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Solving Murders in Many Languages: TV Mysteries from Around the World

1 May

If you didn’t already know – for all you non frequent readers – I love a good mystery series. I’ve noticed there aren’t quite as many being made in the United States as we had in the past when CSI dominated ratings. So I’ve been delighted to check out all the variety of mysteries from around the world that are available to stream from Hoopla. If you are a Hoboken Resident with a library card click on the links and find your new favorite mystery series.

The Undertaker (Der Bestatter)

Undertaker

all images in this post from hoopladigital.com

The Undertaker is a mystery show from Switzerland that centers around a former detective who left the police force to take over the family’s funeral parlor after his father passed away.  He still has contacts with his old coworkers, but my favorite supporting characters are his cynical mom and Fabio, the gothy misfit he hires after Fabio gave up learning to be a beautician.  There are occasional moments of humor that lighten the darkly serious mood.

Murders at BarLume
BarLume

The older gentlemen who meet up at BarLume can’t keep their noses out of other people’s business.  These quirky characters manage to drag former mathematician and now bar owner Massimo Viviani in on their capers. If you enjoy mysteries, quirky characters, and beautiful Tuscan views, then you will want to check out Murders at BarLume.

Baantjer Mysteries
Baantjer

If your taste runs more towards procedural cop shows, then check out Baantjer Mysteries, a long running Dutch series starring Piet Romer as Jurriaan DeKok who, along with his fellow police detectives, solve crimes in Amsterdam.  The mysteries are based on the novels of A.C. Baantjer.

No Offence
No Offence

This British mystery series pokes fun at some serious issues and its puny title refers to both offence as a crime and the offensiveness of some of the characters.  The first season features a serial killer story line that the mostly female detectives are trying to solve along with other crimes in each episodes.  If you enjoy dark dramedies then No Offence may be your cup of tea.  The series is also available on DVD from Hoboken and other BCCLS libraries.

Also check out my previous posts about the Canadian Murdoch Mysteries and Australian Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and the Russian series The Sniffer.  All three of these series are also available to stream from Hoopla.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

Is the trend of the music video DOOMED?

19 Dec

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I remember when I was younger and music videos are what made the song – whether or not the artistic evolution from song to video made any sense. I will always remember Mr. Brightside and its crazy almost Moulin Rouge circus like imagery. Or even Panic @ the Disco’s I Write Sins Not Tragedies. These iconic songs, when released, were paired with their music videos.

I may be incorrect in assuming but nowadays music videos are not what make the song anymore – and it’s not even how most hits are discovered. I find all my new music, debuts and singles, from the shows I watch.

Did you know that you can not only check out CD’s in person at the Hoboken Public Library, but you may also check them out digital music from Hoopla and Freegal.  Freegal even features Music Videos!

I recently discovered “Doomed” by Moses Sumney on a TV show binge How to Get Away with Murder. It was season 4 episode 8 and the song was faintly in the background as what was really important was the scene itself. But it’s not until I heard the song for the second time in a different TV show I watch that it stuck and indelibly marked my musical soul. Featured on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 episode 22, the song was the foreground of the episode and as all else faded, the music beamed into my ears and I fell in love with the music of Moses Sumney.

You can check out seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder as well as Moses Sumney’s album Aromanticism from BCCLS libraries.

Written by:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

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