- File Size: 673 KB
- Print Length: 82 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Worlds (April 9, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VQWUE5W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Lei Crime Series: Half Moon Girls (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition
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I have to say I was thoroughly impressed by Corinne O'Flynn's entry. Based on this novella alone, I definitely want to check out the rest of the novellas and the original books they were based on. Ms. O'Flynn was able to pack a novel's worth of action and characterization within the confines of a novelette. I immediately fell in love with Lei and the world she inhabits.
We are treated to a very well-fleshed out story that was tight, concise and action-packed, but still allowed room for great characterizations, descriptions and sense of place. I have never particulary had a yearning to visit Hawaii or its surrounding islands, however, I do now. I could almost smell the flowers, hear the gulls and the murmur of the ocean and feel the sand between my toes.
This is a unique and fascinating world and ""Half Moon Girls"" was an excellent introduction into it."
**I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review**
I was not familiar with The Lei Crime Series until I read Half Moon Girls, so I don't have the full context for all the characters. After reading this novella, I found that doesn't really matter. The lightning fast action of this crime story grabs a hold of you and won't let you breathe until the last page sneaks up on you.
Mrs. O'Flynn's strength in storytelling is her ability to grab you at the start and keep you interested each step of the way. For me, this is especially important for a crime novel, where diligent attention to detail is critical to success. I knew who the characters were, knew how they interacted, cared about them and knew how they would deal with a wild card like the Dr. Polly Harris. What a great counter balance in personality to Lei
Another hidden gem was the vivid detail of the scenery and surroundings of Kauai throughout the novella. I have never been to Hawaii, but I think everyone has a vision of what it would be like, don't they? Mrs. O'Flynn painted an excellent rendition of a tropical paradise I have stored in my head. Bonus for me!
Perfect timing for the start of my Kindle Unlimited free trial to dive into the world The Lei Crime Series that Toby Neal has created. If Half Moon Girls is indicative of the quality of the world, I know I won't be disappointed.
- The ending’s a little abrupt, but the mystery unfolds at a nice pace.
- There were some threads that seemed to go nowhere. I’m being purposefully vague to avoid spoilers, but some aspects of the investigation seemed hyped up for no reason.
- The medical examiner was suitably quirky. Dr. Harris was nicely fleshed out for a side character.
- To my knowledge, the story doesn’t contain any spoilers for those who haven’t yet read the Lei Crime Series canon. I believe this story fits near the second book. (Jack Jenkins is her partner and she’s a detective…definitely not first book.)
- The bad guy’s a little stock, but that’s not a terrible thing.
- This novella also brings up a topic that’s close to my heart. And the title fits well.
Conclusion: Well worth reading.
This writer is the sort that causes me a great deal of anguish. Her writing style is excellent...
She weaves a tapestry of story together in a series of seamless bits of yarn. What I mean is, this story has excellent description and the dialogue is so true to the dialogue is characters would likely speak in.
As with any 75 page story, their is precious little space to flesh out even the heroine, although, the author does well with the little time she has.
All of which does not describe why the writer causes me such anguish...
Each chapter ends with a hook that forced me to begin reading the subsequent chapter. Had this been a Stephen King length story, I'd have gone two weeks with no sleep.
I was gifted this novella through Amazon's KDP program following a Lei Crime Series review I did of another great up and coming writer, Eden Baylee, who is one of my favorite writers.
I consider myself a lucky man indeed, due to the several outstanding novellas (fan fiction) centered on a character created by Toby Neal.
I hope to see Hallmark Network begin a series soon using the Lei Crime Series, which is, sort of, a woman's equivalent to Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series.
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