What I Watched: Season three of Van der Valk, the detective set in Amsterdam, with yet another policeman living on a houseboat. It is available in the US on PBS Masterpiece. Here are the three-show synopses:
The new series focuses on three new homicides. In the first episode, titled ‘Freedom in Amsterdam’, the team are drawn into an investigation following the shooting of an idealistic Freerunning champion. The case leads the team into the “murky world of drug smuggling” and also sees Van der Valk thrown unexpectedly back into contact with his ex-girlfriend, Lena.
The second episode, titled ‘Redemption in Amsterdam’, sees the team explore their first-ever cold case after the murder of a museum employee links back to an investigation Van der Valk worked on in his early career.
The final episode, titled ‘Magic in Amsterdam’, will see the team “taken to the edge of reality following the death of a participant in a magical ritual invoking a demon”. The case forces Lucienne to confront “painful memories” before unearthing “a deep-seated tale of medical negligence and personal revenge”. Will Van der Valk get his happy ever after with Lena?
Petru Cioban is one of the oldest Carpathians in existence, and he has spent all that time without the soothing presence of his lifemate. For two thousand years he has waited for this woman to be reborn, only to find her in the sights of a monster he has fought before – a vampire risen again to finish a battle started centuries ago.
One if the things I like best about this series is the author-created language, including a beautiful marriage/mating ceremony. You can see the ritual words and listen to them on her website.
What I Listened To: Warhaus – Bang Bang; Dekker – I Won’t; and Ruby Haunt – Between Heavens.
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