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IQ
IQ | Joe Ide
A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he's forced to take on clients that can pay. This time, it's a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Isaiah Quintabe (known to his friends as IQ) is a unique detective character. He doesn‘t have a Ph.D. like Alex Cross. Or a PI‘s license like Kinsey Millhone. He‘s just a guy who dropped out of high school because he had to pay the bills. Isaiah is an Everyman character who feels universal, if you don‘t count his gigantic intellect and reasoning skills. Strong 3.0

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#letteri #litsyatoz

IamIamIam I was debating on this because B&N had it for $5! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam It‘s worth $5, I think. Someone said book 2 in the series isn‘t as good. But I may still try it. 1mo
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JenFowler
IQ | Joe Ide
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Such a page turner! Have you watched the Denzel Washington movie 'The Equalizer'? The character of Isaiah reminds me of Denzel's character. Smart as hell, quiet, super observant, and out to bring down the bad guys.
I'm having a hard time putting this one down and getting anything accomplished. (I've heard the audiobook version is really good as well in case you are looking for one!)
#recommendread #blameitonlitsy

BarbaraTheBibliophage I listened to the audio last week. It‘s definitely good! 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
IQ | Joe Ide
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My new audiobook listen as of today. Already like it a lot! #letterI #litsyatoz

MicheleinPhilly I really liked this one and I don‘t know why I haven‘t continued the series yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Allietaylor16 I loved this one! 1mo
AlaMich This was a great book! But I only got about 30 or so pages into the sequel before I bailed. It seemed scattered and unpolished to me, as though he rushed it through. YMMV 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly I do that all the time with series books. I want to string out the goodness, or I just get sidetracked and never get back. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AlaMich Oh, that‘s a bummer about book two. But so far I‘m enjoying this one. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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ReadingRover I really liked this one! 2mo
ruskigurl16 I loved this book! 2mo
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JoyBlue
IQ | Joe Ide
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Pickpick

I wasn't sure what to expect, but, overall, I liked it. Good character development. I'll probably try the second in the series. [Trigger warning: There is violence toward humans and animals.]

QueenJen I think this would make a fantastic action flick! 2mo
JoyBlue @QueenJen I could see that. 2mo
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JHgotham
IQ | Joe Ide
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Starting this one. I‘ve heard good things but I‘m a little weary so far. Maybe it‘s just me but even though the writer is a POC he‘s not black so I kinda feel he‘s using another culture he might not know all the intricacies to-also a character used the N-word and I was like “oh no I don‘t know bout that” 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Reggie
IQ | Joe Ide
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This was a different kinda of mystery. Isaiah Quintana, better known as IQ, lives in East Long Beach and usually accepts a live chicken and an arroz con pollo recipe and the like as payments for helping out people but now he needs cash to help out a friend. Through a person from his past, Dodson, he picks up a case trying to figure out who‘s trying kill a rapper. This book was full of interesting characters who all had backstory. I was hooked.

RachelO Apparently I‘ve already stacked this one - it still sounds great! 3mo
batsy It sounds really good. Like @RachelO I've already added it to the pile thanks to Litsy 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review... yes lots of interesting characters! I loved it too 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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LibrarianJen Did someone say aroz con pollo? 😋 sorry, I seem to be distracted by food today. I swear I read your entire review. 😂 3mo
Reggie @RachelO @batsy It was really good. I guess it‘s the beginning of a series and the 3rd one is just coming out. @Cathythoughts Thanks!! Yeah, some of the backstories had me tearing up. @LibrarianJen lol, up here in Espanola we have this place called Parasol that has the best caldo de arroz con pollo. Every time I‘m sick, it makes me feel better. 3mo
andrew61 Great review, reminds me to find the next one. 3mo
LibrarianJen Ooh! I‘ll have to check it out next time I find myself in that area. 3mo
Centique Now I‘m looking up recipes for caldo de arroz con pollo - never had it and WANT some now! 3mo
minkyb I have taken quite a liking to IQ and his environs! 3mo
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NatalieR
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I love when an author develops the characters slowly and drops jewels that make me just adore them. IQ pulled my heart strings HARD! I like mysteries and thrillers and this book was so unique and different from others in its genre. Definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series. #MountTBR

JoScho Sounds good! 4mo
Bookdragon69 Based on that review, I have to read it now. I also like mystery thriller books. 4mo
raeintheworld The second one is so good! 4mo
NatalieR @Bookdragon69 I hope you enjoy it! 😀 4mo
NatalieR @raeintheworld Can‘t wait! 👍 4mo
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CaitlinR
IQ | Joe Ide
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love when an author gives you the full back story for a character and I can‘t wait to read the other novels in this series. Isaiah Quintana is a fascinating character. Ide‘s East LA is great setting.

If you‘ve loved Walter Mosley, you‘ll love Ide. If you haven‘t read Mosley, read him next (or first)

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
IQ | Joe Ide
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#bookandapet #riotgrams

Nothing quite like coming home from an almost 12 hour shift to a new book on Libby and warm, cuddly fuzzballs.

#catsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy

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Ajessgirl
IQ | Joe Ide
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve heard rave reviews from multiple places, and I really tried to get into it, but this just wasn‘t for me. Way too much crass language, and I couldn‘t deal with the dog fighting / cruelty.

Laughterhp Good to know about the dog fighting! I‘ve had this book on my TBR list for a year and don‘t remember why! 5mo
Ajessgirl @Laughterhp If you‘re sensitive to animal stuff, definitely skip it! A key plot point focuses on animal abuse. :( 5mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
IQ | Joe Ide
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Audible sale alert. Tons of previous Daily Deals are priced low. I really used restraint to only pick four!

#iregretnothing #proudofmyself #audiobookhaul #damnyouaudible

sk888888 Love, love, LOVE IQ. I think the third book, Wrecked, was even better than the first (IQ) and that was incredible! 6mo
TieDyeDude Yay, Murderbot! 6mo
Red.Reads I would legit buy an audiobook just for Craig Wasson's narration. His reading of 11/22/63 was absolutely perfect. 6mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @sk888888 I have the first two. Need to get to them. I‘ve been on a mystery / thriller binge lately! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TieDyeDude Yes, it gets so much Litsy love! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Red.Reads I love having fav narrators. Not sure if I‘ve listened to him read before. 👂🏻 6mo
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ckonicek
IQ | Joe Ide
Mehso-so

Not very compelling at first so I felt like I missed some beginning details.

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Well-ReadNeck
IQ | Joe Ide
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YASSSSS! I loved this #audiobook !! The narration is spot on and the character, IQ, is fabulous!!! I can‘t wait to pick up the next two in the series. 🙌🏼💯

AlaMich I thought IQ was great, but I actually bailed on the second, which I began right after finishing IQ. I‘d be interested to hear your opinion. 8mo
Ruthiella Book serindipity! I just read about this series on a book blog! Now I must read it!😀 8mo
minkyb Just picked up the 3rd from the library. Great series. 7mo
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Allietaylor16
IQ | Joe Ide
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Taking a break to read! Really enjoying this one so far.

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mrozzz
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Mehso-so

Hmm. It was fine. When I read a little about the author, a big Sherlock Holmes fan, his effort to create a duo like the classic detective & his sidekick seemed overt to the point I couldn‘t enjoy waiting for whatever dire situation they'd end up in.

IQ is a somewhat interesting character but the constant push and pull between the chapters from the past and the present became tedious. I didn't care much whether anyone died or anything was solved.

Owlizabeth I‘ve tried this one three times and haven‘t been able to get into it. 9mo
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Victoriahoperose
IQ | Joe Ide
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Pickpick

This was a really fast paced and entertaining book with a Ray Donovan vibe. I really liked the writing and the plot. It was exciting and a quick read.

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AlaMich
IQ | Joe Ide
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My reading buddy this morning 😻 #catsoflitsy

JoScho So sweet 💜 9mo
QuietlyLaura So cute! 😻 9mo
AlaMich @JoScho @QuietlyLaura She can be! 😊 9mo
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Bookzombie So sweet! 💕🐱 9mo
emilyhaldi ❤️😻❤️😻 9mo
Lel2403 Ah all snuggly 9mo
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Kathleenkelly
IQ | Joe Ide
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Pickpick

Good book! Character development was great and the narrator was nearly perfect. I will definitely look forward to reading other books in the series.

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Owlizabeth
IQ | Joe Ide
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I tried to read this a while back and couldn‘t get into it, but I‘m trying again on audio and completely sucked in. I really like the narrator!

Guildedearlobe I liked both of these in Audio. I always hate when audiobooks or Tv shows have made up songs/raps. They never feel authentic but in this one the narrator pretty much nails it. 10mo
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avgeyer
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Book: “IQ” - Joe Ide
Author: Greg Iles
Movie: Independence Day
Food: Iced Coffee 🥤🥤🥤🥤

#manicmonday #letteri

JoScho 💛💛💛 10mo
Mamashep Iced coffee - yum! 10mo
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shammi.dc10
IQ | Joe Ide
Pickpick

A fast paced book, a quick read and keeps you engaged, what more can you ask for from a mystery novel. One think I really liked about it is the character development especially of the protagonist. You can understand why he is doing what he is doing, his loss, his vulnerabilities. Would definitely recommend to anyone as a good vacation read.

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RealLifeReading
IQ | Joe Ide
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It‘s 920 and the kids are still asleep...but that‘s because they were up several times in the early morning (2 something, 3 something) which of course meant that their chatting woke me up! So I‘m trying to make the most of the morning by reading and working on the ripple blanket.

Bookworm04 Good plan that :) even if just 5mins , amazing how reading can be a big difference to day 11mo
avgeyer Love “IQ”- enjoy! 11mo
Jason7 This was a pretty good one. Has anyone read the sequel yet? 11mo
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RealLifeReading
IQ | Joe Ide
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Started a new book yesterday!

Tonton Loved it, enjoy! 11mo
Jason7 This is a pretty good one. I also have the sequel, though I‘ve not started it yet. 11mo
Booksnchill Liked this one! 11mo
raeintheworld I loved this and the sequel! 11mo
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Chereekag
IQ | Joe Ide
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Audiobooks are magical

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Yeah_I_Read
IQ | Joe Ide
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Pickpick

This was fast and entertaining. There is a lot of street language and use of the “N” word in the beginning but it takes place in Los Angeles and the main characters are young black guys so 🤷🏽‍♀️. I will definitely read the next one.

minkyb I enjoy this series. 13mo
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Yeah_I_Read
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Reviewsbylola Love it! 13mo
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ApoptyGina69
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I feel blue. No idea why. A little bit of a book hangover maybe? IQ was great! I‘ll miss Isaiah, but only until next week when I buy the next in the series. No need to fret, there are 2 more Joe Ide IQ books already out. MEANWHILE... Big Steve will help me to RELAX!!! (Ren & Stimpy reference). Reading outside this late afternoon, but a breeze kicked up, so I threw my robe on over my shorts until dinner time. 🌤🌬🍷📚

Ashley31 I‘m reading The Outsider as well! I‘m totally intrigued so far. 14mo
sprainedbrain Book hangovers are rough! 14mo
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Dwayne_Shugert
IQ | Joe Ide
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Reading poolside...😂😂😂

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Dwayne_Shugert
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Read4life
IQ | Joe Ide
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The next two #whodunitbymail are on the way to you, @Marmie7

Happy reading 🤓💙

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Brie
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Pickpick

Very fast paced, gritty crime novel, I read it in about a day. IQ, a Sherlock Holmes type character, takes on the case of protecting a rapper with a hit out on him along with his Watson, the drug dealer turned businessman Dodson. I think the flashback scenes humanized Isaiah a lot, giving him more characterization than just an urban Sherlock.

ephemeralwaltz Interesting cover!! 1y
erinreads Kitty! 😻😻😻 1y
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Read4life
IQ | Joe Ide
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Well this is timely. I‘m reading book 1 now for #whodunitbymail 🤞🏻Fingers crossed that I agree that it‘s must read.

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Chocamanda
IQ | Joe Ide
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Pickpick

What a fabulous series opener! It was so good, I think I've even convinced my non-reader partner to listen to the audiobook too, which is exciting in itself. This book is part Robin Hood, part Sherlock Holmes and part Empire. Ide gives the glimpse to the parts of LA and OC that are the opposite of Disneyland and Hollywood Glamor. Has anyone picked this up for tv or film adaptation? If not, get on it, Netflix! #noir #inclusive TW animal cruelty

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Chocamanda
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Oh, hi there freckled pillows of deliciousness! Today I'm testing out chocolate chip marshmallows using #dandelionchocolate 70% Madagascar. #audiobookoftheday is IQ by Joe Ide.

Dolly I am very slowly going through the chocolates you sent me, savoring every little bite. If I leave some on my counter, visitors make comments like “What‘s this?” I‘m thinking. “ You know darn well what that is” 1y
Chocamanda @Dolly I'm so glad you're enjoying the chocolates I gave you! I think I only have a few pieces left from what you gave me. The cat toy you gave to Lydia is still her favorite toy too 💜 1y
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Bambolina_81
IQ | Joe Ide
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Today's book mail.

The Jemisin's were only £2 each on Amazon so I couldn't resist finishing the collection!

Cathythoughts I though IQ was very good 👍🏻 1y
Bambolina_81 @Cathythoughts I think I'm the only one who hasn't read it! 1y
vivastory I loved all three of these 1y
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Equinox
IQ | Joe Ide
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I‘m loving this. It‘s amazing.

Bambolina_81 I keep putting this is my shopping basket then taking it out. I think I'm going to give in and buy it!! 1y
Equinox You should definitely buy it. 😊 1y
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DebinHawaii
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#Aprella #BadAndBoujee Such a charming song! ?When I listened to it & read the lyrics, I thought of this book where IQ-a young "Street-Smart Sherlock" (according to the New York Times Books Review) in South-Central L.A.has a case where a famous rapper-Black the Knife has a hit out on him. According to Dodson, the sidekick, "He got the houses, the cars, clothing line, his own brand of tequila, his own cologne." Seems pretty Bad and Boujee to me.?

Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 charming indeed. 😎 1y
Mdargusch 😂😂😂so charming. I couldn‘t even listen to the song. 👵🏻💪🏼 1y
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emilyhaldi Sounds perfect for this charming prompt. 😆😉🙃 1y
Cathythoughts I loved this book & loved the main character IQ 👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 1y
Cinfhen Well done, Deb....you a real bad a$s 😜😘 1y
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Librarian199509
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Mehso-so

This was close to a pick but when you dislike two of the characters (one of them a main character) it's hard to pick that book. I really didn't like the 2006 storyline breaking up the 2013 storyline. It's just not a narrative technique I enjoy. I liked that the characters grew. The plot was whatever. It's a first novel (the author was wrote screenplays) and a little unpolished as those can be. #bookclub

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Aimeesue
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Billed as a modern-day, urban Sherlock. One of my favorite reading schticks is "variations on a theme" and two of my favorite themes are Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes - based books. (I also do a reading theme every summer - Apocalypse, Fairy Tale, Zombie, Tales of the Arabian Nights) Not sure what I think of this one yet, but interesting premise for sure.

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KimmyM
IQ | Joe Ide
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Pickpick

This took me a while to get into but it really grew on me! I am definitely going to check out the next book in the series.

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csdaley
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Pickpick

IQ is so much fun. A cross between Sherlock Holmes and Repairman Jack but set in the squalor of a drug addled poverty stricken Long Beach neighborhood. Loved all the characters and can‘t wait to read the next one.

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Andrea4
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Pickpick

I super enjoyed this young, black version of Sherlock with dodgey Dodson as his Watson! This novel included some of the best and well known elements of the Sherlock stories...hello, hounds of baskerville! I loved the explanation of how IQ came to be IQ -all those Sherlockian specialties-and especially the connection between him and his brother!
Someone please tell me that this is a series!!!!

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting! 1y
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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

“I think you have a good heart Isaiah”, the doctor said.
I agree ❤️
It took me a month to get through this Audible ( rediculous) got to get faster on the audible.
Really enjoyed this.
Thankyou for the recommendation @andrew61
I really enjoyed this audio.

andrew61 Glad you enjoyed cathy 👍 1y
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Cathythoughts
IQ | Joe Ide
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#MarchIntoOz #HitAndRun I‘m really enjoying this crime/mystery set in LA. ( Audible)
Our hero is Isaiah Quintabe, very interesting & very likable guy.
To find out how the prompt fits , you will have to read the book 😉it‘s really good
( and why am I up so early on a Sunday? .... making toast for the mutts 🙄).

batsy Lucky doggos 🐶🐶 1y
Cathythoughts Good morning/evening @batsy . It‘s great your loving C&P ! It really has it all ❤️ 1y
batsy @Cathythoughts Good morning to you 😊 As for C&P, I'm officially a Dostoyevsky fangirl ❤️ 1y
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Cathythoughts @batsy Do you think you might try a crime book sometime ?! 1y
batsy I actually love crime and mysteries, @Cathythoughts ! But I don't read as much as I'd like cos other books keep getting in the way 🤦🏽‍♀️ The tagged book is on my TBR! 😁 1y
Cathythoughts I love crime too. This book is good , but Michael Connolly is my favorite ( & I havnt read him in ages because, just as you say , .... other books keep getting in the way ❤️ @batsy (edited) 1y
batsy Oh yes, I've seen you and other Littens mention the Bosch series! 💜 I just stacked the first one 1y
Cathythoughts @Batsy Bosch ❤️ 1y
Lizpixie @batsy I vote for Bosch too! Especially the early novels.❤️❤️ 1y
batsy @Lizpixie 👍🏽 Look forward to checking these out 🙂 1y
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Cathythoughts
IQ | Joe Ide
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This Audible book is fascinating me , because I keep thinking I should bail ( and I‘m well able to bail ) , I keep thinking this is not my thing. But I‘m not bailing, this book has me in its grips. And , it seems , I have been mispronouncing Tupac Shakur‘s name. So far , so good. 👍🏻 Isn‘t it great when you find something really different ....

RachelO I love it when things that just aren't your thing turn out to be totally your thing! And I'm curious... 1y
Cathythoughts @RachelO I wouldn‘t say it‘s totally my thing. But , I love a good human/crime story. All I know is I‘m not bailing! 1y
Cathythoughts @RachelO and I love Isaiah, the main character...... 1y
RachelO Loving the main character makes all the difference! 1y
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Loralie
IQ | Joe Ide
Pickpick

Finally got to read this & finished it in 2 sittings. Really enjoyed the characters and the flashbacks were really well done. Can‘t wait to read the sequel!

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Dasuse
IQ | Joe Ide
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Heard good things about this series. Ready to give it a try.

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Magpiegem
IQ | Joe Ide

This is a link to a book riot list of mystery novels penned by and with main characters who are black and LGBTQ I‘ve been getting pretty bored with the sameness of the mysteries I‘ve been reading so I am excited to take these recommendations https://bookriot.com/2018/02/22/read-harder-mystery-by-a-person-of-color-or-lgbt...

Dana1084 Thanks for sharing! All of the titles I am curious about are available from my library!, so I‘ve requested them! 😊 1y
Magpiegem @Dana1084 oh that‘s great! Your welcome 😊 I liked the way they put them into subcategories. 1y
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bookishdawg
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I would love to see both of these! 🎥#bookthatshouldbeadapted #riotgrams