Gilded Latten Bones (Garrett, PI #13) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Gilded Latten Bones
Series: Garrett, PI #13
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 348
Words: 101K


Garrett’s taking a stab at domestic bliss with the fiery Tinnie Tate, who tells him just how high to jump. He’s even sworn off his investigations, causing the criminal element no end of joy. Then he waylays a pair of home intruders in the middle of the night and learns they’ve been paid to kidnap Tinnie. But even they are not quite sure who hired them.

Not many in TunFaire have the brawn — or lack of brains — to tangle with the Tate clan., But as Garrett rushes to find out who is suffering from a deadly attack of hubris, he learns he’s not the only one with unwanted callers: His best friend, Morley Dotes — a half elf of stunning good looks and dubious moral fiber — has been attacked and left for dead. Now Garrett has to track down both malefactors.

Unless they’re really one and the same — in which case Garrett might be next.

Turns out Morley saw the Royal Carriage where he shouldn’t, at a completely evil necromancer’s place and the King was the customer. With pressure from Tinnie to stay out of it, to a royal decree by Prince Rupert to stay out of it and all of his friends telling him to stay out of it, Garrett stays out of it.

Yeah. He nurses Morley back to health, is the mastermind at the hub of a ring of informants (because the Deadman is pretty much out of commission by a confrontation with the evil necromancers) and defies both Law, King and the Criminal Queen to get to the bottom of it all.

In the end, Tinnie leaves Garrett because she can’t stand sharing him with his friends or his job and Garrett wastes no time jumping in bed with one of the Sorceress’s from the Hill. Garrett also realizes that he isn’t the “beat” detective he used to be and his actions affect a whole slew of people, so no hairing off to get clubbed on the head just for the heck of it.

My Thoughts:

I actually enjoyed this for the most part. Except for 2 parts. First, Garrett is as big a lech as ever and I’m not even referring to the Sorceress, but almost every other lady. Second, Tinnie and Garrett’s breakup just rang of Cook wanting to try something new and making each of them behave in ways that simply don’t fit with how they’ve acted previously. Sure, Tinnie is bossie and Garrett has known her all his life, but that’s not enough of a reason for them to simply call it quits. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of the last season of the tv show “Frasier”. Frasier, the main character, has been searching for a romantic partner since the beginning of the show and suddenly in the last season, she appears and is shoe-horned into the story. That’s how this felt. Not natural but shoe-horned.

Other than those 2 items, this was as confusing as ever 😀 I had no idea who the bad guys where, what they wanted, why they were doing what they were or why they even existed. Thankfully, I’m an old hand at this kind of read and simply sat back and let the author reveal things when he thought it was time, even if it was stupid.

Garrett has become a powerful enough entity in Tun Faire that he essentially can tell the Crown Prince to shove it and the Crown Prince can’t do much. Garrett is connected with powerful people, on all sides of the legal spectrum and he’s not afraid to use those connections.

With only one more book to go, we’ll have to see how Cook wraps things up. The Deadman obviously has to leave, Garrett doesn’t need him anymore but I don’t see where he’ll go. Garrett is going to hook up with Miss Sorceress and the money will keep rolling in from his investments managed by the rat girl. Everything is going to get wrapped up, I just hope it’s not too quick a wrap up like the change in this book between Garrett and Tinnie.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

33 thoughts on “Gilded Latten Bones (Garrett, PI #13) ★★★☆☆

    1. If you liked BC, then I’d give his Dread Empire series a chance. I rated each book at 3.5 up until the final book, which I dropped to a 2 for including a pedophile wizard.
      If you like Dread Empire, THEN give Garrett a chance 😀

      It is kind of like edging out onto thin ice. Very carefully, very slowly move each foot to see if it will support you. Then repeat until it is time to stop!


      1. Garrett isn’t my taste, as I don’t like private investigator stories- same with Butcher‘s Dresden files.
        But I take a look at that Space Opera, thanks for your recommendation. Caveat: my tbr is just below 500 books 🤣

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        1. Which space opera did I recommend? I can’t for the life of me remember.

          And I hear you about that tbr. Thankfully, I’ve gotten my down to around the 250 mark and have managed to keep there or even a little under.


            1. Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about that. I seem to remember that I abandoned William’s stuff. So your mileage may vary. Hope it works better for you than it did for me 🙂


    1. By bossy, I mean overbearing, controlling and nagging, all rolled into one. Basically, trying to run Garrett’s life for him without asking or even thinking about it.

      I had to go look at a high quality picture but that is a beer stein filled with foamy beer, Garrett’s favorite beverage.

      If I were you, I’d totally judge this book by the cover. It seems to adequately represent this book in so many ways 😦

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        1. It does look like a latte, to the uninitiated into the Deeper Secrets of Garrett. But those of us who have delved deeply, we know the truth.

          I think you mean you’ll be crying over spilt beer. Garrett doesn’t care about milk.

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            1. Ahhh, * lightbulb *

              In case you can’t tell, I’m not a big coffee, coffee related, drinker. Cream if I’m feeling soft, but mainly black and hot and that’s that.

              I’ll stick with my energy drinks 😀

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  1. Never read anything in this series, but eh, overall I guess this really doesn’t sound too bad🤔🤔 Hopefully the final installment will bring a satifsying end, as we all know how difficult it can be to end a series on a high note😊

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    1. If you ever want to try Cook, I’d recommend you read his Black Company series first.

      Cook ruined his Dread Empire series with the final book when I read that, so I have to admit I am low level dreading this ending. If it can pull off even a 3star ending, then I’ll be very satisfied.

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  2. I can’t wait to see how it all concludes for you. I honestly can’t even tell what good came out of reading this series for you. As I’ve probably mentioned before, it always feels like a “meh” series for you personally BECAUSE of what kind of protagonist you got here hahah

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    1. A 3 star average for the series means I did enjoy my time. It also sets the “enjoyment” bar low so I can properly rate the more enjoyable series. If I ended up reading nothing but 4+ star books, pretty soon my expectations and how I rate things would climb.

      This is like a gutful of frozen pizza. It’ll keep me from sprinting off that cliff that I didn’t see 😀

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        1. I do like cheeseburgers. BUT, while I could probably eat a sub every week, cheeseburgers are once a month, at most. And if you eat more than 1 mcdonalds cheeseburger at once, you end up wondering WHY 😀

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    1. I feel you. I’ve been out of commission since tuesday night and am debating whether to go through the backlog of my feed or just ignore it and start fresh tomorrow morning.

      Decisions, decisions, decisions…

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