Broadchurch and The Kindle English Mystery Book Club

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Today I wanted to share my excitement over the pending release of Broadchurch (season three) and a new British mystery club I recently discovered.

Season one captivated me with the story line, the music and the starring cast of David Tennant and Olivia Colman.   We caught up with the second season and are now eagerly awaiting our local library to catalog the third.  I’m second in line for the DVD so I’m sure we’ll binge watch it the week it’s available for pick-up.

 

As for bookish things,  I am geared up for the Kindle English Mystery Book Club.

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As a Goodreads member I’ve been looking at this group  for a while and finally joined up.  If you are a fan of British authors and mysteries, this is a great group.  There are many suggestions for authors and crime novels so you’ll always have good choices.  This is helping me discover new books, way more than I can read this year ….so far.

By way of a poll on the site they select two new books to read for the month.  One is a value read, meaning it can be purchased at a good price.  For September they read Tana French’s novel The Trespasser.  As I had read that one previously I decided not to join in at that time.  The value read was Agatha Christie’s novel Sparkling Cyanide.

Coming up for October we will be reading The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards and the value read is The Whistable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer.   A discussion thread opens the following month.  Looking forward to that as these authors are new to me.

So, are you a fan of Broadchurch and are you looking forward to the latest season?

What new authors have you discovered lately?  Please share 🙂

Linking up with Joy’s British Isles Friday

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Broadchurch by Erin Kelly, Excellent Book & Television Series

broadchurch Don’t you love it when you discover a new author and you want to read every single thing they have written? That was my reaction to picking up Erin Kelly’s book Broadchurch. First I grabbed the book from the public library and then discovered there was a television series. The book is nearly identical to the show and I recommend both.

The setting is in the fictional town of Broadchurch located in beautiful Dorset England. The storyline focuses on the murder of 11 year old Danny Latimer. Danny’s body was found on the beach where he supposedly slipped, or was pushed, off the cliff overlooking the shoreline.

Intertwining the main story are the friendships of the Miller and Latimer families, a murder investigation in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, a work driven news reporter who is related to the primary detective (DS Miller is Ollie’s aunt) and a butting of heads at the police department.

Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller and Detective Inspector Alec Hardy clash in the beginning. Ellie Miller returns from a long vacation confident of her promotion to the detective inspector spot. When she arrives at work she’s told the DI position was given to Alec Hardy, an outsider to the community whose reputation is tarnished by a former murder investigation where things went south. Despite the tension between the two they work together to solve the murder of a young boy.

The town’s residents are close and it’s unbelievable that anyone could have killed Danny. Slowly the story reveals secrets and back stories on Jack the news agent, Ellie’s son who was a good friend of Danny, a mysterious woman who is so unfriendly and uncooperative that you rule her out as a murder suspect – it’s too obvious! The priest, newsagent, Mark and Beth Latimer and their daughter have secrets that will have you guessing as you turn the pages. You will be surprised when the mystery is solved.
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The television show is identical but the bonus is you’re treated to the visuals of the stunningly beautiful Dorset coast. The acting is superb. The music deserves special mention as it complements the scenes with emotional intensity, absolutely haunting.

Broadchurch will satisfy the Anglophile and fans of mysteries. Loved it.

While I couldn’t get the soft served ice cream, I nabbed a recipe from a British website The Pie Patch. Apple crumble with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Recipe at Squirrel Head Manor.

More on the author and the show:

Erin Kelly’s Website
Excellent Trailer:Broadchurch: BBC production
Music by Ólafur Arnalds

This is part of the British Books Challenge hosted at Feeling Fictional.