Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

The Gods of GuiltThe Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly ; Narrated by Peter Giles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published: December 2, 2013 by Hachette Audio

Series: Mickey Haller, Book 5

Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins

Format: Audiobook; Unabridged

I’m a fan of Michael Connelly. And I’ve loved the Mickey Haller series since I read the Lincoln Lawyer. This is one of those books that I prefer the audiobook version. I enjoy Peter Giles’ narration.

Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case in the gripping new thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly.

Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP – 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

With all of the negative news surrounding the Washington DC police and fire departments, this book hits close to home for me. Police corruption is in full effect here and so believeable (unfortunately). I could absolutely see how individual members of the police department along with individual federal officials could conspire to have some one (people) killed. It happens all the time…says my inner conspiracy theorist. And Michael Connelly feeds my inner conspiracy theorist.

For you Michael Connelly fans, this is one you’re sure to enjoy.

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The Chase: a mini review

The Chase (O'Hare and Fox, #2)The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Format: Kindle ebook

Published: February 25th 2014 by Bantam Books

Source: Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher

The Chase was okay. After years of reading Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels, I think my expectations were a little low. So I was actually pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t filled with the shenanigans of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels (that has gotten a little old). It took a little long for The Chase to get interesting to me. I think I was almost finished before I wanted to keep reading.

The Chase was an easy read. I guess it’s a light-hearted book version of NBC’s The Blacklist (I absolutely love that show). Nick Fox, a con man and thief, uses his skills to help the FBI. And Special Agent Kate O’Hare is assigned to be Fox’s handler/babysitter. The pair has been assigned to recover a stolen item from Carter Grove.

The heist goes almost as planned. Kate’s father and his group of cronies are on hand to help Kate and Nick in the recovery plan as well as an assortment of knowing and unknowing cast members. It was a little cute and I giggled every now and again. After reading another person’s review, I’m glad that I’m not alone in not knowing how to rate The Chase. The premise is good. The action isn’t bad, but it seems to be lacking something. But I don’t really know what that something is. I think the chemistry and the sexual tension is missing between Kate and Nick.  Evanovich and Goldberg reference it throughout the book, but I found myself finding it hard to believe that these two would ever hook up.

I think this book came out a bit too early. I probably would have read it as an easy summer read. And I would recommend that others read it as such.

If Looks Could Kill by Heather Graham

If Looks Could KillIf Looks Could Kill by Heather Graham Pozzessere

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Publisher: Published January 1st 2005 by “Mira” (first published 1997)

Source: Library

I’m a huge fan of Heather Graham’s. I got a chance her when the American Libraries Association annual conference was in New Orleans a few years ago. I enjoyed meeting her and should’ve gotten a picture of her and I while I was chatting to her.

With all that being said, I enjoyed the mystery part of the book. I found the love story part of it a bit disturbing though…former stepbrother and stepsister?! Well, I guess since they aren’t biologically related, that should make it okay? I’m not so certain about that, but hey it’s not my story.

The story wasn’t too bad. The killer was a little bit of a surprise to me. The pacing of the story was okay, although it did get a little slow at times. I enjoyed this book as I have done the other Heather Graham books.