What Am I Reading? Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline

I discovered a new-to-me series at the library that I’m enjoying. The genre is listed as mystery, but I found that the first three books have a bit of romance and are set in a law firm. I quickly read the first two, Accused and Betrayed. Here’s the first paragraph of Corrupted:

corruptedBennnie Rosato hadn’t taken a murder case in years, but she’d have to take this one. She’d been working late when the call came in, from a time she didn’t want to remember and a place she didn’t want to revisit. Still, she’d said yes. She couldn’t assign the case to an associate, either. Nobody paid her debts but her. And she wanted redemption.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.


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R.I.P: Screen Watching

peril-of-the-screenAs part of my R.I.P. Challenge I watched two TV series for a total of 13 shows. Both were highly enjoyable. They are set in England, of course, as British mysteries just can’t be surpassed by any other country, in my opinion.

bletchley-circleThe Bletchley Circle

I just “discovered” this two-season series. It features four young women who worked together during World War II in a very secret code-breaking department. They were highly skilled and successful code breakers. But, now it’s 1952-53 and the women are back to their “normal” lives. In spite of their normal activities, they still have those code-breaking abilities. Its hard to ignore those abilities.

The story begins with Susan who is a busy wife and mother. Susan has been following the news reports of a serial killer who has already killed five women in. Susan sees a pattern to these killings. Seeing patterns is something she’s very good at. She takes her theory to the police, but they send her back home after a polite no thank you and a figurative pat on the head.

Susan can’t let it go. She contacts three other women she worked with at Bletchley and together they take on the investigation on their own. The women have all signed agreements to keep their government work secret which means they can’t tell their husbands or other significant people about their work. It causes conflict, but the women are determined to keep going. In addition, what they are doing can have dangerous consequences, especially as they get closer to finding the serial killer.

This was a very scary yet fascinating mini-series. There was enough fright to fit right in with R.I.P. There are two seasons with a total of seven episodes each lasting about an hour. The show is available on Netflix, PBS and iTV.


midsomer-murdersMidsommer Murders – Season 15

This is one of my favorite shows that I’ve been watching since the late ‘90s. The last few years the main character has changed. Instead of the long-lasting Deputy Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), we have Tom’s younger cousin John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon). The change has brought a little humor to the show, primarily with Dudgeon’s facial expressions, light sarcasm and John’s banter with his dog. The other change is in the actor playing Barnaby’s side-kick. It’s now Detective Sergeant Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee). I really like these changes.

In spite of the lightness brought on by the new DCI, Season 15 has a dark feel to it. In fact, as the beginning title of the show comes on the screen shows the title as it begins dripping blood on the letters. (Eww) The plots themselves are quite spooky. There’s a head-less horseman in one, death during a total eclipse of the sun in another, multiple murders connected to a girls school, and an attempted murder victim finally waking up after a year-long coma. My favorite, however, is the episode titled Death and the Divas. It revolves around several 1960-era horror films. One person after another is killed using the same methods as those in the films. It was extremely creepy.

Season 15 has six episodes, each lasting about 90 minutes. You can find them on NetFlix, PBS, and iTV.

Warning: Keep the lights on and the doors locked while watching these shows. You’ll feel better.

R.I.P. Challenge: Screen:  13/4

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Book Review: In the Woods by Tana French

in-the-woodsAdam, at the age of twelve, disappeared along with his two best friends in the woods near his home in Dublin. Two days later Adam was found standing gripping a tree with his fingernails, his shoes filled with blood, his body shaking with horror and his memory erased. The other two children were never found.

Adam’s parents moved to another area, sent him to boarding school and changed his name. They dropped Adam and he became known by his middle and last name: Rob Ryan. When Rob left school and returned to Dublin he became a cop. As he moved through the ranks and joined the elite Dublin Murder Squad, he let only one person know his true identify — his partner Cassie.

One day a case arrived at the Squad that hits close to home for Rob — too close. It was in Rob’s old neighborhood and in the same woods. A twelve-year-old girl’s body is discovered on the site of an archeological dig. As Rob and Cassie deliberately and carefully work through their investigation they encounter a large number of challenges. For one thing, Rob begins to have flashes of past events from his childhood, small things at first. Rob tries hard to recall what happened during those days he went missing. Could that event be connected to this current murder? Is it possible they might find out what happened to his two friends?

I hope I can tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I loved that it was written in the first person narration of Rob. Rob told us what was happening, what had happened in the past, and then told us his thoughts on those events and people. That style made me feel as if I had a deep well of knowledge about both cases and what was going on. I knew his opinions and how he felt about everything. The other people in the story became well known to me, especially Cassie and Sam.

This was a complicated story. There were so many people to interview, so many clues, and loads of possible suspects and motives. I also liked the discussion about “Truth.” As I mentioned in my post last Tuesday when I shared the book’s first paragraph, the in-depth look at the philosophy of being a murder detective gave so much depth to the book. For example, here’s one quote I liked:

“I crave truth, and I lie.”

Think about that. A detective’s job is to find out the truth of what happened, but there are times when he/she can’t tell the whole truth.

I strongly recommend In the Woods to mystery lovers and thinkers everywhere. You’ll love the action, the people, the twists and turns, the psychology and philosophy, and finally, an excellent story.

R.I.P. Challenge: 4/8

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Wondrous Words #366

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

This year my favorite source for new-to-me words is definitely the New Yorl Times. I recently found this word:

shibboleth: “But by the 1950s, it had become an established shibboleth that the “eggheads” were for Adlai Stevenson and the “boobs” for Dwight D. Eisenhower — a view endorsed by Richard Hofstadter’s 1963 book “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.”

Shibboleth is a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important


That’s it for me this week. I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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