The Burning Room (Harry Bosch #19) by Michael Connelly

Book Description

November 3, 2014
In the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, Detective Harry Bosch and his rookie partner investigate a cold case that gets very hot… very fast.

In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other clues are virtually nonexistent. Even a veteran cop would find this one tough going, but Bosch’s new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, has no homicide experience. A young star in the department, Soto has been assigned to Bosch so that he can pass on to her his hard-won expertise.
Now Bosch and Soto are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive. Beginning with the bullet that has been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old evidence, and these soon reveal that the shooting was anything but random.
As their investigation picks up speed, it leads to another unsolved case with even greater stakes: the deaths of several children in a fire that occurred twenty years ago. But when their work starts to threaten careers and lives, Bosch and Soto must decide whether it is worth risking everything to find the truth, or if it’s safer to let some secrets stay buried.
In a swiftly-moving novel as relentless and compelling as its hero, Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is “one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction” (Chicago Tribune).
Review –
I love the character of Harry Bosch and I loved this installment in the series but I’m afraid of what’s going to happen to Harry in the next one because his time with the LAPD is nearing the end. He is in the DROP program, that is the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, and will be forced to retire in less than a year. Police work is all he knows and loves. I hope the author, Michael Connelly, has great plans for my favorite character.
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Mayhem in Christmas River(Christmas River Cozy Mysteries #2)by Meg Muldoon

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May 6, 2013
It’s July in Christmas River, and the temperature isn’t the only thing flaring out of control.
After a fire destroys her best friend’s ornament shop, pie baker extraordinaire Cinnamon Peters soon discovers that the blaze was no accident.
Just days before the annual Christmas River in July Parade and Play, it becomes clear that a maniac is roaming the tourist-packed streets of Christmas River.
And he’s got a flair for the dramatic.
Will Cinnamon and her sheriff’s deputy boyfriend find out who’s behind the blaze before the rest of the town goes up in flames?
Mayhem abounds in this smoldering sequel to Murder in Christmas River.

Review –
Not great literature, but it’s a COZY mystery, after all, and with that in mind, it’s pretty good. (I’m sure this is punctuated wrong, but…)
It was a fast easy  read and made a cold evening go by with pleasure.
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Crunch Time (Goldy Schulz Series) by Diane Mott Davidson

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Release date: April 5, 2011 | Series: Goldy Schulz

Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz returns in another tasty and suspenseful adventure from New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill.

Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy’s house isn’t safe, and after a failed break-in by an unknown intruder a cop is sent to keep an eye on things. Then a second body is found.

Swapping her chef’s hat for a sleuthing cap, the intrepid Goldy steps up the investigation. But she’s got to move fast. It’s crunch time to close in on a killer, before he can close in on her.

Filled with danger as well as laughs, wonderful food, and scrumptious recipes, Crunch Time is a delicious indulgence sure to satisfy all of Goldy’s fans.

Review –

This book was not very exciting and spent a lot of time on unnecessary characters. I used to enjoy reading the stories to find out what kind of trouble Goldy could into but over the years the quality of plots has decreased and left me wanting.

 

 

 

Trial by Fire by J. A. Jance

Book Description

Publication Date: December 1, 2009
In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her — or why. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye. And then an angel appears. Misguidedly known around town as the “Angel of Death,” Sister Anselm has devoted her life to working as an advocate for unidentified patients. To her burn patient, she is a savior. But to this Jane Doe’s would-be killer, Sister Anselm’s efforts pose a serious threat. Ali Reynolds is on the scene as the new media relations consultant for the Yavapai County Police Department, keeping reporters at bay and circumventing questions about arson and a link to a domestic terrorist group called Earth Liberation Front. But her job quickly becomes much more. As Ali struggles to help Sister Anselm uncover the helpless woman’s identity, they realize that by locating the missing relatives they may be exposing the victim once more to a remorseless killer determined to finish the job. Faced with the possibility of putting all three of their lives in jeopardy, Ali fearlessly pursues justice — and what she discovers is a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined.With unerring skill, Jance delivers relentless suspense in what is surely her finest novel yet in this riveting and addictive series

Review –

This is my first experience with anything written by J.A. Jance but  I can promise you that it will not be my last.  This was an audiobook and I listened to it in my car while running errands nearly everyday and  it was hard to turn off the engine and wait until the next opportunity to drive again.  The plot was great and moved at a very fast pace and the characters were very realistic and  since this is the first in the Ali Reynolds series I can’t wait to find others to listen to or read.