The weather here is terrible, but I’m having a good reading week. Sometimes bad weather makes me want to snuggle in and just read. Do you have the same reaction? Here’s what I’ve been reading:
The Likeness by Tana French
I first met Cassie Maddox when I read In The Woods. She is a detective on the famous Dublin Murder Squad. Cassie is asked to report to a murder scene where the victim looks remarkably like her. To add to Cassie’s feeling of horror, she finds the victim’s identity is that of Lexie Madison. That’s the very same name Cassie has used when working undercover! Who is this young woman and who killed her? Does it have anything to do with Cassie?
Cassie is not assigned to investigate the murder. Her boyfriend is. The detective who is head of the undercover team wants Cassie to go into the big house where the victim lived with four other graduate students. After much back and forth and over the protests of her boyfriend, Cassie moves into the mansion and poses as the murdered woman. It appears that no one is the wiser and Cassie is able to get closer to the identity of the victim and the murderer.
A highly charged and tense story in addition to being very long – 20+ hours/466 pages. Well worth it, however. I highly recommended.
I also read:
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
This is the latest Harry Bosch novel in the series. Harry is working as a Reserve Officcer in the San Fernando office investigating a seriel rapist/killer. Another job he’s working on is that of finding a possible heir to a billionaire who is dying. Harry is still very busy in his “retirement.” The actor, Titus Welliver, who plays Bosch on the Amazon Prime series, is the one who narrates the audiobook. To me, he is Bosch. Great story and story-reader. I enjoyed the San Fernando part of the story because I went to high school there.
The Last Mile by David Baldacci
This is book #2 is the author’s newest series, the Amos Decker series. In the first book, Memory Man, we met Amos, a former pro-football player who suffered a head injury that left him with the inability to forget anything. This remarkable brain makes for a great detective. Amos is now working on a special task forced for the F.B.I. It was a good story, although a little slow in spots.
And now here’s what I’ve been watching:
The Crown (on Netflix)
I absolutely loved this beautifully filmed “historical drama.” It follows the early years of the current Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, played by Claire Foy.
Here are some things I loved:
- The settings and details – rooms in the castle, the cathedral and other buildings around the UK.
- The clothes and jewelry – Elizabeth’s wedding dress, the coronation ensemble and even her everyday outfits. All historically accurate.
- The portrayal of Winston Churchill by John Lithgow was brilliant.
- The drama between Elizabeth and her husband and also the problems Elizabeth had with her sister. This is stuff that never reached the newspapers.
It’s not exactly like Downton Abbey, but if you like British dramas, I think you should give this one a try. There’s not a lot of action (no car chases) as this is an in-depth character study. The cinamatography is so good that its just beautiful to look at. So far, there’s only one season with 10 episodes, each lasting about an hour. I believe there is at least one more on the way.
You may have heard that northern California is experiencing enough rain to send us into flooding. Within six months we’ve gone from drought conditions to serious flooding. There have been times when our house is completely surrounded by water, some spots deeper than others. It heads off for the streams and creeks whenever the rain stops. We’re okay and not worried. The good thing about weather is that its always changing.
Happy week ahead.