Picnic time

We had a lovely spread at the annual picnic in Bedford Park.  The Forensics book generated a lot of discussion and everyone seemed to agree it was a nice to read a bit of non-fiction for a change.

The television series Hilary mentioned but couldn’t remember the title is Catching History’s Criminals: The Forensics Story which is running on BBC Four. It is available on iPlayer and more info on its website.

Emily couldn’t join us so we pooled suggestions for the next book. Ideas included

  • Julie Nicholson A Song for Jenny: A Mother’s Story (soon to be televised with Emily Watson, about a mother’s grief for daughter lost in 7/7 bombings)
  • the new (and possibly last) Judy Blume In the Unlikely Event (about a series of plane crashes)
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen’s books on closed-case investigations in Denmark (or at least the first one). ‘New Tricks in Scandinavia,’ as someone said

But the final selection was lighter(?): a crime novel where the protagonist was struck by lightening as a teenager and left with the ability to sense the location and last memories of dead people. Apparently takes us into the Urban Fantasy genre.

Charlaine Harris wrote the Sookie Stackhouse books that inspired the TV series True Blood. Grave Sight is the first in her mystery series featuring Harper Connelly. Hilary’s enjoyed a couple of the later ones – with their Southern locations – and was intrigued to read the first one. They’re not pretending to be great literature but good page-turners.

Grave Sight came out in 2005 and it has gone through a bunch of printings so there are lots of good deals on paperbacks around. Like last month, the library has an audio copy from its free OneClick Digital service. It also has multiple editions available at various libraries.


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