Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.

Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Nearby, underneath a tangle of branches, they also find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive. Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle …

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The Northwest Angle is a small piece of the USA completely surrounded by Canada and Lake of the Woods.

Visiting Braga, Portugal

I can’t recall hearing anything about Braga in the past. BUT it’s a very nice & relaxing tourist city. Most of the attractions walkable.

… population of 193,333 …

… an important stop on the Portuguese Way path of the Road of St James. 

The highlight for me was outside town. The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Good Jesus of the Mount.

Traditionally, religious pilgrims climbed 571 steps up the zigzag stairs on their knees. On the way are scenes of the Passion of Christ.

I stayed on my feet.

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Entry Island by Peter May

An award winning Crime Book of the Year, Entry Island is excellent.

Detective Sime Mackenzie travels as part of an eight-officer investigation team. Sime’s destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants – the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

The investigation itself appears little more than a formality. The evidence points to a crime of passion: the victim’s wife the vengeful culprit. But for Sime the investigation is turned on its head when he comes face to face with the prime suspect, and is convinced that he knows her – even though they have never met. …

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The Tourist mini-series

Excellent. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Tourist is a 6 part TV show series where an Irish tourist (?) in Australia run off the road, waking up in hospital with amnesia.

It’s been compared to Fargo: a blend of violence and barbed humour; bleak, underpopulated places, and the same cavalcade of viciousness and folly that brings out the heroism in an ordinary person.

Danielle Macdonald as Probationary Constable Helen Chambers steals every scene.

This entertainment has many original and quirky touches. Odd characters.

But it’s weird. If you don’t like weird, it may turn you off before the end.

Jamie Dornan, who portrays the protagonist Elliot Stanley confirmed that talks are progressing for bringing a second instalment.

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Seize the Night by Dean Koontz

Mixed review.  

An entertaining, funny horror story.

Seize the Night (1998) is the second in the Moonlight Bay Trilogy, involving Christopher Snow, who suffers from the rare (but real) disease called XP (xeroderma pigmentosum).

Actually, the 3rd book never got finished.

Fascinating characters, include Chris’ rich surfer bum friend Bobby Halloway. A smart dog. And a smarter cat.

It’s a great premise. The world is slowly changing due to an accidentally released virus developed by the U.S. military.

BUT … the plot bogs down in an endless and seemingly pointless series of adventures in an abandoned military base. They are suppose to be searching for kidnapped children — but seem to wander randomly.

The plot I’d give 2/10.

The entertaining banter and pop references kept me going.

Envy The Night by Michael Koryta

That’s it. I’ve read all the Koryta books.

An excellent writer.

That said, this one didn’t really work for me. I found the storyline too muddled.

In the seven years since he learned that his U.S. marshal father lead a double life as a contract killer–and committed suicide to avoid prosecution–Frank Temple III has mostly drifted through life.

But when he learns that Devin Matteson, the man who lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it’s a homecoming Frank can’t allow.

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Ira Glass on creative persistence

Like most everyone, I have long been a fan of Ira Glass and This American Life.

By 2019, the show broadcast to 2.2 million listeners each week, with an additional podcast audience of 3.6 millions.

But Ira was no overnight success.

His advice with long reflection over his own experience:

Follow your bliss.

Be persistent.

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Sherlock Holmes’ sister Enola

Enola Holmes is a 2020 film based on the first book in the series of the same name by Nancy Springer.

The story is about the teenage sister of the already-famous Sherlock Holmes, who goes to London in search of her mother who has disappeared. …

Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, the youngest sibling in the famous Holmes family. Extremely intelligent, observant and insightful, she defies the social norms for women of the era. Under her mother’s tutelage, she has learned everything from chess to jujitsu, and is extensively well read. …

Not a great movie, I’d say.

Kids will like it.

Henry Cavill must be the most boring Sherlock ever.

The plot the least Holmsian ever. Instead of finding her missing mother, she simply turns up.

But Millie is excellent as Eleven in Stranger Things. And she’s excellent here.

She made the film worth watching.

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Ladies win again. 3rd annual Bocce Ball Tourney.

#losers

The ladies won the annual Bocce Ball tournament. Third year in a row. They are undefeated.

MEN did win the second consolation game this year.

Only the fine folks of our COVID-19 bubble are eligible for this prestigious event.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. On this edit I played around with slow motion, speed ramping and Ken Burns panning.