The Art of Darkness
During this coronavirus pandemic, when you’re locked down at home alone or with your nearest and dearest, what can you do to make yourself feel better, to feel more in control, to share your thoughts, to have something to occupy your mind?
One of the ways many people are coping with being ‘on pause’ is to turn to crime.
There’s something very satisfying about seeing justice done, or getting one over on a ‘bad guy’ or someone who has ‘done you wrong’, figuring out a locked-room mystery, learning about village life (and death), or how people in other times and and countries lie, cheat, steal, and kill. Well, feel better now that you’ve said it out loud?!
True crime TV shows like 48 Hours, Investigation Discovery, In Pursuit with John Walsh, Forensic Files; podcasts like Dirty John, Crimetown, Casefile, Serial, and Live-brary’s audiobook and ebook collections of mysteries and thrillers are all outlets for your criminal urges. And now there’s Hoopla available through Islip Library with some wonderful crime-related TV, movies, audiobooks, and ebooks.
Really, who would want to watch Forrest Gump when you could watch Dexter?
Karl Marx blames all the ills of society (including crime, of course) on capitalism. I think perhaps we might blame the ills of society (including crime, of course) on human nature. And that’s what is so interesting! Human beings at their best and at their worst make for fascinating reading. So whether your interest is in true crime or great fictional crime, here are some suggestions for bingeing on crime while locked up. Think of it this way - this lockdown resembles a prison sentence, so while that should deter you from committing a crime, it provides you with ample time to read about others whose crimes (real or imagined) can be within your control: do a little detective work yourself.
Think of the detectives as your imaginary friends; talk to them, discuss the clues they discover, help them interview the suspects, nudge the detectives if you think they’ve gone off the track, solve the mystery. This will keep your mind sharp, your emotions intact, and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Here are a few recommendations to get you started on your crime spree:
ON HOOPLA - try these TV series
- Brokenwood Mysteries
- DCI Banks
- Murdoch Mysteries
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot
- Agatha Christie’s Marple
- Line of Duty
- Murder in the First
- Murder in Suburbia
- Scott and Bailey
ON LIVE-BRARY - try these audiobooks
- Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
- Murder In Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
- Diamond Solitaire by Peter Lovesey
- A Night Too Dark by Dana Stabenow
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
- Basket Case by Nancy Haddock
- Blanche Among the Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely
- Death of a Dude by Rex Stout
- Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs
- Murder in Saint Germain by Cara Black
ON LIVE-BRARY - try these ebooks
- Black Widower by Patricia Moyes
- Trouble Is What I Do by Walter Mosley
- One Fatal Flaw by Anne Perry
- The Mitford Scandal by Jessica Fellowes
- The Devil’s Due by Steve Berry
- British Murder by Leslie Meier
- The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
- The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
- Dead Land by Sara Paretsky
- A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
Submitted by Carol Curtis