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Broken Ferns (Paradise Crime Mysteries, Book 4) Kindle Edition
Paradise can be merciless.
Does she really want to bring down the bandit?
Lei made a difficult transition from detective on Maui to the FBI on Oahu. Her first big case as an agent draws national media attention as a teenage Robin Hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor, hopping from island to island in a stolen airplane.
Someone has to make things right.
Impoverished and orphaned, the Smiley Bandit isn’t going to take it anymore. The angry teen steals a private plane and sets off on a crime spree fueled by social media and designed to draw attention to the income gap in Hawaii…but things soon spiral out of control, and lives are at stake.
“Crisp, well-written and full of local color - Broken Ferns is another page-turner from Toby Neal.” Greta Van der Rol, author of Morgan’s Choice
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Award-winning, USA Today bestselling social worker turned author Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii. Neal is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her stories. Neal's police procedurals with multicultural detective Lei Texeira and a host of colorful side characters, explore the crimes and issues of Hawaii and are so popular that they've spawned a licensed fan fiction world on Amazon.
Neal focuses on mystery, but also writes action/adventure, romance and a line of apocalyptic romance thrillers, the Scorch Series, with Emily Kimelman.
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- ASIN : B00B9KURLW
- Publisher : Neal Enteprises INC (January 31, 2013)
- Publication date : January 31, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2410 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 262 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #473,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll
The island of Oahu is warm breezes, skyscrapers and green mountains—but a daring young thief is out to make a statement, and Special Agent Lei Texeira’s new career is already on the line.
Lei Texeira has made a difficult transition from detective on Maui to the FBI on Oahu—and her first big case as an agent draws national media attention. With her typical jump-first, look-later style, she pursues her quarry from Oahu to the outer islands, rousing old conflicts and new heartbreak.
“Crisp, well-written and full of local color - Broken Ferns is another page-turner from Toby Neal.” Greta Van der Rol, author of Morgan’s Choice.
So far, I've kept up with reading the Lei Crime series and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. I find Ms. Neal's writing style to be very compelling, I feel as if I'm right there watching the story play out. I felt Broken Ferns was a little bit different from Ms. Neal's other books. There was still the mystery of who was actually doing the crimes and a lot of action. The story was fast paced and kept me turning the pages. However, this story is more about how Lei is handling leaving her detective job to become an FBI agent, and how she can make herself conform to some strict rules. I do like Lei's personality, she's a kick-ass heroine. The longer they investigated the Smiley Bandit, and the cause for the perpetrators, has Lei feeling some compassion for the robbers.
Marcella tries her best to help Lei get accustomed to the FBI rules, but Lei is already on the Captain's bad list just because she's a woman. Lei also has to deal with leaving her beloved dog Keiko behind and the break-up with her boyfriend, Stevens. Broken Ferns plot gives Lei a lot to think about besides the crime she needs to solve. I can't wait to see how Ms. Neal's next book handles Lei's life, her friendships, and love life.
During the earlier books, Lei sometimes did not follow procedure during investigations. Although she is trying to improve, she still has a tendency to go off on her own, even within the FBI, an organization where working as a team is a must.
Everything seems to be about her. She broke up with Stevens and gave him Keiki and yet a year later she expects the status quo to hold and he would be waiting. When she finds he has married the Thai girl from the last series, she is devestated, never once thinking how their breakup may have affected him.
After a year of abandonment (couldn't her dog have gone with her or have been placed on a temperary basis?) she wants Keiki back, whether or not she is able to care for her or even what Keiki's thoughts are.
While I enjoyed the story line and will definitely read the next in the series, I would expect a little more growth in Lei's character development, expecially with the help she has gotten (although not all of it willingly), but she still falls back on old habits, relaxation breathing, rubbing a stone or pinching herself. It is time for her to grow and gain some self insights along with the good story lines.
One other thought, too. In the previous book, the Thai girl had laft her home for a job on a cruise line to escape her abusive husband. How could Stevens have married her without making her a bigamist, unles he Thai marriage wouldn't be recognized in the US (but why not?) or unles he was just using it as a ploy to prevent deportment?
He claimed to have married her to keep her from being sent back to her abusive family, no mention of a divorce.
What starts as a strike for justice from a youthful antagonist, devolves into something darker and the FBI and local police are on the hunt to stem the damage to both targets and offenders. Lei’s struggle to conform in her new position as an FBI agent was a nice hook, and I found Consuela’s perspective fascinating (I see in her author’s notes that Neal herself became captivated with this troubled teenager, and hinted at a book of outtakes from that character’s perspective – I think that would make an interesting read!)
I will read all of the other books in this series, as I have become really intrigued by the characters and their interaction, and I’m very fond of a good crime story. ‘Broken Ferns’ ticks both of those boxes for me. My only criticism would be I would have enjoyed some of the elements of the story to be expanded, but perhaps that was just a reluctance to finish a good book.
Top reviews from other countries
The setting is continued on the islands of Hawaii and Special Agent Lei Texeira is finding the transition to the FBI a difficult one especially with a move to another island involved. She left her boyfriend and asked him to look after her dog because she was afraid of commitment.
Lei also has issues from her childhood which are unresolved but she is working on them and wants to find out more about her family.
This is a stand-alone book but there are some original characters from previous books so I would also recommend reading the books from 1 - 4, they are all great stories.
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In this book, Lei is now a newbie FBI agent, and struggling to cope with the rigid rules and protocols. As ever, the well developed plot is largely driven by her character. It makes for an entertaining read!