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There is fun knowing you are going into a book and certain things will happen. You know that Eve and Roarke will have a few romantic evenings during the book and Eve will catch the bad guy. Eve is primary on the scene as she sees the victim die but doesn’t see the actual cut that bled out the gossip columnist in the bar. As the case progresses we find out that no one liked the dead woman and it comes out she has been blackmailing people and making a tidy amount of money for herself in the process. By the end you find out why the victim is the way she is and the reader is reminded that Eve will get justice for her no matter the type of person she is.





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Nothing really new in this one except Stephanie actually goes undercover in an ice cream plant to help Ranger out. The relationship needle points more to Ranger with this one versus Morelli. Stephanie makes her way through life bumbling along and getting in and out of scrapes. If it wasn’t for Ranger’s trackers on her I don’t think she would have survived so long.
A fun light read much like a 30 minute sitcom.



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This one starts with the case finding Eve instead of being dispatched to the scene. She and Roarke rescue a woman wandering on the road covered in blood and find out her husband has been murdered. The minor twist to this one is no one liked the murder victim but there is no obvious suspect.  Turns out this is an escalation from someone who has broken into a few homes with robbery and rape on their mind along with terrorizing the victims.  A nice solid story and an enjoyable read.


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The fallout from the previous book has Bosch done with the LAPD and is now a private investigator and a volunteer officer at a small department so he can keep his hand in police work.  He gets a large check offered to him to just meet with a client that wants utmost secrecy to find a possible child. Intrigued he takes the case and tries not to let it cross over in a case of a serial rapist that is hunting in the city of his new police job.  He has the usual clashes with brass even if there are less brass to worry about.

The nice thing is neither job feeds into the other but the switching between cases does stop the momentum of solving them. In the end both cases are solved and we also get some of Haller in the book as well. Another great read and I will now just have to wait for the next one.


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The latest installment of the series had Eve and NYPD trying to solve a murder committed by a sniper.  Everyone does a great job as usual and thanks for Roarke’s programming skills Eve gets a break that puts her on the killer’s trail that much sooner.   There a few cameos at the end with Bella’s birthday party of friends that wouldn’t be in a regular police investigation and there is a nod to previous book as well.

As usual a fun read and picking up one of these books means the bad guys get put in a cage, friends are loyal, and Eve and Roarke love one another very much.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley


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I continued the chain of only listening to these in audio format.  This case is trying to solve the mystery of a jewelry theft that left a Hollywood star dead.  Turns out the theft wasn’t supposed to end in murder but there was something wrong with the case.  And to add to the workload for Zach and Kylie they are having to bust a theft ring hitting hospitals of high quality equipment.  The second case they need to work quietly and the murder case has to be solved ASAP.  To add some tension to the duo Kylie’s husband is missing from rehab and she is trying everything she can to find him.  This puts pressure on Zach and Cheryl’s relationship as well.
A fun entertaining read that I didn’t need to pay that much attention to in audio format as I did other things.



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This time the murder victim is related to one of Roarke and Eve’s friends Eve is on the case before the body is even found.  Eve has a soft spot for Mr. Mira and admires Doctor Mira so she does everything she can to find who killed Dennis’ cousin.  There is another murder and it becomes apparent that these are vengeance killings and there will be more unless Eve and Peabody can stop it.  A good solid book and now I have to wait until Fall for the next one.


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This book covers a kidnapping of an investment banker’s son. The grandfather is also a friend of the new mayor so NYPD Red is brought in and told to find the kid. But the dad keeps telling everyone that the son isn’t kidnapped only out of town.  Of course this kidnapping isn’t what it appears to be and the fast pace solving of the case goes into overdrive to find out just who has taken Tripp and murdered his father’s driver. A fast fun light read that is entertaining.

This was also an audo book and I think I'll keep the trend going with the fourth book when it hits my  local library.

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A serial killer catches the attention of the NYPD Red group when the latest victim turns out to be a wealthy woman with political connections to the mayoral race. There is more than usual pressure from the Mayor’s office to solve the crime before election day so he doesn’t lose his job. There are of course the stumbling blocks and once this case is solved an old murder case is cleared as well. It seems that the killers are selecting victims that have gotten away with their crimes. But not all their victims are always guilty.  Another fun race against the clock sole the murder and catch the bad guys.

Once again I listened to this on audio in a fairly short amount of time and it was entertaining. I grabbed the third book on audio from the library to continue in that format.


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Normally I don’t pick up books on audio unless I have read them before since I usually listen to them when I’m driving and I don’t want to get sucked into the story so much I become a bad driver.  I had listened to a sample of book 3 in the series and it sounded interesting enough that I decided to check it out from the library.

The story was entertaining police procedural with an elite squad that works on cases that involve the movers and shakers of New York. Zack’s regular partner is injured and he gets a replacement of someone new to the squad but not new to him.  Kylie is Zack’s former girlfriend who is now happily married to a TV producer. They are on the trail of a killer that is targeting showbiz professionals in town. Kylie’s contacts help open doors and give the team an edge in hunting down the killer.

 A fast fun entertaining read and I quickly picked up the next one to listen to as I worked on the computer.

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As usual Stephanie is bouncing between Ranger and Morelli for the entire story. There is one side plot with Grandma that I thought could have easily been expanded more but was wrapped up way to easily without the usual hijinks. By the end of the story, Stephanie gets her man with a little help as usual, helps some people and is back in the same place as usual with the two hot guys.

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The twentieth Harry Bosch novel has him dealing with no longer being a police officer. Still in the early stages of his forced retirement due to his actions in the previous book Harry’s brother approaches him about a case he is working on. Harry has no desire to cross the line and work against the police but something about the case nags at him and he begins to help Mickey with the defense of an innocent man on trial for murder. Of course Harry just doesn’t try and clear him he also finds the actual killers. His actions start a trail of dominos falling that will connect several murders and makes waves through LA.

A good solid read but now I’m wondering where Harry will go next in his retirement. I can’t see him working for his brother but I also don’t see him just sitting around either.

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I enjoy these books, not for the murders but how the characters grow and change.  Eve is working on a case where the killers have been traveling across the country killing along the way to live in NYC.  The reader knows who the killers are and their motivation.  Her squad and the specialists working for the police are in a race to find the killers before they kill the next victim they are currently holding and torturing.  What I liked about this one was the small time cop that was also working the cases from his end of the trail and wasn’t giving up on the victims either.
Good triumphs over evil in the end and nice things happen to minor characters in the story as well. I can’t wait for the next one.





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I read these books like popcorn. A contained mystery in every book,  light touches of SF since it is set in the near future and and a solid romantic couple. Granted the parts about Rourke being a consultant on her cases all the time is a bit of a stretch it is still cute and keeps him in the plot focus. This one has a killer that is obsessed with Eve and wants to be her true friend.  Of course the killer escalates and gets mad with Eve as she tries to stop the killings as it goes from people that might have done her wrong in the pursuit of justice to striking someone close to Eve. What the plot does is force Eve to realize just how many people she is close to and how she finds it hard to protect them all. This is one series that you need to start at the beginning and just plow straight through. The introduction of new characters and how she weaves them in and out of the books really makes it important to read them in order.

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Harry is training Lucy a new partner and a fairly new cop. As they are working on a case that is both old and new Harry finds Lucy reading yet another case and finds out the reason she became a cop. When she was a child she was a survivor of arson at a daycare center that killed several children. Harry does what he can to try and get them the old arson case without mentioned that there is a conflict of interest. In the end, Harry closes several cases but becomes even more disillusion about being a cop and making it to the end of his retirement.

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I really like Connelly's books but Mickey isn't my favorite of his characters. I was glad that we were spared the promised DA campaign at the end of the previous book and Bosch does get a walk on role in the story or more like a walk by. Mickey takes a murder case where the accused is charged with murdering someone Mickey thought he had help walk away away from her life as a prostitute a long time ago. The book also mentions the movie so that is amusing as well. A good mystery with a great courtroom drama ending. The nice thing is you can jump to this one without being lost from what happened in the past and why he knows the victim. A good entertaining read even if I knew what would happen before it showed up on the page.

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Ms Harris' new series focuses on Manfred from the Harper Connelly series a he moves to a small town and gets to know everyone. It seems that not everyone is what they appear to be in this sleepy town. As he gets to know everyone in this one light town, they get to know him as well. An impromptu town picnic stumbles across the body of Manfred's landlord's missing girlfriend. Bobo has been wondering why she left town with no note and never asked for her things. He filed a missing person's report but nothing had come of it. Turns out she wasn't just his girlfriend but was someone sent to find out more about him and a possible treasure trove of guns from his  late white supremacist grandfather.  Things and people have more of flavor of her last series but this is certainly a mystery story. There are little remarks from characters that bring mention other series that Charlaine Harris has written and I have to wonder if she is going to braid all her seperate series together with this trilogy. Should be interesting.


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If you haven't known where to start on Jo Nesbø then this is the book for you. The book starts in prison with a guy that all the other prisoners confess their sins to and they seem to get a feeling of absolution from him.  Sonny for all accounts looks as if he will always be in prison taking the blame for other people's crimes in order to have a cushy life and endless stream of drugs in his cell. This is his reaction to his policeman father killing himself while he was  teen and leaving a note stating he was corrupt. Neither he nor his mother handled it well and both of them turned to drugs to cope. The son committing crimes to pay for his habit and his mother eventually overdosing. But someone confesses to him that his dad was set up and Sonny uses every person he knows in  prison to break out and then wrecks havoc on everyone that had a part in his downfall.  One cop quickly figures out who is committing the crimes and is intentionally slow to help the national police due to his connection to the family.  Overall a great story and good tension and a nice twist to the end. A very enjoyable read.


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I find it hard to believe that I read all the books in this series but at this point the cases become a blur but the characters are what is really important to this series. The murder is a case of twelve girls remains found in a wall in a building that Roarke bought to renovate. The suspect list is fairly small and until someone bolts near the end the story gets wrapped up. I have a feeling that one of the foster kids might show up later in the series. There was one bit that felt a bit of too much of a coincidence but it does give the reader some back story on Mavis so I think all is forgiven on that part.   An now to wait for the fall for the next book.




 
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The killer isn't that smart in this book just very lucky. The B story has to do with Roarke's family coming into town for Thanksgiving. Dallas as usual gets jittery with the idea of family around and the bonus of having Nixie in town from Texas with her new family to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The personal parts of the book felt like a turning point in the character growth of Dallas and I'm now wondering how much more we will get before Dallas settles down to actually have a family with Roarke. [ The ending of the series from what I have heard]. All in all an entertaining read and I'll be waiting on the next one.


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