Before director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg turned to the film world with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, they perfected a combination of frantic pop-cultural allusions, whiplash editing and surprisingly sweet characterization with Spaced: The Complete Series, a Britcom about disaffected twenty-somethings sharing a London flat.
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The Edge of Winter by Luanne Rice is a work of fiction with reference to an actual event, the sinking of a German U-boat off the New England coast during WWII. A good story about family, it piqued my interest to learn more about this part of our history.
A roller coaster ride of thrills and spins, First Drop by Zoë Sharp introduces former soldier turned bodyguard Charlotte “Charlie” Fox. Protecting a teen should be easy, but once the action starts, it doesn’t brake. Trust me, when the ride is over, you’ll want to get right back in line.
Feeling low? One sure remedy is a dose of Pushing Daisies. This fanciful series has witty dialogue, quirky mystery, and overflowing heart. Following the adventures of a shy pie maker with a unique gift and a burly private eye with a fondness for knitting, this is escapism at its most sparkling.
For laugh-out-loud hilarity, you cannot beat Izzy Spellman and her wacky family of private investigators. The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans both race along with humor and heart. Who can resist a narrator who writes suspicious behavior reports on her own family and catalogs ex-boyfriends in an appendix?