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January 2018



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Progress Update and CSI: Toronto 1895

Russian Teacakes and Thumbprint cookies are done.
Still need to make:
Mint Chocolate Crinkle cookies
Meringues (although I have to watch the humidity on those)
Yolk cookies
Date nut pinwheels
Gingerbread cookies
More Thumbprints
More Russian Teacakes
Anisette toast
Hazelnut biscuits
Yankee dry rub
Soak some beans for soup.

I also need to do laundry and take out some garbage.

That isn't too long a list. I probably won't get to all of them but it doesn't look as intimidating written down as it seemed floating free in my head.

In between baking I've been watching "The Murdoch Mysteries" It's a Canadian crime drama that takes place in Toronto in the late 1990s. Arthur Conan Doyle is a recurring character and it is specified that he has already killed Sherlock but not yet written the Hound of the Baskervilles, Nikola Tesla and Harry Houdini also make appearances.

Since it is not an American production there are lots of strong female and minority characters. The female forensic Pathologist is great! They deal with lots of controversial issues such as racism, homosexuality, and abortion. But the fun part is that they have to do crime scene investigation with the tools available in 1895. They cheat a bit on that, Murdock is always bringing in the latest technology (like finger prints, psychiatric profiling, and testing blood to see if it is human). They even managed to do an internet crime episode using telegraph operators.

Netflix has been recommending this series to me for months but I only just gave in and watched it. I recommend you do too. If you like history and forensic crime dramas you should love this.

EDIT: In S3E9 "Love and Human Remains" Murdoch refers to a bog body found in the Netherlands that year. Which has to be the Yde Girl found on 12 May 1897. Which fixes that season as being 1897. Which means the first season was 1895