Saturday, March 10, 2018

Short and Sweet Audio Book and Book Review - The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #25)The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With the Gods of Guilt the Mickey Haller series comes to an end. According to the author's web site after The Gods of Guilt Mickey appears in some of the Harry Bosch books so he does not entirely disappear. We left Mickey running for District Attorney at the end of the last book. He did not win and his loss has resulted changed his relationship with his ex-wife and daughter and not for the better. That is a side event as Mickey is again defending a client on a murder charge. This one introduces some interesting new characters and being back so from previous books. A nice ending to the series even though I would love more of Mickey.

The Tea Master and the Detective (Xuya Universe)The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A different take on Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The Shadow's Child is a midship who lost its entire crew in an attack in deep space leaving the ship damaged. The ship now makes a living brewing special mixtures to fit individual people. The ship plays the part of Watson and Long Chau a woman who is off to solve a mystery is a take on Holmes. I found the story to be interesting but as I read I kept thinking about the take on the ship. It reminded me of books by Anne McCaffrey like The Ship That Sang and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. There were elements of both in the story and I was distracted from the story as I mentally compared the ships in the other two stories.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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