Shattered Palms by Toby Neal
The exciting Lei crime series continues.
MAUI IS LUSH MOUNTAINS, cloud forest and exquisite birdsong—but for Detective Lei Texeira, arrows break that peace.
Someone is stalking poachers that are capturing Maui’s rarest birds, and Lei pursues the case with her usual leap-first, look-later style—but will she be able to catch a killer, save the birds, and still make it to her own wedding? Shattered Palms is a roller coaster ride from the top of Haleakala to the beach and back again, with extinction at stake.
“Toby Neal creates a captivating balance of the beauty of the islands contrasted with the ugliness of murder, and complicated by the trials of Lei’s personal life. A must-read for Neal fans.” Thomas K. Matthews, author of Rejection.
Review by Judith M. Buchalski:
Shattered Palms is a great read with a bonus!
Of course we get to enjoy the sexy love/ detective crime story that we’ve come to expect from the Lei Crime Series, but this time we are also taken on a guided tour of the exotic cloud forest of Maui, with its remarkable collection of endangered song birds.
Toby Neal always manages to give us a little something extra…..introduction to a unique locale or a tantalizing side trip into anthropology or ecology or biology or psychology or…..the list goes on.
Personally, I think this reveals the natural teacher in our author. She has so many interests, so much intellectual curiosity, and she cannot help but share these things in which she so delights, with us. We readers end up being the lucky beneficiaries of her intellectual generosity!
In Shattered Palms we are drawn into tropical ornithology in such a natural and endearing way as to make us all feel that we are walking along side Lei, through the natural habitat of the kiwikiu and the ‘i’iwi.
To enrich your enjoyment of Shattered Palms, may I suggest that you visit the website of Toby’s husband, Mike Neal. Mike is, among his many talents, a gifted nature photographer, and his photographs of Hawaii’s native birds helped this mainlander do more than imagine the species that featured so prominently in Shattered Palms. Mike’s beautiful photographs can be found under “Hawaiian native birds” in the Photo Galleries menu at Nealstudios.
For those who enjoy a good mystery, served up with the added enjoyment of learning something new, Toby Neal never disappoints.