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Layover

Layover by David Bell.

 

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 2, 2019)
ISBN-10: 0440000874

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head—and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him.

 

David Bell is one of the authors that I’ve read all his books:  SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL.  And for me it all began with Cemetery Girl. Thanks to Carl Anderson!)

This was a good mystery but for whatever reasons I liked  all his other books better.  I did like this book.. but like the others better.. He’s still a super writer!

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Plague Pits & River Bones by Karen Charlton.

 

Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 11, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1542048397

 

Amazon Review:

 

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

And when Lavender’s trusted deputy, Constable Ned Woods, finds a mysterious severed foot washed up on Greenwich Beach, they soon realise that these ancient bones are more sinister than they first appeared.

With Bow Street Police Office undermanned and in disarray, it will take all of Lavender and Woods’s wit and skill—and some help from Lavender’s spirited wife, Magdalena—to unmask the fiend behind the mayhem, restore peace and justice to the beleaguered city and solve the tragic mystery of the severed foot.

But will they do so in time to foil a plot that threatens to plunge the country into chaos?

 

This is not my first Detective Lavender book, but it is the first in a very long time.  I am surprised I went so long without reading another book by Karen Charlton.  She is very good at describing any area of “old London” .

It was a quick read and she had more than one thing going on without confusion.  I enjoyed this one and will keep and eye out for another Detective Lavender story.

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The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly.

 

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (June 12, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1501171925

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby.

Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child…someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.

And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

 

I have to say.. when I saw this title (and I have read some John Connolly) it sounded good.. a body in the woods.. right up my alley… wrong!

The character looking for parts of an “atlas” and his partner who kills everyone involved did not hold my interest.  I did read the whole book but kept hoping there would be more “Charlie Parker” and less of all the other characters involved.   This is a first John Connolly book that make a “good read” for me.

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Concrete Blonde

Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Little Brown;(June 1, 1994)
ISBN-10: 9780316153836

 

Amazon Review:

 

Detective Harry Bosch was sure he’d shot the serial killer responsible for a string of murders in LA . . . but now, a new crime makes him question his convictions.

The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his female victims. Now with a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city’s nightmare.

But the dead man’s widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man– an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker’s macabre signature.

So for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It’s a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go– the darkness of his own heart.

With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle– and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.

 

Wow.. this was a much earlier Detective Bosch book.  At first It read like only a trial.. about the time I thought that maybe I wasn’t as happy with this as the rest of the Bosch books.. it took off!  Holy cow! Twist and turn and surprise after surprise!  I guess you’d say.. I liked it! lol.

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Native American Wisdom edited by Kent Nerburn and Louise Mengelkoch.

 

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: New World Library; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 1993)
ISBN-10: 0931432782

 

 

We recognize the philosophy of the original Americans as coming from the earth we walk on, from those who preceded us. As we read the wisdom of these peoples, it is possible to feel a reconnection with our land and ourselves. This beautiful collection of the best of Native American wisdom features the thoughts of Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Black Elk, Ohiyesa, and many others on Native American ways of living, learning, and dying. Taken from orations, recorded observations of life and social affairs, and other first-person testimonies, this book selects a wide range of Native American wisdom and distills it to its essence in short, digestible quotes that are meaningful and timeless — perhaps even more timely now than when they were written.

Some of the quotes seem not very old but of course those of Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Black Elk and Ohiyea are “a bit older”!  Nice little book . I would like to hear more quotes from the Native Americans gone by.

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The Black Box

The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

 

Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(November 26, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0316069426

 

Amazon Review:

 

In this “superb” thriller, Detective Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the unsolved killing of a young female photographer during the 1992 L.A. riots (Wall Street Journal).

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

 

This makes 7 in a row of the Bosch books by Michael Connelly.   Good writer.. good mysteries… good detective. (But I still liked the Monk books  a bit better, because there was a trio of the same characters in all the books)

I have one more book here but it’s a small paperback and I don’t know if I can get through the small print.  I don’t have to have large print , but the print in hardbacks is usually a good size for me. I will give it a shot, but might have to go to something else until I can get more of the Bosch books in hardback like at the Friends of the Library.

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Angels Flight

Angels Flight by Michael Connelly.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing;(March 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1538762706

 

 

 

In this “superbly paced” New York Times bestseller (Esquire), LAPD detective Harry Bosch is trying to solve a high-profile lawyer’s murder. But first he must face the public’s suspicion . . . and his darkest fears.

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch’s Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive — and the dead man’s enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous — that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry’s year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

 

This is one of the earlier books Harry Bosch.  I have to admit Michael Connelly is really, 1: a good story teller, and 2: Knows the in’s and out’s of being a Detective.  He also like to throw in some surprises along the way!

I still have 2 more Bosch books to read and then I need to get back to a book that’s taking me some time to read.  I hope other’s out there like the Bosch series because they are enjoyable reading!

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