Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review for Broken Ferns-Lei Crime series #4 by Toby Neal

Title: Broken Ferns
Author: Toby Neal
Publisher: Toby Neal
Genre: Crime/Mystery/Contemporary
Publication date: January 31, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9839524-8-0
Length: 208 pages
Book Series and number: Lei Crime Series #4
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: Warm

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll
4, Warm

The island of Oahu is warm breezes, skyscrapers and green mountains—but a daring young thief is out to make a statement, and Special Agent Lei Texeira’s new career is already on the line.

Lei Texeira has made a difficult transition from detective on Maui to the FBI on Oahu—and her first big case as an agent draws national media attention. With her typical jump-first, look-later style, she pursues her quarry from Oahu to the outer islands, rousing old conflicts and new heartbreak.

“Crisp, well-written and full of local color - Broken Ferns is another page-turner from Toby Neal.” Greta Van der Rol, author of Morgan’s Choice.

My review:
So far, I've kept up with reading the Lei Crime series and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. I find Ms. Neal's writing style to be very compelling, I feel as if I'm right there watching the story play out. I felt Broken Ferns was a little bit different from Ms. Neal's other books. There was still the mystery of who was actually doing the crimes and a lot of action. The story was fast paced and kept me turning the pages. However, this story is more about how Lei is handling leaving her detective job to become an FBI agent, and how she can make herself conform to some strict rules. I do like Lei's personality, she's a kick-ass heroine. The longer they investigated the Smiley Bandit, and the cause for the perpetrators, has Lei feeling some compassion for the robbers.
Marcella tries her best to help Lei get accustomed to the FBI rules, but Lei is already on the Captain's bad list just because she's a woman. Lei also has to deal with leaving her beloved dog Keiko behind and the break-up with her boyfriend, Stevens. Broken Ferns plot gives Lei a lot to think about besides the crime she needs to solve. I can't wait to see how Ms. Neal's next book handles Lei's life, her friendships, and love life.

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