I just got home from my walk with the dog and about halfway through it, I finished the last book in the Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch series written by Michael Connolly. Connolly has written 27 fictional novels (18 of them with Harry Bosch as the main character), and since adopting Rigby I’ve listened to all of them on audiobook while trying to wear out my crazy dog. The books are terribly entertaining detective/crime type stories, but real easy reads (or listens). Even on days I didn’t feel like going out, the stories motivated me to do so because I wanted to hear more of the stories. To be honest, I’m going to miss Harry Bosch, and I’m kind of sad that the series is over.
When I’m trying to motivate some of my students to read, I often try to hook them up with a series. The hopes are if they enjoy the first one they will want to continue with the rest. There are a few authors I have continued reading after the first book, but I don’t think I’ve ever done a series with so many books from start to finish before. Since the first one was written back in the early nineties each and every one was downloadable. They were all on my iPhone so I was able to go from to the next without any lag time. Now they are all over, and I’m having a hard time figuring out what I’m going to listen to next.
Some friends have given me some recommendations. I’ve downloaded all of Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Station five-book series and all of Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole/Joe Pike fifteen-book series. Both are detective type stories which will maybe help with the transition. James Patterson’s Alex Cross series has also been pointed out to me. Several years ago I read a couple of his books, and they were good. My only worry about that series is the crimes are always really creepy, not your run of the mill crime. It’s usually dark by the time I go for a walk, and I think those books will just make me scared.
Tomorrow, I’ll get started on one of the two that I’ve already downloaded. If anyone else can recommend another entertaining series, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Looking online to see how many Michael Connolly novels there are I see that he actually has a new Harry Bosch book coming out next month. I’m very much looking forward to that.