Peril on the Screen

Posted By on September 24, 2015

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril

This is a review for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril. I’m a touch behind in my reading, but I’ve watched some TV mystery. I have this subscription to Warner Archive Instant. I love that service. They provide movies and TV that you can’t find, including Hawkins, a mystery movie series starring Jimmy Stewart.

Hawkins is a West Virginia lawyer who demands huge fees for solving the most improbable crimes. He has a family as large as my Tennesseean branch, and they sometimes help him work on a case–or they provide the case as they’re accused of murder or something dastardly.

I love Jimmy Stewart, and doesn’t this sound like Matlock? I’m pretty charmed by the show, and I sometimes don’t “catch” the killer before he explains who the bad guy is. So far, it’s never been a branch on his family tree, but there’s only one season, and I’m trying to pace myself. Apparently, he asked CBS to cancel the show. He was older by then, and maybe that was a pain. Maybe he worried they wouldn’t keep up the quality. Either way, I’m sad there are only a few episodes.

I’ve watched a few other crime shows, too. The one that owns me right now is Vera. Brenda Blethyn stars, and she does tortured, emotionally unavailable police detective like no one outside of Kenneth Branagh’s Wallender. Actually, Wallender makes an effort to connect. Vera manages to say the comforting thing when you least expect it, but she doesn’t extend herself into admitting she even has a relationship–which she totally does with her detective–but this is a Peril post for another day. Let’s stick with Hawkins.

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