Stargate Monuments


Martha Wells

My Flying Lizard Circus

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I was so incredibly sad that the Nero Wolfe series was cancelled so soon. I love that show (and the books).

I ditto your comments about Lewis & Endeavor. Well, there is an element of coziness to Lewis for me, but I think it's the setting. Despite the crimes portrayed, Oxford - the college and the town - have (or are filmed in a way so that they have) a sort of sereneness to them. And the regular quoting of classical literature definitely puts me in a very happy, contented mood. If I had a Hathaway on hand to quote Romantic poetry to me whenever I needed it, I'd be a much less stress-out person.

(I don't think Endeavor has an ounce of cozy in it, though. They definitely went for "gritty" with that show, and succeeded. It's a great counterpoint to Lewis, imho.)

What I loved the most about Lewis were the little throwback touches to Morse - Lewis' tendency to go to the pub when he needs to think, for ex. :)

I actually like 'Endeavor' because it's not so cozy - Morse was such a screwed-up character that it had to be a little darker to explore his youth.

And I loved Morse and Lewis a great deal because I went to a Southern college which looks a great deal like Oxford (in Sewanee, TN), so every time I watch, it's like going back to campus. :)

i loved that nero wolfe series so much, i bought the box set--the only box set of a tv series i have ever purchased. it was just perfect--timothy hutton is a *great* archie goodwin. it's a tiny bit sexist, but not as much so as the books, and i forgive the books because they are so very wonderful. to me they are a fantasy series, and the world they create is a new york that never existed, but that i like to visit sometimes, just as sometimes i wanted to hang out in Oz, as a child.

I wanted to give Midsomer Murders a chance but the first two episodes played the gay = pervert card and I bailed.

Another show I bailed on quickly was Spiral, because they kept lingering on the naked corpse of the young female victim. Show it once, fine. Murder is a terrible thing and it's worthwhile to show the effect. Show it three times? That's lurid.

I've enjoyed the Jesse Stone mysteries, although the ones based on Robert B Parker's novels are stronger than the ones that come after. The acting is terrific and the stories manage to bypass a pet peeve of mine: the cop who breaks the law to get his job done.

John Nettles, who stars in 'Midsommer Murders' had a long running mystery series before MM. It's called 'Bergerac' and set in the Channel Islands. It's quite fun.

You should also check out 'Inspector George Gently'. It is another that's set in the '60s--northern England. It stars Martin Shaw. And I admit that I will watch just about anything that he stars in. Definitely not a cozy--very gritty and I often wished for subtitles as the dialect can get a bit thick.

Looking forward to your take on 'Ripper Street' . My husband got hooked on that last year.

I've liked _Gently_ too, some interesting stuff in terms of the transition from the England of WWII and rationing to the modern.

I really enjoy the Lewis series - much more than Morse. I watched everything that Amazon Prime had up, and was sorry when the last episode was over. Endeavor is enjoyable, too, but is second to Lewis for me.

I adore Jim Hutton, and loved the Ellery Queen series when it was on. I enjoyed Nero Wolfe, too, and have the DVDs for that.

I watched one episode of Whitechapel, and will probably watch more at some point as long as it's on Amazon Prime, but it didn't grab me as much as I had hoped.

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I like Endeavour well enough (though the whole Giant Masonic Conspiracy thing pings bizarrely for an American), but I just don't believe that the character is the same person we saw in Morse. Morse was far too self-centered (not as a horrible person, but in small petty ways) and arrogant, and my experience of people is that those are traits that show up early. So I didn't really buy that the shy, sensitive type they are presenting Endeavour as was Morse.

Also, Whitechapel was okay the first season, but I tried the second season and well, my suspension of disbelief just snapped. I could believe that for one specific case the history of a Victorian crime could be significant, but not repeatedly.

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I honestly don't know how good the *mysteries* are, but I just adore Taggart. It's set in Glasgow, and for USians, it may take an episode or two for your ears to tune in to the accents. It ran for a zillion (okay, 28) years and survived several major cast changes.

The American Touching Evil which starred Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) was also quite good.

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