What I Watched: Grace, a new-ish show with five one and a half hours episodes and another season on tap. It is based on the 19-book series by Peter James, which he has been writing since 2005. It is a nice palate cleanser – not especially violent, nice seashore scenery, and more words than physicality.
Here is a quote from the Guardian: “When we first meet Roy Grace (Simm), he is working on cold cases in a back office, his reputation having taken a battering after his last case, which garnered unwanted headlines when the press discovered he had asked for help during the investigation from a medium. Again, it is a measure of Simm’s credibility and enduringly connective everyman quality that this revelation doesn’t immediately make you roll your eyes and lose all sympathy.”
What I Read:
Forever Protected: Forever Bluegrass #18 by Kathleen Brooks
Amazon blurb “Parker Davies, former rodeo star turned U.S. Marshal, wants something he can’t have—Tilly Bradford. He had met the equestrian, fell for her, and then saw her name on a case that came across his desk. Suddenly he had to step back from the one woman he had wanted. Instead, he threw himself into the work of the task force he’d been assigned to—the one tasked with taking down the person responsible for financing the criminal underworld.”
Kisses of a Rebel Rogue (The Duchess’s Investigative Society Book 5) by Samantha Holt
Amazon blurb “The only thing darker than his reputation is his desire for her…From homeless street thief to business owner, Charlotte Bailey has come a long way. Which makes it all the more distressing when an old friend arrives, asking her for the impossible. She never thought refusing him would put her life in danger. And she certainly wasn’t prepared for a sinfully attractive rake with a past darker than her own to step into the role of her protector. But, here she is…”
Mistress of Birds: a 1920s historical fantasy romance (Mysterious Powers Book 7) by Celia Lake
Amazon blurb “Thalia’s life is full of artists, authors, and other creative minds, but she’s barely keeping herself together. After yet another rejection of her writing, she’s willing to keep an eye out on a remote home on the edge of Dartmoor while her reclusive great-aunt takes a rest cure. Adam hasn’t been the same since the Great War. Adam’s family have long since run out of tolerance for his continuing shell shock. His uncle’s broken leg is the perfect excuse to get Adam out of the house – at least he can make himself useful fetching and carrying. Adam’s not at all sure he can be any sort of help to anyone. When he visits his uncle’s apple orchard, he’s even more confused by what he finds – and no one else seems to find the late-ripening apples at all unusual. The house has its own secrets. At first, the house seems a pleasant enough retreat for Thalia. The housekeeper and maid are competent, if distant. The food is wonderful, and she didn’t have to buy or cook it herself. But there’s the odd noise from the attic, the locked rooms, the ageless photographs. When she meets Adam, they at least agree that something is odd. Can they discover the secret and change their futures?”
What I Listened To: Un Homme Sans Visage by Jonathan Personne; Circumference (Visualiser) by Working Men’s Club ; Night Vision by Kiwi Jr.; and The Storm in You by the Ruen Brothers.
Thank you for playing Brain Drain! How are you, dearest DeadSplinterites? What is going on your world?