City of Bones by Michael Connelly

City of Bones is the twelfth novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the eighth featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. …

On New Year’s Day, a dog digs up a bone in Laurel Canyon outside of Los Angeles. The dog’s owner, a doctor, recognizes the bone as human and calls it in to the police.  …

Good story, as usual for Connelly.

Harry’s partner in this early book is Jerry Edgar. This time frame used in the Bosch TV series.

Julia Brasher is Harry’s love interest in this one. In the book she accidentally shoots herself. In the TV series she survives.

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Bosch – season 3

Gripping. This is the closest I’ve yet come to binge watching.

Great story. Excellent acting. Best season, so far. 

Bosch is written by Eric Overmyer, the guy who did the final two years of The Wire, my favourite TV series. Two actors from the Wire appear in Bosch, as well.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Bosch is an American police procedural web television series based on Michael Connelly’s novels.

I’m pretty much binge reading the books, as well.

Running out of book, I was happy to hear Bosch TV has already been green lit through season 6.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs‘ first book.

Published 2011.

Teenage Jacob Portman is the lead character. And the book seems written for teenage boys.

I didn’t see the 2016 film, but the trailer gives you a quick look at the plot.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Director Tim Burton changed / improved details in the book, I’d say.

Movie reviews are mixed / average. I don’t plan to see it.

This young adult book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor at Quirk Books, he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. …

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs, tales, and his grandfather’s last words which lead him on an adventure that takes him to a large abandoned orphanage on Cairnholm, a fictional Welsh island.

I’ve no particular interest in reading any of the sequels.

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelley

This 2017 Harry Bosch novel has a long-imprisoned killer claiming Harry framed him and seems to have DNA evidence to prove it.

Unable to retire, Harry is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when hit with the accusation.

In parallel, Bosch is infiltrating a prescription opioid drug ring. Very interesting. The plot is great.

The only downside is Titus Welliver reading the audio book. For me he’s the weakest of the readers used in this series.

Nesbø – MacBeth

Nesbø wrote a re-telling of the story of Macbeth as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project.

… described as a ‘crime noir’ version of the tragedy … his Macbeth is set in 1970 in an unspecified location that combines aspects of Scandinavia and Scotland, and involves an Inspector Macbeth of a paramilitary SWAT team targeting bikers, drug dealers, and his police colleagues. It was published in April 2018.

I found the book well written but too long. Too complicated.

Shakespeare’s version is an easier read.

I barely got through it.

Nesbø is considered cool. He gets good reviews from critics.

Regular folks don’t like him quite as much. This book is 3.44 / 5.00 on GoodReads as I post.

NEW Calgary Public Library OPEN

I’ll be spending time here.

Lots of wood. Natural light. A relaxed and inspiring space. Perfect for kids on a cold winter day.

The indigenous touches are nice.

With a FREE library card you can print up to $5 / month.

Click PLAY or watch an introduction on YouTube.

Click PLAY or see the weird and wonderful architecture on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch the construction on YouTube.

I was only 70% if favour of spending tax dollars on a future Olympics. But I’m 100% for opening my wallet for the new library. It’s all good. I particularly like public transit train access on site.

CAD $245 million project was on time and on budget.

The Calgary Public Library (CPL) is the second most used system in Canada (after the Toronto Public Libraryand the sixth most used library system in North America.

… one of the lowest per capita funding in the country, receiving as little as half the money of other Canadian public libraries …

Nexen, a Chinese government company, donated 1.5M dollars. If this is part of their Belt and Road initiative, I’ll take it. 🙂

It’s not all good.

  • Opening hours are still lousy. Sunday’s only 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • There’s no EASY free wifi. You need to log-in with your FREE library card.

related – ‘Spectacular’: A look inside Calgary’s new Central Library on opening day

The Narrows by Michael Connelley

The Narrows (2004) is the 14th novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the tenth featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch.

As Bosch crosses paths with FBI Agent Rachel Walling, the novel ties story elements left unresolved in The Poet and those from Blood Work and A Darkness More Than Night together into the Bosch mythos. …

There’s a gravitas to the mystery/thrillers of Michael Connelly, a bedrock commitment to the value of human life and the need for law enforcement pros to defend that value, that sets his work apart and above that of many of his contemporaries.

… it supports a dynamite plot, fully flowered characters and a meticulous attention to the details of investigative procedure. …

Publisher’s Weekly review