READING WITH THE AUTHORS: Patty L. Fletcher Reviews Books in the Harry Bosch Series

READING WITH THE AUTHORS: Patty L. Fletcher Reviews Books in the Harry Bosch Series

During the past few weeks I’ve dealt with an enormous amount of stress. Between caring for an aging and at times sick working dog, making decisions concerning his retirement and keeping up with my fast-growing business there have been more than a few times when I’ve felt rather overwhelmed.

“Better overwhelmed than underwhelmed” a good friend of mine once liked to say.

SCREAMING 😊

Many people say…

“I just don’t see how you do all you do.”

At first, when I’d answer them, I’d ask them, “What choice do I have? It’s either do it or it simply won’t get done.”

Then I began to give some thought to what they were saying. I realized they weren’t asking me how I managed to get the things I was doing done but rather they simply couldn’t comprehend how I handle all the pressure having so much responsibility to deal with all on my own with little to no support could bring.

Well, that’s easy. When I’m not reworking feeding and relief time schedules for Campbell’s constantly changing needs, or posting ads, articles and announcements for my totally talented Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing client family I read, and read, and did I mention read?

When I tell people this, they then ask…

“How on earth do you find time to read?”

This always makes me smile because I then feel I know some magik secret they’ve simply never grasped, and many times their reactions to my answer only serve to validate that feeling.

Sneaky😊 !

My answer? Audio Books of course.

Their responses vary but the main one I get is that they don’t have time for even those and again they ask me how I’ve the time.

Well…

I read when I’m washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom or doing other mundane household chores.

I read when I’m waiting on a bus or cab, sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office or some government agency. I read when I’m walking Campbell and I read when I’m taking a bath, shaving my legs, or clipping my toenails.

I’m always amazed at people who declare they’ve no time to read. Between eBooks which can be read with the voice over feature found on most EReaders to the delightful Audio Books available from: Audible.com or for those who qualify the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicap:  bard.loc.gov  there simply is no excuse not to read while you live your every-day lives.

My advice?

Turn off the Boob-Tube engage your mind and read a book.

So, what do I read?

If you’ve followed me very long you know that I enjoy a variety of genres. But, of late I’ve been enjoying The Harry Bosch series starting with…

The black echo / DB34800

Connelly, Michael. Reading time: 14 hours, 1 minute.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

Mystery and Detective Stories

When Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch sees the tattoo on a corpse, he recognizes the man as William Meadows, one of his fellow tunnel rats in Vietnam. Although evidence points to death by drug overdose, Bosch’s suspicions of foul play soon have him tangling with the FBI. With the help of Agent Eleanor Wish, Bosch begins to uncover a twenty-year-old robbery scheme. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex.
Download The black echo /

 

If ever there was a book which could remove you from your reality this is it. I haven’t the foggiest idea what took me so long to find detective Harry Bosch but, how happy I am to have finally done so.

Harry and I have much in common. We move to the beat of a different drum, work best alone and most always find ourselves on the outside looking in.

That having been said let me add that this mystery detective series is by far one of the best I’ve read in quite some time. Given how I vowed that no one could ever take the place of Detective Dave Robichaud that’s saying something for sure.

In The Black Echo we’re introduced to Harry and we begin to learn what makes him tick and why.

You for sure want to read this series in order because the character development is phenomenal.

When first I met Harry, I didn’t care for his partner much. But as I continued with the second book that began to change.

When next I read…

 

The black ice DB38349

Connelly, Michael. Reading time: 11 hours, 48 minutes.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

Mystery and Detective Stories

When LAPD detective Harry Bosch has trouble solving the murder of a smuggler of black ice (a mixture of heroin, cocaine, and PCP), he turns to Calexico Moore in Narcotics for help. Moore commits suicide soon after their talk, and Bosch begins to suspect that Moore knew a lot more about black ice than he let on. As Bosch puzzles out Moore’s motives, Internal Affairs rushes to condemn the dead man. Strong language and violence.
Download The black ice

 

As I read this book, I began to get a better understanding of Harry and how he worked. While his partner still left a lot to be desired, we see some growth of his character as well as all the players many of whom are sure to be found for many books to come.

This book gave us a realistic look into the gritty parts of police work and what can go wrong when not everyone is on the same side.

But, what about that character development of Harry’s partner?

It seriously begins to show when you read…

 

The concrete blonde DB40103

Connelly, Michael. Reading time: 12 hours, 37 minutes.
Read by Ray Foushee.

Mystery and Detective Stories

Four years ago, Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch killed alleged serial killer Norman Church, the Dollmaker. Now Bosch is being sued by Church’s widow, who claims Church wasn’t the killer who put makeup on his victims. During the trial, police receive a Dollmaker-style note leading them to a blonde corpse buried in concrete. Now Bosch has to prove that this is not the work of the original Dollmaker. Strong language and some violence.
Download The concrete blonde

 

In this book there are times when Harry’s partner really does come through. He shows that not only does he indeed have what it takes to forget about his side-job and give his all to the department but that he’s willing to hang in when the going gets tough.

But if you think this book shows what Harry and his detective pals are made of wait until you read…

 

The last coyote DB42652

Connelly, Michael. Reading time: 12 hours, 33 minutes.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

Mystery and Detective Stories

Renegade detective Harry Bosch of The Concrete Blonde (DB 40103) reopens the unsolved murder of his prostitute mother. Driven by anger and guilt, Harry confirms that the murder had been covered up by powerful people in the Hollywood hills. In a surprise ending, Harry finds both resolution of the case and personal redemption. Violence, descriptions of sex, and some strong language.
Download The last coyote

 

This book is so far my favorite in the series. The description NLS gives while doing a decent job of summing up the story doesn’t quite do it justice, and neither will what I have to say.

Before I begin let me just say I disagree with the NLS synopsis concerning how things end up for Harry and his personal position when this book ends.

There were times when I found myself begging Harry to stop and times when I cheered him on and shouted with all my might for him to, “Sock it to them good!”

His therapist gave me cause to at times visualize shoving her off a bridge and other times I could understand just where she was coming from.

The injustice of what happens to Harry’s house made me cry while the love he finds as a result of all the loss occurred within these pages is sweet and is the reason I continued with and have just finished…

 

Trunk music DB44802

Connelly, Michael. Reading time: 13 hours, 16 minutes.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

Mystery and Detective Stories
Bestsellers

When a mob-connected Hollywood film producer is murdered, detective Harry Bosch begins his crime hunt in Las Vegas. Along the trail, Bosch deals with an old flame, seedy cops, and the sordid underworld. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller.
Download Trunk music

 

I downloaded this book yesterday afternoon about 2 o’clock and while I cleaned house, tended my dog who is once again recovering from illness, and battled a continuous deluge of pouring rain, blasting wind, and constant muddy pawprints, from all the going outside, I was able to help Harry and his detective pals solve yet another gritty murderous case.

I tell you this mystery had more twists and turns than the California roads described within its pages and although this one was harder to figure out than most finally in the end Harry, his pals and I were able to sort all the clues.

We had cheating husbands and wives, organized crime, crooked cops and for a while it was hard to tell who was who and on which side people fell.

Through it all Harry and his detective pals stood fast and true to one another and in the end it all shook loose for the greater good.

There were certainly a few surprises in this one that I didn’t see coming but once all was said and done everything made perfect sense.

Earlier I mentioned character development, but nothing prepared me for the wonderful development within this book.

This author has a definite talent for character growth and for keeping a series fresh and new as it goes along.

I must say I’m totally hooked on this series and plan to download and begin another straight away.

If you’ve not yet met Harry and you’re a lover of detective mystery, then I recommend you do so right away. These detective mystery stories will for sure help keep your mind sharp and there’s no TV series that can do it quite like Harry and his detective pals can do.

Until next time this is Patty who is off to solve another case and King Campbell Super Semi Retired Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba who will surely be along to sniff out a crumb-UM?M-clue or two saying…

Happy reading may harmony find you, and blessid be.

 

When Campbell and I aren’t gobbling up book after book in a series we can be found writing. If you’d like to see our work you may visit:  http://www.dldbooks.com/pattyfletcher/ .

 

0 Comments

  1. Patty, This is one of my favorite series. I have “Dark Sacred Night” on my Booksense ready to start when Rich can get it from our local library. After that, I’ll be chomping at the bit for more, butI still keep a few of Michael Connelly’s books on my Booksense. It’s so nice to hear about your enthusiasm for this excellent author. BTW, he has quite a history as a journalist, and BARD has his nonfiction, “Crime Beat: a decade of covering cops and killers,” along with the Lincoln Lawyer series (featuring Harry’s step-brother) and others.

    1. Oh boy!

      Do you know what you’ve gone and done?

      You’ve just enlarged my TBR list and I’m supposed to be working on a writing project.

      LOL!

      1. Patty, Well, think of it this way. Now, you have an excuse. I’m guessing that you will survive. At least I didn’t recommend any of the other series I enjoy from BARD.

        1. I’m a series addict.

          What other series?

          I’m getting ready to take a short break from Bosch and read Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”

          That is if it ever finishes downloading.

          1. Well, there’s the Mitch Rap series by Vince Flynn (best to read in the cronological order not published order) starting with American Assassin. Vince died young some time ago, and now Kyle Mills is continuing the series and doing a good job. And, I’m being called for a popsicle break.

          2. LOL!

  2. butterflythomas Reply
    February 24, 2019

    I absolutely love reading and audiobooks on my vehicle of choice. I discovered this series by happy accident when bard sent me a darkness more than night. So I had to go back and read the entire series which I first found on bookshare. And now each year I eagerly anticipate the next harry bosch release on Audible… 💜

    1. I’m still catching up. Just downloaded I believe number 6.

      Enjoying it very much.

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