Klewless Title 68/50 – 2nd Deadly Sin by Asa Larsson
I have been a fan of this series, but for some reason, this title took me a couple of tries to get interested. In a nutshell, a county prosecutor becomes an adjunct to the regional police force in helping to solve crimes in rural Sweden. The cast of characters on the police force is where these books provide some real entertainment. There is in depth character development throughout the series, and the books are best read in order to fully appreciate the inter-workings of the police department. I will continue to read the series, and hope the next installments are stronger than this offering.
Klewless Title 69/50 – Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
This was a suspense tale that has been on my pile for quite a while. When an ex-con is released from prison for murder, how will the small town he returns to accept the fact that he is to live among them? As the story unfolds, the author deftly explains the behind the scene politics on how cliques form, and who is really pulling the strings. The reader is gradually shown how and why a crime occurred, and this one kept me hooked until the end. It appears to be the first in a series, and I will give the author another try when I can find more of her work.
Klewless Title 70/50 – The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
While not a closet romance reader, for some reason this series has been entertaining, and that I have continued to read. After this last tale, I am not so sure that is going to continue. I have no idea why Tasha Alexander strayed from her formula (and there very much is one) that works in her eight previous books. This one was intolerable to the point of almost not being able to be finished. Not recommended.
Klewless Title 71/50 – The Beat Goes On by Ian Rankin
I am a huge fan of Ian Rankin’s Rebus series. After retirement, then back, then out again to work in the Malcolm Fox books, I was surprised to see a new Rebus title appear. It was not to be, as this is a compendium of Rebus short stories. To be fair there are about half a dozen previously unpublished/obscure titles, which is why I picked this up. Worth reading for any Rankin fan looking for a little more time with Edinburgh’s surliest cop.
Klewless Title 72/50 – Deadline by Chris Ewan
Ewan is getting better and better with every book. This story centers on a kidnap negotiator, and his interactions with his clients. Placed in inherently high pressure situations, the back story of how this individual got into the field, and why we care, is presented in flashbacks that occur while the kidnapping at the center of the book plays out. Ewan provides excellent characters, and this was a very enjoyable read that falls outside of his “Good Thief’s Guide to…” series.
Klewless Title 73/50 – The Payback by Simon Kernick
Not sure where I found this one, but appears to be an older release. This is a fast paced tale of bad cops, corruption, gangland crime, and globetrotting that makes for an action tale that reads like a movie. I was unfamiliar with the author before picking this up, and can recommend this tale for anyone looking to waste a few hours on popcorn entertainment.
Klewless Title 74/50 – The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
Connelly is one of the greatest writers of police procedurals. His worn to the bone Detective Harry Bosch has seen in all in his career as a jaded LAPD detective. Connelly delivers again in a return to his roots hard hitting tale of corruption tangled up in police administration. I appreciate the fact that while Bosch is coming to the end of his career, Connelly is not willing to let him go just yet in favor of his other series (Mickey Haller) or the independent titles. Always worth reading, and while there are character references to earlier works, not necessary to read series in order to enjoy the book.
Klewless Title 75/50 – Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol
In what might very well be my first non-fiction title of the year, I picked up this autobiography. Not the most tightly written book, but as I am familiar with his work, I was interested to see exactly how much debauchery Idol has experienced. The book is mildly entertaining and provides an interesting glimpse of the early days of punk rock in both the UK and USA. I would have liked a bit more of the historical narrative, but it appears that chemicals have eroded a number of memories. Not bad, but not worth going out of your way to read.