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  • Good mystery with multiple crimes

    I admit. I almost always love Toby Neal books - especially Lei Crime. Lei is investigating missing street teenage girls. When the friend of a colleague's daughter disappears, the case changes since this girl isn't homeless. There's the issue of homeless versus privileged plus the fact that the latest girl has other issues. The colleague's daughter has her own opinion about the disappearance and takes the investigation into her own hands. Good mystery with multiple crimes

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  • Lei Plus New Characters

    Thank you, Toby Neal, for another Lei adventure! As always, Toby uses beautiful descriptions of Hawaii as she leads us to find lost girls. She updates us on the characters that we love from previous books and introduces several new ones. We get a just a glimpse of the family compound. In addition to solving the crime, she addresses several societal issues – human trafficking, cyber bullying and self-harm. I look forward to Lei’s next adventure!

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  • Engaging, Engrossing, Timely

    Shark Cove continues best-selling author Toby Neal’s Paradise Crime series, and I am so happy to see a new volume in one of my favorite Neal series. Neal’s writing has always been engaging, descriptive, and engrossing, and she seems to improve with each book. Shark Cove is no exception. The story takes us back to the start of the series, when Lei Texeira experienced a horrific series of events with a friend in Mexico that led to Lei becoming interested in law enforcement. In this book, Lei reconnects with that friend, Harriet Vierra, and investigates a series of missing girls on Maui. This is a timely and compelling story that could be ripped from the headlines of any newspaper. As with all Neal’s books, the story is complex, well-researched and technically sound, and completely engrossing. I read my advanced copy in just two days. The characters in the Paradise Crime series are some of my favorites and I was so happy to be immersed in their world again. Some of the hallmarks of Neal’s writing are her ability to create characters with whom most of us can relate and with whom we feel connections. Having read every book in this series, I feel I know these characters as if they were real and were friends. Neal delves into their motivations, their desires, their needs, and her characters are fully developed in a way that takes her writing to a level not often seen in crime novels. Another aspect of Neal’s writing that I love is her ability to create a world that feels real, describing places, cultures, food, in such detail that the reader becomes immersed and a part of that world. We hear the sounds, see the sights, smell the scent of the islands, so her books become experiences that stay with us long after we finish the last page. Neal has lived on the Hawaiian islands and she takes us there with her characters on their journeys.

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  • Shark Cove -an exciting new addition to the series

    Reading Shark Cove was like slipping into a brand new pair of comfy slippers. There was plenty of comfort with the familiarity of favorite characters, while the new characters blended in seamlessly in the 15th addition to the Paradise Crime Mystery series by Toby Neal. Neal is excellent at portraying colorful multi-generational characters all within the landscape of the Hawaiian islands. You can often catch the scent of plumeria wafting on the trade wind breeze and visualize the variety of colors of tropical blossoms as her descriptions are that expressive. In Shark Cove, Lei Texiera is working cases of young teen girls gone missing on Maui. As Lei and partner Pono get working the latest broad daylight abduction, Lei is surprised to be introduced to new Maui Detective Harriet 'Harry' Clark, someone Lei had adventures with many years ago. Harry's young daughters, Malia and Kylie, Lei warns Harry, are in the age bracket of the abducted girls. When Malia's best friend, Camille, disappears without letting her know that she is going anywhere, Malia sets out to discover where Camille has gone. Not believing Camille's mother or fathers explanations, Malia starts snooping around and getting in some trouble herself. With the adults listening to Malia's concerns, and the police working on the connections with existing and known criminals, the many elements come together in a satisfying conclusion. Skillfully depicting the mentality and language of a teens behavior, while also fusing the actions of the adults and police procedure, Shark Cove is a fast paced addition to the Paradise Crime Mystery series.

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  • Love Lei

    Another 5 star Lei story. Been missing her and Stevens. This one like all of Ms. Neal's books grabed me from the start and didn't let go. I'm so happy to be a member of her ARC Team. I only wish I was as good at expressing my thoughts as her. 

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