One of our favorite breakfast spots in Melaque is El Patio, on the same side of the street and just west of the Bus Depot and Roosters. You can actually walk right by the place if you’re not looking for the restaurant, there are three tables out front on the sidewalk that give it away. Our first time there we didn’t even know there was a beautiful courtyard patio inside, past the kitchen.
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The Gangster (Isaac Bell, #9)
by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott (Goodreads Author)
I’d lost interest in author Clive Cussler’s work some time ago, and can’t remember why, maybe it’s because he’s another of those successful authors who has underlings writing for him, using his name to sell books.
Regardless, I truly enjoyed The Gangster, an Isaac Bell Adventure. The plot was fresh, although the story is set just after the turn of the century, in and around New York City. Irish and Italian gangs were responsible for much of the city’s crime, but also for building its infrastructure, like the giant aqueduct that is being built to bring a thirsty city fresh water from two hundred miles away, in the Catskills.
Isaac Bell is a Van Horn Detective, a private investigation company in the east, like the Pinkerton’s were to the west. The book is a good read and I’m sure I’ll pick up another in the series if I see one.
Pechecane is the nicest surprise that we’ve had in Melaque this season. If you’re looking for wood-fired, clay oven thin crust pizza you’ve gotta try this place. It’s just as good as the thin crust pizza we’ve eaten in Italy.
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Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father
by Murray Howe
I’ve read books about Darren McCarty, Bob Probert, and Bobby Orr so it was only natural to read about the King himself, Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. This book is different from his biography in that it’s written by his youngest son, Murray Howe.
It is well written story, told from the heart, more about the man than the hockey player. Trying to explain one without the other would be impossible in the case of Gordie Howe. Hockey and family were equally important to him, but even more than that Murray explains how the respect Mr. Hockey earned was a result of how he treated everyone else in the same way.
Don’t worry sports fans, there’s enough hockey action to keep you interested.
The Messenger (Gabriel Allon, #6)
by Daniel Silva
I’d read The Black Widow before this book, but it actually follows the Messenger. That wasn’t a problem because the story stands well on its own and some of the names are familiar adding more to the story.
Gabriel Allon is supposed to be the Israeli intelligence officer who assassinated the terrorists known as Black September for their killing of Jewish Olympians during the Munich Olympics. The character is also a world renown art restorer.
The story is a good old fashioned spy thriller where the good guys chase the bad guys through various exotic locations around the world.
I’m now a Daniel Silva convert.
The Eighth Day
by John Case
This was the first John Case book for me. It was a good read so I can’t say I was disappointed with the story, but maybe the protagonist – he’s no super hero with special powers, but an almost normal person – an artist who does P.I. work on the side? He makes some pretty dumb moves as far as I’m concerned, but stumbles his way from country to country trying to take in the sites while killers are in pursuit.
The story is predictable, but fun, you almost can’t wait to see what predicament he’s going to fall into next. When he finally discovers the root of the plot the story gets a bit too technical for me. The reviews are all over the map on this novel, but I’d definitely give one of the author’s other books a go.
Suspect (Scott James & Maggie, #1)
by Robert Crais
Who wants to read an engaging thriller where the protagonist isn’t a super hero with special powers? I do – it’s the kind of novel I write. On second thought, his K-9 partner does have certain powers that help the story along. This book, and its author, Robert Crais, were a pleasant surprise.
The “hook” grabs you right by the heart-strings and has you rooting for the good guys immediately. The story is about an ex-military dog and a LAPD cop who were both injured on the job, suffer from PTSD, and are partnered together. This is a real life drama at its best.
If you’re an animal lover you’re going to love this book. Without spoiling the plot there are times when you’ll be cringing before turning the page or finding yourself getting watery eyes…or maybe it was just because I was tired after reading this book non-stop.