What I Watched: Post Mortem (No One Dies in Skarnes). I thought the show was darkly funny, but others said it gave them nightmares…go figure. I mean, as long as the dog doesn’t die, right? It is dubbed into English.
Here is the review from Forbes: Live Hallangen (Kathrine Thorborg Johansen) is found dead in the middle of a field in Skarnes, Norway. She is declared dead by the police, but hours later she suddenly wakes up on the forensic table—every coroner’s nightmare. Her brother Odd (Elias Holmsen Sørensen), who works at the only funeral parlor in town, is relieved. Live, however, has woken up with a dark insatiable hunger, and her eyes appear to glow a strange fluorescent green. While she tries to control her new dangerous and lethal urges, Odd tries to keep the family business afloat in a small Norwegian town where no one dies. Directed by Harald Zwart and Petter Holmsen, who also wrote the script, Post-Mortem is an odd sort of series (and I mean that in a good way). Don’t be fooled by its seemingly light-hearted dark humor—as if to point out the absurdity of the whole situation—this is a brutal series about vampires…Post-Mortem is a great horror series, that takes a refreshing look at the genre. The series, however, ends rather abruptly. It would be interesting to see where this story goes in a second season, as this first season feels so far introductory.
What I Read: Sweetwater and the Witch (A Harmony Novel Book 16) by Jayne Castle. This is a future-based series really like. It’s also fun because there are somewhat integrated novels, historicals that under the pseudonym Amanda Quick, and current novels under the name Jayne Ann Krentz. For example, The Jones and Sweetwater families appear all three timelines. And dust bunnies as companion animals! Here is the blurb from the website:
If there’s something Ravenna Chastain knows, it’s when to end things. And after she almost winds up the victim of a cult that believes she’s a witch, it’s easy to walk away from her dead-end career, ready for a new start. But where to find a job that would allow her to use her very specialized skill set? The answer is clear: she becomes a matchmaker. But even a successful matchmaker can’t find someone for everyone, and Ravenna considers Ethan Sweetwater her first professional failure. After nine failed dates, Ravenna knows it’s time to cut Ethan loose. But Ethan refuses to be fired as a client—he needs one final date to a business function. Since Ravenna needs a date herself to a family event, they agree to a deal: she will be his (business) date if he will be her (fake) date to her grandparents’ anniversary celebration. What Ethan fails to mention is that attending the business function is a cover for some industrial espionage that he’s doing as a favor to the new Illusion Town Guild boss. Ravenna is happy to help, but their relationship gets even more complicated when things heat up—the chemistry between them is explosive, as explosive as the danger that’s stalking Ravenna. Lucky for her, Ethan isn’t just an engineer—he’s also a Sweetwater, and Sweetwaters are known for hunting down monsters….
Wyrde and Wondrous (House of Werth Book 4) by Charlotte E. English they are back! Partying in a Fae castle, full of Misrule misbehavior. I do like the wyrdes of the Werths.
State of the Union (First Family Series Book 3) by Marie Force. The author had a parting of the ways with her previous publisher, so her quite good 16-book “Fatal” series featuring Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland and her husband Nick Cappuano is complete. She has moved the needle more toward romance than police murder cases in the new series which follows Sam and Nick into the White House.
All Is Bright: A Christmas Romance by RaeAnne Thayne I had read this series through the first few books, but then dropped it. However, I am a sucker for holiday books – sci-fi, fantasy, romance, mystery, police procedurals – if they are set around a holiday from Halloween through New Year’s I’m there. It is a formulaic, easy read with enough backstory descriptions that reading the prior books is unnecessary.
What I Listened To: Jet Hammer – Last Night – 1981 Version (how did I miss this); Zero 7 – Take My Hand Ft. Lou Stone (just a beautiful song), Skinshape – High Tide Storm Rising (good instrumental); and The Range – Ricercar (syncopate me).
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