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New Bingeable Mysteries to Stream on Hoopla (or borrow on DVD)!: Queens of Mystery and Ms. Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries

22 Jan

As you know from several previous posts I love Hoopla, one of our library’s streaming services, because it provides so many amazing mystery TV shows from all over the world.  I’m excited to share with you two of my latest favorites.  You’ll be glad Hoboken resident patrons get 10 checkouts from Hoopla per month, because these are very bingeable.

Queens of Mystery

Queens of Mystery

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In Queens of Mystery, English Detective Matilda Stone has just returned to the village she grew up in.  Despite being told not to involve them her three mystery novelist aunts Beth, Cat and Jane Stone can’t resist meddling in her cases. Each mystery spans two episodes of the six episodes in the first season.    An interesting insightful feature is that the narrator of the series occasionally gives us a peak into what characters are thinking, setting up romantic interests, or funny character personalities we wouldn’t otherwise get. It has the quirky charm that will attract fans of Pushing Daisies, Agatha Raisin, and USA classics like Psych and Monk. Queens of Mystery is also available on DVD from Hoboken and other BCCLS libraries.

Ms. Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries

Ms. Fishers MODern Murder Mysteries

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Phryne Fisher is my favorite fictional detective and I’m a huge fan of the TV show adaptation of Kerry Greenwood’s books. So, I was excited to learn that there was a spin off series, Ms. Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries, featuring her niece Peregrine Fisher.  Peregrine decides to follow in the footsteps of her famous aunt who is currently missing.  It is fun to compare Melbourne in the 1920’s of Phryne’s era with the mod sixties setting of this series.  Peregrine gets assistance in her crime solving from her aunt’s friends at the Adventuresses’ Club.  If you are a fan of Phryne’s definitely check this one out.  There are four TV movies in the series. You can also borrow the series on DVD if you prefer.

What is your favorite bingeable series on Hoopla?  Share it in the comments!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

Like the New Show? Check out these Graphic Novel Inspirations: Stumptown, The Boys, and Watchmen

27 Nov

Several new TV and Streaming shows this year are based on graphic novels.  If you are enjoying the TV shows then check out the graphic novels that inspired them.  All three are intended for adult audiences.


I’m really enjoying Stumptown, a TV series which centers on, Dex, an Army Veteran that decides to become a PI.  I checked it out since I was a fan of Cobie Smulders on How I Met Your Mother, but was hooked by the likeable, but flawed characters.  She lives with her brother with Down syndrome (excellently acted by Cole Sibus) and her best friend is an ex-con.  Fans of the graphic novel seem happy with the adaptation, especially that the series kept Dex’s bisexuality, which was explored in a recent episode.  The first volume of the graphic novel deals with the kidnapping of Sue-Lynne’s granddaughter, which also begins the TV series.  The second volume deals with a case of a missing guitar.  They are written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Matthew Southworth.

The Boys

What if we lived in a world of super humans; who would police the vigilantes?  Garth Ennis’s The Boys answers that question.  A secret group makes sure that super heroes don’t cross the line with their behavior.  Although the violence level is a bit high for me, my husband is a fan of the new streaming series and I’ve watched a few episodes with him.  You can check out the first Ominbus edition from Hoboken Public Library or Hoboken residents can check out digital issues from Hoopla.  You can also read a previous review of the series on our blog.


If you like The Boys than you should also check out the graphic novel series The Watchmen by Alan Moore, considered a groundbreaking classic, the series looks at how the presence of superheroes would change history.  Like The Boys, the superheroes even when using their powers for good, often have many flaws.  The series was first adapted as a movie which has now been followed up by a TV series set after the event in the film and graphic novels; I found the first TV episode a bit slow paced, but I’m curious to check out more.  It is available in several digital editions from Hoopla.

If you are a huge Comics fan then you should come to our second annual HPL Mini Comic Convention on Saturday, December 14 starting at 12 PM at the Hoboken Public Library.  You can learn to dance like a superhero, play Super Smash Bros, and learn some new cosplay techniques!  There will be crafting with our new Cricut machine, a photo booth and more.

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