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Books on TV: Crime/Mystery

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In my spare time, I enjoy watching TV shows…like a LOT of TV shows. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that several shows I watch are actually based on books (as are many shows that I don’t watch). I thought it would be fun to talk about these shows and the books they are based on. This post focuses on crime/mystery shows.


Cover art for Bones season 5 DVD 


Bones: Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), a forensic anthropologist, works with FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to solve crimes where the remains found are too far gone for traditional forensics. This show is based loosely on the Temperance Brennan book series by Kathy Reichs.




Cover art for Dexter season 5 DVD 


Dexter:  Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is a forensic technician in Miami, but he is also secretly a vigilante serial killer targeting murderers who have not been brought to justice. This show is based on the Dexter book series by Jeff Lindsay.




Cover art for Justified season 1 DVD



Justified: U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) uses a wild-west style of law enforcement in today’s modern world, which gets him reassigned to his hometown in Kentucky.  Justified is based on the Raylan Givens books by Elmore Leonard.




Cover art for Rizzoli & Isles season 1 DVD 


Rizzoli & Isles: Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) work together to investigate crimes in Boston. This show is based on the Rizzoli & Isles book series by Tess Gerritsen.




Cover art for True Blood season 1 DVD 


True Blood: Centered on Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic human-faerie hybrid, this show is about how a small town deals with the existence of vampires…and other mysteries as well. True Blood is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries book series by Charlaine Harris.



The shows and books can all be found in the library catalog. If you enjoyed one version, check out the other version and continue the adventures of your favorite characters!