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The Drop and other stories

Well I’m continuing on the Harry Bosch series. In The Drop, Harry is working on a 1989 rape and murder case, when he is called out to investigate the apparent suicide of a councilman’s son. The councilman, Irvin Irving, is a long time enemy of Harry’s and yet he asks for Harry specifically to investigate this death. Of course, Harry wonders why. The 1989 murder case has DNA evidence but the suspect would have been 8 years old at the time! As usual, Harry has his work cut out for him. He is also dealing with his role as a single dad, and dating a new lady. 

The Drop


I also read Manhattan Mayhem which is a collection of mystery short stories from the Mystery Writers of America. Mary Higgins Clark is the editor. Each story is set in a specific Manhattan neighborhood. I didn’t realize how big Manhattan was and I didn’t know it included places like Little Italy or Chinatown. So I learned a lot about Manhattan and I enjoyed the stories. Mary Higgins Clark is the editor. 


 

The Forgiveness of Sins

I’ve fallen in love with the Grantchester series by James Runcie. I like the fact that that each book is a series of short stories. That makes them easy to read in between longer books. In the stories, Sidney Chambers, a Church of England priest, is also a part time detective. He doesn’t mean to get involved in local crimes and murders, but he does have a talent for solving mysteries. In The Forgiveness of Sins, Sidney deals with a confessed murderer who has taken refuge in his church. Other stories include Sidney’s friend, Amanda, receiving hateful mail, and a piano accidently falling on the local music teacher! Just as in Agatha Christie’s books, things are not what they seem in these quiet English villages.


Cover of The Forgiveness of Sins

 

The Final Twist

The Final Twist Writer's Society was here on Saturday, talking about the writing process and how they inspire each other. Many in the audience found out more about how to get started on the novel or screenplay they've been wanting to start! The Final Twist will be coming back later to do another seminar for us on self-publishing. Keep an eye on our webpage for that later in the spring!


pictures of the Final Twist writers

 

What I've Read This Summer

This summer has included a lot of traveling for one reason or another. As I sat in airports or in the passenger seat of the family car, I caught up on my reading. Here's what I've read so far:

Nine Dragons 


cover of Nine Dragons

212


cover of 212

 

Robots!


another picture of the robot

 

On July 11th, we were lucky enough to have the Klein Robotics Team come and demonstrate one of their robots. As you can see from the picture, it was pretty cool. We were able to watch and control the robot. 


 

The Brass Verdict

I just finished reading The Brass Verdict. This is one of the Harry Bosch mysteries, but it’s also one of the author’s Mickey Haller novels. The first novel to feature Mick was The Lincoln Lawyer. Mick is a defense attorney who works out of his car, usually a Lincoln. He has just gotten back from a year of rehab after being shot and getting addicted to pain killers. He’s hoping to start his life over, and is surprised to learn that he has inherited several cases from a deceased colleague. His colleague was killed in the parking garage of his office and Harry Bosch is the investigating dectective. Harry is in the story, but the focus is on Mickey. He has to figure out how to best defend his client while trying to protect himself. I enjoyed reading The Lincoln Lawyer and I really enjoyed The Brass Verdict. It’s neat to see the character of Harry in a new light and Mickey’s character is likeable and charming. It’s a lighter read than the Harry Bosch mysteries, so it’s a nice change of pace. 


cover of The Lincoln Lawyer

 

Barbara Bush@ 90!

Mrs. Barbara Bush is turning 90 on June 8, 2015. As you know, she has done so much to champion literacy and we are honored to bear her name. We encourage everyone to wish her a happy birthday! Go to the Barbara Bush Foundation Wishing Wall and wish her a wonderful birthday!

picture of Mrs. Barbara Bush

 

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

I recently started watching a PBS Masterpiece Mystery series called The Grantchester Mysteries. The show was so charming that I decided to read some of the books. The TV series covers the first book in the series, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. Canon Sidney Chambers is a young Anglican priest and his church is in the village of Grantchester, quite near Cambridge. He loves jazz, complicated women and solving crimes.

The Overlook

I’m continuing on with the Harry Bosch series. In The Overlook, Harry is called out to his first case since he joined the Homicide Special squad. Dr. Stanley Kent has been murdered and it looks like a terrorism case. Dr. Kent had access to medical radioactive substances, used to treat cancer patients. As the case unfolds, it looks like someone invaded his home, tied up his wife, and then sent threatening pictures to his phone. He was sent a message to retrieve the radioactive substances and bring them to the Mulholland Drive overlook, or else his wife was going to be killed. Now his body is lying there and Harry has to figure it out. Of course, the FBI is involved, and Harry’s former lover, Rachel Walling, is one of the FBI agents he has to work with. I enjoyed reading about Harry and his struggles. I wasn’t surprised upon finding out who the murderer was, but I enjoyed the story. 


Cover of The Overlook

 

A great time!


Friends enjoying the party

 

The Friends of the Barbara Bush Library had their annual meeting this past Monday. Out new officers were announced, the new budget was accepted and volunteer awards were handed out. Our director, Edward Melton, spoke about the future of the library and the exciting new opportunities coming our way. Everyone had a great time! Special congratulations to Charlotte Moore, Community Volunteer of the Year, shown receiving her award. 


Charlotte Moore

 

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