What I Watched: Monsieur Spade, starring Clive Owen. It has all the noir you could possibly want!
Here’s the blurb from the Hollywood Reporter: Clive Owen plays Dashiell Hammett’s dashing private investigator Sam Spade of The Maltese Falcon novel fame, forced out of a quiet retirement in the South of France and back on the case to solve murders, in the trailer for AMC’s Monsieur Spade. The crime drama will also feature guest-starring appearances from Alfre Woodard and Dean Winters, portraying Virginia Dell and Father Matthew, respectively.
Monsieur Spade is set in 1963 when legendary private detective Spade (Owen) is enjoying a peaceful retirement in the South of France. But the rumored return of an old adversary changes everything. Six beloved nuns have been brutally murdered at the local convent. As the town grieves, secrets emerge and new leads are established, all of which has Spade, in his trademark fedora and trench coat, connecting the crime scene to a mysterious child believed to possess great powers.
“Everyone from the Vatican to French Intelligence to the CIA is after this kid. This has spoiled my tranquility,” an irritated Spade complains at one point in the trailer, as his preference for swimming nude in a luxurious swimming pool and pursuing local, village lovers is disturbed as trouble comes calling.
The six-episode drama is co-created, written and executive produced by Emmy winner Scott Frank (The Queen’s Gambit), who also serves as director, and Tom Fontana.
- Drake Hall (The Secrets of Ormdale Book 2) by Christina Baehr. Gothic late Victorian England, with dragons.
- A Sky Full of Stars (Shadowvale Book 7) by Kristen Painter. Less silly than some of her series, with a full complement of paranormal beings.
- Forever Covert: Forever Bluegrass #21 by Kathleen Brooks. Improbable town with improbably skilled residents. The bad guy always loses.
What I Listened To: A bit of Club 8, a new artist to me – Sunny; Kinky Love; and Strange Reflection. Off point, but thanks to the windy weather I’ve been listening to the large, deep-toned wind chimes we have in the backyard. They are glorious.
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