Sunday, July 10, 2016


"Tending to spend much time seated; somewhat inactive."
(with Teddy)
"The Girl Next Door"
Another Ruth Rendell detective tale
(see LINK below)

We read, listen to or watch detective fictions because the crimes are usually solved, and with the best of them there are no simple all-evil versus all-good people. Characters are full fleshed human beings with histories, psychologies, and operating within specific, time based cultural contexts. They take us into landscapes where we might never have traveled otherwise, and are travelogues in this way. Their referential material may be familiar or completely new to us. Often we learn something we didn't know about, or are reminded of what we do know. Solving crimes with intelligent reasoning serves to reassure us that our vast, often violent and incomprehensible world, can be understood, that no matter how horrific the aberrations we witness, they need not overwhelm us. There's comfort in that.

The rescue has bloomed
I'll go for a walk to watch Sundown over the Hudson River, and later I'll watch the next installment of "Endeavor". Shaun Evans returns for a third season of the popular series as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. In four new films, Endeavour must deal with the aftermath of the tragic events that left him languishing in prison, and his senior officer DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) with a life-threatening injury.
(see LINK below)

Ruth Rendell

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what an articulate explanation of the allure of detective shows and books. I'm a fan. Never thought I would be, but I am. We are also enjoying Endeavor... as well as the last season of Inspector Lewis. I am a particular fan of the British detective stories... going to that point about wanting to be in a certain landscape, etc.