What I Watched: The first episodes of season sixteen of the Murdoch Mysteries. I know from previous comments that some of you really like this show and others do not like it at all, but until this season I have been firmly in the “like” camp.
I want Murdoch Mysteries to have mysteries, George’s inventions, and famous people from history. What I got was episodes about angst, personal drama, and story lines that were very disappointing. Boo hiss! After sixteen seasons, I am sure that the writers and cast are looking for something fresh, but I just found their direction annoying. Now perhaps I am being a bit too curmudgeonly, but I, a faithful viewer, have zero interest in finishing out the season. Sigh.
What I Read: As usual, I’ve read a bunch of stuff, including Detecting Danger book 11 and the finale to the Sinclair and Raven series by Wendy Vella. It’s my jam, Regency romance with a touch of magic, intrigue, and mystery wrapped into the plot. This last book involved characters from her Deville Brothers series, so I’ve read those four books as well (the fifth book is due on June 8th). These books are not magical but do have Regency mores, mystery, the flouting of convention, and intrigue.
I also read Half a Soul, Regency Faerie Tales #1, by Olivia Atwater. While I thought the book bogged down a bit in the middle, it was overall a different take on magic, and I think you could do worse. Here’s the blurb:
It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul. Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment—an unfortunate condition that leaves her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season—but when Elias Wilder, the peculiar, handsome, and utterly ill-mannered Lord Sorcier, discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into dangerous faerie affairs. If her reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all high society, then she and her family may yet reclaim their normal place in the world. But the longer Dora spends with Elias, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love even with only half a soul.
What I Listened To: The New Pornographers – Pontius Pilate’s Home Movies (good stuff from an old favorite); Royel Otis – Sofa King; Belle de Jour by Parra for Cuva; and the complete opposite of the previous track, Goat – Do The Dance (Shit & Shine Rework).
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