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On 4/24/2016 at 10:16 PM, Captanne said:

 Her tics are wonderful

Is there a specific name for the short bursts of nervous laughter?  Often inappropriate. 

Vera does them more subtly, but we heard the same from the character Delores Umbridge in  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  And they get old quickly.

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I'm still interested in Vera and I slogged through the book that started this.  It extremely long for a first novel in a series (500+ pages) and didn't introduce Vera as a character until half way through.  Not much of a history on her, more on the two women intro'ed before her. 

Book two is coming up this week so my search for her personal history will continue.

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Book Number 2 was a smoother read and I recognized the plot from the TV show.  Vera gets a bit more play and she starts to come forward as a detective who can put together minutia ignored by other police officers.  Much of the "Vera" comes out as she interacts with others and I'm beginning to prefer the rich tapestry of the books to the abbreviated cloth of the series. 

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I’m enjoying this new season (8?) that my PBS is showing. It’s good enough stories and I love how calm the show is. It’s like a Xanax. 

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I've just watched the first 3 episodes of season 9 and hope they keep Paul Kaye as the pathologist, though it would be nice to learn a little bit more about his history with Vera. They seem to have dropped a lot of the non-crime stuff going on with the regular cast. Didn't Vera discover she had a long-last half-sister or something at some point? Nothing came of that if I remember right. They'll throw in a mention of Aiden's new baby now and then, but I enjoyed how they used to talk about personal matters so we could get to know the characters better. I don't know anything about Mark except that he never seems to leave the office, poor guy, and he's been on the show since season 3.

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On 1/20/2019 at 9:15 AM, Notwisconsin said:

She's Colombo with tits. Not bad at all.

I continue to read the books (after having watched all the videos that our library has.)

The books continue to be much longer reads than most 'crime' novels.  And I'm finding that I enjoy them a lot more than, say, the Agatha Raisin books which are short and less by comparison.  

I'm on my fourth Vera book. Her assistant gets a lot more written about him and the female assistant is becoming an interesting character.  Vera knows she's manipulating both of them and tries to cut back so they can have something resembling a normal life.  Vera's history is not /hasn't been fleshed out very much.  Her relationship with her Father and his treatment of her is growing.  As is her waistline.  She's not presented as at all being attractive and re "Columbo" there was the comment that she's the maiden aunt who appears to be not very bright so no one is very careful what they say to her.

I can hear the actress' voice in Vera in the books. I've almost always read the books and then 'seen the movie'  This time, with these books, I feel as if I'm building a more complex picture and that is so memorable that it's starting to block out the TV version. 

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Just started watching Vera on AcornTV. Finished S1, Episode 3. Reminds me a bit of Broadchurch.

Very interesting so far. Each episode seems to have a twist at the very end. 

Love Vera and Joe's relationship.

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I finished watching the latest season and it was as enjoyable as ever. I'm glad they brought back PC George, the basement-dwelling missing persons officer.

I just found out that Sonya Cassidy, who played Joe's wife Celine in the early seasons, is now on Lodge 49 as Wyatt Russell's sister. I watched the pilot a few months ago and never recognized her. She does an impressive American accent.

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We are watching Season 8 from our local library.  I really like Vera in the third episode and.... OK, here's an admission of snobbery. 

I would have told you that I like British Mysteries for the story lines, the character development, and ,oh yes, the scenery is nice, too.   I lied to myself.  

The scenery matters a lot to me.  Season 8 episode 2 left me blah.  I hated the scenery. It could have been from anywhere in Europe, boring and almost no greenery in many, many minutes of it.  Surprised me how much I disliked that episode.  You could substitute hate for dislike, even.

Now, chastened, I admit that character development and scenery matter most to me, and the story lines- heck show me sea coast, interesting old buildings, places I can look up on Google Earth....story lines a really distant third.  

I enjoyed wandering around the waterfront in Newcastle several seasons ago.  Now if they would only have Vera attached to her old sandals that she wears in the Vera books I've read. 

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Have binge watched all of the episodes in a row up through the end of Season 5. Definite change in the tone when Joe left and Aiden replaced him. With Joe, we saw glimpses of Vera's family history - issues with her father, his mistress, a sister - but now with Aiden, no mention at all. So far, I definitely miss Joe's presence and mostly how he allowed us to learn more about Vera. 

Continue to crack up as to the ever-changing support cast. Various police staff come and go without any mention of their absence (except for Joe). At least we still have the ever-present Kenny. Whatever happened to Billy, the original pathologist? Just disappeared. 

Terrific series. Looking forward to watching the rest of the episodes. 

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On 3/27/2019 at 7:26 AM, LisaM said:

Have binge watched all of the episodes in a row up through the end of Season 5. Definite change in the tone when Joe left and Aiden replaced him. With Joe, we saw glimpses of Vera's family history - issues with her father, his mistress, a sister - but now with Aiden, no mention at all. So far, I definitely miss Joe's presence and mostly how he allowed us to learn more about Vera. 

Continue to crack up as to the ever-changing support cast. Various police staff come and go without any mention of their absence (except for Joe). At least we still have the ever-present Kenny. Whatever happened to Billy, the original pathologist? Just disappeared. 

Terrific series. Looking forward to watching the rest of the episodes. 

Keep watching! There is more about Vera's background in later series.

I prefer Aiden to Joe although I think I'm probably in the minority. They do get closer as time goes by.

Billy was mentioned in passing in one of the episodes. I can't remember the exact line but sounded to me as if he'd died.

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