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.)

(Thank you,  LibraryThing for the images)

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.…

Seeing the Story – The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)


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Reasons for Watching: The latest Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer Series book – Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt features many characters from the first book in the series, also called The Lincoln Lawyer. As I kicked off 2014 by finishing Connelly’s most recent novel in this series, I continuously referred to previous summations of The Lincoln Lawyer. Then, I thought I should check out the DVD of the 2011 movie to refresh my memory. I requested the movie from Harris County Public Library.

Summary of Movie: Defense attorney Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey)  practices law in the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car. His chauffeur, Earl (Laurence Mason), drives Haller all over LA as he provides legal services to various clients. A couple noteworthy clients are a biker gang (led by Trace Adkins) and a prostitute named Gloria (Katherine Moennig). Ex-wife Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei) is a prosecutor for the DA. While she doesn’t approve of who Haller defends, she seems to still be attracted to him. They share a young daughter, Hayley.

Haller seems to hit the jackpot when golden boy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) clamors for Haller’s services. Roulet, son of real estate mogul Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher), stands accused of beating would be actress/prostitute Regina Campo  (Margarita Levieva). With investigator Frank Levin (William H. Macy), Haller looks into the evidence. Haller notices startling similarities between the Roulet case and that of Jesus Martinez (Michael Peña). Martinez received life in prison for a crime Martinez claimed he didn’t commit. Now, Haller finds himself between a rock and a hard place – defend Roulet to the best of his abilities or turn in the guy who’s guilty.

Book to Movie Adaptation: While they changed things from book to movie, I think the essence of Connelly’s work remained. Some names were changed, a few characters didn’t seem to make the cut, and Haller’s relationship with secretary/caseworker Lorna Taylor (Pell James) is different. Most notable is the change of Macy’s character’s name from Raul to Frank Levin. Also, it wasn’t clear if all this action is set in 2005 when the book was published or in 2010-11 when the movie hit theaters.

Review: I thought the movie captured the essence of the book. Yes, I may have preferred a little more about Haller and Lorna. While McConaughey and Phillippe were ideal for their respective roles, I did think that Phillippe needed to seem bigger and more intimidating. That’s how Roulet came across in the book. Lastly, I wish they’d played more of the music Haller mentioned in the book but now, I’m being picky! 😉 So, when are they making the next movie?


Top Ten Authors That Jorie Automatically Puts on Hold


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Julia’s Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

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  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

John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief


Amazon.com: The Pelican Brief (Unabridged) by John Grisham, Read by Alexander Adams | Amazon

Grisham, J., & Adams, A. (1992). The pelican brief. Santa Ana, CA: Books on Tape. 9780736689113

Reasons for Reading:  As I enjoyed The Firm, I looked for some other books by Grisham. I saw The Pelican Brief audiobook on a shelf at HCPL.

Summary:  The deaths of two quite opposite US Supreme Court Justices rock the entire nation. These mysterious deaths leave the country wondering what the heck just happened. Tulane University Law student Darby Shaw sets out to research these odd circumstances. Afterwards, she writes a legal brief which states that assassins killed the two justices on behalf of oil tycoon Victor Mattiece. Mattiece wants to drill for oil in Louisiana marshland where an endangered species of pelican lives. Darby passes along “The Pelican Brief” to her law professor boyfriend Thomas Callahan. Quickly, more people die and Darby must run for her life.

What I Liked : I admired Darby a lot. She was smart and tried to do the right thing. I also liked Gray Grantham. I found Garcia intriguing.I appreciated the pace of the novel – mostly, Grisham got to the point. Oh, and nice Easter egg with Denton Voyles!

What I Disliked: So far, this is the third Grisham novel I’ve read. The ending seemed similar to that of The Firm. I might pick up one of Grisham’s non-legal thrillers next time.

Three Out of Five Pearls

Song: ‪Aretha Franklin – Chain Of Fools – YouTube

Setting : New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington DC, New York City, The Caribbean

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Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller Series


The Lincoln Lawyer | Front Row Reviews

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

Song: ‪2Pac – California Love [HD] – YouTube

Setting :  Los Angeles, mostly

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Jorie’s Top Ten Books of 2011


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These are 10 books I enjoyed reading the most in 2011.

1. Kathryn Stockett’s The Help

2. Todd Burpo’s Heaven is for real: A little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back

3. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

4. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire

5. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

6. Michael Connelly’s The Reversal (fourth in the series)

7. Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love

8. Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss

9. Caroline B. Cooney’s What Child is This? A Christmas Story

10. Sarah Addison Allen’s The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings


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Since I usually rely on the library to maintain my voracious reading habits, this is more of a “books I want to read list.”

1. Stephen King’s 11/22/63

2. Miroslav Sasek’s This is London

3. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot

4. The Next Sarah Addison Allen Book

5. The Next Stephanie Perkins Book

6. Lucy Moore’s Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties

7. Something from the steampunk genre

8. Michael Connelly’s Nine Dragons

9. Rivers Cuomo’s The Pinkerton Diaries

10. Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time