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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.

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 687 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • 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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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    79 of 84 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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    57 of 61 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
    Format:Kindle Edition
    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
    Format:Kindle Edition
    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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    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
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    23 of 27 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 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars mystery with romance June 16, 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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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    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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lei Crime #2
    My second read enjoyed the continuing character development. Seems like I am visiting the island. Glad to Lei beginning to come to grips with her demons.
    Published 14 hours ago by Dan Harper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lei is now a Detective!
    She's been transferred to Kauai where there was an opening for a junior detective.

    She and Michael had been engaged, but Lei panicked because of the possibility of... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Marianne M. Popp
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
    I have been to the Islands and the book brought back memories. I loved the book. Can't wait to read another.
    Published 5 days ago by Louise White
    4.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to book 3
    This book held me and I enjoyed the history of culture and such an independent Lei .definitely recommend this series
    Published 6 days ago by rosanne moffitt
    4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Moves Lei Crime Series forward a hair...
    *I received a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion*
    Summary: This is the 2nd book in the Lei Crime Series. Police woman Leilani Texeira is back. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Julie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series
    Torch Ginger is every bit as good as Blood Orchids. We learn more about what makes Lei tick as she starts to open up a little more. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Catherine Stratman
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book in this series
    Not as good as the first book in this series. Too much time spent on the boyfriends.
    I'm hoping the third book spends more time on crime solving and suspense.
    Published 7 days ago by 9 elephants
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    really enjoy this series. I love the setting of the islands
    Published 11 days ago by JCHT
    5.0 out of 5 stars Torch Ginger Book#2
    I have enjoyed this series very much so far. I like the way the author uses as many native words and phrases from Hawaii as possible. It makes it that much more authentic! Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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    Published 14 days ago by GiGi
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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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