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Sun Jun 4th, 2017


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08:22 pm - Another loose-end Sunday
Always a surprise to discover the sun still shining after 8 at night. The days grow longer quickly as one approaches the solstice, but they don't shorten as dramatically moving away. It's always the end of August that has me going 'What, dark already?'

Cool/ cold weather, but dank and achy with it. June; one must be grateful it doesn't broil. Still have sore throat and sore shoulders and incipient cough and feel invalidish.

Was forecast to rain all day, so I meant to stay in and read my Elly Griffiths forensic anthropologist book. Had forgotten that they're all written in present tense, 3rd person, which might up the suspense quotient except one knows the narrator will not die mid-book because the series is named after her. But this one turns out to be about child murders, for which I am not up. Library webpage said the previous book, about Arthurian doings, was in at the Gladstone library, so biked out there: to find it had been removed to fill a hold request.

So started a Mt TBR mystery, the first of the Cooper/ Fry procedurals. Diane Fry is even gittier in this one than in the following books. For someone determined to advance her career and make a good impression in this new posting, she sure sneers and snides at Cooper an awful lot. Makes for bleak reading.

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From:heliopausa
Date:June 6th, 2017 07:28 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry that the side-effects of the cool weather/lingering infection mean that you can't enjoy it as much as a break from hot would normally bring.

I've dipped into some online TV detecting over the past couple of hot, hot days, and am rather fed up with the young Inspector Morse (Endeavour), who is meant to splatter amazing intellect all over each episode, but isn't in fact terribly clever (because he's not allowed, in the rules of the TV game, to be much cleverer than the assumed average viewer - and the writers aren't assuming much cleverness at all). Also, he tends to be bedevilled by absurdly tricksy serial killers, the kind who leave clues in code as a challenge to the police, rather than just people clocking each other on the head on the spur of the moment and blundering off into the night.
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From:flemmings
Date:June 7th, 2017 01:16 am (UTC)
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I read an Inspector Morse once; I believe it was the one where the detective hero says 'Do you believe a woman can really be raped?' which was more than a touch off-putting. And then someone in passing said 'In Morse mysteries, the love-interest female either dies or turns out to be the murderer'-- and that was the end for me and Inspector Morse.
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From:flemmings
Date:June 7th, 2017 01:21 am (UTC)
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I was going to say, not much story in people clocking each other on the head on the spur of the moment and blundering off into the night, except the one I just read was exactly that, and boy did it twist and turn. But that was because the hapless killer had some bright friends, so yes, it can be done.

Am tired of the fashion for serial killers myself, especially the American version of 'pathological and sadistic'. Give me the cozy classic of murder for a motive.
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From:heliopausa
Date:June 7th, 2017 02:21 am (UTC)
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Yes, it's the tricksy, sadistic stuff I don't want to see.
I haven't actually seen or read the original Inspector Morse; what I saw (and won't again) is a series telling the story of young PC Morse, and I suppose, ascending through Detective Sergeant Morse and so on.

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