Back From Brief Hiatus

I have been having some issues based on my ankle surgery/leg/foot problems that have not allowed me to read…pretty severe restless leg syndrome. It has been very depressing to not be able to sleep, read or even focus too much on watching full shows on TV. Anyway, seem to be showing much improvement thanks to these:

Being able to read again I dove into these two:

 

 

 

I loved both of them!  S. J. Bolton’s Lacey is trying desperately not to stay on the force, but she is drawn into an investigation of missing and murdered children almost inevitably.  Lacey is a great character and really drives the book, but the other characters and the mystery are well done as well.

I didn’t guess who the villain was until the reveal, I had eliminated other suspects but still the ending was a surprise.  I really enjoy the dark moodiness that Ms. Bolton’s books evoke through her use of settings and description.  I have read several of her other books and will continue to read her work.  Highly recommended!

I love Ken Bruen’s character, Jack Taylor, and have watched all the episodes available to me on Acorn TV, including the Magdalen episode.  There were a few differences from the book and the TV show but I enjoyed them both.  I liked the literary references that seem much more prominent in this book than the previous ones in the series. There is even reference to this being a pathology of Jack’s, retreating into examination of the literary world.  This book centers on the infamous Magdalen laundry, the nuns and the women imprisoned there.  Jack has a favor called in and investigates what happened there.

Jack is a great character and I am always drawn into his world in these books and in the TV show.  The setting, characters and mystery are always superbly done.   I would definitely suggest reading the books in order to see Jack’s changes over time.  Great read!

 

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British Isles Friday & Acorn TV

 This is a meme hosted by Joy Weese Moll found here.  I really find it a nostalgic meme for me as someone who spent her early childhood and later periods as well in Britain with my family and whose mother is British, but now is living in New Jersey.

My entry for this is based on my absolutely favorite TV channel.  I have  a roku and stream my TV, the number one reason being that I watch a ton of Acorn TV.    It is without a doubt the best source for British TV here in the US.  They have fantastic customer service and are quickly responsive to any issues that arise and the shows…an amazing assortment of great TV to watch.

Here are just a few shows I watch on Acorn:

Midsomer Murders  Wonderful detective mystery series, multiple seasons worth of shows, great characters, I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

Pie in the Sky  Starring the amazing Richard Griffiths RIP.  Wonderful show for cozy mystery lovers.

Jack Taylor  Based on the great books by Ken Bruen, this is a darker, grittier detective show.

Blue Murder A single working mother detective.  A great character and well done cases in a more police procedural style.

Prime Suspect  Helen Mirren, enough said.

Dirk Gently A quirky different kind of detective show, fans of the American show Psych will really like this.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries  The incomparable Miss Phrynee Fisher based on the series of books by Kerry Greenwood.  Great books which were very well adapted for TV.

And there are so many more, not all mysteries either.  Mysteries are just my particular favorite in books and TV shows.  There are historical dramas, documentaries and comedies as well.  Acorn TV is a great place to get a little piece of Britain, even sitting on your couch in New Jersey.