Stolen in Paradise

By: Toby Neal
Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One betta fish, two dead biologists, three trysts, four suspects, and 35 pairs of shoes add up to complicated days in paradise for Special Agent Marcella Scott. Marcella gets into sand way over her Manolos investigating the death of a prominent scientist who washed up on a Waikiki beach with a bullet hole between the eyes. BioGreen, a genetically-engineered algae that could solve the world fuel crisis, has been stolen from the development lab - a hotbed of intrigue where everyone on the project has something to hide. Marcella also has a secret vice, more dangerous than expensive shoes - and it leads her into arms that are too close for comfort.

©2013 Toby Neal (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Lei's best friend, Marcella gets her own story!

I can't get enough of Toby Neal's stories narrated by Sara Malia Hatfield! Classic Neal crime novel, STOLEN IN PARADISE is FBI Special Agent Marcella Scott's vehicle sans best friend, Lei Texeira of the Lei Crime Series. In addition to a murder case involving a top secret formula & dead bodies, I loved learning more about Marcella's relationship with hunky HPD Detective Marcus Kamuela---hot, hot, HOT! Sara has the most amazing talent for a variety of voices and the lyrical dialect of the islands.

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Loved Marcella's Story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes!! Toby Neal's stories are always compelling, but adding the Voice of Sara H. to the mix makes the audiobook something really special!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I really liked this story a lot and the tension of Marcella's story - the struggle of her work and personal life. I loved learning more about her, her background, and family. She is an interesting woman to know. As with all of Neal's books, the mystery has unexpected twists and turns.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Although it is a companion to Lei Crime, it was enough of a different type of a story that it really kept me intrigued. I was done with it fairly quickly -- didn't want to turn off my iPhone!

Any additional comments?

The narrator is incredible!!

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Great story.

This is my first Toby Neal. It won't be my last. Good work and well worth the listening time.

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Hawaii, Sex Club, Murder served with pasta

Overview of this book is this - a homicide worked by relationship phobic detectives who enjoyed a sex club relationship, tossed with Italian parents who are attempting to settle into a Hawaiian retirement.

The narrator was good, she handled accents very well and was appropriately enthusiastic as she read, but I expected more after reading the reviews - I trust reviews.

If you are thinking of listening to this book, you'll find it entertaining, it was just not enough for me.

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oh, I loved this!!!! More, please!!

Wow, I loved this! Oh, can there please be more Marcella??!! Now I can't wait to start the Paradise Crime Series again to get more Marcella and Marcus!

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Not Paradise

I am a fan of the Lei crime series. I assumed this would be just as enjoyable. I didn't like this one. Marcella is not main character material. Her back story and connection to the tech, could have been incorporated into another, book as a parallel. The narrator is great with polynesian accents, but the Italian and Indian accents here were horrible. add to it the ic sound when ever she said a word ending in ing. No matter who was talking, Male, female, or their supposed accent, it was there and heavy. this book was an overwhelming disappointment.

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Toby’s Hawaii with Marcella

What a wonderful story!!! I have followed Toby Neal’s books for the last year and have read most all of what she wrote. I love her stories and telling us about Hawaii. That is the only way I will ever get there and I truly enjoy the descriptions of the islands. I am hoping Toby decides to follow Lei, Michael, their two children, Sophie, Jake, Marcella and her husband and son in more books to the series. I had to listen to one book but read it and all the others. Cannot get my fill of Toby’s writing!!!

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Evil abounds

An exciting story with a lot of drama and suspense. The explicit sex was more than I usually read but all in all that part turned into a love story.

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A little drug out.

Too much romance resistance. Story just didn't keep interest,too much detailing. Need to get on with the investigation and not describe every little thing.

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wrong Italian references

the story is ok and keeps you wanting to read more but I was a bit frustrated by sone wrong Italian references and by the Italian accent that the audible performance had.