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review 2017-08-15 03:41
The Hanging Tree
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

I enjoyed spending time back in the skewed world of PC Grant and his "Falcon" cases. But at the same time, I was slightly disappointed by Installment #6 in The Rivers of London Series.  


Not sure how much of that disappointment is from The Hanging Tree being a weaker, mature series book, where it feels like all that gets advanced is the plot and the character's don't grow much.

We DO learn the name/identity of a key villain, but somehow that doesn't seem to change much of anything. 

(spoiler show)



Or how much of my disappointment is just general malaise and book hangover from the intensity of the last few weeks of Booklikes-opoly.




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review 2017-07-01 02:43
Blue on Blue
Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops - Charles Campisi,Gordon Dillow

On my last Booklikes-opoly turn, I landed on Frontierland 2: Read a book with a main character who knows how to handle a gun or where someone is shot.  I debated between continuing my re-read of the Foreigner Series by CJ Cherryh or Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops - Charles Campisi,Gordon Dillow and ended up settling on latter.


Blue on Blue is a random non-fiction book from my local library that came home as part of a haul related to secret service dogs, military dogs, and police that I thought might catch my older son's interest.  Both he and I ended up reading this memoir of Charles Campisi, the recently retired Former Chief of the New York Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau.  By virtue of his job as a Police Officer, it's a given that Mr. Campesi knows how to handle a gun, and yes several people get shot during the selected anecdotes from 18 years of investigating corrupt NYPD cops.  Son deemed Blue on Blue to be a 4-star read; I rated it 3 1/2 stars.  While Mr. Campesi and his co-author Gordon Dillow tell a clear story with some interesting anecdotes, I just wasn't compelled to keep reading.


This is my first book selected after The Big Shakeup and at 342 pages brings my Bank Balance to $62.

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review 2017-06-28 04:39
206 Bones
206 Bones - Kathy Reichs

Continuing to catch up on back reviews...


206 Bones is book 12 of 18 in the long running series by Kathy Reichs starring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.   206 Bones continues to follow the "procedurals" formula and, I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say that like many of the other books in the series, our protagonist ends up abducted, escaped/rescued, and in the hospital  before the end of the story.  But she, with the assist from side-kick cop (and ex-lover) Andrew Ryan do eventually put the clues together and catch the murders. While not exactly bad, 206 Bones is not nearly as exciting as the earlier books in the series. 


I'm not quite ready to give up on Tempe, but I don't recommend starting this series with 206 Bones.


Read for Mystery 8 – Read a book that is tagged mystery or has a title that begins with any of the letters in the word “Clue.”



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review 2017-03-12 13:59
Book Review: Dirty Magic
Dirty Magic - Jaye Wells

*I read this book for my own enjoyment.

Kate Prospero is put on suspension from the force due to a deadly encounter on the job. A man with oddly predatory eyes, fast running, immune to charms, and growing hair all over who's drawn to blood. This man was connected than Kate had ever imagined. Drawing her to an opportunity on a new task force to help clean up the dirty potions and the top of the chain of who's making and selling them. Kate was raised on the streets of the Cauldron and can help with her knowledge, and maybe contacts, to help find who's making the new deadly and dangerous potion.

First thing I noticed, Jaye's descriptions. Nicely done. Her writing feels to have grown greatly coming into this book.

We start into the world with a quick insight to a new potion and what it does to its users. We then take a step back and see Kate Prospero in her life, with family and friends. Her family is a huge thing in Kate's life. She has complicated...issues with some of her family, but her younger brother lives with her. Taking care of Danny and keeping him out of magic, whether clean or dirty, is her goal in life along with helping to clean up the streets as a cop. This is a huge motivator for Kate through out the book.

Then come to the team she'll work with. The crew is fun and I enjoy their interactions with Kate. Especially Morales who becomes like a partner on the beat to Kate. He gives Kate a hard time, but it feels as it turns into innocent picking on a friend a the book goes. They do grow closer as the story goes. We have the cool science guy, Mez, who's a wizard and mixes clean potions for the team going into dangerous situations. And Shadi, who I feel we don't see enough of in this book. She's part of the team but does different parts to the same mission.

This book felt like it was one that anyone who loves cop shows could read. The story didn't feel high in the magic field that others would be distracted by it. The story feels as though it's more character driven based on Kate and her wants and desires to do or not do things, also her complicated family connections don't help her but make her beliefs stronger in her mind.

The magic part of the story is very low key. There is no spells whipping around like Harry Potter. The magic is discrete and in the sense of mixing potions, which are similar to drugs. The making of the potions actually feels more science than magic to me, though there is a moment of magic in making them. The world of drugs and a dangerous city is replaced with the obsession with potions that can make you prettier, faster, to lose weight, to protect you, and much more. But! These potions come at a cost. If you over use them, which we see is very possible as people become addicted to them, you could turn colors like purple, or lose all material possessions with the need for more and end up living on the street. Or, the worst cost to potions, you could lose your life. And we do see this example in the book.

The story is well constructed in we see how the characters are lead to where they go. There are strong beliefs that they don't want to deal with, yet by fighting it they are lead to face what they don't want to. Kate has much going on in her personal life with raising her younger brother, it's hard having a teenager. But Kate also has to deal with a prejudice at the police station because she's a female and because she's an adept. There is plenty of action to go with the story after we get through the introduction phase of the book.

I was impressed with how well all worked together to create the world of potions and the cop scenarios. Well done. I'll be looking to pick up the next few books when I get money.

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review 2017-02-01 00:00
Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops
Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops - Charles Campisi,Gordon Dillow description


This book really was a fascinating read. The author gives us a behind the scenes look at the inner workings on the NYPD and the IAB. And he does it in a way that is both interesting and thought provoking.

From dirty cops to unsung heroes to sting operations and undercover cops...this book will give you a greater appreciation for those that do what is necessary to keep the streets safe and the NYPD an institution you can trust.


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