Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Audiobook’ Category


May 28, 2014

Walt Longmire is a great addition to the mystery scene, and to summer television. I enjoy Walt in both mediums and like sitting down to see where his latest cases are going to take me. I also appreciate the fact that author Craig Johnson sits down every now and again and blows through a short […]


May 28, 2014

I’m a sucker for coming-of-age in the Old West novels. I’ve read a few of them over the years. Many of the books in Louis L’Amour’s Sackett series and other novels he penned fill that vein. Then there’s True Grit and Joe Lansdale’s latest offering, The Thicket, to add to the pile. Robert Lautner joins […]


May 19, 2014

Andy McDermott exploded onto the international thriller scene with his first novel The Hunt for Atlantis. Since then he’s added several books to the series about American archeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS soldier Eddie Chase. He’s even gotten them married and successfully continued their adventures. McDermott is a master of the over-the-top thriller in the […]

THE SKIN COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver

May 19, 2014

At first glance, Jeffery Deaver’s new book, The Skin Collector, sounds like it has a lot in common with his breakout hit featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Well, like all of Deaver’s creations, the book meets some of the reader’s expectations and spins others wildly in another direction. This latest novel in his long-running series […]

CHEAP SHOT by Ace Atkins

May 11, 2014

Cheap Shot spends a lot of time hitting buttons in the Spenser World. After a while, I started to feel like I was checking off names on a scavenger hunt. Hawk. Check. Vinnie Morris. Check. Rachel Wallace. Check. Hugh Dixon Check. (Only long-time readers would have picked up on that one from The Judas Goat.) […]

THE BOUNDLESS by Kenneth Oppel

April 22, 2014

As soon as I dug into The Boundless, I was immediately reminded of another book I’d read by Kenneth Oppel: Airborn. Both of the books feature young protagonists in worlds that are slightly a-kilter from our own. In the latter book, the world spun around large airships. In The Boundless, the world revolves around a […]

SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden

January 23, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Snowblind I love the old ghost stories that manage to sweep you away to a menacing world where death may lie around any corner, where things wait to spring out on you, and where there’s a mystery central to the supernatural manifestations that take place. I think a lot of horrors readers […]

THE BRASS VERDICT by Michael Connelly

December 30, 2013

Buy At Amazon The Brass Verdict (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) As much as I love Harry Bosch and the push/pull world of the LADP and detective work, I think I love Mickey Haller more. Bosch is infallible, larger than life, a force of nature when he gets on the case, though he has to be […]

THE BLACK BOX by Michael Connelly

December 30, 2013

Buy At Amazon The Black Box (Harry Bosch) With my appetite whetted for Michael Connelly, I picked up the newest Harry Bosch book, The Black Box, and stepped back in time to the LA riots of 1992. Of course, Connelly was playing on the 20 year anniversary of the riots when the book came out, […]


December 30, 2013

Buy At Amazon Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories After I dove into the first batch of Michael Connelly short stories about Harry Bosch, I couldn’t resist a second lap. Angle of Investigation is another great collection that showcases LAPD detective Harry Bosch across the broad spectrum of homicides handled across his career. “Christmas […]