What I watched: We now move on to another British police drama, set in Northumberland in Northeast England. Based upon the books by Ann Cleeves, there are eleven seasons to it. The lead character is Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a curmudgeonly woman who feels a bit like a grumpier Columbo, right down to the rumpled overcoat and hat. I like it because it often takes me most of the 1 and 1/2 hour show to figure out “who done it”. Here is the official trailer, followed by a clip from season five:
I also watched this spoken word video by a talented young man with whom I meet each year for marketing inspiration. This is After Her, by January Black, the alter ego of the marvelous Cole Schafer.
What I read: I read The Wrexford & Sloane Series by Andrea Penrose. The books are mysteries set in Regency England and populated with scientists, minor nobility, rescued street children, and engaging characters. Charlotte Sloane is a satirical artist masquerading as her dead husband to support herself, and The Earl of Wrexford is a reluctant sleuth. They get better as the series goes on; some series weaken with additional books, much like the sophomore slump album of many a band – that is not the case here.
I also read Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry. This book is set in the depression era dustbowl of the south and west, and is thick with underlying menace, evil, betrayal, and magic. A young girl with the ability to connect with animals via thought pictures joins a carnival full of other-talented freaks, run by a child-eating demon. Ms. Henry is of Sierra Leonean ancestry, and writes with heartbreaking truth as she uses poverty and racism as a matter-of-fact backdrop for the story.
What I listened to this week: Willie J Healey, Subterraneans; Ghost Funk Orchestra, Walk Like A Motherfucker; and Warhaus, Bang Bang.
So, darling DeadSplinterites, how is everyone doing today? Are you climbing out into public, or do you continue to enjoy isolation? What have you watched, read, or listened to? Please drop by, dearest ones, and tell us, as Marvin said, what’s going on!