• Torch Ginger

  • (Paradise Crime Mysteries, Book 2)
  • By: Toby Neal
  • Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Torch Ginger

By: Toby Neal
Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
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If J.D. Robb's In Death series went on location with Kaui Hart Hemmings's The Descendants, you'd have Toby Neal's Torch Ginger.

The island of Kaua'i is remote jungle, golden beaches, and ancient culture - but transients are disappearing in paradise, and only Detective Lei Texeira notices. Lei transfers to the island of Kaua'i, where she uncovers a pattern of disappearances that may be related to a bizarre cult - or is it just one madman at work? In Lei's world, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. In the midst of the biggest case sleepy Kaua'i has ever seen, Lei must also untangle the mysteries of her heart and discover who she loves.

©2012 Toby Neal (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Even more enjoyable than the first.

The case is an interesting one and the setup is unusual in that it is particular to a place like Hawaii: a location that is the idealised paradise and attracts both tourists and ‘seekers’, many of whom are disillusioned when they learn it has the same problems as everywhere else (Paris is notorious for this issue), and the author uses that topic as a very good segue into the crime section of the story.

I am really enjoying the relationship with Stevens – it’s quite refreshing to have a couple that isn’t perfect, and a heroine with serious relationship hang-ups due to her abused past, it’s realistic and if it’s done properly, we can actually watch Lei work through her issues and come out stronger for it. Something tells me that Stevens is going to need the patience of a saint but he seems like a good man, and I really hope the author doesn’t just swop him out for a newer model, but actually sticks with him and makes the characters work it out. I never felt there was too much of a focus on Lei’s personal life, it felt like a good balance between personal and the case itself, I hope it continues.

The reader continues her excellent job of bringing these characters to life – her accents make the story much more immersive.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first one – the author taking advantage of the more unusual, localised issues Hawaii faces to paint the story with an immersive local colour. The author is also doing a great job making Lei an interesting, strong, believable protagonist – she’s not perfect but she is sincere and dedicated.

A very enjoyable and entertaining continuation of the series. I’ve already bought several more of these – take advantage of the reduced price when you buy the Kindle version and you’ll get your money’s worth.

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