• ISBN 978-0983952411
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2011
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Blood Orchids

Lei Crime #1

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo.

On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. The girl’s harsh life and tragic death touches a chord with Lei, and she becomes obsessed with the case. The killer is drawn to her intensity and stalks her, feeding on her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.

Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei's quest for answers. She finds herself falling in love for the first time—but the stalker is closer than she can imagine, and threads of the past are tangled in her future. Lei is determined to find the killer—but he already knows where she lives.


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Action-packed whodunnit! This book reaches out and grabs you from page 1.

  • Bonny Ponting
  • Publisher at OnMaui Magazine

Toby Neal’s plots have a relentless, charged energy that heats up every page.

  • Holly Robinson
  • author of Sleeping Tigers

...few protagonists in crime novels are memorable enough for me to sit up and take notice of them... A strong and kick-butt heroine in a genre populated by male detectives, Lei nevertheless has a vulnerable side

  • J.C. Martin
  • author of Oracle

The author builds a convincing web of horrors around main character Lei Texeira, and after reading this book I'm going to have a hard time relaxing again.

  • Frederick Lee Brooke
  • author of Zombie Candy (Annie Ogden, #2)

This book was excellent. Anybody who likes mysteries should read it

  • Mary Be

This was a well-written, perfectly-paced book, steeped in Hawaiian culture. Ms. Neal does a good job balancing the paradise aspect of the islands, with the seedy side normally unseen by tourists.

  • Noelle Pierce
  • author of Dancing in the Dark