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The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch Series #3) by Michael ConnellyThe Concrete Blonde by Michael Connolly. $ 2.99

I was looking for a mystery/suspense novel to profile and this one was both low priced and well reviewed. Connolly was a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. A couple of the reviews mention that this title refers to previous books so I’m not sure whether this is a good place to start. It is a good price for book 3 in the Harry Bosch series.

From the Jacket Copy:

Edgar Award-winner Michael Connelly brings back Detective Harry Bosch in a breathtaking breakthrough novel, a supercharged thriller that thrusts us into a blistering courtroom battle and a desperate search for a killer who should already be dead. Harry Bosch is sure that the man he killed was the sadistic serial murderer known as the Dollmaker, and that the killing was justified. Even if the dead man’s widow wins her civil suit, it’s the city of Los Angeles that will pay. Harry has already been exonerated in an internal investigation. The trial – and Harry’s certainty that he shot the right man – are torn apart when a corpse is discovered beneath the concrete floor of a building that burned during the L.A. riots. It’s the body of a woman, and all indications are that this is another of the Dollmaker’s victims. But the autopsy report is unequivocal: this woman was killed after Harry shot the man he believes was the Dollmaker. Into the L.A. night Harry takes his investigation. By day the trial continues excruciatingly, with the prosecuting attorney focusing on Bosch’s violent past and portraying him as a vigilante murderer protected by his badge. By night he reinvestigates the infamous Dollmaker case, frantically trying to understand where he went wrong – and what he can do to keep this murderer from carrying out his threats to make Harry his next victim.

Edgar Award-winning Michael Connelly delivers a supercharged thriller. Four years ago, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch shot the notorious serial killer “The Dollmaker.” Now Harry is accused of killing the wrong man–just as a new body turns up that has all the hallmarks of a Dollmaker slaying. To clear his name, Harry searches for a copycat killer.


Ripe for Pleasure by Isobel CarrRipe For Pleasure by Isobel Carr. $ $2.99

Secret society books aren’t my thing but they must be someone’s “thing” because so many writers seem to incorporate the trope into their books. But the story does feature a courtesan and from the reviews, a real one, not a pretend one that once thought about sleeping with men for money but one who actually did the deed.

From the Jacket Copy:

Second in line, first in love

A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost…. Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second best.

Searching for hidden treasure, finding forbidden fantasy.

London’s most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.


Beg For Mercy	Jami AldenBeg for Mercy by Jami Alden. $ $2.99

I’ve been wanting to give Alden a try. I’m thinking that this book must have been on sale before because when I went to purchase it, I received a notice that I had made the purchase last year. Maybe I’ll read it this time around.

From the Jacket Copy:

He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . .


Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn’t just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn’t have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother’s life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can’t stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city’s elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.


Sisters and Husbands	Connie BriscoeSisters and Husbands by Connie Briscoe. $ $2.99.

I’d love to know if this series is a romance. The chick has the wedding ring half way off her finger. That does not bode well for any HEA. Anyone read this author before and have insights for us readers?

From the Jacket Copy:

Ten years have passed since Sisters and Lovers, and Beverly, now 39, is engaged to Julian, a man her family and friends agree is the epitome of a great catch: he’s gorgeous, loyal, trustworthy, successful, and very much in love with her. Since this is Beverly’s third engagement in the past five years, after breaking off the previous two at the last moment, everyone’s happy that she’s finally settling down. For Beverly and Julian, nothing could be better than being in love and planning their wedding. That is until Beverly’s oldest sister’s marriage falls apart and dampens the mood of what should have been the happiest time in Beverly’s life. Now, second-guessing her impending nuptials, Beverly is forced to wonder if marriage really works. Will she stick it out? Or will her fears cloud her judgment once again?


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. SAO
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:38:44

    I’ve read the connolly books in the wrong order. You don’t need to have read a previous one to enjoy any book.

  2. Liz
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 18:19:16

    I love Michael Connolly. It is possible to read them out of order without much problem. Also, the sale seems to be working its way through the series, as the first two books were also recently on sale for $2.99.

  3. Chandra
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 19:17:27

    I started reading the Harry Bosch series with “Concrete Blonde” when it was originally published. It was a great starting point for me – I haven’t missed a book since.

  4. JL
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 19:29:28

    I really liked Beg For Mercy. It’s an RS that is pretty intense and intricate in terms of the plot with a dash of spicy, as opposed to the type of RS that is all about the Alpha hero and ridiculously paper-thin plot (which totally has its place on my bookshelf, by the way). Sometimes it’s nice to have a more plot-based book, and I think the author nailed it in terms of balancing the romance.

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