Blazing through this Crime Binge at a rate of a season of day.  About to hit 46 shows….

The Woman in the Wall (2023)

Lorna Brady wakes one morning to find a corpse in her house with no idea who the dead woman is. She doubts herself, because she has long suffered from extreme bouts of sleepwalking.

My thoughts: A slow-moving mystery with a terrific protagonist in our sleepwalking Lorna Dane.  Gets off to a strong start before eventually winding down to its unsurprising conclusion.


Line of Duty (2012-2021) Season 2

Three police officers are killed in an ambush and a protected witness is seriously injured, the only surviving officer is DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes), but suspicion soon arises and the team of AC-12 have more investigating work to do.

My thoughts: I was on the fence about this show after its first season, but pressed ahead with season 2 – and my patience was rewarded with a true gem of season.  A fantastic twisty/turny edge-of-your-seat ride.


Happy Valley (2014-2023) Season 2

Drama set in Yorkshire about a troubled police sergeant coming face to face with her past.

My thoughts: I enjoyed the first season but found the plotting a little diffuse.  Here, in season 2, the plotting is tighter and the characters are just as compelling.


La Mante (2017)

A serial killer, nicknamed ‘La Mante’ decides to collaborate with the police when a string of murders that copycat her style suddenly appear.

My thoughts: While the performances are top-notch, the plot turns are at times preposterous if not downright silly.


Peaky Blenders (2013-2022) Season 2

A gangster family epic set in 1900s England, centering on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

My thoughts: Last year, I watched the pilot, but it didn’t grab me so I gave up on the show.  I decided to give it another go for this Crime Binge and pushed through the first season.  Again it didn’t grab me, but I admired the look of the show and pressed ahead with season 2.  But after the opening episode, I had to tap out for the last time.  Much respect for the production, but this one just isn’t for me.


I have about 120 shows to get through but if you have any recommendations for fantastic post-2010 (non-period, non-genre) crime shows, I’d love to hear ’em!

5 thoughts on “October 31, 2023: The Crime Binge continues!

  1. I look forward to your reviews of these shows!

    @Ponytail: Very sorry about Maggie.

  2. Rediscovering things… I can now quickly run outside, leave the door open, run back in and not have to worry about my beagle escaping. But now I have flies in the house from leaving the door open! Damn

  3. Happy Valley (or not so Happy) – Sarah Lancashire is brilliant in it. Definitely a series to watch Joe. If you can watch them all in Canada I thoroughly recommend them

  4. @Drea and Tam – Thank you girlfriends. I’m watching the local pet shelters for a new buddy. That will spur me on to get new carpet quickly so I can get a new doggo.

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