Press Release from Addison & Highsmith Publishers:

S.P. Grogan, author of Captain Cooked, will be signing his mystery on the Big Island and Oahu, Feb. 19 – March 1st.

One reviewer says, “Captain Cooked reads like Janet Evanovich morphing into Rachael Ray while filming a remake of the Perils of Pauline.” The book’s subtitle speaks of ‘Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge…and Recipes’.

The heroine, instead of finding ‘a quiet beach where she could go topless,’ stumbles into a poisoned Hawaiian singing star. Her working vacation involves riots, suspicious accidents, earthquakes, flowing lava, a real cliff hanger—and romance, having to choose between three men.  As the author teases, ‘and don’t forget the boiling cauldron’.

“Because I love the cultural mix of the islands and especially in these tough economic times,” explained Grogan, “I’ve sought to create an adventure to attract more tourists to Hawai’i.” Local island artists are featured in Captain Cooked, as are top restaurants and chefs who contributed their best recipes.  A portion of book sales are being contributed to the Hawaiian Food Bank Program.

A unique aspect of the novel is that there is a real treasure hunt embedded within the pages.  A Hawaiian war club is somewhere hidden on the Big Island and if found, using GPS, the finder receives $5,000 cash.  This same sort of contest was employed in Grogan’s previous mystery, a best seller entitled Vegas Die, where a dagger was secreted in a library book.

Visit to start the adventure.

Book signing dates are as follows and tentative (final update: 2/18/11 ~ major changes in red, all Borders book signing have been cancelled).  Please check with bookstores to verify.

Big Island

  • *NEW* Saturday, February 19th, 10am – noon at Kona Bay Books, located at 74-5487 Kaiwi
    Street. (808.326-7790)
  • Saturday, February 19th, 2pm at Basically Books in Hilo (800.903.6277)
  • Sunday, February 20th, 10am at Island Lava Java in Kailua-Kona (75-5799 Ali’i Dr., on Kona Bay) w/ Big Island Geocachers.  Open to all.
  • *NEW* Sunday, February 20th, 4pm – Sunset at Royal Kona Resort (75-5852 Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona) with book cover Tiki artist Brad Parker.
  • Tuesday, March 1st, 6pm at Kona Stories in Kailua-Kona for ‘Words & Wine’ (808.324-0350)


  • Friday, February 25th, Pau Hana Meet & Greet with O’ahu Geocachers, 6-8 p.m. at Kaka’ako Kitchen (Free, Public Welcome)
  • Saturday, February 26th, 11am – 2pm at Barnes & Noble in Ala Moana Center. (808.949.7307)
  • Sunday, February 27th, 1:30pm – 3:30pm at Barnes & Noble in Kahala Mall. (808.737.3323)


Look out for a book review of Captain Cooked here on Hawaii Book Blog in the coming weeks!