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Blood Orchids (Lei Crime, Book 1) by [Neal, Toby]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
Book 1 of 12 in Lei Crime Series (12 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1514 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
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  • Publisher: Toby Neal (27 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FBDHG2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
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By breakaway Reviewers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2014
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Blood Orchids – Toby Neal

Leilani Texeira & her partner Nono Kaihale discover the bodies of two teenage girls while out on patrol.

Lei, relatively new to the police force, asks is she can become part of the investigating team as she’d arrested the one girl for drugs just weeks before the murder.

This turned out to be quite a complicated murder/investigation. The characters were well drawn and the story was tight, with enough red herrings to keep you, the reader, guessing.

Will I be following Lei on her journey? Not sure. The book was good, but can’t say that it’s one that will keep “shouting” at me to find out more about Lei.
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A story that certainly makes our first meeting with Lei an interesting read. Well researched novel that is based somewhere different, Hawaii. Lei is having to deal with a murder case a stalker and her own personal demons. Look forward to meeting Lei again.
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My kind of book couldn't put it down and its nice to have a proper ending I wasn't left hanging
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This is the first book I've read on kindle and I enjoyed both the experience of using a kindle and reading this book.

I loved the setting and the fact that maybe Hawaii wasn't as idyllic as I imagined, the use of pidgin English worked well and didn't distract from the dialogue, just made it more authentic.

Lei is a great character, she's flawed but likeable and you root for her from the start and the slow burning feelings between her and Steven's build up a great 'will they won't they?'

And that's before we've even got to the stalkers and/or murderers! There are plenty of suspects to choose from and I was glad there wasn't too many clues to lead us to the killer as it was a real surprise when the ski mask was err unmasked!

Glad there are more 'Lei' stories...can't wait to see more of Lei and Steven's and see what criminals get their butt kicked by her
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*** Spoiler Alert ***

I loved this book. It's safe to say once I picked this book up I found it impossible to put down.

It's fast paced with lots of twists and turns.

There is a fantastic back story too which kept me thoroughly engaged.

Lei is a truly loveable character and inspiring to women. She has had a heartbreaking beginning to life which I suspect provoked her chosen path into the police force.

Although the story is dark and sad due to the nature of the murders the descriptions of the island are beautiful and I could easily imagine this being made into a Television Series with a beautiful backdrop.

The love interest around Detective Michael Stevens is handled beautifully, it is a happy ending but it is a relationship that comes with a lot of baggage for both Michael and Lei from their childhoods.

The story around Lei's father is well thought out and I particularly enjoyed how it all linked together at the end.

I also must mention my love for Keiki the Rottweiler Dog, I was so relieved that she pulled through, I would have been heartbroken if she hadn't made it.

I did not guess who the killer or the stalker was, I presumed that they were the same person so once the killer had been caught I thought the book took a great turn when Lei was still not completely safe.

There is still one important character who is not out of the picture so I hope this story will be followed up in the series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this therefore I have rated this book a strong 4 stars. I can not wait to read the rest of the series and I suspect that I will be rating one of them 5 stars.

Becky Sherriff (The Kindle Book Review)
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Having been brought up on crime novels, I can be a bit particular about books in the genre. With the genre saturated with middle-aged, white male detectives with failed marriages and a penchant for the bottle, few protagonists in crime novels are memorable enough for me to sit up and take notice of them.

Lei Texeira is one such protagonist. Far from being just a pretty face (and a pretty name!), Leilani Texeira is a plucky, intrepid policewoman haunted by her past. Driven and ambitious, Lei aspires to ditch her uniform to become a detective, but her impulsive initiative and stubbornness can sometimes land her in more trouble than she can handle. A strong and kick-butt heroine in a genre populated by male detectives, Lei nevertheless has a vulnerable side, as she struggles to let go of her past as a victim of child abuse. Ms. Neal's background as a mental health therapist definitely helped in portraying a determined but troubled character, adding realism and depth to a complex and compelling heroine.

Now to the story: Blood Orchids centres around the double murder of two high school girls. As officer Lei Texeira pursues the case, she herself is pursued by a stalker. The story is gripping, with heaps of action, and Ms. Neal did a fantastic job pacing the story, revealing nuggets of information one layer at a time. Whilst I mentally patted myself on the back when I correctly identified the killer, I certainly did not foresee that the story didn't end there! No spoilers here, but suffice it to say that what I initially thought was a predictable read, became far from it in the end, and that Lei's troubles were far from over!

Sure, at some points in the story, I did wonder, "Wow, what are the odds of all this misery befalling one single person?" But Ms.
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