Fall TV – Quick Judgement

Dear ladies and gents,

can we talk about how there was nothing to watch this summer? And when I say nothing, I do mean nothing. Well apart from Stranger Things. I LOVED Stranger Things. Even with all the bad men and creepiness factor, it was one of the most delightful things I’ve seen.

At any rate – no TV means I could read more. And read I did. I went through 10 out of 13 Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne novels (among other things).

As much as I enjoy reading (and I do, a lot) by mid-September I was itching for something interesting to watch. Thank heavens for the Great British Bake Off.

So like a gluttonous cow I wanted to watch EVERYTHING. Here are my first impressions (I can also be a judgemental cow, so bare with):

BullLie To Me knock off. Without Tim Roth. No offense to Michael Weatherly, but he is not Tim Roth. I prefer Tim Roth in all of his twitchy glory.

The Good Place – tries too hard to be quirky. And I normally like Kristen Bell.

Designated Survivor – Jack Bauer on Prozac.

Timeless – created by Kripke. I thought I’d be ALL OVER that. It’s like Stargate Atlantis and Back to the Future mated. A bit meh if I’m honest.

ConvictionHayley Atwell is in it. And she is supposed to be this bad-ass lawyer who is also a bit of a mess. Yeah, not really buying it. Viola Davis knocked that one out of the park.

Westworld – obviously this was hyped like crazy. I get it, the cast list is stellar. First time around I switched it off after the opening credits. I saw it was long and there was no way I’d make it through the end without falling sleep (it was late, ok?). Gave it another go and it was a bit touch and go in the beginning. I thought it’d be some rape-y sh*t and I don’t have time for that. In the end, it was fine. But I’m reserving my judgement until I’ve seen at least one more episode.

Luke Cage – now I love me some Marvel. Jessica Jones is one of the best things I’ve seen in years. I love Daredevil. I *thought* I’d be all over Luke Cage. ALL OVER IT. I saw 4 episodes so far. I managed to fall asleep 3 times. Yeah, I’m all



So tell me dear ladies and gents, have you seen anything interesting of late?

What’s new in Scandinavian noir?

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s been a while since I last checked what is new in Scandi noir. So here is a list of new-ish noir series you might want to check out. By all means feel free to let us all know in the comments in case I have missed anything interesting.

Bedrag (Follow The Money)


Bedrag (Follow The Money) is a Danish series that centers on 3 protagonists – a CFO of a renewable energy company who will stop at nothing to gain the monopoly on the market, a police officer that investigates the case and a car mechanic who gets involved in the conspiracy by accident. In the UK the series aired on BBC Four.


Okkupert (Occupied)

If you love Jo Nesbø, you will probably love this (as the series is based on his idea). The series is set in not-too-distant future and the Green Party is in power in Norway. The government decides to stop all oil and gas production in the North Sea. As a consequence Norway gets occupied by the EU with the help of Russia. In the UK the series aired on Sky Arts, while in the US the series is available on Netflix.



Modus is a Swedish series based on the book Frukta inte written by Anne Holt. It follows the story of Inger Johanne Vik (played by Melinda Kinnaman), a criminal psychologist and a mother of two daughters. Inger returns to Sweden after a stint with the FBI in order to work in the academic community. But after her autistic daughter is the sole witness to a murder, she gets involved in the investigation. It soon turns out that a serial killer is on the loose.



Jordskott is a Swedish crime series that follows the story of Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad (played by Moa Gammel). She returns to her hometown seven years after her daughter has disappeared at the nearby lake. Her daughter’s body was never recovered. During her visit another boy goes missing and Eva starts to look for similarities between the two disappearances and soon finds out there is a pattern.


Øyevitne (Eyewitness)

Written by Jarl Emsell Larsen Øyevitne is a Norwegian crime mini-series. It follows the story of two 15 year old boys who are attracted to each other and secretly meet in the forest. While there they witness a showdown between four men. The criminals see them, but they manage to escape. They live in fear that not only they will be discovered by the criminals, but also that their secret will be revealed.


Arvingerne (The Legacy)

Arvingerne (The Legacy) is a Danish family drama created by Maya Ilsøe. It follows the story of four siblings who come together after their mother Veronica dies in order to divide the estate. But matters become much more complicated when it turns out that their mother left the manor to her daughter Signe who she gave up for adoption. The series aired two season, while third (and final) season will air in 2017.

The Kindle Experiment


Dear ladies and gents,

I am about a year in with my Kindle experiment.

Definite advantages:

– I am still reading loads.
– It’s fantastic (FANTASTIC) when you travel.
– I have decided (finally I might add) that it’s ok to give up on a book and just stop reading if it doesn’t interest me.

Definite disadvantages:

– can’t keep track of the stuff I’ve read.
– I’m getting picky about books.
– one thing I’ve learned sucks a**? When the book is great and then the endings sucks.

What do you use to keep track of things you’ve read? I have a Goodreads account, but that is mostly so I can find stuff that might be interesting.

Stuff that peaked my interest of late (prepare for some blood and gore, no high brow stuff here):

Anything Mark Billingham – started with Die of Shame and liked it enough to seek out his other novels. Then I realized that some of his Tom Thorne novels were turned into TV series (I’m blond ok, I can be slow on the uptake).

Cosy mysteriesM. C. Beaton. OMG the lady is 80 and she writes 2 books a year (one Agatha Raisin and one Hamish Macbeth). You have to admire her output. And once you start, her books are addictive as hell. Agatha Raisin currently airs on Sky.

Megan Abbott “You Will Know Me” – this started off great and held my interest, but then the ending was just… meh.

Joe Hill “The Fireman” – gave up about half way through. Normally I really like Joe Hill’s novels. And I’ll probably finish this one. But for some reason I just couldn’t focus long enough to stay with it.

Justin Cronin “The City of Mirrors” – last in the Passage trilogy. And can I be frank with you?


I got started and I just cannot. I’ve completely lost track and I don’t know what is happening but o!m!freaking!g! I would like to finish this sucker.

So if anyone has any recs that would be much obliged, please and thank you!