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Torch Ginger Paperback – August 17, 2012
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About the Author
Kirkus Reviews calls Neal's writing, "persistently riveting. Masterly."
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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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.
Toby Neal writes a very good Hawaiian story. The Hawaiian names of people, towns, mountains, and places can be tricky to pronounce correctly if the reader does not have a firm grasp on the Hawaiian culture.
The story line is believable, and intriguing, while the characters are likable and easy to relate to.
There is a slow, but stimulating build up to the apex of the storyline which totally draws the reader in.
The lead character, Leilani Texeira's affections are divided between two men; the handsome and charismatic real estate developer Alika Wolcott and her former Rock-of-Gibraltar fiancé Michael Stevens.
As detective Leilani works her current missing person's case, she deals with the two men in her life, feeling exciting, risk taking passion when she is with Alika and deep, emotional, heart rendering eroticism, while in the presence of Michael.
Find out what happens in her missing person's case (after she goes undercover) and which one of the handsome, exciting men she chooses in the end.
Besides having a lush, real-world setting, described in great and loving detail, Ms. Neal gives us some wonderful characters, and a chilling mystery. And, as always, a stirring love story, as well.
I consider this book well worth my money, and well worth my time reading it. If you like your murders gritty, if you like your cops flawed, if you've ever dreamed of going to Hawai'i, you'll enjoy this book.