THE BURNING ROOM by Michael Connelly

THE BURNING ROOM Michael Connelly Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication date: November 3rd, 2014 Harry Bosch is back with Michael Connelly’s novel, The Burning Room. Readers will not be disappointed in this thrilling story that has Bosch at the twilight of his LAPD career mentoring a “mod squad” cop, full of ambition, vim, and vigor. As with his previous novels Connelly has Bosch being the victim’s advocate and always thinking “Everybody counts or nobody counts.” This book differs a bit in that Connelly has Bosch attempting to solve not one, but two cold cases as he works in the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit. Because the murder...

BROKEN TRUST by Shannon Baker

BROKEN TRUST Shannon Baker 2014 Midnight Ink The title is a double entendre as the heroine, Nora Abbott, works for an environmental non-profit Trust. Actually, she’s just started the job, left vacant when the former finance director was murdered by a few shots in the back. Set in Boulder, Colorado, one of the villains, Sylvia LaFever, is working on a climate control machine (which exists in reality) to get rid of a fast-multiplying and devastating beetle. But Sylvia is going to use it for another purpose, however, we don’t know what it is, nor does anyone else except her rich lover. She is arrested for the murder of Darla because Sylvia...

STONEWALLED by Sharyl Attikisson

Stonewalled Sharyl Attkisson Harper Collins Nov. 4th, 2014 Sharyl Attkisson’s book, Stonewalled, is a must read for all Americans. Her book reads like a mystery straight out of a John Grisham or Vince Flynn novel. Unfortunately the bad guys are not Islamic terrorists but those in government today. Instead of using guns and bombs they use intimidation and harassment. She covers a wide range of issues from cover-ups of Benghazi, where four Americans were killed by Libyan terrorists, to Fast and Furious where guns were sold to the Mexican drug cartels. However, the mystery of the book comes about when she is targeted by a government agency or...

THE WOLF IN WINTER by John Connolly Reviewed

THE WOLF IN WINTER John Connolly 2014 Emily Bestler Books/Atria I’ve been on the path alongside Charlie Parker since EVERY DEAD THING was released, eleven books leading up to this one. Part of what keeps me coming back book after book is that Charlie Parker is a character I believe in. He is driven by a sense of justice. I’ve had my own theories of the years as to why but what I think it really comes down to is that he is a bit haunted and wants to keep others from being haunted. I can’t say this is what John Connolly has in mind when writing but that’s my take. In THE WOLF IN WINTER Charlie is set on a path toward a small town where...

CAPITAL OFFENSE by Kathleen Antrim

Capital Offense Kathleen Antrim October 28, 2014 Capital Offense, by Kathleen Antrim, has just been re-launched for this political season. The author used her vast experiences of being a national correspondent to create a very intriguing premise: how far will a political machine go to achieve ultimate power. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of a political race, touching on journalistic integrity and the power brokers. The author noted in the beginning of the book that she was inspired by the unregulated power of first ladies, with Hillary Clinton the spark that ignited the story. It is more a story of manipulative politicians as...

STANDED by Alex Kava

Stranded Alex Kava July 2014 Anchor Books Stranded by Alex Kava is a very intense thriller that involves a violent serial killer. What makes this book stand out is the ratio of heroines to heroes, more than two to one. The female characters all have different personalities and yet they all share a similar trait, that they can fend for themselves.   The plot has non-stop action with many twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. FBI Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is assigned to find a serial killer who searches for victims at rest stops and prefers two at a time. He enjoys having the victims face the challenge of...