Clara Maynard's blog

Angel's Flight

One reviewer wrote that Angels Flight was not Connelly’s best, but I still found it interesting. In Angel’s Flight, Howard Elias, an African American lawyer fond of suing the LAPD, is found murdered on the Angel's Flight train. This is set shortly after the Rodney King riots and Harry has to deal with department politics and racial tension as he seeks to solve the crime. He’s also trying to give up smoking and his wife has been out gambling again. Bosch breaks all the rules to find the killer as always. I enjoy the hard boiled detective stories that Connelly writes.

copy of Angels Flight

 

Death of the Demon

I’ve been reading Anne Holt since the first English translation of her work, 1222, appeared in the US a few years ago. Now I can’t wait for each book to come out! If you’re starting the series in order, start with Blind Goddess.  The succeeding books are Blessed Are Those Who Thirst, and Death of the Demon. The heroine is lesbian Oslo police officer Hanne Wilhelmsen. In Death of The Demon she has been promoted to police inspector and she is dealing with learning how to be a boss. Her newest case is the murder of a foster home supervisor, a woman who seems to have no enemies!  Along with working on the case, she has to deal with issues at home with her partner who doesn’t understand why Hanne is unwilling to come out of the closet. The mystery kept me guessing and the characters are richly drawn. 

Construction and Destruction Around the Library

We have lots of road construction going on around the library. Right now, Dyna is closed as it is undergoing destruction! So plan your route to the library accordingly. picture of road workHowever, the sidewalk and road improvements will be worth all the trouble!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for W?

Well, I just finished reading W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton. Like many folks I’ve been reading the Kinsey Millhone series since the beginning. However, there is a long wait list for W is for Wasted. If you haven’t started the series, you can start by reading A is for Alibi. If you’re a fan, and you’re waiting to get your copy of W, you can read some series that also feature tough, independent and witty female detectives. Here are some suggestions:


Kate Brannigan
mysteries by Val McDermid


Rachel Alexander and Dash
mysteries by Carol Lea


Anna Lee mysteries
by Liza Cody


Thea Kozak mysteries by Kate Flora


V.I. Warshawski
mysteries by Sara Paretsky


Give one or more of these a try!

Family Movie Night!

Our family movie night is coming up! Be sure to save the date of Monday, Nov. 4th for a fun event for the whole family. We'll get together in the meeting room at 6:30 pm to watch a movie together. For more info, just check with our staff either in person or by phone.

FOLKS ENJOYING MOVIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silent Girl

I took a road trip recently and listened to The Silent Girl on the way. On a rooftop, Boston PD Det. Jane Rizzoli finds a woman’s body with a slit throat and a severed hand. Upon investigation, the unknown woman’s death seems to be related to a 19 year old Chinatown murder/suicide. Nineteen years ago a cook, Wu Weimin supposedly shot his coworker, three customers, and himself in the Red Phoenix restaurant.  Rizzoli , with the help of a new associate, explores the culture and history of Chinatown to find out what really happened.  I enjoyed this entry in the Rizzoli and Isles series.  The mystery is a bit predictable but the characters are fun.

The Silent Girl                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anime Club!

We’re excited to report that the Ichisaku  Anime Club is coming back to the Aldine Library. The club will be co-sponsored by the library and will be an ongoing program. The first meeting is on Wed. Oct. 16th, from 5-7 pm. The club will meet every Wed.  except for Wed. Nov. 13 th. So make your plans to be here! 

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The Last Coyote

Harry Bosch lost his temper and hit his boss, so now he’s suspended and forced to attend mandatory therapy sessions with the department shrink. He’s at a low place in his life as his girlfriend left and he’s missing her. His house has been condemned after the last L.A. earthquake but he is determined to fix it up and continue living in it. There’s a coyote hanging around his house, and he thinks it may be The Last Coyote in the area. Harry sometimes feels as though he too is the last of his kind, a cop who cares about everyone’s murder. He decides to investigate the cold case that led to him becoming a cop: the murder of his mother, a L.A. call girl. He’s always felt that this case got swept under the rug. The writing as always is top notch. Available in e-book and regular book format.

cover of The Last Coyote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Gone Fun Coming!

picture of german shepherd dogCome and see a real police dog in action. As part of our Gulf Coast Reads celebration, Sgt. Stuart from HPD will be here with some of his canine friends. He'll show us all the neat things they can do. You'll learn a lot. And after their work is done, you'll be able to pet them! Come see us on Wed. Oct. 9th at 3:30 pm!

 

The White Lioness

In The White Lioness, Kurt Wallender, Swedish police inspector, is called to investigate the murder of a woman real estate agent. She has no enemies and seems to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.  The story alternates between Kurt’s viewpoint as he tries to solve the murder and the viewpoint of the people involved in the murder. The story was written in 1993 and the plot involves the civil struggles in apartheid South Africa. I enjoyed this story more than the previous one is this series.  I think part of this was Mankell’s depiction of the South African characters and their society. It made me want to read more about Nelson Mandela and this time in history. I also enjoy this series because Kurt Wallender is a troubled, believable hero and I enjoy rooting for him.

cover of The White Lioness

 

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