The Stone Lantern by Samantha L. Stevens
After Jessie Bradford’s uncle died at his South Point ranch on Hawaii’s Big Island, Jessie goes to claim the inheritance her uncle left her. She plans to spend a few weeks settling her uncle’s affairs and return to her home in San Francisco. Her life takes an unexpected turn when two men, searching for an ancient burial site at South Point, find the burial tomb, but they also find something they were not expecting. In the same tomb with the remains of a 1,000-year-old Hawaiian chief, they find a skeleton of a 20th century murder victim with its skull bashed in. Jessie’s father has been missing for 36 years. She is sure the skeleton is his, but who would want to murder her father? Detective John “Mac” McIntire investigates, but Jessie does some investigating of her own.
During her search for her father’s killer, Jessie rekindles an old romance with her childhood sweetheart, inherits a sprawling 500 acre cattle ranch and unwittingly uncovers the truth surrounding the decades old murder mystery.