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Blood Orchids
     

Blood Orchids

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by Toby Neal
 

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Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water-but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there's a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers-one of whom she'd recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl's harsh

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Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water-but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there's a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers-one of whom she'd recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl's harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed-even as the killer is drawn to Lei's intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.

Despite her obsession with the case and fear that she's being stalked, Lei finds herself falling in love for the first time. Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei's quest for answers-and the stalker is closer than she can imagine, as threads of the past tangle in her future. Lei is determined to find the killer-but he knows where to find her first.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983952411
Publisher:
Toby Neal
Publication date:
12/02/2011
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
404,432
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in Hawaii and makes the Islands home after living elsewhere for “stretches of exile” to pursue education. Toby enjoys outdoor activities including bodyboarding, scuba diving, photography and hiking as well as writing. A mental health therapist, she credits that career with adding depth to the characters in the Lei Crime Series.

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Blood Orchids 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
suzireads More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading "Blood Orchids." Stayed up late and got up early to finish. A real page turner, although the crime mystery genre is typically (well, never) my first choice. I was drawn to the book for a variety of reasons and am thinking I just may have been missing something by brushing these off in the past. Or, it could be that Toby Neal exposes a side of mystery writing that is fresh and new and where there are captivating characters I can identify with - at least in my imagination. Lei is the strong woman I would like to be, but she is also vulnerable and wants all the things we all want and need - compassion, love, understanding and forgiveness.This is just a great read that I didn't want to end. Can't wait until May when I get to catch up with Lei again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel kept me glued to my chair, I spent the whole day reading it, only left my chair to forage for christmas leftovers. I have spent sometime in the islands and this brought me right back, I am looking forward to the next addition in March.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I would call this novel a murder/mystery with just enough romance. A perfect read! Lei Texeira is the main character of the story. She has spent half her life in Hawaii and half in California. When her mother overdoses on drugs and her father is sent to jail, she is sent to California to live with her Aunty. She returns to Hawaii as a police officer, where she is put on a serial rapist/killer case and has a stalker to deal with. These cases open memories she has buried from the past forcing her to deal with them Michael Stevens, the secondary character, is not only Lei’s co-work on the rapist/killer case but also her compelling love interest. With his patience and understanding their story develops wonderfully. There are a great many wonderful and touching scenes between Stevens and Lei. I loved how Toby Neal kept me guessing. I would catch a clue and think that I knew who the stalker or killer was and then something would happen to make it obvious that I was so wrong. I was kept guessing til almost the end of the book and after all was said and done I had that AH-HA moment where it all made sense. Toby Neal wrote a great novel. Grabs you from the very beginning and keeps you into it til the very last page. I love a great murder/mystery story, the romance was just an added perk. Everyone should check out Blood Orchids, A Lei Crime Novel. I shall be anxiously awaiting the next novel’s release.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
I liked the story it had a good mix intrigue, plot development and action (along with a sprinkle of Hawaii which pulled me to this book in the first place).  It’s well written and interesting.  I think why I’m having trouble rating it higher than three stars is because I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Lei. Her past and issues make her an interesting and complex character, but I just never felt that connection with her and in turn never really grabbed me.  That being said it was interesting enough that when I need another fix of Hawaii life I’m sure I’ll be coming back to see what Lei has in store.
InfiniteDreams More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read that was written by a Hawaiian author, and I have to say their style of writing is different. Having a SIL born and raised in Hawaii, I totally get the Island Vibe. The book transitions smoothly and not once was a lost. It is a murder/mystery with a small touch of romance. I couldn't stop reading and when I did it was because my eyes could no longer stay open. The characters are likeable and impressionable, Lei really does seem like she could be a real person. Toby was able to bring to life the islands in a not so glamorous way. The main character, Lei Texeira, feels like "damaged goods" and is always pushing the envelope. Never wanting to feel the way she did in her past, she recklessly puts herself in danger...all the time. She has something to prove, but not really to others more to herself. She wants to make detective and will do anything she thinks will help her get ahead. Even if it means almost losing her life. While I think she always rushed into things without thinking, which was kind of frustrating, I really like her character. She stood up to face her demons and was very human, she struggled, but in the end was able to overcome them. The romance in the book isn't overwhelming. I mean it's supposed to be a murder/mystery right? Toby Neal weaves it in there so smoothly and at the right times you hardly notice it at all. I think it was a given though, because as much as Lei has to go through she so deserves it. I think the match was made well and would love to read more stories about them both. I think it would be pretty interesting. Blood Orchids had me guessing, from beginning to the end. It left me scratching my head and some points when I just knew I have figured everything out. I could sense Toby Neal laughing as she knew I was totally wrong. This was an excellent book that you will surely love. Even if you aren't a huge murder/mystery buff, this book will be sure to please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This didn't keep my interest. I found it very predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The intrigue of the murders and the stalking were over shadowed by the over used broken childhood of the ultimate victim. And her "hero", right ... A bit too cliche.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book. Ig
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspence pushes you to keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, kept you on your toes and even confused you on who was behind it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with interesting information about the people, cuisine and life on the islands. A very real story...
NoellePierce More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, perfectly-paced book, steeped in Hawaiian culture. Ms. Neal does a good job balancing the paradise aspect of the islands, with the seedy side normally unseen by tourists. Leilani Texeira has some major demons from her past, which come back to haunt her in the first of this suspense series. In fact, there's concern that she'll be able to do her job because one of her coping mechanisms when dealing with any sort of triggers is dissociation. The book opens with the discovery of two murdered teenage girls, and Lei manages to get involved in the investigation of a serial rapist who seems to have escalated to murder (even though Lei's a patrol officer). There's enough foreshadowing to keep us interested, and she leaves us clues to the serial rapist's/murderer's identity, but they aren't obvious on the first read. Looking back, I smacked my forehead more than once at not seeing the clues. I originally wrote down a couple of things I didn't like, but the first one was isolated to the first third to quarter of the book and, in the grand scheme of things, not worth mentioning. The second was the speed of the romance subplot, especially given Lei's traumatic past. Granted, my normal reading fare is genre romance, so I tend to want the love interest to develop as a larger part of the story. Since this isn't a romance, I can't fault Ms. Neal for that aspect, but I still think it progressed too quickly. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the suspense genre, a unique setting, and a strong (but flawed) female protagonist.
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Loved the strong female lead and the psychology. Buying next in series
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Merewood2000 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. Set in Hawaii, a policewoman, Lei, and her partner Pono, catch a double homocide. As the investigation moves along, it is clear that this isn't the unsub's first kidnapping and rape. Things heat up when Lei starts getting notes from a stalker and one of her friends goes missing. Beautifully written. Wonderful detail and scene descriptions. Enough flirting to keep the reader interested without having to read private detail. One of the best books I have read in months.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down. Cannot wait to read the others in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book . Language at times was interesting and quite different .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable and suspensful novel
TeachCO More than 1 year ago
I've been looking for a new author, and Toby Neal is it! Blood Orchids was a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never could get into mysteries but this book and series has blown away every misconception I have had about the genre. I'm excited for number 12 to come out.. worth the read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was so good I didn't want to put it down.
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Linda_La More than 1 year ago
Toby Neal has done it! ¿Blood Orchids¿ grabs you from the first page and takes you into a fast paced world of murder and mystery. Neal has developed very real characters in a dark side of Hawaii only usually understood by locals and rarely talked about. The main character is Lei Tereria, a complicated Hilo cop with something to prove. Her past had molded her into who she is at the start and you see her challenge her past (and future) through-out the book. Every character in this book is well developed. ¿Keiki¿, Lei¿s Rottweiler, is one of my favorites! This one will keep you guessing until the end. I can¿t wait to read the next book in the Lei Crime Series!