The Crossing (Harry Bosch, #18; Mickey Haller, #6; Harry Bosch Universe, #27)
by Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)
I have to say Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch are two of my favorite men, the author and one of his characters. In “The Crossing” Connnelly writes a crossover novel with one of his other characters, The Lincoln Lawyer, bringing the two series’ together in one great story.
Connelly is a master at building up the momentum to the point where you’re flipping pages faster than burgers at McDonald’s.
The Crossing is about the newly retired Bosch helping his half brother, lawyer Mickey Haller, get a suspected murderer out of jail. It is crossing the line for Bosch, who spent his career putting killers in jail.
The Gangster (Isaac Bell, #9)
by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott (Goodreads Author)
I’d lost interest in author Clive Cussler’s work some time ago, and can’t remember why, maybe it’s because he’s another of those successful authors who has underlings writing for him, using his name to sell books.
Regardless, I truly enjoyed The Gangster, an Isaac Bell Adventure. The plot was fresh, although the story is set just after the turn of the century, in and around New York City. Irish and Italian gangs were responsible for much of the city’s crime, but also for building its infrastructure, like the giant aqueduct that is being built to bring a thirsty city fresh water from two hundred miles away, in the Catskills.
Isaac Bell is a Van Horn Detective, a private investigation company in the east, like the Pinkerton’s were to the west. The book is a good read and I’m sure I’ll pick up another in the series if I see one.
by Steve Thayer
Having found this book on a shelf in a private cottage in Tobermory, I was pleasantly surprised. I’d never heard of Steve Thayer, although he’s reportedly a N.Y. Times bestselling author.
For anyone who is looking for suspense thriller that’s not a cookie-cut tale like many of Patterson’s, this novel is a good read.
The story jumps back and forth from Nazi occupied Germany to the Kennedy assassination era, with a Deputy Sheriff from Wisconsin narrating the tale.
The characters are interesting and the plot keeps you guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland
I have to admit the size of this novel scared me at first…724 pages! But being in Mexico with nothing to do and all day to do it, I banged it off in about a week. I had to leave some time for drinking beer and laying around the pool.
I couldn’t remember if I’d seen the movie made from Stieg Larsson’
s first installment of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I started the book with an open mind. I thought it read a bit deep and dark at first, with complex characters I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep track of, but the next thing I knew I was 300 pages into it and completely engrossed.
I’m a constant complainer of too much fluff, but I barely skimmed, finding the character traits and backstory all interesting.
The end seemed a bit abrupt, but the beginning of the next installment was included and it appears the story will go on with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.
A very good book that I had no problem giving five stars.
by Michael Crichton
If you’re looking for a story to entertain you, yet test your understanding of the world around us, Timeline is for you. It’s not about time travel…as clearly stated in the book, there is no such thing. Instead, the story explores the possibility of parallel universes, and the capabilities to visit them. The plot and characters are strong. The technical side of the story gets a bit deep, with explanations of quantum physics, but for me it was fun discovering things that we never knew in the past, and are just beginning to understand now.
I’ve seen movies made from Michael Crichton’s novels, but this was the first of his books I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
by Nora Roberts (Goodreads Author)
This is the first Nora Roberts novel I’v read. I chose it for comparison purposes, having written a book with a similar story about a serial arsonist, called Torch.
I had a difficult time keeping track of the characters at first, wondering why a couple in particular, were included in the story. My answer came about half way through the book, where everything came together.
For me, the plot was too predictable, yet the protagonist doesn’t catch on until near the end. I ave to think every reader came to the same conclusion.
Regardless, Blue Smoke is a well written, great story. Having been an arson investigator, I found the story accurate and compelling.
A very good read!
4 & 5 Star Reviews from Goodreads and Kobo:
My favorite book thus far by Ed. I intended on reading just a few chapters today but his writing kept me so captivated and wanting more, I finished the book in hours. Looking forward to the next novel by this wonderful story-teller. Dawn S.
Captivating story based on the circumstances which unfortunately continue to occur on the infamous Highway of Tears in Northern British Columbia. While reading this book, I found myself re-processing the events well after I had put the book down, and then I couldn’t wait to get back into it! Compassion for the victims, as well as trying to analyze the thoughts of an isolated bushman, topped off with a touch of romance, Finding Hope will not disappoint. Brenda B
This novel is based on the abused and murdered women in British Columbia. Precisely route #16. It held my interest, trying to figure out one of the killers—which I was able to do early on. It’s a Norm Strom book by Edmond Gagnon. Norm is a retired police officer who gets caught up in the search for one young woman who disappears. He helps the RCMP to find her and to solve some of the murders. It’s a hard book in some parts as the language is crude and some violence graphic. If you’re into crime and resolve you will enjoy this book of fiction based on fact. Jackie R
The book was a good read, fast, and kept my interest going. The characters were just enough to identify with each one. A human story of all the girls that were lost and never found. The main characters were serious and funny. The writer wrote about highlights along the highways that made you feel like you were right there. The ending was suspenseful and kept me wondering. Edward G
See Early Acclaim for Finding Hope