• A missing jazz singer, a 16-year-old anti-social hacker, and a twenty-year-old plan of revenge wreak havoc on McKenna’s trip to the Big Island Jazz Festival. If McKenna doesn’t pull out all the stops, he’ll have more than trouble in paradise…

    Big Island Blues
  • With $5 million and their lives on the line, can a determined criminologist and a beautiful con artist learn to trust each other…or themselves?


    “On all levels License to Lie justifiably earned this five star rating!” — San Francisco Book Review (1776 Productions)

    License to Lie
  • “Ambrose touches on high-finance malfeasance, adultery and drug dealing with the kind of snark that will remind readers of Elmore Leonard. . . A solid second round of capers featuring this attractive, cynical couple.” — Kirkus Reviews

    Con Game
  • “Kauai Temptations is a fast-paced mystery with quirky characters and loads of island charm. Recipe for a great day at the beach: sunscreen, bamboo mat, mango shave ice, and Kauai Temptations in your beach bag!” — JoAnn Bassett, author of The Islands of Aloha Mystery Series

    Kauai Temptations
  • “Toss together a bit of Hawaiian voodoo, a con artist on the trail of a big score, and a wiseass hero who can’t resist getting involved. Mix with wit. Add a touch of sarcasm and you have Terry Ambrose’s ‘Photo Finish’—a mystery as refreshing as a visit to the islands themselves.” — Deborah Coonts, author of “So Damn Lucky” and the Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series

    Photo Finish – Featured

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Laurie Hanan and Stairway to Heaven

When adventure calls—an interview with Hawaii writer Laurie Hanan

When is it okay to lie? That’s a question writer Laurie Hanan has contemplated since she was a child. For this interview, the author of the Louise Golden mystery series talked…

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Looking back, we see how far (or rather, high) we've made it...

Friday Fotos—along the Kalalau Trail

Latest edition The Snitch—scam tips, recipes, contests, and more Here are some shots taken years ago when we took a hike along the Kalalau Trail. Like everyone else who attempts that trail, we had high hopes. We were in good shape, the day was beautiful, and there were plenty of others making the same trek. […]

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On Goodreads

Terry Ambrose's books on Goodreads
Kauai Temptations Kauai Temptations
reviews: 18
ratings: 27 (avg rating 4.07)

License to Lie License to Lie
reviews: 15
ratings: 21 (avg rating 4.19)

Photo Finish Photo Finish
reviews: 13
ratings: 20 (avg rating 4.30)

Con Game Con Game (License to Lie, #2)
reviews: 4
ratings: 8 (avg rating 4.50)

Life's Shorts Life's Shorts
reviews: 2
ratings: 4 (avg rating 4.25)