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The Cleveland Local (Milan Jacovich Series #8)The Cleveland Local by Les Roberts. Finished 4-20-14, rating 4.25/5, mystery, pub. 1997

Milan Jacovich series #8

I love this old school mystery series set in Cleveland and this was one of my favorites.  Milan is a 43-year-old divorced dad who often finds trouble when his private investigator gig lands him in hot water.   This time that hot water will take him to the resort at San Carlos in the Caribbean.  The murder trail is cold and the Cleveland man was far from home so Milan rattles a few cages and almost gets himself killed.

I liked the relationship aspect of this one.  Milan is developing a great relationship with his oldest son and his long-time friendship with Marko, of the police department, is full of affection.  The two bachelors even consider trying to find a special someone again.

Any fan of hard broiled, private investigator mysteries will like this great, well-written series.  For me, Cleveland was the draw, but it’s the characters that keep me reading.


Blogging from A to Z

authorLes Roberts

Les Roberts is a Cleveland transplant (like me) but is now a favorite son (me, not so much).  I’ve met and heard him speak three times, plus one time on a panel at Bouchercon, and he has one of the best voices I’ve heard.  Not only does he represent Cleveland in a very real way he also is active for local charities, using character names to raise money at silent auctions. One day, maybe you’ll see my name in print!  I’ll keep you posted 🙂  Here’s the last time I met Les (comes with a bonus pic of baby Gage).

actorKeanu Reeves

As far as I can tell, I have seen Keanu in 27 movies.    I don’t know if he would make any best actor list, but since I love to watch him onscreen he makes me favorite list every time.  He’s come a long way since Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures (loved it).

movieRocky series

I really hate boxing. I don’t understand just standing there beating each other up for money.  That probably just makes me a wimp 🙂  So, imagine my surprise that I love the Rocky series (well, they could have skipped 5).  Any other fans out there?

bookRed Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

I read this one right after college and remember loving it and how it defined the Civil War in all of its ugliness.


April 21, 2014 - Posted by | 4 Star Books, Blogging from A-Z |


  1. Did you see Something’s Gotta Give? I wanted Diane Keaton to end up with Keanu some kind of bad!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | April 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. I’m not too familiar with Les Roberts, but The Cleveland Local sure sounds good!

    I love the The Matrix. Keanu Reeves is so good in that movie!

    Comment by Literary Feline | April 21, 2014 | Reply

    • I loved him in it too. The Matrix trilogy is on my favorite list.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 22, 2014 | Reply

  3. My favorite Keanu movie is Constantine.

    Comment by Care | April 21, 2014 | Reply

    • I loved that movie too!! I also like Rachel Weisz so I loved the two of them together.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 22, 2014 | Reply

  4. Favorite Reeves (besides The Matrix) is probably Point Break.

    Comment by Tony Laplume | April 22, 2014 | Reply

    • Very good movie. For some reason whenever I watch it on tv it makes me sad.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 22, 2014 | Reply

  5. Keanu Reeves! I love his goofier roles. He makes a great Neo in the Matrix movies too.

    Comment by Heather | April 23, 2014 | Reply

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