World Book Day – April 23

It’s World Book Day. An event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

I bought a book on recommended by my author brother.

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The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

I loved the John Rebus books and TV shows. But Rebus retired.

Malcolm Fox is another character invented by Rankin from the same Edinburgh police force. But I find him not nearly as compelling.

Still, Rankin is a superb writer. This book is well worth reading.

Detective Inspector Malcolm Fox works in the Complaints and Conduct Department of Lothian and Borders Police, members of which are invariably treated with suspicion and hostility by regular police officers. …

Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

After just finishing two HORROR novels by Karin Slaughter, it was a relief to follow the family friendly historical fiction of Harry Clifton growing up to become a soldier in WW II.

England and America.

Archer is a great story teller.

It’s one of a 7 part series but I’m not intrigued enough to read the entire thing.




The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

I did finish this book. … But can’t recommend it.

It’s too dark. Too sad. It’s a hard read. And it’s long.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again—and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized—Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever . . .

A Darkness More Than Night – Michael Connelly

Sadly I’m running out of Michael Connelly novels. This one from the early days when Harry was darker was excellent, as usual.

A Darkness More Than Night (2001) is the tenth novel by American crime author Michael Connelly; it is the seventh featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, and the second featuring FBI profiler Terry McCaleb, with reporter Jack McEvoy (The Poet) also making an appearance in a supporting role. …

Harry is being framed for murder by a movie director.

The story seems so familiar that I’m sure the plot was used in the TV series.


Washington Park, Portland

Washington Park is the #1 TripAdvisor attraction in Portland.

It includes a zooforestry museumarboretumchildren’s museumrose gardenJapanese gardenamphitheatrememorialsarchery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of wild forest with miles of trails.

I walked from my hostel and then did about 10km of run / walk between some of the attractions.

The trails are excellent. No bikes allowed.

Early April blossoms are the highlight. There were plenty of cameras out.

The Oregon Holocaust Memorial was dedicated in 2004.

It’s very well maintained. Public picnic spaces superb.

Giant Sequoias.

Don’t miss this park if you get to Portland.