A Look At My Week

Hi everyone. Thanks for joining me. I’ve just had a great week of crime – crime reading, that is. Let me tell you about the two books I read.

A few months ago I read Breaking Silence, book number three in Linda Casillo’s Amish Mystery series. I liked it so much that I decided to read more. The library didn’t have every book in the series, but they did have the first book, Sworn To Silence.

The main character, is the Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder. She has a gruesome job in this opening story. A serial killer has returned to the area after many years and he is killing young women and carving Roman numerals into their skin to indicate the number of victims. There are very few clues to lead the police in any direction at all.

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the other one. They are a little gory and contain quite a few swear words, but it’s a good (fictionalized) small-town crime story.

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One of the things I like about Michael Connelly’s books is that they all take place in Southern California, a place I know fairly well. In the author’s newest book. Two Kinds Of Truth (Harry Bosch #30) most of it takes place in the small town where I went to high school—San Fernando. I knew exactly where he was when he said, “I headed out on Roscoe and turned left on Laurel Canyon.” I was right there in the story.

Harry is now a part-time Reserve Officer, a detective working mostly on cold cases. The “cold” case he’s involved in is one coming from the Los Angeles Police Department, an organization that hasn’t treated him well in the past although Harry has been one of their top detectives. This time they are saying he planted evidence in a murder case that occurred decades ago. Harry brings in his half-brother, Michey Hallr, the famous Lincoln Lawyer. (I loved this section of the story!)

The second part of Harry’s experience in this book is a double murder at a San Fernando pharmacy. The investigation opens the gates to a portion of the opiod problem I had never heard before. Its both shocking and distressing. When Harry goes undercover into this world I was scared for him.

Obviously, I loved Two Kinds of Truth. If you are also a Harry Bosch fan, don’t miss this one. F-word warning: there are plenty of them, but it is a crime novel.

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Away From the Blog:

My husband and I went to the theater to see Darkest Hour. This movie is the story of Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II. Actually, it started as the government asks Winston Churchill to step into the role of Prime Minister. Mr Churchill was reluctant, but agreed for the good of the country.

As you will remember, Hitleris moving to close in on Western Europe and then it is expected they would invade the British Isles. Some of the government’s leaders are urging Mr. Churchill to attend peace talks with Hitler and Mussolini. Everything within Mr. Churchill fights at the idea of doing that. The rest of the film covers that struggle and final decision.

This is a beautiful and inspiring look at the character of Mr. Churchill. Gary Oldman (seen on the left) does a superb job of taking on the character. I thought he looked very similar to Mr. Churchill. That’s really Gary Oldman on the right. His British accent sounded perfect to my ears too. Mr. Oldman has been nominated for an Oscar. There are five mire nominations for this movie including Best Movie. I strongly recommend seeing this one, especially if you are a history buff or enjoy really good acting.

That’s it for me today. Have a great week ahead. Happy Reading/Movie Watching.

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4 Responses to A Look At My Week

  1. Kay says:

    Glad you enjoyed the Linda Castillo book. One of my favorite series. My husband watched the Bosch TV adaptation while he was off work after surgery in January. He liked it, but I’m not sure if he’ll read the books now or not. Connelly has not been an author that I’ve tried. Maybe at some point. Have a good week, Margot!

  2. I haven’t read a Connelly book in a while but always enjoy them. They do contain lots of language but it fits the story so it doesn’t bother me too much. It sounds like I need to try a Castillo book too.

    I’ll have to look for The Darkest Hour when it streams – I don’t think it’s in the theater here anymore.

  3. Terra says:

    I love the Darkest Hour and highly recommend it, and I look forward to this next Harry Bosch novel. I read them in order and this is next up.

  4. Ti says:

    The movie you saw sounds really good. I bet my husband would enjoy it.

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