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Bone Canyon by Lee Goldberg
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Series: Even Ronin #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on January 5, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 8 hours, 24 minutes
A catastrophic wildfire scorches the Santa Monica Mountains, exposing the charred remains of a woman who disappeared years ago. The investigation is assigned to Eve Ronin, the youngest homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a position that forces her to prove herself again and again. This time, though, she has much more to prove.
Bones don’t lie, and these have a horrific story to tell. Eve tirelessly digs into the past, unearthing dark secrets that reveal nothing about the case is as it seems. With almost no one she can trust, her relentless pursuit of justice for the forgotten dead could put Eve’s own life in peril.
I am seriously enjoying police procedurals in the crazy world of the last few months. I had purchased the first audiobook in the Eve Ronin series awhile ago , so when I saw this second book available I requested it. The first one was an easy, good read so I was happy to start on Bone Canyon.
Eve is a new homicide detective in a very male, misogynistic department in Los Angeles California. She became famous in the first book for arresting a tv star behaving badly, which helped her get the promotion. But then in Lost Hills, she and her about to retire partner, solve a huge case. Her instincts help her to save an abducted girl. Now bones have been recovered which are old enough to be a cold case, but Eve works to learn all she can.
There is a good combination here between the case, her development as a homicide detective and Eve’s personal life. Eve interviews and works the evidence on the case, making some reasonable deductions. Based on doing her job, rather than kow-towing to tv personalities or the easy choices, Eve continues to get some hazing from other detectives. Eve also has to fight off the tv show offers which are only exacerbated by her greedy family. She is gaining some allies with her hard work and determination to arrest criminals.
Other than the Hollywood aspects, the story seems mostly realistic. The case gets twisty with multiple victims and multiple crimes. I enjoyed it and look forward to more Eve Ronin.
This series was my first listen to this narrator. I thought she did well with the male and female voices. Her performance of Eve’s voice and thoughts felt right to me. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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I didn’t realize this book is narrated by Nicol Zanzarella, one of my favorites. *sigh* I really made a mistake letting this get by. Great review, Anne?
I say that all the time when I see books you got for review. I am really enjoying this series. Police procedurals are my favorite place right now.
I’ve heard lots of good things about Lee Goldberg, and this series sounds good. Must read!
I enjoyed it. I don’t really care much for the Hollywood stuff but neither does Eve.
I like to listen to the Alex Delaware series because I love the reader. This book sounds like a police procedural I might also like to listen to- thanks for the recommendation!
I’m enjoying it. Police procedurals are comforting right now.
Oooo, this soudns good and I should check out this series. Nice review!
Thanks Bea. I hope you enjoy it!
I’ve been listening to more police procedurals recently, too. Though I still need my SFF fix:)). Lovely review, Anne – thank you for sharing – I’ll look out for this one…
I think the police procedurals provide closure or are more defined which is a comfort in the crazy days right now. I’m a reader of diverse genres too.
I do love well-done police procedurals, but I kind of shy away from ones set in Los Angeles and that have anything to do with Hollywood, because I hate that vibe. I live in a suburb about 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and I avoid it and Hollywood as much I can. I can’t stand actors behaving badly, taking advantage of their fame. However, my father-in-law and brother-in-law have worked in the industry for years, FIL in special effects and BIL on NCIS and the spin-offs for years and they’ve had mostly good experiences. Mark Harmon, who is basically my brother-in-law’s boss, as he produces, is a nice guy.
I don’t like the Hollywood part. Eve is a strong female character. So I like the police part and they mystery. It’s cool to know Mark Harmon is a nice guy because I’ve always liked him.
I tend to enjoy police procedurals so I think that I would enjoy this series. I have listened to this narrator before and do love her work.
I’m definitely in a police procedural mood these days. I enjoyed it although it didn’t feel as gritty as the first one, a few more Hollywood aspects in this one.
I’m not sure I’d be a big fan of the Hollywood stuff either but aside from that, this sounds really good.
I enjoyed it so much! Police procedurals are great right now for my mood.