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The Last Full Measure: A Katy Green Mystery    by Hal Glatzer order for
Last Full Measure
by Hal Glatzer
Order:  USA  Can
Perseverance Press, 2006 (2006)
*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Katy Green is a member of a four-girl band playing for the passengers on a cruise ship headed for Hawai'i with the hope of more work when they get there. The time frame? November 21, 1941. Readers know what the women don't - December 7, 1941 is just over the horizon.

Treason, espionage, sabotage - as well as a hidden treasure and murder - pepper the pages of The Last Full Measure. This third of Hal Glatzer's Katy Green mysteries is salted with the music of the times, and the clothing of the day. Katy's efforts to solve a murder put her in jeopardy and almost cost her life. The author's vast knowledge of music proves the adage that a writer must write about that which he knows. His understanding of the songs and lyrics of that period of history is awesome. However, it does slow down the plot line. That, as well as the background that had to be put into place for the story to work, hampers the forward action.

The characters are real and might well have been on board that ship - the Lurline of the Matson Line. The plot is generally well thought-out, but I found the treasure recovery a bit over the top. All in all, though, The Last Full Measure is a good read. The information about Hawai'ians, their struggle to survive as a race, their beliefs and food, is fascinating - again, the author writes of what he knows as he lives in the Big Island part of the time.

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