1920s Shanghai origins of the affluent Wong Sisters who own the complex—and more than a little discord between the family and staff.
Unfortunately, Natalie’s on-site sleuthing with her feline companion Miss Una produces few leads. Just as she questions her mission, she experiences a surprising vision from Ariel’s perspective. When Natalie declares her certainty that the girl did not fall from the apartment’s lanai to Keoni, she’s forced to reveal her ongoing visions.
Meeting with Nathan, the coroner, and the Honolulu police detective who was once his partner, Keoni and Natalie learn items are missing from Ariel’s effects. Was the unattended death a murder rather than an accident or even a suicide? If so, Natalie may have put herself in the way of a murderer who’s willing to kill again to hide their secret.