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review 2017-10-17 02:40
A Great Intro to a Great Series
Open and Shut - Grover Gardner,David Rosenfelt

I honestly can't believe I've talked to little about Andy Carpenter and David Rosenfelt here -- it works out, when you look at timelines and whatnot, I've been reading him a long time before I started blogging. Still, it's hard to believe since it's one of my favorite series, and has been going for so long. Yeah, maybe the series is getting too long in the tooth, but for something to get to book 16+, it's got to have a pretty solid foundation, right? That foundation is <b>Open and Shut</b>, where Rosenfelt introduces the world to Andy Carpenter, dog lover extraordinaire and pretty decent defense attorney.

 

Carpenter is a hard-working lawyer, taking on many cases that don't pay much, but do some good. He's obsessed with New York sports and his golden retriever. He's going through a divorce -- and has started dating his investigator. He's got a great sense of humor, is known for a hijink or two in court, and seems like the kind of guy you want in your corner. His father is a big-time D. A., the kind of Prosecutor that people hope/assume theirs is -- honest, hard-working, tough on crime. So it shocks Andy when his dad asks him to take on a client for a retrial on a murder case -- a murderer his dad put away and his currently on Death Row.

 

Andy goes ahead with the case, not sure that he should. But it doesn't take long before he starts to believe in his client's innocence. About that time, things get interesting and maybe even a little dangerous.

 

Almost all the elements that go into a typical Andy Carpenter novel are here -- even if they're just being introduced at this point. The jokes are fresh, the clichés have yet to be developed. It's a good mystery with some good non-mystery story elements. And, best of all, some really fun courtroom moments -- not just antics on Andy's part, but some good depictions of legal/trial strategy and the like. I've been thinking lately that the latter Carpenter books have been giving the courtroom short shrift, and seeing what Rosenfelt does here just solidifies that thinking.

 

Gardner's narration didn't blow me away or anything, but it was good work. I can easily believe him as Andy's voice and can see him really growing on me (not unlike George Guidall and Walt Longmire). He'll keep you engaged in the story, and deliver a line or two in a way that will bring a smile to your face.

 

Give this one a whirl, folks -- text or audio -- you'll enjoy yourself.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/10/16/open-and-shut-audiobook-by-david-rosenfelt-grover-gardner
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text 2017-09-01 15:24
Audible Sale Pile
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant - Ronald C. White Jr.,Arthur Morey
Secretariat - William Nack,Grover Gardner
The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth,Frederick Davidson

I love shopping the sale pile. I found a bunch there that I already owned and three more to add to my library. This will keep me going for a while, don't you think. 

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review 2017-08-22 17:40
Brothers in Arms / Lois McMaster Bujold
Brothers in Arms - Lois McMaster Bujold,Grover Gardner

If his enemies would just leave him alone, Miles Vorkosigan (alias Admiral Naismith) decided bitterly, the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet would collapse all on its own. But his enemies were plotting a more deadly fall.

For some unexplained reason the Dendarii payroll is missing and the orders from the Barrayaran Imperial Command are being delayed by Miles's superior, Captain Galeni. What connects the impeccable insufferable Captain Galeni and the Komarran rebel expatriates on Earth anyway? But the most deadly question of all before Miles is more personal: are Miles's two identities, Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii and Lieutenant Lord Vorkosigan of Barrayar, splitting apart along the lines of his divided loyalties? And who is trying to assassinate which version of him?

 

As per usual, Miles Vorkosigan creates a stir wherever he goes. After figuratively hitting a wasp nest with a stick and annoying the Cetagandians, he hares off to old Earth to get his crew healthy and his ships fixed. Of course, things go horribly awry and lots of intrigue & adventure follows.

Somehow, for me, even though there are lots of action sequences, these books are more about the relationships. He has to balance his two identities as Lord Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith, each with their own responsibilities. He has his cousin Ivan to consider, as Ivan is also stationed on Earth. Plus Miles makes friendships & alliances wherever he goes—and they complicate an already intricate life. Finally there’s the question of whether he will ever get a personal life and find someone to love him as Miles, regardless of which identity he’s currently living in.

Plenty of adventure here for those who like such things, and lots of character development for me. Another successful installment in the saga of Miles Vorkosigan.

Book 261 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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text 2017-06-02 15:12
The Player By Denise Grover Swank Free!
The Player: The Wedding Pact #2 (Volume 2) - Denise Grover Swank

Divorce attorney Blair Hansen is convinced that marriage should be based on practicality, not passion. But as her own wedding approaches, she finds herself remembering her law school boyfriend, the only man she's ever loved, and regretting what might have been. Then a twist of fate lands Garrett back in her life, and the man who loomed large in her past is suddenly casting a shadow over her wedding, making her question everything. To complicate matters further, the job she loves is in peril, and she can feel the ‘perfect’ life she’s fashioned for herself start to crumble under her feet. Could everything she's believed about life and love be wrong?

Garrett Lowry is a divorce attorney who's ready to settle down. The problem is that he can’t find a woman who suits him nearly as well as the one he loved and lost. He broke her heart by playing the field after their break up—something he’s always regretted. But after months of pining for Blair, Garrett stumbles across her in a freak coincidence—and then destiny keeps throwing them together, the coincidences becoming ever more unlikely. He’s convinced it's a sign they should give their love a second chance, but Blair is engaged to another man—a man who is absolutely wrong for her.

Can Garrett convince Blair that a player once isn’t a player forever, and that happy endings aren’t just for dreamers?

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review 2017-04-14 00:00
Until You
Until You - Denise Grover Swank He's a reforming heartbreaker. She's a workaholic nomad. Neither have a romantic bone in their bodies. Until a wedding, a pact and a kiss lead to an attraction that is not to be missed. I've been head over heels for this band of brothers since Only You, made an appearance on my book shelf. Not only does Ms. Swank dish out some romance, she delivers on the bromance as well. Until You continues that instant connection of love, life and friendship that drives author Denise Grover Swank's novels. Both author and characters make it easy to fall in love with love.
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