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A Cuppa and a Corpse
34 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Miss Silver continues to delight
It was Halloween when I recorded this episode, but also 3 sleeps away from an historic election. I have to admit, I have needed my comfort food in terms of a good mystery novel. While I have been reading a bunch as well as dipping into TV, be it an old fashioned mystery show, or more frequently a documentary about the state of the world and politics, I have leaned heavily upon Patricia Wentworth’s mystery series featuring Miss Silver. Something about this series, which started in 1928 and finished in 1961 (!) has been utterly soothing, in a predictable but curiously challenging way (the way I like all my mysteries!) Enjoy and always feel free to leave a comment!
28 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Murder in a Manor, Plus An Early “Retirement"
"Banville’s back, and no longer called Benjamin Black." That was my alternative title to this podcast episode, but possibly rather obscure for some. I chat about the new John Banville novel Snow, which is an off-shoot of his Quirke novels, written under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. This one starts off with a rather "Clue" like premise, and continues in its twisty, gothic way. And I also gab a little about a gorgeous new novel, The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osmond, which I simply adored.
35 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Georgie and Liv discuss Love Fraud (the tv show...)
Today’s audio quality is a bit wonky as my beloved Samson microphone broke. Oh, and then I chat with Olivia again over Skype which is never terribly good. But -- I hope to be reunited with a new mic next week. The funny thing is we are chatting about NOT a British mystery and it isn’t fictional. It is a TV documentary series called Love Fraud.
43 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
Ep. 14. What I am reading, and watching, as the skies grow orange
Well, here I am again, in a sort of lockdown due to the smoke from blazing fires surrounding Portland. As one will, I read a lot. I chat about a series I have started by Diane Freeman, The Ladies Guide to Etiquette and Murder (and Gossip and Murder!). I also dive into the latest book by Ruth Ware called One by One. I also went slightly cabin-feverish and took notes of how many adjectives used to describe the background music on the tv show Mc Donald and Dobbs (on Britbox). I have included a bemused audio taken while watching. It might drive you crazy, but we are all going a little crazy these days!
59 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Am I mad, in a coma or back in time? Besties chat about UK TV hit Life on Mars
Once again Olivia and I got on Skype to gab and giggle about the fantastic TV show from 2006, Life on Mars, starring John Simm and Philip Glenister. Available here in the US on Britbox, this show has been one of our favorites for the last 12 years and it hasn’t aged badly at all. It was great to revisit and chat on about the show. This podcast does NOT contain spoilers, but Olivia and I intend on returning to the topic and do some in-depth dives into separate episodes that will contain spoilers. Enjoy!
37 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Britbox Summer Goodies
Today’s episode veered a bit off course as I was about to start my theme of TV shows to watch while sheltering in place, whether due to heat, cold, Covid, etc. But having just finished the newest Suzie Steiner novel Remain Silent, I had to spend a bit of time raving about that one. Highly recommended series that seems to get better and funnier in its way, as it goes on. But the TV shows I also rave about are Wild Bill with Rob Lowe but set in Lancashire, and The Coroner, set in South Devon. Both highly recommended for a good night in!
33 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Summer Reading Grab-Bag! (Gab-Bag?)
There is nothing linking the three books that I'll be gabbing about today except for the fact I have just read them recently! One is even AMERICAN on a podcast about ENGLISH mysteries! Books discussed are The Guest List by Lucy Foley, Hushabye by Celina Grace and The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis. I also mention this essay by Charles Finch: https://crimereads.com/the-exhilarating-dangerous-world-of-helen-eustis/
59 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Rich People Doing Horrible Things: The Party
This week I have a chat with my divine friend Nancy about the addictive novel, The Party by Elizabeth Day. Admittedly we do discuss a bit of other stuff, from the dearth of quiche in Portland, Oregon, and the idiots going to church during the Covid 19 crisis. I hope you enjoy the chat. There is a Part One, which is an intro to the novel and a bit of banter, but in Part Two we will spoil a lot of the novel. You have been warned!
26 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
The Nutmeg Isle--Jacob Ross's The Bone Readers and Black Rain Falling
Haunting, elegiac and compelling, Jacob Ross's novels The Bone Readers and Black Rain Falling are essential reading for crime fiction lovers whose curiosity about a little known aspect of the exotic Caribbean island of Grenada needs sating! Please join me in my chat about these books and also, next week my friend Nancy and I will chat about The Party by Elizabeth Day. We Will have spoilers, so read it first if you want to!
20 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
A terrific read! Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner
On this episode I chat about a mid-week break taken to Mt Hood and the audiobook I listened to on the way to the cabin. It is a novel called 'Missing, Presumed' and I bloody loved it! And please take the time, if you haven't, to rate and review the podcast. Any feedback is welcome! I am really looking to create something that YOU the listeners want to listen to. Leave comments on my website acuppaandacorpse.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
63 minutes | Jul 4, 2020
Top Notch Telly: A chat between best friends about Scott & Bailey
This is a chatty episode wherein my best friend in Melbourne and I chat about TV show Scott & Bailey. Well, we chat and we CHAT… Olivia and I have been insanely good friends for almost 30 years now, and God can we talk. It is a bit all over the place, with lots of giggling and veering off course. But I hope you find it entertaining!
35 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Silence in the Court: Court Room Thrillers and Dramas
In today’s episode I’ll tell you about a terrific book I read last week called Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan. Told in multi-viewpoints and covering London politics and Oxford College educations along with a courtroom mystery, this thriller kept me up late in the night with its compelling prose and strong storytelling. I also take a look at some TV gems that are available to stream and also feature courtroom drama mysteries, including the fabulous and late lamented John Thaw’s role in Kavanagh QC, the cute and zippy Alan Davies in The Brief, as well as a real-life look behind the curtains at the Irish court system in Barristers.
20 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
Cheap and Cheerful UK Mystery TV shows
Apologetic about the two week absence, but wary of many bigger issues facing us at the moment. I take some time to gab about a few cute--cheap and cheerful-- TV mystery series that you can find on Acorn TV and Britbox (in the US) and so I am making this short and sweet. Black lives not only matter, but black lives are so important, so cherished, and are a crucial part of our community and culture. My heart is heavy as I write this. Please educate yourself against unconscious bias.
31 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
Opera Mysteries and P. D. James's The Private Patient
Spend, not a night, but perhaps 20 minutes at the opera...or at least listening to me rabbit on about Opera Mysteries. I also chat about the Queen of Crime, P. D. James and her Commander Dalgliesh novel The Private Patient. I use a swear word, but it is part of a quote!
22 minutes | May 27, 2020
UK TV mystery series Rosemary & Thyme, plus Ann Cleeves has a new series!
On Today’s podcast I shall be chatting about a TV show I adore in times of stress and strife, a mystery series from Britbox called Rosemary and Thyme. I also discuss the new book by Ann Cleeves. And subscribe to look forward to more chats with my friends about British mystery TV and books -- with SPOILERS!
55 minutes | May 22, 2020
River the crime TV show and two recent historical mystery series
In this episode I chat about the TV series River, on Amazon Prime, as well as a couple of historical mystery series: the Laetitia Rodd mysteries and the Mayfair 100 mysteries. I also have a chat with my friend Nancy about a book we both loved called One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson.
33 minutes | May 10, 2020
Grip Lit (what do we think?) as well as the work of Simon Brett
Episode One features grip-lit novels, otherwise known as psychological thrillers or domestic suspense. I also gush about one of my favorite authors, Simon Brett.
61 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Ponies in Peril | The Family Vault, Britbox and Murder in an English Village
The podcast before Episode 1… I review The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod, give a brief run down on streaming channel Britbox offerings, and my friend Nancy and I discuss Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott
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