I don’t recall ever being a fan of crime fiction, apart from a short period in my early 20s when I read a few Agatha Christie’s.
However I was recently drawn to two British TV series based on crime novels. The first was Prime Suspect 1973 (based on Lynda La Plante’s book Tennison) and the other was Shetland, based on a series of book by Ann Cleeves.
In neither case was I drawn to watch by the crime element, but by the setting.
Prime Suspect was set in “my” era – my early teens to be specific, and the draw was nostalgia. Shetland caught my attention because of the geography, the music and the culture of its location. I’ve long had an interest in things Scottish and Irish and have a sizable collection of traditional music from both countries.
After watching these TV shows I’m interested to read the books that inspired them.
The following has nothing to do with the series or the books – apart from the Shetland link, and the fact that I love this kind of music. (And I typed that in time with the music).