Last night I watched a couple Maigrets with Rowan Atkinson. I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking of him as Black Adder, but it wasn’t a problem. They were very well done though rather grim and lugubrious. From the one I read, the tone seems right, which is probably why I will never read many of them. They also don’t seem to offer much mystery. Maigret seems to have a knack for finding the right suspect and keeping after him until he confesses. One of the criminals was played by John Light who also plays Flambeau in Father Brown.
Not as grim and lugubrious as the newest (I think) And Then There Were None which I found just unwatchable. I am alone in this as according to Rotten Tomatoes nearly everyone loved it and from the two reviews I read, it’s true. One even mentioned humor. I must’ve missed that line. There was gratuitous violence. Ten murders isn’t exciting enough. Have to throw in some pointless domestic battery. Fortunately for her, she’s one of the first to go. I almost started reading it again as sort of a tonic to wash away the bad taste in my mouth, but I don’t really feel like it yet.
And then there’s JJ’s Chapter-by-Chapter Extravaganza which several of us thought such a good idea, we’d try it ourselves. I was planning to wait until JJ did it, but Bradley went ahead and did The Red Widow Murders which I spent a while looking for only to discover it had shipped, but not arrived yet! Well, now it’s here, so I’m going to go ahead with this one, writing my thoughts chapter by chapter and then I can see if this is 1) fun or tedious and 2) read Bradley’s Read-Along. The Puzzle Doctor has also done one on Brian Flynn’s Fear and Trembling. His is supposed to be spoiler-free, but I make no such promises. I don’t see how you can really avoid them if you’re talking about a book as you go. But maybe I’ll write a spoiler free review as well.