Daily Review: Lei Crime Novels of Scott Bury

Fast paced – something mystery lovers can relate to and a fun read full of twists and turns and nefarious characters.


Snowflake has a whole new meaning in Hawaii. The new designer drug being trafficked through Oahu gives users the perfect high—and slowly kills them.

In Honolulu, where the palm trees are strung with lights for the holidays, FBI Special Agents Vanessa Storm and Ken Yamada have their hands full trying to stop this deadly flow. Faulty intel brings the agents into a deadly firefight, which yields even more puzzles.

How do the drug lords change their smuggling routes and methods with every single shipment? Vanessa’s handsome, charming, and untrustworthy ex-boyfriend might have the answer.

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By Cathy

This short story packs a punch, offering action, romance, a well-thought-out plot, and wraps up with a nice touch of family hoping to get together for the Christmas Holiday.

The story opens up with a bang, pitting F.B.I. Agent Vanessa Storm, along with her colleagues, against the distribution deal of a deadly drug dubbed Snowflake. Faulty intelligence leaves them outgunned, an officer down, and the trip home for the holidays in jeopardy. An unplanned and surprise visit by an ex-boyfriend might be the break she’s looking for, in more ways than one.

Will she be able to solve the case in time to go home?

This was my first introduction to the Lei Crime series, and I highly recommend.

Dead Man Lying

She knows when you’re lying …FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm is back on Maui to catch a killer.

With lush rainforests, black sand beaches, and a laid-back lifestyle, Maui offers the perfect retirement location for once-famous country singer Steven Sangster … until he ends up dead.

As the killer, or killers, strike again and again, Detective Lei Texeira and FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm must untangle the lies spun by the singer’s associates, friends, family — and the singer himself before the music dies.

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By Lynda M. FILLER

I was drawn in from the beginning to one of the new additions of the Lei Crime Kindle World series novellas by Scott Bury. It’s fast paced-something mystery lovers can relate to and a fun read full of twists and turns and nefarious characters.

FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm and Lex Texeira team up to solve a series of murders on the estate of a country western has-been singer in Maui. Family greed, multiple self-serving likable and unlikeable characters keep us guessing until the end. I’m intrigued by Vanessa’s man Perry who has a secondary role in this story.

He refuses to give up on her and certainly has a charm that makes me curious to read book 3 in this series.
Come on Mr. Bury, when’s the next one coming out?


The Kahuna—“wizard” in old Hawai’ian—was the only one who could surprise Vanessa Storm when she was a teenager. When she’s an FBI Special Agent, though, things are different. She’s no longer a girl impressed with small-town bad boys.

But when Dylan, the Kahuna, asks her help for his little brother, who’s accused of shooting two Honolulu cops, she finds she still cannot say no to this man.

And that’s just the start of a mystery that echoes across 15 years.

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By Anima Giraldez

Vanessa Storm is back! An old boyfriend has returned to the island to help a family member in trouble with the law. He’s asked Vanessa for help in clearing his brother’s name but there is plenty more to the story than anyone realizes.

If you’ve followed the Lei Crime Series you’ll recognize Yamada, Lei’s old partner from her stint in the FBI, and her old boss. The story is given in pieces as the events of one evening, almost two decades ago, is vitally important to current affairs. Everything boils down to what happened that one night and the effects of one decision.

Bury likes to incorporate the names of fellow Kindle World authors and it’s fun to see their involvement. It’s not necessary to read Bury’s other works in this KW but it gives a little history of Storm.

This was another excellent novel and a perfect example of a Kindle World story, taking a secondary character in the primary series and developing another world for them.

Torn Roots

Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui’s national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island’s rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers’ spats, and enjoying the natural beauty of the southeast shore. But by his second week on the job, Pono finds trouble here comes in unexpected forms.

As environmentalists, property developers, protesters, arsonists, kidnappers and a rogue Homeland Security agent converge on his new post, Pono feels like the eye of a brewing storm. And when a new FBI agent gets involved, Pono realizes the stakes are much higher than a quiet period in his career.

Lives will be lost if he doesn’t solve this mystery quickly.

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By Eden

It was a real treat to be re-acquainted with Pono Kaihale, one of my favorite characters from Toby Neal’s Lei Crime series.

In TORN ROOTS, author Scott Bury takes Pono to Maui on the island’s rain-forest coast of Hana. Here, he finds trouble amongst a host of characters, some of them shadier than others.

TORN ROOTS is wonderfully rich with plot and setting, but it was Mr. Bury’s command of the story’s pacing that impressed me most. Readers of Ms. Neal’s series are sure to be delighted by this addition to the Lei Crime Kindle Worlds.

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