Whistling Death: A Marine World Cozy Mystery

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She can’t remember their faces, but they remember hers.

About this Series:

A dream island turned deadly when more than dolphins made a crimson splash on the iconic tropical island. 

“Can I give more than five stars?”

“Peyton Stone is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite cozy authors.”

“This book series is going to change the cozy mystery game, and I cannot wait to keep playing!”

🐬 Not all animals have to walk on all fours to catch a killer. 

Saved a dolphin. Lost her memory. Now they’re after her.

When rescuing a dolphin calf leaves marine park owner, Keiko, aka KK, with amnesia, she can’t escape the mysteries swirling beneath the surface any more than she can outrun the escalating violence targeting her, the orphaned mammal, and her family’s ocean sanctuary.

With her hazy memory, KK can’t ID the poachers, yet they seem to know her—and their continued threats fall on deaf ears as if the police don’t believe the dolphin killers actually exist due to her foggy recollections.

To make matters worse, animal control officers ruthlessly push for euthanizing the rescued dolphin calf; as they seem to have forgotten that poaching is the real crime here. 

KK is no pushover and with friends’ help, she’ll continue to expand her parents’ legacy despite a new chilling message found in her sanctuary, bearing the signature of a person she had prayed never to encounter again.

Now only her memory holds the key to why saving a dolphin made her the next target.


Join KK in a cozy crime thriller tale on the island shores of Maui, Hawai’i.

The characters are relatable, the dolphins are magical, and the plot…is a page-turning, unputdownable twisty conundrum of whodunnit. 

Whistling Death: A Marine World Cozy Mystery is the first book in a new up-and-coming series in Maui, Hawai’i. Step into a world of captivating standalone mysteries, where each book holds the key to unraveling a thrilling case. Dive deep into the intriguing plots, gradually unveiling the complexities of the characters as every mystery unfolds. Prepare to be gripped by suspense and consumed by the need to solve the puzzle in the basking sun of Hawai’i.


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Enjoy a sample from Whistling Death:


“Are you sure?” Joseph asked, doubtfully.

        “It’s the only thing that makes sense,” she retorted. “At this time of night with that big a boat. And their headlights aren’t on. They’re trying not to be seen.”

        KK studied the other boat through the binoculars. Her mother was right, there wasn’t a name on the hull. All she could make out were men in dark clothing. At least three of them were huddled up near the port bow as if struggling with something. Her blood began to boil as she white knuckled the binoculars.

        “Let’s go,” KK growled, handing her dad the binoculars before running toward the anchor. “Ow,” she gasped, looking down to see that her father’s hand had darted out and had tightly clasped around her bicep.

        “That’s a terrible idea, KK,” he warned, concern wavering in his dark eyes. “It’s getting dark, we don’t know if they’re armed, and we don’t have any way of stopping them in the first place. It’s too dangerous.”

        “They’re grabbing something now,” KK insisted. “I saw them trying to grab something. If we don’t go after them now we’re going to lose them.”

        “We can report them to the Coast Guard—”

        “They’ll take an hour to get here and you know it,” KK persisted. “By the time they arrive the poachers will be long gone.”

        Before her father could answer, she extricated her arm from his grip and darted toward the rope dangling off the side. She hauled in the anchor as fast as she could, her adrenaline pumping with a mixture of panic and anger.


        “Don’t, Joseph,” KK’s mother cautioned. “She’s right and you know it.”

        There was a grumbled protest from her father that was quickly cut off. KK could only imagine that her mother had given him one of her trademark looks. She heard her father sigh in exasperation.

        She pulled up the anchor and all but threw it on the floor as she ran toward the steering wheel. She’d been boating since she’d been old enough to learn, and it wasn’t long until the boat had roared back to life and they were charging toward the poachers.

     Next to her, KK’s mom was fiddling with the radio, talking into it hurriedly before muttering angrily under her breath and trying again.

     “No good,” Katerina called over the sound of the motor. “I’m not getting anything but static right now.”

     KK didn’t respond, too intent on her quarry to pay much attention to anything else.

     A hand rested on her shoulder and KK spun to see her father.

    “They’re going to be suspicious of a boat flying toward them like this,” he told her, with a more determined look in his eyes. “I don’t like that you’re insisting on doing this. But if we’re gonna do it, we should do it right. Otherwise, they’ll be gone before we even get close. Slow down,” he advised.

     She didn’t want to listen. KK shook her head, shaking out her own stubborn doubts, for she knew her dad was right. She grimaced and ultimately slowed down the boat until it was pleasantly puttering along.

      “Atta girl,” Joseph said approvingly.

      As they got closer, she realized that her father had been right. Now that they were closer, she could see that the four men were frozen as they watched their boat move closer to them. She could see that two of the men muttered to one another, and one of the men, tall and lanky, moved toward the cockpit.

      “Hey there,” Joseph said cheerily, once they were in shouting distance. “Was wondering if you could help. We’re running out of gas and won’t be able to make it back to our dock,” he lied.

      The men were all wearing black ski masks, however she could see one of them glowering, his teeth barred at her father in a way that made KK’s knuckles turn white against the steering wheel.

     “Nope,” one of the men shouted back. His voice was comically deep and gravelly as if he were intentionally trying to distort it. “Now get lost. You’re disturbing the fish.”

     Something thrashed in the water and made squeaking, clicking sounds that tied a knot in KK’s stomach even as it fueled her wrath. Shifting her eyes from the masked man to the sound, the ire doubled in intensity as she saw what was moving in the water.

     A dolphin calf.

      On the ship she could see two dolphin carcasses, fully grown, unlike the helpless, frightened calf in the net, struggling to break free. Looking at the netting he was trapped in, the knot was cinched too tight. There were nets that were suitable for catching dolphins. This was not one of them. If they didn’t do something, that calf would be as good as dead. As if they hadn’t already seen what they had done, one of the men was hurriedly trying to cover the calf with a tarp.

      “Dad,” KK hissed sharply. “The net.”

     Her father’s head instantly snapped to the poacher’s net in the water, and his hazel eyes, normally warm and friendly, grew wide with shock at the sight before they narrowed in distaste and a fit of anger that mirrored KK’s own.

     “I think it might be best for everything involved if you release the calf immediately,” her dad commanded. His voice was taut with barely controlled anger as he stared down the men.

      On the other boat, the poachers stiffened, looking at one another with alarm as they communicated silently what to do.

      “Now!” The man who had spoken earlier, no longer disguising his voice, ordered before KK or her father could react.

       The poacher’s boat launched into action, peeling away from them, leaving large wakes as they sped off. Without waiting for her parents to say or do anything, KK launched their boat after them. Now she understood why her parents invested so much into a boat. Though she doubted it was to chase down poachers, it was the superior speed and horsepower that made boating alongside the wild dolphins a thrill. The only thrill she’d get now would be to bring those murderous poachers to justice.

       “KK let them go,” her father yelled as she forced the boat into pursuit.

       “That calf is going to die if we don’t cut it free,” KK yelled back, keeping her eyes on the struggling baby dolphin. “I’m not letting that happen.”

4 reviews for Whistling Death: A Marine World Cozy Mystery

  1. John Belcher (verified owner)

    I literally could not put thus book down. As I read I could picture everything going on, and was worried when KK was conked on the head. This is defintely a page turner and breath taking energy filled, story I am eagerly looking forward to book two

  2. Sherri Moore

    KK is the proud owner/operator of Marine World. I loved this glimpse behind the scenes of dolphin shows and how KK develops a very strong relationship with Jasper. Very entertaining story that kept me hooked! I was fortunate to receive an early copy and these are my thoughts on the story.

  3. Joan

    I received this novel as an ARC and volunteered to review it. I love animals and found K.K. and Harped to be quite the dynamic duo after they meet in unusual circumstances leading to a long-term relationship at Marine World, K.K.’s business. Readers meet the sea world family of Tony, Tim, Pamela, and Nikki. Of course, there’s the animal poacher who seems to be obsessed with K.K. and making her anxious. The police come off as less than competent, and we are left wondering if there’s supposed to be a relationship between Tony and K.K since he’s always nudging her. Some clarity would help. The novel ends on a cliff hanger after so much excitement. Not fair to K.K and Jasper!

  4. Phthon

    What a delightful new series! I love dolphins and this is just wonderful! I am curious how the mystery involving the poachers is going to play out but it adds so much to the story. Jasper is such an adorable character and so intelligent. I loved this debut story and look forward to reading more!

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