Magpie Murders

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HH and I found Magpie Murders on TV to watch. We REALLY have to concentrate, but we LOVE this series! It’s an interesting premise.

A famous, best-selling author has finished a book that will immediately sell tons of copies. He’s looking over the manuscript before he sends it to his editor and a narrator reads the words on a few of the pages. They’re brilliant. I can see why he’s a best-seller.

In the book, the author’s famous detective finds out that he has cancer and doesn’t have much longer to live. When the editor reads this, she can’t believe it. The author’s killing off his famous detective. But before she can confront him about it, she learns that the author is dead. He’s fallen off the high tower in his expensive home. Or was he pushed? Or was it suicide?

And this is where everything gets especially interesting. She finds out that the author just learned that HE had cancer. And the more she digs, the more she discovers that the author based his characters on real people in his life. And then, the characters in his books walk on stage, looking like people the author knew.

If HH and I don’t concentrate, we’re not sure if we’re listening to characters in the author’s books discuss his death, or if we’re listening to real people in his life–because the same actors play both parts. For instance, the author based his famous detective’s young sidekick on the young man he’s having an affair with. So when that actor walks on stage, who is he? The fictional character or the real-life lover? There are clues, but it took HH a minute to recognize them.

And then there’s the subplot of the editor and her significant other. Something mysterious is going on there.

This is no frivolous hour of entertainment. If I don’t pay attention, I have to rewind and watch a scene again. I love it! A series that’s clever and challenging. And unique. I’m going to watch another episode tonight!

Mystery Musings

My poor husband ends up watching more mysteries on TV than any man should have to endure, but the truth is, no matter how much he grumbles (and he can grumble about almost anything), he enjoys them.  We have Acorn TV (with lots of mysteries) and BritBox (with even more).

We recently stumbled on The Bletchley Circle (San Francisco) on BritBox.  .  I’m not sure how many of you can find it and watch it, but it’s WONDERFUL.  I’m no movie expert like my friend M.L. Rigdon, but the scene sets and cinematography are moody and evocative.  The actresses and actors are topnotch, and the mystery is mesmerizing.

I had no idea what the Bletchley Circle was, but the minute my husband heard the title, he was intrigued.  He reads a lot about World War II and knew right away that Bletchley Park in England was the center for code breakers during the war.  The premise of the show is that a lot of women worked at breaking codes during the war, then they were dispersed and unneeded when the men came home from fighting.  But these were smart women, and in the TV drama, one of their friends was killed during the war, and there’s another murder years later, in San Francisco, that uses the exact MO as that murder.  So four women decide to put their code busting brains together to study the patterns of the new murders to bring justice for their friend.

The first murder takes two episodes to solve, and it’s a great introduction to the series.  If you can find it, I highly recommend it.  It’s one of the smartest mysteries I’ve seen for a while.