From The Beginning: Lei Crime Series & #LeiCrimeKW in Order


From the beginning: Lei Crime Series and the Lei Crime Kindle World are finally organized (for the moment!) Over the past year, fans have asked about how the Kindle World stories intersect with the Lei Crime Series, where they fall in the timeline, who their main characters are, and more. To wrap up our Lei Crime Kindle World “launch” I thought we’d update the whole shebang!

We can keep doing this as new books are added to the World every six months or so. With more than 45 stories in the World, it’s a lot to juggle but if you’re interested, here it is! and if you’re new to the Lei Crime Series, after you read the prequels listed below, you can read Blood Orchids – Lei Crime #1 for free!

Lei Crime Series order in which written (and chronologically)

Blood Orchids

Torch Ginger

Black Jasmine

Stolen in Paradise (Marcella)

Broken Ferns

Twisted Vine

Unsound (Dr. Wilson)

Shattered Palms

Dark Lava

Fire Beach

Rip Tides

Wired In (Paradise Crime Series with Sophie Ang) Timeline when story occurs is around Rip Tides.

Bone Hook (Bone Hook jumps ahead five years in Lei and Michael’s timeline)

Red Rain

Bitter Feast

Lei Crime KW novellas, in no particular order, but where they intersect with Lei Crime, and attached to that order:

Rough Road (Prequel to Blood Orchids)
By Toby Neal
Twenty-one year old Lei Texeira meets Sydney Rye on vacation and they solve a crime and make discoveries.

Born to Love (Prequel to Blood Orchids)
By Amy Shojai
Explores Keiki’s first heroic act saving Api when she is targeted by a stalker.

Fireweed Trail (Prequel to Blood Orchids)
By Craig Hanson
Teen Lei solves a murder during a wilderness camp for teens. Encounter shapes her character.

Dragon Touched (Before Blood Orchids, on Hilo)
By Carol Shenold
The fate of the world rests with unlikely heroes. Power comes with a terrible price. Katsuko’s not exactly normal, but she’s never truly been challenged either.

The Shell Keeper (Prequel to Blood Orchids)
By Christine Nolfi
On vacation in South Carolina, Lei discovers the sorcery of belief and the love promised to her future.

Princess Eyes, Part 1 & 2 (Prequel to Blood Orchids)
By Lucas Kana
Young Stevens solves his first very nasty crime. Great twist by end of second book.

Never Again (Prequel to Blood Orchids)
By Julie Gilbert
Young Michael Stevens has the relationship that drives him to become a cop. Suspense from his good friend’s POV.

The Shell Seeker (Prequel to Blood Orchids, Sequel to The Shell Keeper)
By Christine Nolfi
While still on vacation, the magic of Lei’s intuition will solve the case of the missing Pirate Necklace, and save a local woman from unspeakable loss.

A Snake in Paradise (Blood Orchids period, Big Island)
By Eden Baylee
A recent divorcee encounters a nasty con artist and solves a crime.

Half Moon Girls (Torch Ginger period, Kauai)
By Corinne O’Flynn
Super well written mystery with Lei solving a sex kidnapping case.

Seal of a Monk (Torch Ginger period, Kauai)
By Eden Baylee
Same divorcee in A Snake in Paradise solves another mystery on Kauai, intersecting with cult. Vivid characters!

Tell the Truth (Torch Ginger period, Kauai. Sequel to Half Moon Girls)
By Corinne O’Flynn
A murder brings Lei into the crosshairs of the syndicate who want to silence the witnesses from the Half Moon Girls case.

Rocky Bluff (Black Jasmine period, Maui)
By Kim Hornsby
Twisty mystery set in the old also theater with more surprises than the Rocky Horror Picture show!

Money Makes it Deadlier (A year before Stolen in Paradise)
By Julie Gilbert
Action packed! Marcella solves a bank robbery mystery in Honolulu

Revenge Makes it Sweeter (Before Stolen in Paradise; sequel to Money Makes It Deadlier)
By Julie Gilbert
A shocking photo snapped by Abe’s date for a wedding, his Lieutenant, Cherry Joy Omura, reveals a surprising face in the crowd.

Esther’s Gift (Back story of psychic wisewoman Esther Ka’awai who appears in Torch Ginger)
By Bette Lee Crosby
A flashback to hurricane Iniki and a look into the future of Esther’s life.

Revenge Makes it Sweeter
By Julie Gilbert (Stolen in Paradise period)
Marcella solves an assassination and revenge plot in this fast-paced story.

Hidden Poppies (Stolen in Paradise cast and period)
By M.L. Doyle
Marcella and Ken solve a drug smuggling mystery intersecting with the military on Oahu. Suspenseful, emotional, gritty.

Christmas Makes it Chaos (Stolen in Paradise period)
By Julie Gilbert
Marcella goes to Philadelphia for an antiterrorism conference and ends  up investigating a real terrorist threat.

Treachery Makes it Tense (1 year before Stolen in Paradise)
By Julie Gilbert
Special Agent Marcella Scott expects the danger to fall to her. She does not expect her FBI partner’s entire family to disappear

Coffee and Kukui Nuts (Lei on Maui time frame)
By A.J. Llewellyn
Fun mystery with Abe Torufu solving a bomb related crime on Oahu. Funny and vivid characters.

Ti Leaves and Moon Cakes  (sequel to Coffee and Kukui Nuts)
By A.J. Llewellyn
Set one month after Coffee and Kukui Nuts. Features Abe Torufu again, in a developing romance with Lt. C.J. Omura. There’s wedding cake, and an unexploded World War II bomb.

The Road to San Pancho (Jared Stevens, after Twisted Vine)
By Lynda Filler
What purpose brought Peace and her new friend Jared together on the open highway to a Mexican border beyond the distant, sun-drenched horizon before them? An engaging novel that takes the reader on a compelling journey.

Narco Orphans (Jared Stevens, after Twisted Vine)
Lynda Filler
Feisty Peace and her new friend, Jared, experience trouble and action in San Pancho in this fast-paced novel.

Coconut Island  (Comes after Twisted Vine)
By J.L. Oakley
Ace TV reporter Wendy Watanabe  investigates a decades old mystery steeped in her own family’s history. Lei and Pono help. The devastating 1946 tsunami that wiped out Hilo frames the story.

Rocky Bluff (Just before Black Jasmine)
By Kim Hornsby
Detective Lei Texiera witnesses a tragic death during a theatrical rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Maui’s Iao Theater. Lei goes undercover in the bizarre theatrical rendition of a Narcissistic Transsexual Scientist and his band of weirdos.

Charade at Sea (Black Jasmine period)
By Eden Baylee
Lainey Lee and ex-Navy SEAL, Max Scott, shared an incredible experience when they met in Kauai. A romantic cruise around the Hawaiian Islands seems perfect for discovering if they can become more than just friends.

Tough Choices (Between Black Jasmine and Shattered Palms)
By Terry Ambrose
The story brings Pono to Honolulu for a temporary assignment on an interagency drug task force.  Pono Kaihale’s cousin Marty Fitch arrives in the islands determined to reinvent himself—even if it kills him.

One of Her Own (Comes after Shattered Palms)
By Shawn McGuire
Rising MMA star, Gemi Kittredge, helps Lei solve the murder of a fellow boxer while also taking on the Yakuza crime world to find her missing sister.

Stealing Honolulu
By Terry Ambrose
Marty Fitch and his cousin Pono Kaihale investigate a freak accident causing the death of their friend, Jake.

Dark Dawn (Set right after Shattered Palms)
By Fiona Manning
Features Tiare Kaihale, wife of Pono Kaihale, as an amateur sleuth in her own mystery deep in the heart of Maui. A twisty thriller in which she hunts for two missing aunts and a baby.

Out of Her League – Gemi Kittredge Book 2 (After Shattered Palms)
By Shawn McGuire
One month ago, life for Gemi Kittredge meant college classes and mixed martial arts title fights. Now, her sister is missing, and Gemi is prepared to do whatever it takes to find her calling on her friend, Lei, they take on the Yakuza crime bosses.

Dead Man Lying (18 months after Shattered Palms)
By Scott Bury
She knows when you’re lying…FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm is back on Maui to catch a killer.

Dead Flow (Between Shattered Palms and Dark Lava)
By Malcolm Aylward
New detective Gabriella (Gaby) Texeira, Lei’s cousin from California, is tasked to investigate the brutal murder of a local hula girl on Oahu. She attempts to recruit Polynesian antiquities expert, Jake Kahanamoku, to help locate the killer before any more innocent lives are taken.

Palm Trees & Snowflakes (set during second Christmas season following Shattered Palms)
By Scott Bury
FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm and her partner, Special Agent Ken Yamada must solve a baffling drug smuggling case in Oahu.

KAPU (During Fire Beach period)
By Dave Schoonover
Lei and several new characters solve a complicated, ritualistic murder on Maui.

Soga’s Second Chance (over the course of many years on the timeline until current)
By Patricia Sands
Soga Matsumoto was the grandfather that Lei Texeira never knew. Later life, Soga, at a Buddhist retreat in Kyoto, Japan, a coincidental meeting with a woman from his past occurs, offering him the opportunity to begin to live again.

Spark My Desire (after Fire Beach)
By Noelle Pierce
One pageant queen, one sexy firefighter, one week in L.A: Jared Stevens meets a special lady.

Valley Isle Secrets (Fire Beach period)
By Rasana Atrya
Wayne Texeira’s life couldn’t get any better. He’s out of prison. He’s rebuilding his relationship with his daughter. He has a new ladylove.

Warrior Dog (Fire Beach time period)
By Emily Kimelman
A retelling of Fire Beach through the eyes of Lei’s beloved Rottweiller, Keiki. here was more going on than the humans even knew!

Hoaka Moonshine (Rip Tides period)
By Laurie Hanan
Dee Maltin leaves O’ahu for Maui and gets caught up in the woman’s quest for the truth about her birth and finds herself over her head in a Hawaiian-kine mystery

Of Rainbows and Butterfly Wings (After Rip Tides, before Bone Hook)
By Ron Logan
Maui County Medical Examiner, Dr. Phillip Gregory seeks the truth about a lost love. The answers could lead to truths that free him of his burdens, or they could kill him

Paradise Down (After Fire Beach)
By Donna B. McNicol
When Lucia Santerez returns home to Hawaii to help her brother Nicholás with his new dive shop, she learns Nicholás has disappeared–and someone doesn’t want him found.

Saddle Road (Just after Fire Beach/Rip Tides)
By J.L.  Oakley
Atmospheric mystery involving veterans and Lei and Pono solving a gritty case on the Big Island.

Torn Roots (Rip Tides period)
By Scott Bury
Great mystery involving conservation in Hana with Pono as main character

New Beginnings (After Rip Tides and KAPU)
Amy Allen
Jared Stevens has always had a love ’em and leave ’em policy about women, until he meets Lana. She awakens feelings in him he thought impossible.

Unforeseen Danger (Comes before Bone Hook)
By Patricia Logan
Jack Jenkins brother Lane has disappeared on the Mainland. When Jack flies in to assist his partner, the two men find themselves in a fight to get to Lane in time to save his life.

Elysium Tombstones (Just prior to Bone Hook)
By R.S. Guthrie
The three-year-old, unsolved ‘Opuni murder has brought her husband and ex-SEAL Tommy Lanigan to the island to look up his old friend Pono Kaihale.


4 Responses to “From The Beginning: Lei Crime Series & #LeiCrimeKW in Order”

  1. Toni

    Gracias!!! How about letting us know what’s/when is up coming next!

    I’m looking forward to A. J
    Llewellyn next offering. I’ve got Hula pie on the n

    Mahalo for Lei Toby!!!


  2. Karin Stoil

    Thanks Toby, I love this. Now I can relate al the Kindle World books to the Lei Crime Series.

  3. Lynda Filler

    Thanks for this summary! It helps for the TBR list!