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Rip Tides

(Paradise Crime Mysteries Book 9)
By: Toby Neal
Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
Series: Paradise Crime Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Surfing in Hawaii can be fame, talent, and...murder.

Poised to win the prestigious Triple Crown of Surfing, Maui surf star Makoa Simmons washes up tragically dead. Detective Lei Texeira plunges into a high-profile case whose dark and tangled motives reach deep into the elite world of professional surfing on the North Shore of Oahu. Lei must follow her instincts into new territory even as husband Michael Stevens struggles with heartbreak of another kind.

©2015 Toby Neal (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Another fantastic mystery featuring Lei Texeira and the wonderful, deftly drawn characters populating the Lei Crime Series. Toby Neal just keeps getting better, and Rip Tides is my new favorite." (Emily Kimelman, author of the Sydney Rye Mystery Series)

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Keeps getting better & better

Rip Tides (Lei Crime Series Book 9) continues the personal stories of Hawaiian police detectives-- Lei Texeira and her husband Michael Stevens -- as well as the latest homicide case in which a surfing star has drowned under suspicious circumstances.

I can't get enough of Lei, Michael and their extended family. Narrator Sara Malia Hatfield enhances the experience with her wonderful performance, capturing the characters and the island dialect.

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Disappointing

Interesting plot but not a page turner.

Too many side issues detract from the main storyline and don't add anything substantial.


The performer's voice is indistinct and often hard to understand, especially when doing male voices. When she does her gravel voice male characters with Hawaiian accents, she is almost impossible to understand.

Would not recommend it in audiobook format.




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Not bad

Unknowingly I picked up book 9 in a series. This put me at a disadvantage as I didn't know the back story which was referenced often. I thought the narrator did a good job with female voices, however her native Hawaiian male voices sounded guttural and mumbling. I rewound frequently trying to understand. Lei's husband was referenced as "Stephens" even by her. I thought this odd later finding out his first name was Micheal. Fairly interesting story, don't know If I'd rush to pick up another unless it was a bargain price.

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Another hit in this series.

The series continues, expanding the characters. Sara Malia Hatfield does a great interpretation of this story, providing entertainment with the reading. Hawaii is depicted as the tourist never sees it. This is a series I look forward to listening to or reading and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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What a tradegy. A surfer at the prime of his career is murdered

Throughout this book the maincharacter dies right away and people who were his lovers, friends, amd enemies are investigated. It goes to show as the song says, "There's a Thin Line Between Love and Hate."

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This title caught my attention quickly. Great title for this story.

Such a great ending. I never seen that coming!!!!!! I love the Hawaiian setting and the Hawaiian tongue used.

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Good crime story

A good crime mystery with interesting characters. The plot is believable starting with the possible murder of a celebrity surfer. SGT Lei Texeira and her partner skillfully solve the crime despite lack of strong evidence.

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Excellent Novel

This was my first Toby Neal novel and I was not disappointed with this "new to me" author. The novel had wonderful visuals that brought back my own time in the islands, and the plot was not only interesting, but kept you guessing right to the end. I'm looking forward to more from this author.

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OK book.

Did not like the narrator accent. I don't think I would like another book by this author. I would like to remove it from my library.

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Second book read to me.

What did you like best about Rip Tides? What did you like least?

The story was good. I did not like the man voice the reader Sara Hatfield used. It was hard to understand it. So I am going back to read my own books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sara Malia Hatfield’s performances?

No. I did not like the man voice the reader Sara Hatfield used. It was hard to understand it.