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My weekend in pictures…

I spent this past Saturday at Mysterious Galaxy‘s 20th birthday celebration. Check out a few pictures I took…text to be provided on Thursday. 🙂

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See you in a few days!

P.S. I decided to reread Avery Aamess’ A Long Quiche Goodbye since it’s been a little while. So far, the book is as fun as I remember. I may use my review to introduce a new blog section I’ve been noodling with for a while. Oh, my copy The Bletchley Circle is in the mail!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Thursday! Say Cheese (and Coffee)!

I was all set to blog about how sad I was to see The Bletchley Circle end when I saw this piece of awesomeness. Yes, ITV has renewed The Bletchley Circle for a second season!

Since my happy dance is definitely not fit for public consumption, I’ll link to George Takei‘s instead (since he just makes everything cooler).

I need to go and cross a few things off my to-do list so I can focus on the good stuff, like reading Lost and Fondue in preparation for picking up To Brie or Not to Brie this Saturday at Avery Aames’ book signing. I’m actually behind on this series, so I actually need to get Clobbered by Camembert as well.

If you’re a cheese lover, definitely check this series out. But not on an empty stomach. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉

In other non-mystery news, I discovered Caffe Calabria yesterday and I may need to move to North Park. I’m ashamed to admit we end up spending time in our neighborhood and have yet to explore a lot of San Diego. The person I was meeting with suggested we meet there and I am so glad we did. I brought home some of the El Salvador blend and it is amazing.

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Well, I’m awake! 😉 Have a good Thursday and see you soon!

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Bletchley Circle: Episode Two and The Christie Caper

First of all, I apologize for the cobwebs gathering on this blog. Life and a bad cold (which I am still fighting, but one can only spend so much time sleeping before your brain starts to hurt) got in the way of blogging.

I watched the second episode of The Bletchley Circle with mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this show and will be extremely sorry to see it end. (CONFESSION: I have the Blu-Ray on backorder.) I did, however, start seeing a few things I had feared would happen given the series’ short run.

I was extremely fascinated by the methods they used to figure out killer’s modus operandi and the location of the next victim and hoped to see more time spent on that in the second episode. The opening minutes, however, showed them already narrowing the field to seven suspects and then to three in short order. How I wish we had been allowed to see more of how they pieced together their conclusions.

The other thing I wish could see more of the individual characters’ development. It’s not surprising given the series’ short run, but I do wish we could see each character go beyond the broad brushstrokes: extremely smart Susan, worldly Millie, sweet Lucy, and capable Jean. It’s a testament to how well-written and well-acted The Bletchley Circle is that I find myself so invested after only two episodes. To see the series end after three weeks is like finding out those great women you just met at the coffee shop are moving away at the end of the week.

Since no blog entry would be complete without some fun trivia, did you know that Rachael Stirling, who plays Millie, is Diana Rigg’s daughter? Dame Rigg, of course, has had a long and illustrious career, but I will always, always love her for her portrayal of Arlena Stuart Marshall in the 1982 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun.

I suspect, however, that what I love most about The Bletchley Circle is that it is a story of women making their own space within the narrow space society has given them. My favorite image from that show is when they use bright red lipstick to trace the killer’s movements across the map. Red lipstick, a symbol of femininity, bleeding into the map, into the world. It mirrors what has happened in the two episodes we’ve seen so far: in the first episode, they spend most of their time indoors. In the second, they seem more part of the world. This show brings me back to a much-loved time in my life when I studied a similar group of women working to find their own voice and make their own space…but that will be for my final Bletchley Circle post. 😉

Before I end this post, I wanted to mention that I am currently re-reading Carolyn Hart’s The Christie Caper in preparation for her 50th release, Dead, White, and Blue. The Christie Caper is my favorite Hart book so I’ve read it numerous times. It actually (re)introduced me to mysteries and introduced me to cozy mysteries. I had been a huge Christie fan, but had fallen off the mystery wagon for a little while. I was trying to figure out where to start up again, when I spotted The Christie Caper on display. I picked it up, saw that it was a mystery set during a celebration of Christie’s 100th birthday, and well, you know the rest. Stay tuned for my thoughts on Dead, White, and Blue!

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Seeing Double and The Bletchley Circle

I am a compulsive book buyer. I am also a compulsive book carrier. I don’t even want to hazard a guess as to how many times my mother said to me when I was younger, “leave your book at home. You’re supposed to be talking to people.” This need to have a book on hand is probably the reason you’ll rarely catch me carrying a small purse–it at least has to fit a book or my Kindle. Actually, make that a book AND my Kindle. I like to carry both. 😉

Lately, however, my book buying habit has moved to a whole new level. My “to read” pile has gotten so large that I’ve bought duplicate copies of certain books. One of my recent purchases at Mysterious Galaxy was Scones and Bones, the twelfth installment in Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries. When I looked in my gym bag a few days later, guess what I found? Another copy of Scones and Bones, which I obviously put in there as an “emergency” book. I need to organize my shelves ASAP…or yesterday.

Here are a few of my duplicate purchases:
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You see the problem.

In other news…how awesome was The Bletchley Circle? So awesome that I am seriously considering buying the DVD so I don’t have to wait to see the remaining two episodes. I have a few things I need to get off my desk, but I will be back with an honest-to-goodness post on the first episode by the end of the week.

In case you missed it (or if you just want to watch it again like me), the episode is available online until April 28th.

Hope your week is off to a good start! If you did watch The Bletchley Circle, I’d love to hear what you thought.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“The Bletchley Circle” and why the next three Sunday nights just got a little more exciting

I am a Downton Abbey fan. I realize that makes me one of a gazillion people, so I won’t spend any more time on that. I also realize that if you’re one of the gazillion, you’ve probably spent a little time trying to remember what you did on Sunday nights pre-Downton. I was starting to get into Death in Paradise, which was airing right after Downton at the beginning of Season Three, but it has since disappeared from my local PBS station’s schedule. Sigh.

Thankfully, I’ve found the answer…at least for the next three Sundays. Starting tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. (please check your local listings, though, as “PBS schedule expert” is nowhere to be found on my resume), PBS is airing The Bletchley Circle. It’s about a group of women who secretly worked as code breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II and reunite years later to catch a serial killer. Is it Sunday night yet? How can you not look forward to this series?

I’ll be back after tomorrow with my thoughts on The Bletchley Circle and would love to hear what you think if you tuned in.

P.S. A blogger (whose blog I love) recently posted that watching Downton made her want to say, “m’lady” afterwards and wanted to know if that happened to anyone else. Sadly, what happens to me is that I want someone else to call me “m’lady” after I watch an episode. And bring me tea and scones. Oh well.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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