• movies,  podcasts,  TV

    Four Nordic crime picks for this cold season

    The weather in the PNW continues to be cold and snowy, which is the perfect excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with a Nordic crime thriller and some hot tea! I talk a lot about the Nordic crime books that I love, but today I wanted to share four Nordic crime suggestions that are not books!

    If you like darkly comic thrillers, I recommend In Order Of Disappearance. The 2014 Norwegian film stars Stellan Skarsgard as a snowplow driver who learns his son has been murdered by drug dealers, and begins picking them off one by one. (If it sounds familiar, it’s because Liam Neeson just remade the movie as Cold Pursuit.)

  • books,  movies,  music,  TV,  What I Read

    What I read, watched, and listened to: July 2018 (all mystery edition!)

    I haven’t done one of these roundups in quite a while, partly because I’ve been having trouble actually finishing any new media I start. I’ve mentioned in other posts that this summer has been crazy busy with changes at work and home (and I plan to post about that soon!) but in short, it hasn’t left a lot of time to read full-length books, or finish a whole TV series, etc. But last month I had a few really great books, TV shows, and even a podcast to recommend, so here they are for your consideration!

    What I read

    What I read, July 2018: two great mystery novels

    The Silent Wife is, sadly, A. S. A. Harrison’s only fiction novel completed before her death. I say sadly, because this book, though slim, blew me away with just how quickly it slips under your skin. I put it down only because I worked early the next day and needed sleep! It’s a gripping mystery/thriller about the breakdown of a relationship and I’m not kidding when I say I had no idea how this story would end until the very last page. That’s high praise considering how many crime/thriller books I read and how I’ve started to become accustomed to patterns within.

    A Death of No Importance is the debut adult novel from Mariah Fredericks, and follows maid Jane Prescott through upper-crust New York society in 1910 as she tries to solve the murder of her mistress’ playboy lover. This was a fast-paced book and very hard to put down, and I hope Fredericks will pen more mystery novels soon!

    What I watched (Netflix)

    The Frozen Dead is a French crime thriller about the cat-and-mouse game between an aging detective and the serial killer he sent to a mental hospital. When the sister of the killer’s last victim enters the picture, Investigator Servaz must try to find redemption while untangling a new string of brutal murders.

    Safe is based on Harlen Coben’s novel about a group of families living in a gated community whose sense of safety is shattered when a young man turns up dead and his girlfriend missing. This was a binge-worthy show and makes me eager to check out more of Coben’s thrillers.

    Requiem is billed as horror but it’s honestly a creepy mystery more than anything. Following her mother’s suicide, a young woman becomes obsessed with the possibility that she is actually a girl who disappeared as a child from a small Welsh town. This show has a total WTF ending but I think it perfectly suited the overall mood of the show!

    What I listened to (Spotify)

    A good mystery/horror podcast with a supernatural angle

    I admit, I’m a podcast virgin, but The Black Tapes has me totally hooked on the concept. The fictional show follows a journalist as she investigates supposedly unexplained supernatural mysteries in the files of a doctor who may just be the world’s biggest skeptic. But are all unexplained horrors so easily dismissed? This podcast can be suuuuuuper creepy at times so I really don’t recommend listening to it at night! I just wrapped up season one and can’t wait to dive into seasons two and three.

    Do you have any good book, TV or podcast recommendations for me? (Especially mystery/crime?) Let me know in the comments!

  • books,  movies,  music,  TV,  What I Read

    What I’m reading, watching, listening to: November 2017

    I used to do these posts as a recap of all the books I’d read the month prior. These days I’m still reading books, but I’m also spending more time watching TV and movies and listening to new music. Therefore, I thought it only fitting I update this monthly roundup accordingly! Here are some of the things I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately (including a playlist for November 2017!).

  • animals,  cats,  movies,  music

    Music Monday: Ride Captain Ride

     

    I’m not even sure where I first heard this song or why it’s been stuck in my head lately, but it has, so I’ve been singing it to Captain Jack while we hang out together.

     

    Book character names I've used for my cats: Captain Jack Sparrow

     

    (Yep, this pic is hella blurry. My cats don’t like to hold still for photos so a lot of my photos of them look very shaky because I was in such a rush to focus and snap.)