Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kenneth Branagh's book club

CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" may have Laurence Fishburne, but PBS' "Masterpiece: Mystery!" has Kenneth Branagh, who'll be starring this year in an atmospheric new detective series called "Wallander," based on the novels of Sweden's Henning Mankell.

Kenneth Branagh's book club

CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" may have Laurence Fishburne, but PBS' "Masterpiece: Mystery!" has Kenneth Branagh, who'll be starring this year in an atmospheric new detective series called "Wallander," based on the novels of Sweden's Henning Mankell.

Which, I confess, I've never read. Or until recently even heard of.

So after talking with Branagh a bit after the press conference about his own favorite "Mystery!" detectives, I asked for some recommendations for pre-"Wallander" reading, since one of the trickiest things about the genre is figuring out where to start when you start with a new author.

His recommendation, "Faceless Killers," isn't, alas, yet available for my Kindle -- hey, I'm all about the instant gratification -- but it's an intriguing title, no?

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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