Tuesday, December 5, 2023

REACHER NEWS: EARLIER PREMIERE DATE!


NEWS: REACHER, SEASON 2,  WILL PREMIERE ON DECEMBER 14, AT 7 P.M. E.S.T. with Three Episodes!! 

Originally set to premiere on December 15 on Amazon Prime Video. This season is an adaptation of Lee Child's Bad Luck and Trouble (#11 in the series).  

I love this show. Great casting, fabulous acting, terrific plot and action! If you haven't watched the show, start with Season 1. It's still available on Prime Video. 

The first three episodes of Reacher, Season 2, will now premiere on Prime Video on December 14, 2023. The remaining five episodes will stream on Prime Video every Friday, with the finale streaming on January 19, 2024. I like to binge, so this will be difficult. I hate waiting.

The official description for Season 2: 

“‘Reacher’ Season Two begins when veteran military police investigator Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson) receives a coded message that the members of his former U.S. Army unit, the 110th MP Special Investigations, are being mysteriously and brutally murdered one by one. 

Pulled from his drifter lifestyle, Reacher reunites with three of his former teammates turned chosen family to investigate, including Frances Neagley (Maria Sten); Karla Dixon (Serinda Swan), a forensic accountant for whom Reacher has long had a soft spot; and fast-talking, switchblade-wielding family man David O’Donnell (Shaun Sipos). Together, they begin to connect the dots in a mystery where the stakes get higher at every turn, and that brings about questions of who has betrayed them—and who will die next. Using his inimitable blend of smarts and size, Reacher will stop at nothing to uncover the truth and protect the members of his unit. If there’s one thing Reacher and his team know for certain, it’s that you do not mess with the Special Investigators. This season, get ready for Reacher and the 110th to hit back hard.”

BEYOND PARADISE, DEATH IN PARADISE, AND RETURN TO PARADISE: CHRISTMAS SPECIALS & Other News!

Many of our favorite mystery shows have Christmas specials. Beyond Paradise will have its first Christmas special on BBC One.  Death in Paradise will also have a Christmas special as well, also on BBC1 in the UK. More info on that to come.

Unfortunately I cannot find any information on U.S. broadcasts. If you hear anything, please let me know. 

And just an FYI, Beyond Paradise will return in early 2024 for series 2, as will series 13 of Death in Paradise. A third spin-off titled Return to Paradise, set in Australia, will be out in late 2024.




Monday, December 4, 2023

MIDSOMER MURDERS, SEASON 24, starts today!

Just a Reminder: Midsomer Murders, Season 24 Starts Today!!! Enjoy. Alas, only 4 episodes. 

I love Midsomer Murders, and I confess that I've seen the entire series at least twice, probably more. Midsomer Murders is a quirky series with  imaginative murder scenes and weapons. If that sounds dark, I will tell you it isn't. I think of this series as one of the best mystery series on TV..not gritty, not scary.. just great acting, lovely scenery, and plots. Of course, I wouldn't want to live in the county of Midsomer. Way too many murders for my taste. It's  Cabot Cove on steroids. 

Midsomer Murders, Season 24, premieres on AcornTV on December 4. 

Midsomer Murders is one of the longest-running mysteries currently still airing. It first aired in 1997 (first with John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby, then with Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby). The series is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby novels. The series is set in the fictional Midsomer County, and follows two different DCI Barnabys as they solve quirky murders occurring in lovely small villages. It's mystery 'lite',  and the murders often require some suspension of disbelief. I'm o.k. with that. 


Cartoon of the Day: THE EXCEEDINGLY TINY BOOKSHOP

 From the Amazing Tom Gauld:



Saturday, December 2, 2023

Holiday Homicide: Classic Crime Thrillers of the 1960s: Online Panel, December 5: FREE

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I’m Dreaming of a Noir Christmas: Classic Crime Thrillers of the 1960s
with Geoffrey O’Brien, Sarah Weinman, Gene Seymour, and David Lehman

Join Library of America for a killer lineup of panelists as they explore classic crime thrillers of the 1960s, from Donald Westlake-writing-as-Richard Stark’s taut smash-and-grab heist novel The Score to Patricia Highsmith’s eerie potboiler The Tremor of Forgery

Join Geoffrey O’Brien, editor of Crime Novels of the 1960s, along with noir maven Sarah Weinman (The Real Lolita), cultural critic Gene Seymour, and poet David Lehman (The Mysterious Romance of Murder) for an arresting dive into nine astonishingly inventive novels that pulse with the energies of a turbulent, transformative decade. 

Tuesday, December 5 6:00–7:00 PM ET 



 This online event is free, but you must preregister to attend.