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Caffeinated: Gertrude Stein on Coffee, Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse Adaptation, and Yorkshire Police Find the One Ring to Rule Them All

Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.

Selected Writings, Gertrude Stein

The Pale Horse, the latest Agatha Christie adaptation from screenwriter Sarah Phelps, released a trailer (below) this week.  It stars Rufus Sewell and Kaya Scodelario, which is spot-on casting because they’re both compelling but it’s particularly easy for them to tilt over into being unlikable as characters. The plot is set in the 60’s and focuses on Mark Easterbrook (Sewell) , who wakes up next to a dead young woman, and is drawn into the mystery surrounding her death when a list of names is found inside her shoe and people from the list keep dying. Scodelario co-stars as his icy wife, a role I’m sure she’ll chew up with ease. The two-episode series airs February 9th and February 16th on the BBC, and it looks like it may release on Amazon Prime on March 13, 2020. Here’s the trailer, and a slightly spoilery review from Empire.

The Internet lit up with glee when some Yorkshire police nabbed a distinctive ring and ah, attempted to return it to its owner.

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Book Review: Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2)

Mr Kiss and Tell Veronica Mars2004 cult classic TV show Veronica Mars is one of the great loves of my life (it’s one of the tags used enough to actually show up in my tag cloud to the right, for the record). So of course I pre-ordered show creator Rob Thomas and co-writer Jennifer Graham’s second book in the novel series as soon as it was available, knowing that, even if I didn’t like, it, I still wanted to support the series and the world.

In Mr. Kiss and Tell, a girl has been brutally raped and assaulted, and claims that an employee at the Neptune Grand, where she spent the evening before her assault, is the perpetrator. She plans to sue the hotel, which hires Veronica to find out the truth.

The second half of this (as was the case in the first book), is much faster-paced and tighter than the first half, but only my familiarity with and love for the characters gives life to what is unfortunately rather an underwhelming, stale world. Every single plot twist and turn, except perhaps one, is predictable – the book sets up the two or three central conflicts in the first one-third and then unrolls them in exactly the way you’d expect, without deviation. One of these subplots is the institutionalized corruption and injustice of the police force, and the series wants to be a dark, gritty take on this, a reflection of 21st-century realities, but the depth of world and character-building just isn’t there. What does that structure look like, how does corruption interact with itself, what are the internal processes and motivations of those involved? The subplot is brushed on, hinted at further development, but never really delved into.

Logan takes up a scant handful of pages sprinkled through the novel, reflective of his non-prioritized role in Veronica’s life, which is faithful to the original series but is puzzling and frustrating at this point. Rob Thomas and the writers assured fans by the events of the film that Veronica is deeply in love with Logan and committed – yet one of the same things that tore them apart in the TV series is still evident, and unlike in the series, the book doesn’t show it as a flaw: Veronica’s compulsive habit of prioritizing her cases over everything in her life.

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CBS’ Unforgettable and Hair Envy

I’ve been on a huge crime/murder kick lately, so have been trying quite a few murder series. CBS’ Unforgettable is the latest, and while it’s quite middling, it’s an easy, undemanding watch, competently written, and I’m enjoying it. Carrie Wells (Poppy Mongtomgery) has a photographic memory, and joined the force after he rolder sister is killed in front of her when they’re children. She can’t remember the murderer’s face, and while looking for him and trying to remember she hunts down other killers and defends victims. After leaving the force for a while she returns and pairs up with ex-boyfriend Al Burns (Dylan Walsh). The two solve murders for the NYPD.

I mostly like it because of Poppy Montgomery, because this woman…can we talk about her hair? I’ve always rather wanted red hair and hers is the most gorgeous I’ve seen apart from Julia Roberts.

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Al has a girlfriend. Gorgeous, smart…and she’ll never be able to displace Carrie in Al’s heart. vlcsnap-2014-09-02-23h44m16s163 vlcsnap-2014-09-02-23h57m00s155 vlcsnap-2014-09-03-17h00m17s229 vlcsnap-2014-09-03-17h01m02s166 vlcsnap-2014-09-03-17h01m40s38

Not when he looks at her like this. vlcsnap-2014-09-03-17h02m08s58

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