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This review is from: CASE HISTORIES (DVD)
We all know that film adaptations of books are rarely up to the mark. There are exceptions.
Kate Atkinson has written some superior crime novels around English private investigator Jackson Brody, a former police man. The novel called Case Histories has him involved in 3 diverse cases at the same time, all related to mysteries about missing or dead girls.
A little girl has disappeared 30 years ago. Now her father has died and the girl's sisters find her Blue Mouse toy in father's desk.
A young girl starts an internship in her father's law firm. On her first day in office, a man shows up with a knife, kills her, and disappears.
While a woman is in jail for murdering her husband, her little girl disappears from foster care.
Lots of problems for Brody.
This is the only book of hers that I read myself. My daughter tells me that her others are also good.
A BBC series with 6 episodes based on 3 of Atkinson's Brody novels has been produced and shown on TV in summer 2011. This is brand-new stuff. I watched it with my wife and I was very impressed. If you like the genre, you will appreciate this as top of the class. The production added some local charisma by transferring the location from somewhere in England to more remarkable Edinburgh, with all the available options on the language side.
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Initial post: Sep 30, 2011 9:21:28 AM PDT
An explanation on my review title: look at the product picture. You see the man Brody with a key component of the plot, Blue Mouse
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 7:50:43 PM PDT
I generally like most of the BBC series,I will give this one a try.
I hadn't heard of this. I love finding new entertainment.
Posted on Oct 1, 2011 5:50:24 PM PDT
Jennifer Cameron-Smith says:
I'll look out for this. I'm a big fan (usually) of British crime television. F1
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2011 5:19:18 AM PDT
Linda, you will like it!
Posted on Oct 4, 2011 4:20:20 PM PDT
Tom McGee says:
Great review, Helmut.
This sounds like episodes I would enjoy; however, I do not get BBC channels where I live.
Maybe they will come to the USA on cable. I'll check out Kate Atkinson's books.
Thanks for the tip.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 4:33:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 4:34:15 PM PDT
I watched it on a DVD of the full season, i.e. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs.
As I live in pirate country, we get the DVDs for next to nothing.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 6:10:32 PM PDT
Very helpful review, I am usually a big fan of British crime series.
Sind sie Deutscher?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 6:14:39 PM PDT
You will like this, as I wrote: top of the class!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2011 5:55:34 AM PDT
Ich auch! Kennen sie auch 'Luther'?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2011 6:03:36 AM PDT
Nein. Ist das auch eine TV Serie?