Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review for Stolen In Paradise by Toby Neal

Title: Stolen In Paradise
Author: Toby Neal
Publisher: Mythic Island Press LLC
Genre: Suspense/Crime
Publication date:
ISBN: 978-0-9891489-0-0
Length: 244 pgs
Book Series and number: A Lei Crime Companion Novel #1
Rating: 5
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 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll
5, Warm

One betta fish, two dead biologists, three trysts, four suspects and thirty-five pairs of shoes add up to complicated days in paradise for Special Agent Marcella Scott.

Marcella gets into sand way over her Manolos investigating the death of a prominent scientist washed up on a Waikiki beach with a bullet hole between the eyes. BioGreen, a genetically-engineered algae that could solve the world fuel crisis, has been stolen from the development lab—a hotbed of intrigue where everyone on the project has something to hide.
Marcella also has a secret vice, more dangerous than expensive shoes—and it leads her into arms that are too close for comfort.

“Toby Neal’s usual breathless suspense plus Agent Marcella Scott’s sexiness feed this reader’s addiction!” Noelle Pierce, author of upcoming Constellation Series

My Review:
I'm really glad Ms. Neal wrote these companion novels. It gives the reader a little more insight into a secondary character that usually isn't seen. Stolen In Paradise is a fantastic read that fills in a lot of the blanks for me.

Marcella is a work-a-holic, so she doesn't have much time for relationships. She's more of a one night stand type of girl. She runs into a local cop while working on a high profile murder case, and he makes her heart go pitter-pat.

Ms. Neal creates a lot of sexual tension between Marcella and Marcus Kamuela that makes the pages sizzle. I believe Marcus is the man who can tame Marcella into a serious relationship.

There are several people who are prime suspects in the murder of biologist, Dr. Trudy Pettigrew. Just when I thought I could figure out who the murdered was, Ms. Neal shifts gears and throws me for a loop. I'm never able to figure out who the guilty ones are until they are revealed in the story.
A lot of action and surprises makes this story a real page-turner and unable to put down.

Stolen In Paradise can be read after Broken Ferns for the most enjoyment. If you like suspense, the Lei Crime series is for you.

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