Top Ten Books Jorie Would Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Mysteries

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Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X (examples: New Adult novels, historical fiction, a certain author, books about a certain topic, etc)

(I’ve selected the first book in series whenever there’s more than one book.)

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1.  Sandra Brown’s Deadline

Deadline by Sandra Brown

2. Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer Series)

The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel by Michael…

3.  Janet Evanovich’s One For the Money (Stephanie Plum Series) 

One for the Money

4. Sue Grafton’s A is for Alibi (The Alphabet Mysteries Series)

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

5.  John Grisham’s The Firm 

The Firm: A Novel by John Grisham

6. Kay Hooper’s  Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series ( Stealing Shadows Trilogy ))

Stealing Shadows (Shadows Trilogy) by Kay…

7. JA Jance’s Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Series) 

Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.…

8. JA Jance’s Until Proven Guilty (JP Beaumont Series) 

Until Proven Guilty by J. A. Jance

9. Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No.…

10. JD Robb’s Naked in Death (… in Death) 

Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1) by J. D.…

Top Ten Authors That Jorie Automatically Puts on Hold

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Julia’s Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

(Check Out the Revisited Challenge on Jorie’s Reads and vote for your favorites)

  1. Sarah Dessen
  2. Michael Connelly
  3. Katherine Howe
  4. Dan Brown
  5. Sarah Addison Allen
  6. Stephen King
  7. Kay Hooper
  8. John Green
  9. Julia Alvarez
  10. Jeffrey Eugenides

Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller Series

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Connelly, M., & Grupper, A. (2005). The Lincoln lawyer. New York: Time Warner AudioBooks. 9781594830884

Connelly, M., & Giles, P. (2008). The brass verdict. New York: Hachette Audio. 9781600244018

Connelly, M., Giles, P., & Connelly, M. (2010). The reversal. New York: Hachette Audio. 9781600247255

Connelly, M., & Giles, P. (2011). The fifth witness. New York: Hachette Audio. 9781600247224

Reasons for Reading On my way home from England, I saw bits and pieces of Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey. I enjoyed what I saw enough to request the audiobook via HCPL, I have since read all of the Mickey Haller series – thus far.

Summary These books are told by attorney Michael “Mickey” Haller, a street-wise defense attorney who practices law from the backseat of a Lincoln Town Car. Haller offers his services to the greater Los Angeles area, meeting clients wherever they may be. He’s on speaking terms with both of his ex-wives and aims to be a better father to his daughter Hayley. The series highlights Haller’s more unusual and that is true in the first book – The Lincoln Lawyer. Throughout the series, Haller faces his growing discomfort with representing the truly guilty.  

Review I really like the Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer Mysteries by Michael Connelly.  While I may not always care for Haller, he seems realistic and he describes much of what goes on in trials in layman’s terms.I haven’t read of the Harry Bosch books that Connelly writes but I’m currently reading Nine Dragons where Haller makes a small appearance. So far, I liked The Reversal the best as there isn’t just one reversal at play in this book.

Four Out of Five Pearls

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Setting :  Los Angeles, mostly

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Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy

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Larsson, S., Vance, S., & Random House Audio Publishing. (2008). The girl with the dragon tattoo. New York: Random House Audio. 9780307577580

Larsson, S., Keeland, R., & Vance, S. (2009). The girl who played with fire. New York: Random House. 9780739384176

Larsson, S., & Keeland, R. (2010). The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 9780307269997

Things reached such a point that I felt I was the only one who hadn’t read the Millennium Trilogy. Spotting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the audiobook shelf at one HCPL, I decided to give the late Stieg Larsson a chance.

Mikhail Blomkvist, an iconoclastic publisher of Millennium, loses a libel suit in 2002 to billionaire Hans-Erik Wennerström and is sentenced to three months in prison. A little time passes when Blomkvist receives an invitation from Henrik Vanger, the retired CEO of the Vanger Corporation. Blomkvist doesn’t realize that Vanger commissioned an investigation into Blomkvist’s personal and professional history. This was carried out by Lisbeth Salander, a surveillance agent with Milton Security. Vanger requests an investigation into the 1966 disappearance of his grand-niece, Harriet. Salander is an eccentric genius with relatively few scruples. When Blomkvist and Salander collaborate, the bad guys better bar the door.

That’s how all the fun starts. I won’t spoil the latter two novels but I will say The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lays the groundwork for the others. These must be read in order. Larsson developed compelling characters and situations which forced me to rubberneck. Normally, I prefer cozier mysteries but I had to see the story lines to their ends. Blomkvist came across as a James Bond type (Daniel Craig plays both 007 and Blomkvist, is this a coincidence?) while Salander isn’t terribly likeable. Still and all, I cared about these two. Blomkvist’s attorney sister, Annika Gianinni, was perhaps my favorite character; she truly shines in the third book. While much violence takes place within the Millennium Trilogy, Larsson did not support it. In fact, I’d say he was rather anti-violence. Another difference with this trilogy is that I liked the final installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, best.

A couple of personal preferences I’m compelled to mention: 1) Larsson wove much intertextuality into the series. I believe if I’d read these books prior to this series, I’d have a deeper appreciation. 2) I wish I had a better idea of Swedish geography. These places were lost on me. 3) Okay, I was overwhelmed by all of the Swedish names, especially since I listened to the first two books. 4) I thought it was cool when I read about Ikea and Securitas. 5) Yes, I want to see the movie!

Four Out of Five Pearls

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Setting :  Sweden – mostly

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Kay Hooper’s Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels

Several years ago, Kay Hooper’s book Amanda caught my eye. Hooper hooked me pretty quickly with Amanda — she had romance, mystery, suspense, Gothic, etc all in one book. From there, I kept on reading Hooper’s books when I was in high school.

During one of my college summers, I picked up another one of Hooper’s books. This time the book had all that good ol’ Amanda had plus characters with ESP! It’s like Heroes in all that these people can do the most extraordinary things. I know it wasn’t the first one but I had just read a Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel. Earlier this year, I finished Blood Ties, Hooper’s twelfth novel in this serious and the conclusion of the Blood Trilogy. Hooper’s Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels are divided into trilogies – Shadows, Evil, Fear, and Blood. Who know what eerie trilogy is next in line?

Throughout the series, we have the adept Noah Bishop of the FBI. He has numerous psychic abilities and a vision the readers see him actualize. Bishop seeks out other psychics to form the Special Crimes Unit. Within this unit, Bishop has clairvoyants, mediums, telepaths, etc. They investigate some evil psychopaths – battling it out with their spidey senses.

When it’s not apropos for the government to touch certain issues, there’s the civilian Haven. Within the latest trilogy, the Haven operatives are introduced.

Until the Blood trilogy, these books didn’t necessitate reading in numerical order. The characters and events were mostly unrelated before this point. Nonetheless, it’s best to read them in order. In Blood Ties, Hooper provides not only a glossary of psychic abilities, she also has agent bios. Thank you! I was getting lost.

The whole series is great! Hooper brings back a few of the characters repeatedly – Bishop, Miranda Knight, and Hollis Templeton. Hollis is a survivor who’s been thrown into the psychic world and whose abilities seem to grow in both number and intensity.

Hollis is prominent in the Blood trilogy, especially Blood Ties. I thought the Blood trilogy was visceral and gratuitous. Also, I was frustrated by the cliffhanger in Blood Dreams and the dependency of these three books on one another. If it weren’t for the agent bios, I would’ve been completely in the dark.

Four and Half Out of Five Pearls (for the series)

Places: The United States

Word Bank: (as classified/defined by Bishop’s team)

‘Adept’ is the word used to label any functional psychic generally; the specific ability is much more specialized.

Clairvoyance: the ability to know things, to pick up bits of information, seemingly out of thin air.

Dream-projecting: the ability to enter another’s dreams.

Dream-walking: the ability to invite/draw others into your own dreams.

Empathy: experiencing the emotions of others. An Empath.

Healing Empathy: the ability to not only feel but also heal the pain/injury of another. An Empath.

Mediumistic: the ability to communicate with the dead. A Medium.

Precognition: the ability to correctly predict future events. A Seer.

Psychometric: the ability to pick up impressions from objects.

Regenerative: the ability to heal one’s own injuries/sicknesses.

Telekinesis: the ability to move objects with the mind.

Telepathic mind control: the ability to influence/control others through mental focus and effort. Extremely rare ability.

Telepathy (touch and non-touch or open): the ability to pick up thoughts from others. A Telepath.

The ability to see into time (unnamed).

The ability to see the Aura of another person’s energy field.

The ability to Channel Energy usefully as a defensive/offensive tool/weapon.

And the ‘Spider-Sense’ is the ability to enhance one’s normal senses (sight, hearing, smell) through concentration and the focusing of one’s own mental and physical energy.

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