Stories I Love: The Thin Man

I’m constantly realizing things about my viewing and reading habits while writing this series. This week’s revelation: the Stories I Love are all about character. That makes sense. You can definitely enjoy a story that’s plot-driven, and there are some plot-driven stories I’d like to watch or read again, just to see how they made it work, sort of like a mechanic looking under the hood of a fast car. But how many of those stories do you return to time after time after time? The Thin Man movies stay near the top of our DVD rotation not because of Read more…

Stories I Love: Foyle’s War

I’ve noticed an interesting inconsistency. I don’t often read historical fiction, but according to my Stories I Love track record, I love to watch it. Adding to that long list of lusciously layered stories is the ITV mystery drama—Foyle’s War. (Once again, thank you Acorn Media.) Foyle’s War takes place in coastal Hastings, Sussex, England during World War II. DCS Christopher Foyle served in World War I (there are episodes that give hints of his experiences during that time), but he’s been told that he is of most use to this war effort maintaining law and order on the home Read more…

Stories I … Strongly Recommend: The Fall

Okay, so I’m deviating a little bit from my formula here. I wrote about Broadchurch as a Story I Love a while back. The Fall is another amazing British police procedural I heard about around the same time. I highly recommend it, but I can’t quite say it’s a Story I Love. More on why that is in a bit. Unlike Broadchurch, the 5-episode first season of BBC’s The Fall doesn’t follow a single case, but it does follow a single serial killer. And rather than being a mystery, The Fall is more of a cat-and-mouse thriller. The viewer follows Read more…

Stories I Love: The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

You may have noticed the absence of Magpie Moments posts lately. That’s because I’ll be releasing the Sydney Brennan novella, Secrets in Stockbridge, on Saturday, November 22nd. Trying to cross all my Ts to make that happen has kept me pretty busy, and I decided that I’d satisfied the spirit of my Magpie-Moments-until-next-release pledge so I could get everything done. However, I’m also aware that I haven’t talked about Stories I Love in a long time either. And I just happen to be dipping my toes into Season 2 of the delectable Miss Fisher Mysteries right now… Miss Fisher’s Murder Read more…

Stories I (Think) I Love: The BBC Brings You Broadchurch

I’m breaking the mold a bit (if I’ve written enough of these to have a mold; maybe just a slight impression) on my Stories I Love series. Usually these are recommendations for mystery shows long past that you may have missed and are my perennial favorites. This time I’ve chosen a show that is (gasp!) still being broadcast, that I haven’t finished and could possibly go south on me before the end of the first season. Why? Because it’s really good, and I wanted to share just in case, for once, I’m not the last person on the planet to Read more…