Reading Up on San Francisco

in the LA Times this morning

I woke up to see this San Francisco feature on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Travel section. Of course, the Angel Capital Association’s Annual Summit in April comes to mind. April can be the perfect time to visit, much milder than the foggy summer months.

The whole family will join me here, so I’m already making restaurant reservations. The Summit coincides with Spring Break, my last Spring Break it turns out as Junior is a senior this year, so the Annual Summit will double as a family reunion.

A year ago Barbara and I had a winter weekend in Montreal planned. When the forecast showed serious sub-zero temperatures we made a last minute switch to San Francisco. It was an easy flight for us; we landed and were able to make a 10pm reservation at Kokkari Estiatorio where the party was just starting. This restaurant is about to become the first-night favorite; we’re going there again.

Speaking of reading up on San Francisco, I’ve come across a couple of good detective mysteries centered in the City. I’m a big LA Noir fan and I’ve churned through the Michael Connelly series; there must be a San Francisco equivalent. It turns out there is.

The-Dead-do-not-Improve

The Dead Do Not Improve has a ghastly title that belies the delightful characters in this San Francisco-based murder mystery. I especially liked how the author used nicknames for his characters, like Performance Fleece.

by Scott Hutchins

Right now I’m zipping through A Working Theory of Love and although no one’s died yet, and maybe no one will, the book’s loaded with high-tech characters and City sites.

Then I started searching. I love new themes and I guess I’m onto one with this. Turns out the Maltese Falcon is rated by many as the singular San Francisco mystery story; although some titles can be hard to find or expensive, Kindle editions in some cases cost me only $2.99, like for Murder on Russian Hill and other titles I found on this Ten Best list.

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