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The Bletchley Circle


Another compelling series, and I can't believe I hadn't heard of it until recently! I only became aware of its existence because Amazon.com stuck it into my recommendations. Now series two has been ordered (four new episodes!!), so I'm happy. I need my fix.

The Bletchley Circle is about four women who worked as code breakers in WWII. They're all smart and should be putting their skills to good use, but after the war, women were no longer considered equal or useful in the ways men were, not that they ever were (argh, sexism!), and were pretty much expected to go back to being housewives and stay-at-home mothers. Not all of these four women did, but our heroine, Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin) did exactly that, and she's dying unleash her skills to solve a recent string of grisly murders. She's excellent at finding patterns, but she needs help catching this serial killer, so she tracks down her former co-workers and boss to help her. And they do, albeit with reluctance. I mean, this guy is friggin' nuts.

As with Broadchurch, I recommend this to anyone who loves murder mysteries.

My grade: A-

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