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review 2017-11-01 07:41
The Late Show
The Late Show - Michael Connelly

Renée Ballard #1

By:  Michael Connelly 

ISBN: 978-0316225984

Publisher: Little Brown & Co. 

Publication Date: 7/18/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars


Master storyteller, Michael Connelly returns following (Harry BoschThe Wrong Side of Good-Bye landing on my Top Books of 2016 with THE LATE SHOW. 


While reading Connelly’s latest, Two Kinds of Truth realized I had read and failed to post my review of THE LATE SHOW (Renee Ballard #1) —his 30th novel; where we meet his newest and tough detective, Renee Ballard in this top-notch gritty LA cop procedural crime thriller with a perfect balance of drama and suspense. 

A brilliant new series with an unstoppable new female detective. 

LAPD Renee Ballard, a strong-willed complex female detective had previously filed a sexual harassment complaint against her former boss, Lt. Robert Olivas. 

The outcome, she has been handed the night shift (a definite downgrade) in Hollywood known as the Late Show. This is her punishment. This definitely will not be good for her career. However, she will give it her all. 

Her relentless refusal to back down, prompted (demoted) the move to the late show, by Olivas and her partner, Ken Chastain, who witnessed the incident but did not support her.

She is a bit of a loner with a bohemian flair (almost homeless); loves nature, the beach, and her rescue dog, Lola. 

Like a “dog with a bone”, Ballard is handed three assignments and she is more than willing to dive in full force. 

One, an elderly woman with credit card fraud. Second a transgender prostitute, brutally beaten and left for dead, and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. She works around the clock. She is relentless. Five people dead. 

However, while dealing with the cases, against orders and her partner’s advice, they continue to pull her closer to her own past and demons.

Do we have a dirty cop in the midst? Career suicide?

Ballard may be the sole witness and with her own personal history with the department and her creditability would come under withering assault, as well.

Will she be able to prove her worth? ? Will she remain on the late show or be allowed to go back to the team? 

Wow, an avid fan (have read every book and watched every movie and series), Connelly a master at creating crime fiction, well-developed plot and complex forensics. A pro at creating intriguing sharp characters with staying power— like Bosch and Haller, hoping we will see more of Renee Ballard for the long haul. 

Ballad is mysterious yet tenacious. Looking forward to seeing more of her character. THE LATE SHOW is fast-paced and non-stop action with a smart, driven and tough leading lady. Hope we see #2 Renee Ballard in 2018. 

“It’s like the laws of physics—for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. If you go into darkness, the darkness goes into you. You then have to decide what to do with it. How to keep yourself safe from it. How to keep it from hollowing you out.” ― Michael Connelly, The Late Show

Bosch fans (I am at the top of the list), you cannot miss, TWO KINDS OF TRUTH. Currently listening to the audiobook. I love Titus Welliver (so sexy) on screen and as a narrator. I would follow him anywhere. Bosch is back in the middle of prescription drug abuse, murder, and uncover with a Medicare card. (Yes, I have recently been awarded one too). 

Haller and Bosh have proven themselves and looks like we have a new kick-ass female to add to the list. Renee Ballard—there is much more to uncover for the future. 

Connelly just keeps getting better (if that is even possible). Love the Amazon Prime series. One of the main reasons for continuing the Prime subscription.



South Florida fans "love you", Mr. Connelly. Keep them coming. Never stop writing or producing. One of the best crime writers of today. No one does it better.

A special thank you to Little Brown & Co. for an advanced reading copy. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Katherine Moennig. 


Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/02/07/The-Late-Show
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review 2017-10-21 04:04
Two for the Show - Megan Derr

This is book # 4 in the Lovesongs series also known as The Missing Butterfly Series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  Be aware that it may contain spoilers.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading in order.


Nikko has a family crisis he must see to.  He was told by his lawyer to create a scandal so the paparazzi won't find out the personal.  Nikko gets his chance with a kiss to what he believes is a man beyond his reach.


Jake is shocked but pleased to be the quarry of a man such as Nikko.  Then to find out it is only pretend.... well he might as well go along.  Why waste the chance with a man he is seriously attracted to?


This story just grabbed me from the get go.  Emotional, sexy, and the heat!  Oh this story has more than enough to keep you turning the pages.  I loved the banter between the characters.  The recurring ones from past books add the perfect snark.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-10-18 16:02
Two for the Show by Megan Derr
Two for the Show - Megan Derr

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this story. I don't read a whole lot of M/M romances but I do enjoy them every once in a while. The cover of this book really grabbed my attention when I first saw it and after reading the description, I knew that I wanted to give it a try. This book is the fourth book in a series but it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. This was a quick read that really had me excited to see the characters make things work.

I liked the characters in this book quite a bit. Nikko and Jake were so good together and I liked the chemistry that they shared. They were very different from each other but seemed to really compliment the other. They are both at a spot in their lives where a lot of things are changing but in very different ways. Nikko is headed out of the spotlight to focus on family while Jake is trying to figure out what project he will pursue next. 

I did wish that there would have been a bit more of this pair together. We do see Nikko and Jake spending time together in the book but they also spend time apart. It just felt like they were apart for the wrong reasons and a conversation could have cleared a lot up. I would have liked to see a bit more resolution to the story. These two have a lot to work out with the kids, Jake's new role, and trying to be a couple and I would have liked to see a bit of that. It almost felt more like a happily for now instead of the happily ever after I was hoping for.

I would recommend this book to others. It was a nice quick read with great characters. There were a few points in the story that the writing felt a bit awkward to me but there were no major concerns. I would read more from Megan Derr in the future and would be interested in reading some of the earlier books in this series.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley.

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text 2017-09-25 04:42
Reading progress update: I've listened 25 out of 562 minutes.
The Late Show - Katherine Moennig,Hachette Audio,Michael Connelly

I've never read Michael Connelly, though I've heard of Harry Bosch.  I saw this on the New Release shelf and thought I'd give it a try for



So far, I like the set up, but dislike the audiobook narrator.  Katherine Moennig is rushing and doesn't leave enough space between sentences. I've just put in the request for the print version, however, the reserve list is looong and I don't expect to see it until mid-October.


I've got a different audiobook to try tomorrow.

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review 2017-09-18 10:35
The Ballet Dancer: "The Late Show" by Michael Connelly
The Late Show - Michael Connelly

“It’s like the laws of physics—for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. If you go into darkness, the darkness goes into you. You then have to decide what to do with it. How to keep yourself safe from it. How to keep it from hollowing you out.”


In "The Late Show" by Michael Connelly



It isn't polite to look in through other people’s windows. I knew this but still I would do it. It isn't an obsession, it isn't voyeuristic. No. But sometimes things would catch my eye as I walked past. A nice vase, a sleeping cat, a glimpse of a print on a wall, random "stuff" that makes a home a home. I liked to imagine who would surround themselves with these things, what do they look like? How do they live? In one window, I know is a tiny figurine of a young ballet dancer - cheap, pastel, glazed. Nondescript. Given a place of prominence through love.


I once saw the woman who owned that dancer.



If you're into Crime Fiction, read on.

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