• Twisted Vine

  • (Paradise Crime Mysterie, Book 5)
  • By: Toby Neal
  • Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Twisted Vine

By: Toby Neal
Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
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Publisher's summary

The island of Oahu is skyscrapers and rainforests, beaches and boutiques - but Special Agent Lei Texeira is drawn into a shadow world connected by death and the Internet. Mysterious suicides draw Lei and her team, including tech specialist Sophie Ang, to hunt a criminal who plays with the thin gray line between right and wrong. Lei stirs up a hornet's nest on the investigation as her past reaches out in a twisted vine of old loves, new technologies, and dark vendettas.

©2013 Toby Neal (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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"Toby Neal scores a royal flush in this fifth of an unmissable crime series for mystery fans!" (J. C. Martin, author of Oracle)

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Not my favourite.

Of all of the books in this series I’ve read, I liked this the least. The crime side was fine, but it’s the messy personal stuff that really is getting in the way. The character of Lei is getting muddy and I really don’t like it – she’s not the upstanding force for justice anymore, she’s been involved in so many suspect incidents at this point, that even IA is starting to glare at her suspiciously.

I’m not enjoying the increased shift towards Lei’s increasingly complicated personal life – I vastly preferred when the balance was more equal. The internal affairs investigation etc is really drawing the story away from what I enjoyed about the series – interesting crimes with some personal drama on the side. The author is trying to keep Lei interesting, but making her feel like she's becoming a 'dirty cop' almost, is really not the way to do it.

Not sure I like the Sophie sections – I’d gotten invested in Lei, and though it makes sense in context to have someone with a different situation and background to fit her role in the story, I’m not thrilled about the split first-person perspective. I hope this is not going to be a permanent thing.

The reader does her usual great job, I’m very happy with her work.

I’m hoping this is a once-off dip into this uglier side of Lei’s life and work because this is going to be incredibly annoying if this becomes the norm. This was the first that I didn’t completely enjoy.

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