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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.

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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

 

Join our Book Discussion!

Every year people all over our area join reading and discussing the same book as part of the Gulf Coast Reads program. Join us on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 to discuss The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. In this story, a flu pandemic has killed most of the world’s population. Hig, a survivor, lives with his dog Jasper in the local abandoned airport. But then he receives a radio transmission. Are there more people out there? Can he find them?  This title has been described as “heart-wrenching and richly written.” Ask our staff about getting a copy and join us for our discussion. 

cover of The Dog Stars

Animals at Aldine

For our bi-lingual storytime, we had a naturalist! She told the children about her animals and they got to pet them also! She had a dove, a baby alligator and other critters. You never know what will be happening at our storytimes! Come check it out every Thursday at 10:30 am!

 

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The Concrete Blonde

I’ve been working my way through Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series and the latest that I’ve read was The Concrete Blonde. Harry’s in trouble when the widow of The Dollmaker, a serial killer, accuses him of shooting the wrong man and sues him. New evidence surfaces when a blonde woman’s body is found in the concrete under a burned out building. Is she a new Dollmaker victim? Did Harry shoot the wrong suspect? He begins to have doubts himself. And he’s in the middle of a budding relationship and the case begins to affect that. Connelly is an excellent writer and there are lots of plot twists to keep you interested. 

cover of The Concrete Blonde

 

More Winners At Aldine

We have some more Summer Reading Program winners here at the Aldine Branch Library. Diocelina Elizalde won the Amazon gift card for reading 5 books in the Adult program. And Alejandro Gonzalez won the stuffed giraffe for reading 10 books in the Kids program. Congratulations!

Alejandro and his giraffe        diocelina and her gift card

 

Sandrine's Case

This title caught by attention because of the cover art initially. The picture is a tasteful painting of a nude woman preparing for bed. Then I realized it was by Thomas H Cook, who has won many awards for his mystery novels. In Sandrine’s Case, Sandrine, a professor at Coburn College, has died, apparently from suicide. But her husband, Sam, has been arrested and is being tried for her murder. Through Sam’s memories, we find that Sandrine was a fascinating, brilliant and passionate woman. Over the years, the couple’s relationship had become troubled and she had recently been diagnosed with a terrible illnesses.  At times we’re not sure whether he killed her or not. Sam’s perception of his wife is changed by the revelations that come to light during the trial. The climax to this most satisfying read is enlightening and surprising. 

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Our winner!

Now that Summer Reading 2013 has completed it's time to select the winners for our prizes! To help inspire participation in the summer program we offered incentives that everyone gets (this year all teens that read 5 books or 600 minutes got a glow in the dark water bottle), and big prizes that every teen who completed the summer reading program could enter to win. HCPL offered 2 back packs filled with books for every branch, and this year at the Aldine Branch our Friends of the Library group was able to contribute a tablet for a teen SRP drawing prize. At the teen program Back To School-A-Pa-Looza we had our drawing for the Nook HD tablet winner, and one of our frequent customers Tavion Nelloms was the lucky teen whose name was drawn.

We are thrilled we could offer such an exciting prize to inspire teen participation in Summer Reading, and that it went to such a great kid.

picture of Maggie and our winner

 

Dissolution

Dissolution is set in 16th century England when Henry VIII had broken with the church in Rome and Cromwell was campaigning to close all of the monasteries. When one of Cromwell’s men is killed at a remote monastery he sends Matthew Shardlake, a humpbacked lawyer, to solve the murder. In addition to trying to solve the mystery, Matthew must deal with increasing doubt about Cromwell’s motives and methods. Readers who like Ellis Peter’s mysteries will like this as it is rich in period detail. And the author does keep you guessing; at least he kept me guessing!  

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