Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

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 […]

SUICIDE RUN by Michael Connelly

December 30, 2013

Buy At Amazon Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories Michael Connelly is one of those mystery writers I perennially enjoy, but I tend to read him in batches rather than stay up with his book or two a year output. I don’t know why. I just like bingeing on the characters I guess. I binged […]

NEGATIVE OF A NUDE by Charles Fritch

December 21, 2013

I grew up on the of Gold Medal writers. I discovered John D. MacDonald and Donald Hamilton there, Dan J. Marlowe, a host of other writers, and plots filled with thieves, actions, and femme fatales created a world that I grew up loving. Some of the bestsellers of today aren’t far removed from these old […]

THE LONELY HUNTER by Collin Wilcox

November 30, 2013

The Lonely Hunter is the first book of the Lt. Frank Hastings mysteries that are currently being reprinted as ebooks by Mysterious Press, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite publishers for books I read when I was a kid but can’t find anymore. I’m able to plug holes in series collections that I […]


November 28, 2013

A Purple Place for Dying is one of the more twisted Travis McGee novels. The third in the series, it’s one of the landlocked adventures in the early books. The novel is also one of the most surprising with the shocking murder taking place in the opening pages. The cast of characters that glide through […]


November 22, 2013

I read a lot of Donald Westlake’s books when I was a teen an in my early 20s. Mostly they were the Parker books under the name Richard Stark. At the time, I didn’t know they were the same guy. I also started reading the Mitch Tobin series and didn’t know that was Donald Westlake […]

NIGHTMARE IN PINK by John D. MacDonald

November 21, 2013

Nightmare in Pink is the second Travis McGee novel, and though John D. MacDonald has settled into his character, he’s not yet settled into his world. McGee’s best stories are those that are set in Florida. This jaunt to Manhattan is interesting, though, and it definitely allows the author and character to flex their strengths. […]


October 28, 2013

The Broken Places is the third Quinn Colson novel by Ace Atkins. I enjoyed the first book enough to return for the second, which I thought was really well done. In the third book, Atkins seems very familiar with his cast of characters and the Mississippi county where everything takes place. However, the story played […]