I had the same injury problem this month too and consequently again, I got through quite a few audio books, so again there is more than one favourite for this month – this is becoming a habit lol

Rick Riordan – The Widower’s Two-Step (Tres Navarre #2)

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Tres Navarre has just hours of apprenticeship time to serve before he can go for his P.I. license. Staking out a musician suspected of stealing a demo tape should be a piece of “pan dulce”. But his attention wanders just long enough for fiddle player Julie Kearnes to be gunned down before his eyes. He should just back away and let the cops investigate, but backing away has never been Tres’s strong point.

This is the second book in the Tres Navarre series of adult books by Rick Riordan who is probably best known for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians childrens books.  However he wrote these books before he even thought of Percy Jackson and the series is on-going.  I already read book one a couple of months ago and I had all the others dumped on my phone so I just worked my way through them while I was stuck in bed.  Tres is a really good well rounded character and the books are full with lots of quirky interesting characters.  The books are set in San Antonio Texas – a place I’ve visited – so it’s nice when you read about places you recognise or have visited before.  Tres is a PI, a Tai Chi master and has an enchilada eating cat called Robert Johnson (Tres is a big blues fan).  I really like this series

Rick Riordan – The Last King of Texas (Tres Navarre #3)

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Multiple-award-winning author Rick Riordan brings back smart-mouthed Texas P.I. Tres Navarre for his most dangerous case yet. If you think the academic world is deadly dull, you’re half right….

The Last King Of Texas

When a controversial English professor is found shot to death, Tres Navarre–P.I. and Ph.D.–is the only local academic crazy enough to accept the emergency opening at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Police assure him they already have a suspect, so while they wrap up the open-and-shut case, all Tres has to do is teach three classes, grade on a curve…and walk in a dead man’s shoes. It should be an easy assignment–but one thing Tres doesn’t do is easy. When the evidence in the case starts looking a little too perfect, when the killing doesn’t stop, Tres takes on some extracurricular research into the heart of an assassin–and lands in a high-stakes game of gangster honor on the
darkest streets of San Antonio’s West Side….

ok I am liking this series a lot and I have already bought the first four books to give to my BIL for Christmas as I think he will like them too.  This one was really good but my favourite so far I think is the next one, book four…

Rick Riordan – The Devil Went Down to Austin (Tres Navarre #4)

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Rick Riordan, triple-crown winner of the Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards, brings his fast-talking, hard-living, Texas-hip P.I. Tres Navarre to the heart of the Lone Star State–Austin–to unravel a case so dark, twisted, and deadly, it can only involve family….

Tres Navarre, the P.I. with a Ph.D. in literature, heads to Austin for a laid-back summer teaching gig. But he’s in store for a whole lot more. His big brother Garrett–computer whiz, Jimmy Buffett fanatic, and all-around eccentric–is hoping to retire a multimillionaire by the fall. He’s bet his career and the Navarre family ranch to do it.

Then Garrett’s oldest friend and business partner is murdered–and Garrett is the only suspect. As Tres delves into Garrett’s bizarre world to find the truth behind the murder, he comes face to face with the damaged relationships, violent lives, and billion-dollar schemes of a high-tech world gone haywire. Connecting them all is beautiful Lake Travis and the shocking secret that lies within its depths. Now, as Tres struggles with his own troubled family past and to clear his brother’s name, he finds himself stalked by a cold-blooded killer–one who could spell the death of both Navarres.

I really enjoyed this one.  There were some twists in this story but not too many where it starts to become unbelievable (*cough* Jeffrey Deaver *cough*) I was really convinced more than once that I knew whodunnit but it kept me guessing till nearly the end.

Rick Riordan – Southtown (Tres Navarre #5)

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For Tres Navarre, English professor turned private investigator, business has lately taken a drastic turn south. But if chasing down bail jumpers, adulterous spouses, and workmen’s comp cases seemed like the dregs of the PI game, it was at least a living. Not as much could be said for tracking down a man like Will “the Ghost” Stirman.

The stone-cold killer has just staged a bloody escape from the Floresville State Penitentiary with a gang of violent cons as spooked by Stirman as those on the outside who helped put him behind bars. And no one seems more worried than Navarre’s boss and mentor, Erainya Manos. It was her husband along with rival PI Sam Barrera who built the case that sent Stirman away. But Erainya’s husband is dead and she’s certain Stirman won’t let that stand in the way of his taking revenge against her and her adopted son.

All of Navarre’s instincts are screaming that there’s more to this case than meets the eye. But Erainya won’t tell him—and Sam Barrera seems to be escaping into a strange twilight from a truth too terrible to remember. That leaves Tres to dig into a twisted mystery of greed, vigilantism, and murder, where lives are bought and sold and the line between guilt and innocence is razor-thin. Meanwhile, Stirman and his gang are coming, leaving behind them a trail of brutal, unforgiving violence that will end in an area of San Antonio known as Southtown—but that may soon just as well be called hell on earth.

This was also a really good story.  Some returning characters and some surprises I really didn’t expect as well as one that I was right about lol

Rick Riordan – Mission Road (Tres Navarre #6)

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The triple-crown winner of mystery’s most prestigious awards–the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus–Rick Riordan blasted onto the crime scene with one of its freshest and most intriguing protagonists, Tres Navarre. In Mission Road, Navarre returns in a wrenching crime drama in which he must revisit the sins of the past to catch a killer about to get away with murder…again.

San Antonio private investigator Tres Navarre is used to working on the edge–that razor-sharp line between legal and life sentence. But this time he’s stepped straight into a no-man’s-land. When an old friend appears at his door spattered with blood and wanted for attempted homicide, Tres doesn’t have to think twice about where his loyalty lies–or the consequences.

Ralph Arguello is a criminal who put the street life behind him when he married SAPD detective Ana DeLeon. Now Ana’s been gunned down and her fellow cops don’t need to look far to find a prime suspect. For Ana recently reopened the most infamous cold case in SAPD history–the unsolved murder on notorious Mission Road eighteen years before that threw the San Antonio underworld into bloody chaos. Ana was about to bring charges against the suspected killer: her husband, Ralph Arguello.Tres is sure that Ralph didn’t do it–and that he didn’t shoot his wife. But with the police and the Mafia both out for revenge, there’s no one to turn to for help.

Now, armed and dangerous, the targets of a citywide manhunt, Tres and Ralph have just hours to
discover what really happened on Mission Road almost two decades ago. To find the truth, they must set a collision course with the past–and with a secret that will tear their lives apart.

This was really great, quite a complex story told in three different timelines, lots of flashbacks and lots of red herrings.  I loved it up until the point where he killed off one of my favourite characters and I really wish he hadn’t done that.

Rebel Island – Rick Riordan (Tres Navarre #7)

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A triple-crown winner of mystery’s most coveted awards, Rick Riordan brings his Texas-style take on the crime thriller to an island paradise where ex-P.I. Tres Navarre finds himself stranded with a killer as unstoppable as a force of nature.

Tres Navarre and his new wife Maia came to celebrate their honeymoon. But no sooner had they arrived on Rebel Island than a reminder of Navarre’s past showed up dead in room 12. Suddenly Tres finds himself flashing back to the grim childhood summer that changed his life. When a second corpse turns up, it’s clear that the past isn’t dead and buried—yet. What dark secrets were kept that long-ago summer and who is back to avenge them? These are questions Tres must answer as a monster hurricane hits, trapping them on a flooding island, and as the hotel’s remaining guests are being brutally murdered. Tres knows better than anyone the dangerous line between vengeance and justice—and this time he may have to cross it.

Finished this one on Monday.  Now I’m up-to-date with this series and he is under contract for one more.  This reminded me a little of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none, as there were a bunch of people stuck on an island with a murderer.  Quite enjoyable and a few loose ends left open for the next book.

OK so now I’m up to date with the series and wow it’s been really good so far.  I believe he’s under contract for at least one more book in this series but I’d like to see it continue on. I will say that I think the narrator Tom Stechschulte did a cracking job with the various characters especially Tres and Ralphus 🙂  He also narrates James Lee Burke’s Billy Bob Holland series which is also very well done.