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Torch Ginger (Lei Crime Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Toby Neal
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Book Description

"If J.D. Robb's In Death series went on location with Kaui Hart Hemmings' The Descendants, you'd have Toby Neal's Torch Ginger."

The island of Kaua`i is remote jungle, golden beaches and ancient culture—but transients are disappearing in paradise, and only Detective Lei Texeira notices.

Lei transfers to the island of Kaua`i, where she uncovers a pattern of disappearances that may be related to a bizarre cult—or is it just one madman at work? In Lei's world, everyone is guilty until proven innocent.

In the midst of the biggest case sleepy Kaua`i has ever seen, Lei must also untangle the mysteries of her heart and discover who she loves.

Product Details

  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983952450
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Toby Neal (July 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KUCI3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toby Neal Does It Again! July 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As with Blood Orchids, Torch Ginger strikes the right balance between a setting the folks who live in Hawaii will recognize as their own and a compelling story a broader audience will understand and enjoy. Torch Ginger is not as dark as the earlier book, but there is something especially nerve-racking about being on a case with a cop who may become incapacitated by a panic attack at any time! This new story sees Lei Texiera adjusting to new cultures on the island of Kauai and in a new department while trying to manage an increasingly challenging personal life and one natural disaster. A couple of intriguing new characters are introduced in the latest novel, and we're looking forward to getting to know those better in future books of the series.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Installment does NOT Dissappoint! July 13, 2012
By Ihigirl
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms. Neal does it again with this nail-biting mystery. Don't let the stunning beauty of Kaua'i fool you. On this small island people are disappearing. Everyone knows something and no one's talking. Once again, Lei is taken on a roller coaster ride of a case as she's thrown into a diverse and divided yet suspiciously interconnected community. She stumbles upon lead after lead and struggles to pin down an elusive serial killer in her typical full-throttle, act-first-think-later style. Add to the complexity a sizzling love triangle between two men who bring out two different sides of her personality, and an estranged father trying to put what's left of his family back together again, and you've got a volatile, exciting mix that's sure to keep you guessing. The characters are interesting and distinct, the Hawaiian culture prominent, and the imagery spectacular. If you loved Blood Orchid you won't regret Torch Ginger. Don't hesitate to snatch up this page-turner!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful Masterpiece! July 13, 2012
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Toby Neal hits it out of the park with this latest Lei Texeira Crime Thriller!
Against the mystical backdrop of Kauai Lei finds a cancer growing in the heart of the Garden Island. Readers will also enjoy seeing a sexier side of Lei as she recovers from her failed engagement with a bit of new romance. I found this novel to be riveting and could not put it down! I'm hungry for more of the series!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exotic Adventure August 20, 2012
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Torch Ginger is the second book in the Lei Crime Novels series written by Toby Neal, the first being Blood Orchids.

In this book, main character Leilani Texeira is a police detective who must lead her team in solving serial murders that involve the disappearance of a certain class of tourists and are probably cult related. These murders occur on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, which is, as Ms. Neal's story describes it: "...the last of the Wild West, a jungle paradise of secretive people and strange spiritual forces."

The first obstacle Detective Texiera encounters is the fact that murders have been occurring for some time and the police have not noticed. The second comes in the form of the ambitions of others on the police force with whom she serves. And there is the issue of a past love, someone she is desperately trying to leave behind, being assigned to her team. Add in the fact that Lei falls in love with one of the suspects, and throw in a spiritualist who is consulting on the cultic aspect of the case, but seems more interested in Leilani's personal life. And there is Leilani's past; something she doesn't like to talk about but threatens to interfere with her ability to do her job, and you have the threads that weave the tapestry that is Torch Ginger.

Along the way we are treated to majestic visions of this island paradise. Being a resident of Hawaii, Ms. Neal certainly has a grasp of her material and describes it well. The locations and the people come alive through her words, and the strangeness of it all adds a richness to her well-crafted story.

As we progress, several potential villains surface and add intrigue. Pick the one you most suspect, then read to the end to see if you're right. I can almost guarantee you won't be!

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Torch Ginger September 21, 2012
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Toby Neal writes a decent police drama but she has a bit too much romance for my taste.Her discriptions of Hawaii make me want to fly there now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mystery with romance June 16, 2013
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While investigating the disappearance of a homeless man our main character discovers her missing person is only one of ten homeless people that have gone missing in recent years.

This is also a romance story as Lei investigates the missing people she is forced to work with her ex fiance who she still has strong feelings for. She also becomes involved with a good looking local man she is working with on another case. She is torned between the two.

The story takes place in Hawaii and the author does a great job of making you feel like you are right there. She describes the island so that you can really see what she is talking about. Made me want to hop on a plane.

Loved the book and want to read more by the author.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me reading right to the end! August 18, 2013
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A friend recommended this book and she was right! really enjoyed it and it kept moving along! if you enjoy mysteries this was a good one.... a fun read, great characters!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book two: the romance continues July 9, 2014
By MikeH
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Leilani "Lei" Texiera, now a police detective, has moved to Kauai from the big island to get away from her ex-fiancee Michael Stevens. When a tourist asks Lei to find her missing husband, this leads to discovery of ten other tourists who have gone missing over the years. Lei suspects that a cult group may have kidnapped all these people for use in ritual killings. Body parts and bones turn up that match with some of the missing. When the FBI comes onboard, Lei's boss takes her off the case, but she persists, and eventually finds the serial murderer.

I liked this book, but I have the same criticisms of this second book as I did of the first one in the series: 1) sometimes the Hawaiian "pidgin" English is a little hard to understand; 2) I often found it hard to determine who was speaking during the long dialog sections due to the author's style of mentioning the non-speaking person in a dialog paragraph. This book may appeal more to female readers, as it had even more romantic content than the first book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Delightful read for anyone who has lived in Hawaii. If you can, start with #1 in the series... brought back memories.
Published 7 hours ago by BJ T.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
Lei, the main character, is well developed with a lot of personal issues. The stories are well shaped around her. I will continue to read more books from this series.
Published 14 hours ago by Sharda
4.0 out of 5 stars another good read
I like a book that is part of an evolving series that give you a chance to get to know the character as the story develops. This series is doing just that! Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Viv
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book! If you like mystery and suspense, this is the book for you.
Published 1 day ago by Dursmis
4.0 out of 5 stars Paced Nicely
This is a nicely paced female detective mystery. While I had a good idea about the culprit, my interest in the progression of the tale persisted. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Purplespa
5.0 out of 5 stars Best crime series I've ever read
Amazing and captivating book. Equally as good as the first which if often hard to say about a sequel. I literally couldn't put it down!
Published 2 days ago by Claudia Ames
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Compelling Story
I lived on Oahu for several years and went to visit all of the other islands including Kauai. It has such a rich history and such a rich type of environment from the canyons to... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Joyce Long
1.0 out of 5 stars Filthy Language
I'm about one-third of the way through the book, the author keeps slipping in filth, not a whole lot, just enough to discourage me. Read more
Published 2 days ago by rvsintx
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book!
I love the Lei crime stories, they keep me so interested that I was up till 3:30 am and had to finish the book.
Published 2 days ago by Vicki Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling read
'Torch Ginger' is another great book in the Lei Crime series. The storyline was great. The action, the thrills, the suspense and the descriptive scenic nature was written well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Denise Gardner
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More 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.

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