Archive for January, 2020

The Closers

The Closers by Michael Connelly.


Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 2, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0446699551




Amazon Review:

He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.’s tides of crime. With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain, and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal. But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle to fit all the pieces together. Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit — and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night . . .


Yet, another really good Harry Bosch book!  At first I liked these books because I lived in the Valley in Ca and much of the stories are from around that area and I recognized towns and streets and such.  But truth be known all the books with Harry Bosch have really been well written and I’ve enjoyed all the ones I have read.  They are a really good series of books to read.

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Never Tell

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner.


Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Dutton; (February 19, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1524742082


Amazon Review


A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun.

D. D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman—Evie Carter—from a case many years back. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many.

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim—a hostage—and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad’s murder.

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?


This is my 3rd book by Lisa Gardner.  In this murder mystery she uses some of her characters from “Find Her” which was a book about a kidnapped woman kept by the one who took her for well over a year.. at times kept in a coffin.

The other book I read by her is “Right Behind You”.  So far her writing does keep you reading wanting to know “what next?”  This book had many new characters as well as a few she has used before..which makes it very interesting!  I would say if she sounds like someone you want to try that you should read Find Her first in order to really, really understand her character of Flora. But it’s not an absolute have to. 

This was a good read  with interesting characters.

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by  Robin Sloan.


Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Picador (September 24, 2013)
ISBN-10: 9781250037756



Amazon Review:


The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything―instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.


As Carl Anderson, who gave me the books said, “who can’t like a book about books?”..

And he was right.  There was a lot of mystery going on and it kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next?  It is rather hard for any bibliophile not enjoy a book about a book store!!

There are a lot of very smart people in this book. People who have idea’s that someone like me would never think of or even consider. But it sure is interesting  once you start thinking about it all!  And as for Mr Penumbra… If this ever becomes a movie.. my choice for Mr Penumbra is simple: Ian McKellen!

Thank you Carl!!!!

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