New to me Authors, January to March 2016

new-to-me During the first quarter of this year, I’ve read  eight books by new to me authors.

Frequent Hearses (1950) by Edmund Crispin (C)

The Studio Crime (1929) by Ianthe Jerrold (B)

The Foreign Correspondent (2006) by Alan Furst (A)

Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce (A class of its own)

I look forward to reading more books by these authors.

March Reading Round-Up

Last month I read:

Lord Edgware Dies (1933) by Agatha Christie (A)

The Crossing (2015) by Michael Connelly (A+)

Maigret in New York, 1947 (Inspector Maigret #27) by Georges Simenon (Trans: Linda Coverdale) (C)

Maigret Gets Angry, 1947 (Inspector Maigret #26) by Georges Simenon (Trans: Ros Schwartz) (B)

Maigret and his Dead Man, 1948 (Inspector Maigret #29 ) by Georges Simenon (Trans. David Coward) (A)

Book & Film Notes: Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce & The Dead (1987) directed by John Houston (A class of its own)

OT: Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio

20160330_130512Organized by the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the exhibition Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio will be on show in Madrid until the next 19 June, the first exhibit of these iconic American artists to be shown in Spain. It reveals the artistic conversation between two acclaimed American artists who are father and son. Visitors will experience how both artists’ styles converged and diverged over the decades, how their shared family life, studio spaces, stomping ground, subjects, technical mastery, and tireless curiosity evolved into two distinct bodies of work. (Source: Exhibition brochure)

The show features more than 65 works created in a variety of media including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil, and mixed media. Never before has an exhibition displayed their works on this scale and in the shared context of their autobiographies, studio practices, and imaginations.

(Source: Exhibition brochure)

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Happy Valley (2014) Season 1 TV Series

91n JjJyXGL._SL1500_ While waiting for the last two chapters of The Night Manager, Begoña and I watched this week the six chapters of Happy Valley Season 1. As far as I know, Season 2 has not yet date of broadcast in Spain. Another worthwhile series with which to have a good time.

Happy Valley is a British crime drama television series filmed and set in The Calder Valley. The series, starring Sarah Lancashire and Siobhan Finneran, is written and created by Sally Wainwright, and directed by Wainwright, Euros Lyn, and Tim Fywell. The first series debuted on BBC One on 29 April 2014, and the second series debuted on 9 February 2016. On 11 March 2016, it was renewed for a third series, once again starring Lancashire (from Wikipedia).

Plot Summary Season 1: Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is a strong-willed police sergeant in West Yorkshire, still coming to terms with the suicide of her daughter Becky eight years earlier. Cawood is now divorced from her husband and living with her sister Clare (Siobhan Finneran), a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict, who is helping her bring up Becky’s young son Ryan (Rhys Connah), the product of rape. Neither Catherine’s ex-husband nor their adult son, Daniel, want anything to do with Ryan. Catherine hears that Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man responsible for the brutal rape that impregnated Becky and drove her to suicide shortly after Ryan was born, is out of prison after serving eight years for drug charges. Catherine soon becomes obsessed with finding Royce, unaware that he is involved in the kidnapping of Ann Gallagher (Charlie Murphy), a plot instigated by Kevin Weatherill (Steve Pemberton) and orchestrated by Ashley Cowgill (Joe Armstrong). Things quickly take a dark turn as the abductors scramble to keep the kidnapping secret, although Catherine is onto them.

It’s a grueling, gripping Happy Valley by Genevieve Valentine

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