The Lei Crime Series is written by Toby Neal. If you haven't read any of them, start with Blood Orchids, which can be found for free on Amazon.com. One thing Toby does best is write stellar side characters. The Lei Crime Kindle World allow authors to explore both the main and side characters in officially sanctioned fan-fiction stories that let the world grow.
Tough Choices by Terry Ambrose
Marty Fitch might be living in paradise, but he's operating in a world where lies are the norm, retribution is swift, and danger lurks around every corner. With the police on his trail, a killer hunting him, and a friend's life in the balance, Marty must choose his next move carefully. Otherwise, his new career as a crime-fighting video blogger might be over before it starts.
Tough Choices takes place during Black Jasmine and Shattered Palms. The story brings Pono to Honolulu for a temporary assignment on an interagency drug task force.
Dead Flow by Malcolm Aylward
Stars Gabriella Texeira (spinoff)
After a local hula girl is found murdered in a brutal, ritualistic style killing 0n Oahu, Gabriella (Gaby) Texeira, Lei’s cousin from California, is assigned the case. As the body count continues to rise, she tries to recruit a reluctant Polynesian antiquities expert, Jake Kahanamoku, to help locate and stop the killer before any more innocent lives are taken. Lei and Michael make an appearance in Dead Flow, as well as cameos by Marcella Scott, her partner Matt Rogers, and Lei's faithful dog Keiki.
Dead Flow takes place between the Lei Crime Novels SHATTERED PALMS and DARK LAVA.
From Goodreads: "If you love a great story with crime, drama and romance, I highly recommend you read this book."
Hoakoa Moonshine by Laurie Hanan
Stars Dee Maltin
When Dee Maltin bought the little beach cottage on Maui, all she wanted was to leave her memories behind. Now, fifteen years later, things are starting to go awry. Why does everyone else deny hearing the feral cats that keep Dee awake all night? What’s the smell that permeates her house no matter how much she scrubs? Why does her strange neighbor, who hasn’t spoken to her in all these years, choose this moment to strike up a conversation? A woman shows up at Dee’s door looking for her birth mother. Is she a con artist, or just deluded? Dee searches for answers and is soon over her head in one big Hawaiian-kine mystery.
Rocky Bluff by Kim Hornsby
Stars Michael Stevens and Lei Texeira
Murder is suspected when a giant moon prop falls to the stage and kills a cast member during Maui's theatrical production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. When detective Lei Texeira's friend, Kali, an actress in the show, confesses recently seeing the deranged stalker who once made her life hell back on the mainland, Lei doesn't think the killing is a coincidence. She suspects the "accident" was meant to terrify Kali.
Stevens is assigned the case, but Lei can't keep her nose and her theories out of his investigation especially when she learns of Kali's strange past with this scorned lover.
Lei goes undercover in the bizarre theatrical rendition of a narcissistic transsexual and his band of weirdos to protect Kali and soon the danger factor goes sky high.
Following clues from both Kali and a mysterious resident of the Iao Theater, Lei and Stevens struggle to apprehend the killer before another life is taken in this game of terror. But the suspect stays several steps ahead of the police until the Iao resident intervenes and Lei finds herself conspiring with a dead woman to uncover a plot that takes on international proportions beyond Maui.
Award-Winning Mystery/Thriller/Paranormal Author Kim Hornsby brings you ROCKY BLUFF.
Although it's not necessary to read Lei Crime Series to enjoy Rocky Bluff, Kim highly recommends the series. Rocky Bluff takes place between TORCH GINGER and BLACK JASMINE.
Unforeseen Danger by Patricia Logan
Stars Jack Jenkins
Kaua’i Detective, Jack Jenkins, has just settled into married life with his new wife Anuhea and he loves his job in the laid back island paradise. When he hears his brother Lane, an undercover LAPD cop, has gone missing while on assignment, he flies to the mainland to help locate him.
Jack immediately rubs Lane’s partner Brennan the wrong way. Brennan has no need of his help, and he fears his intrusion will put Lane in even more jeopardy. Jack is not easily swayed when it comes to protecting family and when Bren finally realizes he’s not going to be able to shake the tenacious detective, the men vow to find a way to work together.
As Jack plunges into the unfamiliar world where Lane’s gone undercover, from the biker bars of the Inland Empire to the gay bars of West Hollywood, he uncovers evidence that perhaps Lane has more secrets than he’s been prepared to face.
With unforeseen danger lurking around every corner, Brennan and Jack form an uncommon brotherhood with one goal, taking down the bad guys… while getting Lane out alive.
(Unforeseen Danger takes place after Rip Tides, Book 9 of the Lei Crime series)
Of Rainbows and Butterfly Wings by Ron Logan
Stars Dr. Phillip Gregory
Fifteen years ago…
Before he was Maui County Medical Examiner, Dr. Phillip Gregory was a recently divorced assistant medical examiner who moved to Hawaii and fell in love with a gorgeous woman named Amy Kawela.
Then, she disappeared without a trace, proving his lousy luck in finding life-long love.
A woman who looks a lot like Amy winds up on his table. Shaken by the likeness, Phil leaves the lab in the capable hands of his longtime friend, Dr. Leslie Tanaka, and flies to Honolulu to voice questions he should have asked ages ago. Why did Amy leave him? What really happened to her? Is the dead woman Amy?
He’s finally seeking a truth that’s always torn his heart out. The answers could free him of his burdens, or they could kill him.
Can he discover the truth, survive long enough to tell the tale, and finally find the true love his life’s been lacking?
"Of Rainbows and Butterfly Wings" takes place between "Rip Tides" and "Bone Hook."
Revenge Makes it Sweeter by Julie C. Gilbert
Stars FBI Special Agent Marcella Scott
Revenge is a lot of work.
When the original plan for his ex-wife goes awry, Martin Cantrell turns his mind toward a sweeter revenge: stealing their daughter’s affections. But he’s not the only one plotting, and his enemies are better at keeping to the shadows.
Meanwhile, Special Agent Marcella Scott gets a late night summons to the hospital to speak with a gunshot victim. She knows to expect almost anything, yet he still surprises her.
“Agent, if I die, save the girl.”
The girl turns out to be Katelyn Cantrell. Marcella’s not the only one protecting her, and the other person has no problem killing to obtain their goals.
Can Marcella prevent an assassination and catch a killer?
Find out in Revenge Makes it Sweeter. This story comes several months before Black Jasmine of Toby Neal's original Lei Crime Series
Ti Leaves and Moon Cakes by A.J. Llewellyn
Stars Abe Tordufu
Can Abe trust Tony with his life…again?
In this follow-up to Coffee and Kukui Nuts, Maui explosives expert Abe Torufu wants his sister Meleny’s wedding to go off without a bang on the beach at Waikiki. But before the kahuna can bless the big day with a traditional ‘awa and ti leaf ceremony, a suspicious buoy washes ashore, threatening to wreck the celebration.
Not only that, but a shocking photo snapped by Abe’s date for the wedding, his Lieutenant, Cherry Joy Omura, reveals a surprising face in the crowd.
When somebody starts taking potshots at Abe, he once again joins forces with U.S. Marshal Tony McCracken to track down a master criminal. Can Abe keep his shirt and his underpants on this time? Can he figure out why he offered Cherry Joy a date involving moon cakes? And most of all, can he get to the er, bottom of why he hates Tony’s new boyfriend?
Coconut Island by J.L. Oakley
Stars Wendy Wantanabe
Memories are dangerous.
Investigative reporter Wendy Watanabe is no stranger to mysteries, but can she handle one steeped in her own family’s history?
A box of letters from a WWII soldier stationed on the Big Island is found at the Hilo Historical Society and unlocks painful memories for Wendy’s Great Aunt Bee.
Bee’s older sister was swept away in the 1946 tsunami, but now Wendy suspects she was murdered first. As she delves into the mystery, Wendy meets a group of nonagenarians who were at the USO center on Coconut Island during the war. One is a hero. Another is a cold-blooded murderer.
When the threat turns to Bee, Wendy seeks the aid of Detective Leilani Texeira and together, the women race to catch the killer before he claims another life.