Friday, December 19, 2014

I’m watching: Happy Valley

Happy Valley - Netflix


Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is a strong-willed police sergeant in the Yorkshire valleys, still coming to terms with her daughter's suicide. Just as she seems to be getting back on top of her life, she spots Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man she believes is responsible for the brutal rape that drove her daughter to suicide, standing on a street in her town. She 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 on to them. (Source: Wikipedia)


Why I'm watching:

I actually binge watched this a few months ago. I love British television. I think, with a few rare exceptions, that they get it right when it comes to authentic characters and story telling. This BBC/Netflix collaboration is no exception. I don't think Happy Valley would never be made this way on American television. We tend to *Hollywood* everything up with young, beautiful actors and the violence/sex is either glamorized or used as plot device to give the hero something to do.

The main character here is a flawed 40-ish grandmother and police Sargent. The subject matters are dark and intense but never fetishizes the violence or veers into torture porn. There’s a solid, layered story and everyone has depth and complexity. No-one is a mere villain or victim. Women in particular are developed exceptionally well in this series.

It’s good stuff if you can handle darker fare. It's a bit like Fargo. It follows working class town with secrets and slightly fumbling (yet still very dangerous) villains that allow for some dark humor. But this is no comedy.

There are 6 episodes total and this particular case is closed by the end, while still leaving room for the series to continue and it was renewed for a second season.

*Watch it on Netflix.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

{Short & Tweet} Review: Talk Sweetly to Me (Brothers Sinister #4.5) by Courtney Milan

20325481Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. 
She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much.

All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he’s also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome. But when he takes an interest in her mathematical work, she realizes that Mr. Shaughnessy isn’t just a scandal waiting to happen. He’s waiting to happen to her…and if she’s not careful, she’ll give in to certain ruination.

Goodreads | Source: Purchased


Race, class and opposing personalities collide in this absolutely delightful romantic novella.


*Short & Tweet reviews inspired by Midnight Book Girl

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Earworm: MESS IS MINE by Vance Joy


My current ear worm is…


by Vance Joy

I truly am obsessed with this song! Absolutely gorgeous! It’s one of those songs that I get caught belting out to in the car – lol


December Playlist