Review of ‘Blood Orchids’

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Leilani Texeira is a cop in Hilo, Hawaii. When she and her partner, Pono, while on a routine vandalism call, find two drowned girls, she’s pitched headlong into a case that reaches far beyond the small town in which she lives. Lei knows one of the victims, and feels compelled to step out of her routine patrol cop role and help investigate the death. The lead detective, Michael Stevens, a former LA cop with secrets of his own, is at first reluctant to accept her help, but with few other resources at his disposal is forced to take her on – a relationship that quickly becomes personal.

Blood Orchids by Toby Neal, which I received a free copy of in exchange for my review, is a chilling tale of evil deeds in a small Hawaiian town, told in a style that will keep you glued to the page from start to finish. Filled with suspense and colorful descriptions of aspects of our 50th state that will be unfamiliar to mainlanders, Blood Orchids spins a tale of crime and secret emotions that sets a new standard for the mystery/thriller genre. It starts with action that gets even tenser when Lei becomes the killer’s next target. The deeper she delves into the case, the more the threads of her past become interlaced with current events. She doesn’t know who she can trust – including herself.

In this tale, Neal demonstrates her mastery of the genre, and her understanding of the depths of the human psyche. A story well worth reading – that will keep you guessing from beginning to end, and make you salivate in anticipation of Lei’s next adventure. I give Blood Orchids four stars.

Review of ‘Stalking Liberty’

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Stalking Liberty by Claire Cappetta is supposedly based on a true story. It’s the story of Lydia, a 30-year-old with two kids who gets caught up in a relationship with Jack. The book takes us through the relationship as it evolved into one of abuse and stalking – underscored with snippets of Lydia’s past abuse and rape.

A deeply profound at the problem of abuse, Stalking Liberty shows how a victim can take control of a situation. It would be a much better book if it had been more carefully edited. The many typos and grammatical errors detract from what is otherwise a very good book.

I received a free review copy of this book. I give it three stars.

Review of ‘Prunella Smith: Worlds within Worlds’

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 518UE92GeyL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-46,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I received a free copy of Tahlia Newland’s Prunella Smith: Worlds within Worlds for review, and I have to say up front – this is a book that is long overdue.

Prunella Smith is a freelance editor and author who is up against a deadline on an editing job – a fantasy story about an adventurous woman, Kelee, who is having an affair with a young groomsman on her estate. Ella, as she is known, is also a book reviewer, and a recent review of a not-so-good novel has provoked the author, Dita, to begin a campaign of on-line stalking and bullying. Dita’s cyber bullying begins to take its toll, interfering with Ella’s ability to objectively edit Kelee’s story, and things only get worse when she discovers that she has a physical stalker as well.

Newland’s tale kept me interested from page one – and the little surprise she threw in near the end, well, I didn’t see that one coming. A thoroughly entertaining story. An easy five stars  here.