What I Watched: Lockwood & Co., a fun supernatural alternate-London first-season series, which ended with a fine cliff-hanger. Based on the books of Jonathan Stroud, you can read the first chapter of the first book, The Screaming Staircase, there as well.
Of note, the series soundtrack is superior. It includes songs from Bauhaus, Siouxsie & The Banshees, BADBADNOTGOOD, The Cure, Joy Division, Phantogram, etc. – music from a certain era, of a certain genre.
From Netflix: In London, where the most gifted teenage ghost-hunters venture nightly into perilous combat with deadly spirits, amidst the many corporate, adult-run agencies, one stands alone: independent of any commercial imperative or adult supervision – a tiny startup, run by two teenage boys and a newly arrived, supremely psychically gifted girl, a renegade trio destined to unravel a mystery that will change the course of history: Lockwood & Co.
What I Read: I recently downloaded a bunch of independent-author free books; these infrequent extravaganzas make up for what they may lack in quality with massive quantities of freebies. Anyway, I ran into an enjoyable cozy series by the author Bruce Hammock, beginning with the prequel, Exercise is Murder:
It’s no accident… it’s murder. Found at the bottom of his exercise pool, police believe the death of Steve Smiley’s friend is an accident. Smiley doesn’t buy it. There are a lot of things a blind man can do, but solve a murder alone isn’t one of them. He needs a partner… one who knows their way around a crime scene. In walks Heather McBlythe. She can help him solve the crime, but can she keep him out of danger? Steve doesn’t have a choice. Without her someone will get away with murder. Armed with years of experience as a homicide detective and his new partner, Smiley sets out to find a killer. He knows he’s on the right trail when a bullet whizzes past his ear. Will Steve resurrect his life as a master crime solver, or will his sleuthing get them both killed? The suspense and action in the Smiley and McBlythe Mysteries will keep you turning the pages to find out whodunit! No foul language, sex scenes or graphic violence—just a great mystery waiting to be solved.
What I Listened To: What I Listened To: Parra for Cuva – Belle de Nuit; Yellow Days – Soul Smile; Leif Erikson – Question Time.
Thank you for playing Brain Drain! How are you, darling DeadSplinterites? Dearest ones, how are you faring in the year of the rabbit?