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Shattered Palms (Lei Crime Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Toby Neal
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Maui is lush mountains, cloud forest and exquisite birdsong—but for Detective Lei Texeira, arrows break that peace.

Someone is stalking poachers that are capturing Maui’s rarest birds, and Lei pursues the case with her usual leap-first, look-later style—but will she be able to catch a killer, save the birds, and still make it to her own wedding? Shattered Palms is a roller coaster ride from the top of Haleakala to the beach and back again, with extinction at stake.

“Toby Neal creates a captivating balance of the beauty of the islands contrasted with the ugliness of murder, and complicated by the trials of Lei’s personal life. A must-read for Neal fans.” Thomas K. Matthews, author of Rejection.


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Shattered Palms is a great read with a bonus!
Of course we get to enjoy the sexy love/ detective crime story that we've come to expect from the Lei Crime Series, but this time we are also taken on a guided tour of the exotic cloud forest of Maui, with its remarkable collection of endangered song birds.
Toby Neal always manages to give us a little something extra.....introduction to a unique locale or a tantalizing side trip into anthropology or ecology or biology or psychology or.....the list goes on.
Personally, I think this reveals the natural teacher in our author. She has so many interests, so much intellectual curiosity, and she cannot help but share these things in which she so delights, with us. We readers end up being the lucky beneficiaries of her intellectual generosity!
In Shattered Palms we are drawn into tropical ornithology in such a natural and endearing way as to make us all feel that we are walking along side Lei, through the natural habitat of the kiwikiu and the 'i'iwi.

To enrich your enjoyment of Shattered Palms, may I suggest that you visit the website of Toby's husband, Mike Neal. Mike is, among his many talents, a gifted nature photographer, and his photographs of Hawaii's native birds helped this mainlander do more than imagine the species that featured so prominently in Shattered Palms. Mike's beautiful photographs can be found under "Hawaiian native birds" in the Photo Galleries menu at Nealstudios.
For those who enjoy a good mystery, served up with the added enjoyment of learning something new, Toby Neal never disappoints. Thank you Toby and Mike!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series March 17, 2014
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If you are a crime novel lover, then you will enjoy this series. In addition to the usual elements, there is a love story subplot that tugs at your heartstrings. The vivid descriptions of Hawaiian landscape and birds in this novel paint a truly beautiful picture.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lei finally said yes to the dress! March 16, 2014
By Wanda S
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But wait... you didn't really think it would be that simple, did you? Whenever Lei Texeira, the endearingly flawed heroine of Toby Neal's "Lei Crime Series," is involved, nothing is ever that simple.

In typical Texeira fashion, Lei is anything but "by the book," in her crime-solving or in her personal life. If chasing a bad guy means that she might not make it to her wedding on time... well, everyone will just have to understand, including the groom.

I love Toby Neal's storytelling, especially in this series, because she always addresses issues related to her beloved native Hawaii. In this book, it's the exotic and beautiful birds that inhabit the higher elevations of Haleakala, Maui's inactive volcano. Someone is poaching these lovely, endangered creatures, and someone is trying to save them. But how are the two connected?

Will Lei and Stevens make it to the altar? And is someone trying to prevent their "happily ever after?" This book will have your pulse quickening at every page turn, as Lei races to find the clues in time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Love from a Mystery Hater March 18, 2014
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Saying I hate mysteries might be a little strong, but I'm definitely not someone who seeks out these titles or films. It's just not my genre. But I read all of Neal's titles for the sheer fact that they read more like travel guides with a who-dunnit thrown in than your average, formulaic mystery thriller.

In this recent installment, Neal includes not only the envy-sparking depictions of some of the more beautiful and breathtaking aspects of wild Hawaii (in painstaking detail that only someone who has experienced it firsthand can pull off), but also incorporates a social theme of hunting and poaching on protected land.

I especially like her main character in this series, a no-nonsense woman who doesn't feel the threat to her feminism that causes her to behave in an "in your face" way that so many writers resort to. She's just a female, that's all there is to it. She's fully capable at her job and well-regarded, and I appreciate that. Books in which the woman constantly has to prove herself really are a disservice to women.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattered Palms March 11, 2014
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This book may be the best of the Lei Crime Series. From the very first chapter the author captured my imagination by the way she painted a picture of the cloud forest wildlife and vegetation.I felt like was there during the chase and tracking episodes. AS I have been following Lei as she deals with her personal struggles, due to her childhood trauma, she has grown stronger and stronger until now she is willing to share her life with someone other than her dog, which is a very big step for her to take. In addition, along with Lei's personal growth, there are two very clear examples of human greed and selfishness, seen in the poaching of rare birds and also, the self-centered actions of two individuals whose desire to succeed is more important than respect for human life. I highly recommend this book for reading, as well as all of the authors other books, regardless of your personal value system. Thank you Toby, it is a great one and I can't wait for the next one.

John Swisher
Stuart, Florida
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok May 10, 2014
By camrrt
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Its not a bad book- easy read. Its not a lot of real detailed murder criminal stuff but a lot about Hawaii and detailed. The characters are likeable and at some points its a combo romance and murder. I have read most of the series of this Lei Crime series and they're not bad. I purchase them inexpensive and feel that they are worth the low cost- but I would not pay a lot of money for this author. But then again there are very few authors that I will. It was interesting enough to want to go and read other books in this series. The cheap amazon books allow me to explore readers that I would normally not read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
Another great book by Toby Neal. Every one takes me back to the lovely islands of Hawai'i.
Published 48 minutes ago by H. Francis
3.0 out of 5 stars Maui Book
I read other books by Toby Neal that I liked more than this book.
Published 5 hours ago by Jean Skinner
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Toby Neal Classic
If I have one complaint about this book, it is that it took me longer to read since I had to stop and check the internet to look up the various birds and trees she referenced in... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love
Love, love, love the series of the Detective Lei - never thought she would ever take the BIG step she did in this great story. Keep the series coming please.
Published 7 hours ago by Michaela D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars great writing!
i love this series, from the beautifully described scenery to the flawed characters! excellent writing - thank you toby neal!
Published 2 days ago by T.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest read
love these books ! not boring and easy reading I hate to see the book end and look forward to reading more!
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing
I absolutely love the Lei Crime series. Shattered Palms is written so elegantly. Felt like I was in Hawaii once again. Hope Toby Neal never ends this series! Keep them coming. :)
Published 3 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series so much
This was especially good story about poachers hunting beautiful birds, that are becoming extinct and getting murdered because of it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by alice
5.0 out of 5 stars travel with great crimes
I didn't not love this series at first, but that changed after the second book. Toby Neal really knows Hawaii, and if you have been, her writing transport you back to the magical... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robert Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Shattered Palms
Lei Texiera is infectious, once again, a great story with heart, and a lot of action. You learn a lot about Hawaii in this story.
Published 4 days ago by John Shearer
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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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