What I watched: Murdoch Mysteries, now in its fifteenth season. It is based on the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings, of which I have read none, so I had no expectations for the television adaption. “In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders.” I’m in season three, and the characters are evolving as opposed to becoming caricatures. Most interesting to me is that the lead character, William Murdoch, a police detective working in Toronto, Ontario, is slowly becoming less likable. A fun conceit of the show is to wrap in actual persons and organizations from history, including Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, and Prince Alfred. The show also hits on groundbreaking science and references actual trailblazers, including MIT professors. The attitudes toward women and non-Caucasian persons are portrayed as of the time and are as horrible as one might suppose. I especially rolled my eyes at one character’s soliloquy on the smaller brains and intellectual capacity of females.
A few trailers:
What I read: Book number
460 64 in death series by J. D. Robb, Abandoned in Death. At this point, the characters are fully developed (cop Eve Dallas, billionaire Roarke, and assorted others) but the mysteries are unique, and I find it fun to check in on their lives. Here is the blurb, “The woman’s body was found in the early morning, on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong—like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.”
I also read You Can Run (A Laurel Snow Thriller Book 1) by Rebecca Zanetti. I first became a fan of her work with the The Scorpius Syndrome Series, and have read and enjoyed her Anna Albertini Files Series, Dark Protectors Series, and Deep Ops Series. She is a prolific author, and her work is always a classic “page turner”. Here is the blurb for You Can Run, “Laurel Snow wouldn’t call hunting a serial killer a vacation, but with a pile of dead bodies unearthed near her Genesis Valley, WA, hometown, she’ll take what she can get. Yet something about this case stirs her in unexpected ways. Like the startling connection she feels to Dr. Abigail Caine, a fiercely intelligent witness with a disturbing knack for making Laurel feel like she has something on her. Then there’s Laurel’s attraction to Huck Rivers, the fish and wildlife officer guiding her to the crime scene—and into the wilderness…”
What I listened to this week: Shelter Boy – Calm Me Down; Dream Ceremony – Hearts on Fire; and The Districts – No Blood:
So, dearest DeadSplinterites, is everyone doing all right? What have you watched, read, or listened to? Please check in, tell us how you are, and share what you are up to!