What I Watched: Low Winter Sun, a series where every single character is an awful human being. Two police officers murder a fellow officer and try to cover up the crime. The tale includes Eastern European prostitutes, gangs, drug lords, low-rent drug-adjacent persons, bars, drug addled alcoholics, doomed love affairs, bizarre religious outlooks, a police internal affairs investigation, and corruption, duplicity, and disloyalty at every level. One of the worst actions occurred among lifelong friends – it was shockingly callous.
It began as a two-part miniseries on Channel 4 in Great Britain in 2006, then moved on to AMC as a 10-episode series in 2013. Mark Strong plays Detective Sergeant Frank Agnew in both; the first is set in Edinburgh and the second in Detroit. It is the “can’t look away from the car crash” version of television viewing.
What I Read: Defending Danger (Sinclair and Raven Book 10) by Wendy Vella. I have mentioned the Regency series before; this was an especially good book, but you really start at the beginning. The conceit is that Sinclairs save Ravens and are then linked and marry, after mystery, turmoil, and supernatural skills, with a bit of angst thrown into the mix.
I also read Sonya Bateman’s Heart of Stone (The DeathSpeaker Codex Book 10). A very good supernatural series, with fae, gargoyles, old policemen, night terrors, resurrection, underground lairs, fairyland, morgues, soul transit, and a sentient rat. You can get an omnibus of books 1-3 for $4.99 at Amazon, to see if you like them.
And I read Ten Things I Hate About the Duke: A Difficult Dukes Novel by Loretta Chase. Witty, witty banter alert! This is the second book of the series; I skipped book one because it was expensive, and I don’t love runaway bride tropes. Here is the blurb for the book I read:
Bestselling author Loretta Chase continues her Difficult Dukes series with this delightful spin on Shakespeare’s classic, The Taming of the Shrew. This time, who’s taming whom…Cassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn’t shy about voicing. But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar, and her exasperated father, hoping a husband will rein her in, has ruled that her beloved sister can’t marry until Cassandra does. Now, thanks to a certain wild-living nobleman, the last shreds of Cassandra’s reputation are about to disintegrate, taking her sister’s future and her family’s good name along with them. The Duke of Ashmont’s looks make women swoon. His character flaws are beyond counting. He’s lost a perfectly good bride through his own carelessness. He nearly killed one of his two best friends. Still, troublemaker that he is, he knows that damaging a lady’s good name isn’t sporting. The only way to right the wrong is to marry her…and hope she doesn’t smother him in his sleep on their wedding night.
What I Listened To: Easy by Mata Hari; 13+ minutes of Chasing It by Bana Stiltz; Santa Cruz Tomorrow by French Cassettes; and Dark Kept Secret by EXUM.
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