Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday -- we're on a roll ..

I finished the Bengtsson book. I'm now reading MURDER IN MURRAY HILL by Victoria Thompson. 16th of 20 in series featuring Sarah Brandt, a midwife and Sergeant Frank Malloy in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City.

Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he’s assigned to a new case—finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston. It seems the girl had been responding to “lonely hearts” ads in the paper for months before she disappeared. Her father thinks that she’s eloped with a deceptive stranger, but Malloy fears the worst, knowing that the grifters who place such ads often do much more than simply abscond with their victims. But as Sarah and Malloy delve deeper into a twisted plot targeting the city’s single women, it’s their partnership—both professional and private—that winds up in the greatest peril…

Published in 2014, 304 pages.

Last Wednesday, I discovered by accident that the third season of Broadchurch had started on BBC America. So tonight I have episode 3 to watch. The premise of this series is a woman named Trish, who appears to be severely beaten and distressed, claims she’s been abused and raped at her friend Cath Atwood’s 50th birthday party–a party which 50 men attended. In typical Broadchurch fashion, we were presented with several creepy figures that could be suspects, but if there’s anything we’ve learned from this show…it’s never who you expect.

Trish receives a shocking message but refuses to cooperate with Ellie and Hardy, who are beginning to identify possible suspects.

A reviewer came up with this list of potential suspects:
  1. Jim Atwood– Kath Atwood's husband. I know he agreed to give DNA and gave a list of partygoers, but he got nervous when Hardy started looking at his stuff, and he sure had a lot of questions.  He seemed upset that the police were investigating their party AND he had those condoms in his car. He may be too obvious though.
  2. Lucas the Cab Driver– We know he took Trish to the party. We know he’s driven her before. We know they went on a date and she turned him down after that (something he didn’t disclose to the police). And we know his radio went out at 10:30 and he didn’t go back to his station to get a new one. That’s a lot of creepy evidence right there.
  3. Ian Winterman– Trish’s husband (they’re separated) seems pretty bitter about her current behaviors. He claims that she’s been sleeping around and drinking and smoking a lot. He also admitted he got hammered at the party. This led me to believe that he couldn’t have done such a planned out assault, but then he refused to give DNA and was seen scrubbing his clothes and shoes. Shady.
  4. Ed Barnett– Trish’s boss who seems to be a real tool. Cath doesn’t like him either and Jim fought with him at the party. Of course, his daughter works with him at the station and she secretly went to warn him he’s being looked into as a suspect. Then, later that night, Trish received a text telling her to ‘Shut up or else’. Real Shady.
  5. Line and Rope Guy– Hardy and Miller went to him for rope samples and he was NOT cooperative. He could just be an entitled ass. Or he could be a rapist. He stays on the list for now.
Otherwise, it will be the usual stuff.

Have a good one

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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