Laurie grew up in the picturesque islands of the South Pacific. Her father pioneered air travel to many of the tiny islands, and Laurie often accompanied him on his flights. She moved to Seattle to study photography and dance at the University of Washington. While there, she discovered an interest in Jewish Studies, Hebrew, and Middle Eastern dance. She moved to Israel to pursue these subjects, earning her keep by working in the cotton fields of the Jezreel Valley. Laurie moved to London, then lived in several European countries, before returning to Israel. It was on this second trip to Israel that she met the love of her life. They eloped and were married in Cyprus. Laurie and her husband spent time exploring the Far East, before settling in Hawaii. Laurie had a career with the Postal Service, and raised three children. She retired in 2006 and started writing her Louise Golden mystery series. She also promotes animal rights and rescue, and practices yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Laurie currently lives on Oahu with her husband and two youngest children.
Almost Paradise - A Louise Golden Mystery
In Almost Paradise, the unorthodox heroine, a mail carrier in Hawaii, gets involved in a missing persons case. Louise is not the ever-confident and totally competent sleuth. In fact she is trying to live a uneventful, low-commitment life, when her concern for an elderly lady on her delivery route pulls her into a mystery with abductions, car tails, a celebrity pool party, exotic dancing, smuggling of artifacts, and of course, murder.
The reader is given enough detail to get views of the different cultural and scenic backdrops of Hawaii. It's not all picture-postcard perfect and tranquil days at the beach. In fact when things settle down and Louise slips into a hot shower, the last pieces of the puzzle fall into place. There's a final twist and a steamy shower fight scene that would make great cinema.
How Far is Heaven? - A Louise Golden Mystery
Christmas is never easy for mail carriers. But for Louise Golden, the season of good cheer is about to become a nightmare. Exhausted after a long day of delivering mail in nasty weather, Louise is heading back to the station when, through the heavy rain, a ghostlike figure appears in her headlights. Louise hits her brakes, but it’s too late.
The girl is taken to the hospital, unconscious. Who is she? What was she doing in the middle of the road on a rainy night, dressed only in an oversized tee-shirt? Why hasn’t anyone reported her missing? When Jane Doe regains consciousness, she remembers nothing—not even her own name. Louise befriends the frightened girl, who then disappears.
Louise is suspended from work during the accident investigation, and uses her time to search for the missing girl. Meanwhile, with the holiday in full swing around her, Louise is confronted with religious traditions she feels no connection to. And how in the world is she supposed to sort out her relationships with the four men in her life? Each of them seems almost right, and yet so completely wrong.
Sexier and grittier than Almost Paradise, the second Louise Golden mystery takes the reader on a true Hawaiian roller coaster ride.