Tag Archives: #Mysteries

Ashes To Dust

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday our dear host Linda G Hill asked us to pick a book title of a book we are currently reading or one that is sitting nearby and write something inspired by the title. Well that’s the rub, and one of my recent peeves. I have not been reading books lately because….too many distractions with reading the news, or other blogs, or working on my own writing. I fear I may have a permanently reduced attention span and I am only able to tolerate very short pieces of writing. I hope this is not true and I will be able to get back to reading whole physical books soon. I read Ashes to Dust a few years ago. What drew me to it initially is that it is written by an Icelandic author, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir. I had read Scandinavian authors, but not Icelandic, and I love mysteries. It turned out to be a good mystery story. Fun to learn about the Icelandic setting as well.

“Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust…”

Yes, this reminds me of funerals. At least funerals I have seen in movies or TV. A quick google reveals it is from the English Burial Service and the Book of Common Prayer, meaning we come from the Earth(dust) and will return to it. Probably heard it in one of those English mysteries I love. Thinking about my mortality is depressing but I do love mysteries, (books, films, TV shows). I have loved mystery books from many countries, Sweden, Iceland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the US. Do you have a favorite mystery book? And can you recommend one from a different country?

Featured image is the ‘cover of the pulp magazine Mystery (January 1934)’ via Wikimedia

Binging On Longmire

escapism- the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.  (Dictionary.com)

Dealing with stress and seeking some escapism has involved a lot of binge watching of Netflix. I started out with one of my standbys, Star Trek. I binge watched Janet King,an Australian show about a woman lawyer. Lately, I have been hooked on Longmire. I am a sucker for good Westerns. And this combines a Western kind of setting with a murder mystery and police, (sheriff), procedural. I have noticed these Netflix series episodes have a soap opera-y feel where the characters continue to get into all kinds of sticky situations and then you are left hanging at the end of each episode and have to wait for the resolution until the next or several more episodes. So you get drawn in and want to keep watching to find out what happens. Kind of like staying up all night reading a page turner. The next season of Bosch is starting soon, (on Amazon).

Featured image of ‘Cowboy’ by skeeze on Pixabay.com