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Black Jasmine (Lei Crime, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Toby Neal
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (635 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Toby Neal's stories have a relentless, charged energy that heats up every page.” Holly Robinson, author of Sleeping Tigers

The island of Maui is turquoise ocean, stunning vistas, and whalesong—but organized crime has a hidden hold, and Detective Lei Texeira tracks evil that hides behind a beautiful face.

When a nameless teenage girl dies in an apparent vehicular suicide, Lei can’t rest until she finds out what really happened. She blazes through all the wealth and poverty of Maui island society in her quest for justice, rousing a deadly foe—even as she faces the personal demons of commitment and revenge that threaten the only real love she’s ever known.

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    About the Author

    Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in Hawaii. She wrote and illustrated her first story at age 5 and has been published in magazines and won several writing contests. After initially majoring in Journalism, she eventually settled on mental health as a career and loves her work, saying, "I'm endlessly fascinated with people's stories." She enjoys many outdoor sports including bodyboarding, scuba diving, beach walking, gardening and hiking. She lives in Hawaii with her family and dogs. Toby credits her counseling background in adding depth to her characters—from the villains to Lei Texeira, the courageous and vulnerable heroine in the Lei Crime Series.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 446 KB
    • Print Length: 274 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Toby Neal (October 3, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009LEFUKG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better October 4, 2012
    By Ihigirl
    Format:Kindle Edition
    What does a cock fighting ring, an upscale art gallery and a cruise ship have to do with the murder of a mysterious foreign Jane Doe? Toby Neal shows you in her latest addition to the Lei Crime Series.

    This time Detective Lei Texeira finds herself on Maui, and it's all about the women, from the victims to the cops to the perps. I was happy to see a medley of strong female characters and a reunion of faces from Blood Orchid and Torch Ginger.

    Besides trying to solve the murder of a mysterious foreign Jane Doe, Lei comes face to face with a past that's keeping her from a healthy relationship with her boyfriend Stevens, who's looking to upgrade to husband status. Throw a few attempted murders into the mix and it's amazing that Lei can keep it together.

    Another wonderful intersection of culture, crime and personal demons, you'll find yourself thinking you put the whole case together, only to be thrown at the very end in a twist you won't see coming.

    I can't say enough about what Toby Neal has accomplished as an author (in ONE YEAR??!!) and what she has done to reveal Hawaii as a place of complexity and depth that despite its' beauty can be the setting for some of the darkest aspects of humanity.

    Get ready to be taken for a ride from start to finish. You will be immensely entertained.
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    62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the last two November 30, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I've read all three books of the Lei Crime Series. I noticed everyone seemed to give it quite high marks. The story continues as it does from the first two. This is my review and although I know everyone else loved it, I didn't. I actually bought the book (most of my books are free, I'd say about 98%) because I enjoyed the last two. I did notice the price went from $3.99 (the price I bought it at) to $2.99.

    It has a lot of excitement with sex trafficking, Lei's past, Lei's future and Keiki! I love Keiki! I just felt it was too much about Lei. I get it, it's Lei Crime Series so it's supposed to be about her. But it was too much. The whole book wrapped around if she would be with Stevens again. We already know that they are together again by the ending of Torch Ginger. But why did the author have to wrap the whole story around it if she was going to be with him again? We already went through that in the second book.

    I actually wanted to read more about the crime than the main character herself. She's supposed to be a strong character with a bad past. A past she can't get past or is it she won't? It just seems after going through therapy and having a great boyfriend, she's still stuck in the past.

    I was really unhappy about the ending. It was a bit selfish for her and I felt like she was running away from everything. Its what she always does and I guess it didn't disappoint at the end.
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    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed May 8, 2013
    By Marie
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is the third Lei Texeria crime novel I've read. While I liked the first two a lot, the second being my favorite. This novel I didn't care for much at all. I read mysteries for the mystery. The interpersonal relationships should just be side line. This was way too much about Lei and her problems not the mystery. This was compounded by Lei getting beat up at every turn. She didn't really solve this mystery. It solved itself. While Lei was a strong character with flaws in the last two books, in this book she was totally a self absorbed wuss. And as usual, I hate the choices she makes in the end. I hope the author doesn't continue, as so many of the mystery authors do today, to have the killers come after the detective and detective's family. It gets old. I really don't think that happens in real life much at all.
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    46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad police mystery, but... December 11, 2012
    By swp
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Not a bad police mystery, but this novel contained too much rather graphic sex. It's very distracting, and detracts from the story line.
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    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Leilani Back in Action September 9, 2013
    By Thora
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A little bit Maui, a little bit island-style mystery. The little bit Maui features a ubiquitous Front St. Lahainatown art gallery and the ever-present cruise ships and eco-developers. The little bit island-style finds our heroine in Haiku, Paia and Wailuku. There are no serial killers in this one, but plenty of torture scenes, and a plot that features human trafficking and murder. The Maui PD detective continues to confront her personal demons - as always unsuccessfully. Still "my way or the highway", still thinking she's right while everyone else is wrong, still marching to the beat of her own taiko drum, never a team player, Lei, oddly, is being courted by the FBI. Someday, Lei may grow up but it doesn't happen in this chapter. Stay tuned.
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    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars good story, but... July 30, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I am a true Toby Neal fan, but this book of the Lei Crime series has been my least favorite. The story included too much darkness, too much sadness, and a little too much explicit sex and rough language. I have already read the 4th book (not realizing I was reading it out of order) and loved it. I hope the 5th book, Twisted Vine, restores my appreciation of Toby Neal's writing.
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    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Author Toby Neal has done it again! Some book series' lose their way after the first couple, but the opposite is true with Black Jasmine! Detective Lei Texeira is revealed further in all of her brilliant, driven and complicated glory against the stunning backdrop of Maui, Hawai'i's most glamorous and international island.
    The only problem? Waiting for the next Lei novel!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Black JASMAN
    A very good story. There was a lot of action and a different ending than I anticipated. Having just been to. Hawaii it added interest to the story.:-O Out
    Published 2 days ago by John P. Holliday
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery with a touch of romance.
    I've really enjoyed this series. I was gripped with the first story and continue to be with the way Toby develops the characters as they deal with adversity both personally and... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by momof sporefan
    5.0 out of 5 stars loved it so much
    loved it so much, now I want the whole series. Texiera is a great lead character and handles herself great in every situation she has been put in so far!
    Published 3 days ago by HARRIETT MARTIN
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, really enjoyed
    Great read, really enjoyed.
    Published 6 days ago by gloria delasalle
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and highly satisfying
    I love the Lei books. She is so broken but so together at the same time. This book tied up a few loose ends and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series. Broken Ferns.
    Published 7 days ago by Anne
    4.0 out of 5 stars One tough detective
    Chose this just because it was set in Hawaii -- but Lei is one tough detective in a harsh environment. Appealing character and imaginative, well developed story.
    Published 9 days ago by Merle K. Gatewood
    5.0 out of 5 stars Black Kashmir
    Love this character. Can't wait to read more. Vivid descriptions make these books very pleasing to read. Recommended to all.
    Published 10 days ago by louise mc clurg
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this series.
    Published 10 days ago by Trishthedish
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I enjoy this series.
    Published 11 days ago by Nodewalker
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I didn't realize this was a series but now I'm hooked and will read.them all.
    Published 11 days ago by Koko
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    Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in Hawaii. She wrote and illustrated her first story at age 5 and has been published in magazines and won several writing contests. After initially majoring in Journalism, she eventually settled on mental health as a career and loves her work, saying, "I'm endlessly fascinated with people's stories."

    She enjoys many outdoor sports including bodyboarding, scuba diving, beach walking, gardening and hiking. She lives in Hawaii with her family and dogs.

    Toby credits her counseling background in adding depth to her characters-from the villains to Lei Texeira, the courageous and vulnerable heroine in the Lei Crime Series.

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