Editor’s Note: Like a good dish, this novel’s got it all – a fast paced suspense filled mystery with a twist of romance and Hawaiian flavor!
I found Blood Orchids to be a captivating story with engaging characters in well described settings.
Book Description: Hawaii is a wonderful place to visit, but in this story, there is a killer out there who is preying on police officer Lei Texeira. She has a haunted pas that surfaces in the brutual death of two teenagers on Hilo. Will she be able to find this killer or will she become the next victim?
Those who enjoyed the J.D. Robb’s In Death series will enjoy BLOOD ORCHIDS.
Author’s Inspiration: The Lei Crime Series is based on author’s experience as a mental health therapist dealing with the challenges of life in paradise and unfulfilled dreams of solving crime.
Actor Who Would Play the Main Character: Grace Park
From the Book: Drowning isn’t pretty, even in paradise. The girl’s features were bloated by water and nibbled on by wildlife. She lay half embedded in silty mud, naked as a seal carcass. Long hair that might have been blonde wrapped around her like seaweed, one sparkly hair tie still in place on the side of her head.
Leilani Texeira grimaced at the sulphurous smell of the mud as she stepped into it, shiny regulation shoes disappearing, and squatted to inspect the body. After three years on the force in Hawaii she’d seen several drowned corpses, and had learned to stay detached as she looked for any signs of violence. Still, she was thankful for the small mercy of the girl’s closed eyes.
Her partner Pono’s voice was a bass drone interspersed with static as he called in the discovery on the radio. Lei stayed on her haunches, her eyes slowly surveying the entire overgrown area of the small county park. Invasive christmasberry bushes and clumps of tall pili grass competed along the unkempt banks. Midmorning sun leached reluctantly from under cloud cover as she spotted what looked like a bobbing coconut a few yards out. Lei glanced around—no palm trees ringed the pond.
She pushed her pant legs up and splashed forward into murky water warm as blood, clots of yellowish algae dotting the surface.
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