This is the 4th installment in the Kim Stone series, yet it feels just as new as the first. While Play Dead can read as a stand alone, I highly recommend that this series be read from the start to fully enjoy the background of these richly developed characters. Detective Stone is most certainly the star, but her side kicks bring plenty of depth to each story line and just adds to the whole reading experience. I am already wondering what could next be in store for Stone and her team-how will Marsons top such a setting as a body farm?!
Whatever it will be, I already know it's going to suck me in just like the rest, so bring it on Angela, I'm ready! View all 12 comments. May 01, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: Kim Stone's series', the detective pursues a serial killer who leaves the victims at a body farm. The book can be read as a standalone. This 'body farm' has corpses strewn around to study decomposition in different conditions wet, dry, buried, unburied, etc. While being shown around the facility, Stone discovers a body that's not supposed to be there - a recently murdered woman with a mouth full of dirt and a smashed face.
An autopsy reveals that the woman was held captive before her death - one wrist has handcuff marks and her body has stripy red bruises on the stomach and legs. The woman is identified as Jemima Lowe, a seemingly nice, thirtyish woman from a good family. Before long another body shows up at Westerley, but this one isn't quite dead. The victim has dirt in her mouth, a bashed skull, and the same marks as Jemima. It seems a serial killer is at work here, who was interrupted during this latter attempted murder. The unidentified victim is in a coma, but her boyfriend shows up and says she's Isobel Jones who's estranged from her husband and dating him.
The woman eventually wakes up - but she has amnesia, doesn't even know her name, and can't assist the detectives. Becoming suspicious about Westerley being used as a body dump, Stone sends in radar experts and anthropologists to search for buried bodies. The anthropologists - mouthy 'Dr.
A' and attractive Dr. Daniel Bate with whom Stone has unwanted sparks - add a little fun to the book. Later on, Stone makes a deal with Frost, who agrees to keep mum about an aspect of the Westerley case. And then Tracy Frost disappears! Can Tracy be in the murderer's clutches? The story alternates between the detectives' investigation and the POV of the murderer, who sometimes recalls scenes from childhood and sometimes creepily interacts with abducted victims. The police query moves along at a steady clip and leads to a surprising and satisfying solution during which Stone must fight for her life.
I enjoyed the book, which is a suspenseful page turner with interesting characters, though some are more fleshed out than others. I especially liked DI Stone, a woman with a troubled past who knows her mind and doesn't take guff from anyone. I do have a problem with the book, which in my opinion has a major flaw in the plot.
This would have revealed the culprit much sooner. It may be necessary to fudge things a bit for plot purposes, but in real life this would seem like bungling - and it bothered me. Nevertheless, this is an engaging mystery, recommended to fans of the genre. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for a copy of this book. You can follow my reviews at https: Aug 10, Ginger rated it really liked it Shelves: Great addition to the D.
Play Dead is the 4th book in the series by Angela Marsons. It seems like Marsons has found her niche with writing crime detective thrillers. Play Dead starts off with D. Kim Stone and her detective squad going to the Westerly research facility. This facility is a body farm where human bodies are donated for investigation to help with decompo Great addition to the D. This facility is a body farm where human bodies are donated for investigation to help with decomposition and cold cases. And this is the start of what turns into a race to figure out why these women are being killed and who the actual killer is.
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I enjoyed the tension and mystery of who the serial killer was from their POV chapters. Those chapters were very gripping. I thought the ending was a little too convenient with the circumstances of the killer, but I still enjoyed it! Recommended to fans of crime detective thrillers and people that love a great, suspenseful read! Looking forward to continuing with this series!
Mar 14, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Held captive by someone unknown to her his voice chilled her inner coreshe tried to scream but handfulls of dirt were put in her mouth , trying to scream but was paralyzed with fear her body ached in pain she just wanted to end she could not bare any more.
View all 19 comments. Jul 29, Jean rated it it was amazing. Your writing is enough to drive a woman crazy! I was thinking I had this case wrapped up quite early on. I should have known better. Something happened that changed my mind, and there went my number one suspect.
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I was left with a gazillion questions, possibilities, and theories. Crazy, I tell you — in a good way! What a thrilling thriller! Not a bad place to leave a body, but then the killer leaves another, and another — except one woman survives, and that leaves room for hope from D. Stone and her crew — and possibly the need for improvising on the part of the killer. It was quite fascinating to watch her taking the case apart piece by piece to find the common link between each victim and the killer.
It explains so much about who she is and how she became the strong, direct, socially guarded person she projects. Time and again, perhaps even more so in this book, we see what a caring heart she has. She empathizes with victims because she truly understands. There is wit, too, and I found myself laughing out loud in several places. Who knew Kim had a sense of humor? We get to see more of Barney, which I have to think helps soften Kim around the edges a bit.
Will anything come of the tiny sparks that she now smothers when Daniel Bates comes around? It is quintessential Marsons to have written her role in Play Dead the way she did. There are some red herrings, but in the end, I was pleased to know that I got some of it right after all. That big scene caught me by surprise. That would be one big spoiler! It was so eerie, so creepy, so Edgar Allan Poe-ish in its setting. I give you a five-minute standing ovation for this one, Angela Marsons! Five stars, for sure! A compulsive and terrifying thriller!
Something hit her in the middle of her face. She heard the sound of cracking bone a second before the pain exploded around her head. Blood spurted from her nose and cascaded over her lips. The agony travelled to her mouth, causing her to cry out even though she could make no sound. The action sent more dirt travelling down her throat. Her gag reflex tried to eject it, and she began to choke. She tried to swallow the arid ground, but it was sticking to the sid A compulsive and terrifying thriller!
She tried to swallow the arid ground, but it was sticking to the sides of her throat like freshly poured tar. Tears forced themselves from her eyes as she tried to find a breath somewhere in her body. A second blow landed on her cheek.
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Her mind screamed out with the agony. She writhed against the ground. Her cries of terror were held in the dirt. A third blow landed on her mouth. Teeth burst away from her gums. Every inch of her had succumbed to the pain as the calm voice reached her once more. Please, just let me die. This series just keeps getting better and better! With each instalment, we learn a little more about Kim Stone as we get more insight into her past as the series continues and we start to see a bit more softening around the edges of her fierce and determined nature.
Don't tell her I said that! The storyline is fraught with terrifying twists around every corner and I was glued to the pages from the start! Now, on to book five, Blood Lines! What will Kim and her team be up against next?? The horrific image of a young woman who had been brutally murdered was the beginning of a case which tested Kim and her team to their limits.
It seemed the killer had been interrupted by the security guard circling the premises — the young woman was fortunate to be alive, but would she stay that way? Kim and her team were now looking for a serial killer; a meticulous and brutal person who stopped at nothing. Could they find him before another young woman was attacked? And what was the connection between these victims?
The frustration of the team was mounting — and when the abrasive and brash newspaper reporter Tracy Frost disappeared after the first news of the murder broke, Kim — much as she disliked her — knew they had little time. Angela Marsons has done it again! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this intense, gritty and mind blowing thriller to all lovers of the genre. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review. Another fantastic read from Angela marson.
View all 6 comments. May 16, David Staniforth rated it it was amazing. They just get better, which is partly due to the masterful way the author filters in back-story, particularly in relation to character development. The magic of this series though, is the way in which the characters develop throughout each of the books with skilful placing of the correct amount of information at the most appropriate time. As a reader, I feel as if I am getting to know these characters as one would get to know real people in real life.
It adds to the believability of the unfolding tale and encourages reader investment to a high degree. Not going to go into the plot, save to say it twists and unravels with brilliant intrigue and tension. This can be read as a stand alone, but would certainly be best read in order, for the character development alone. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for gifting me a review copy of this book. Apr 13, Book Addict Shaun rated it it was amazing. A little over a year ago I picked up my Kindle and began reading a book by a then unknown to me author called Angela Marsons.
I started it hoping for an enjoyable read after a brilliant marketing campaign carried out by Bookouture, and it certainly sounded like my kind of book. I had no idea that in a year's time I would be reading the fourth book from that same author and citing her as now being in my Top 3 Crime Authors of all time.
I often worry whether it comes across just how much I enjoy t A little over a year ago I picked up my Kindle and began reading a book by a then unknown to me author called Angela Marsons. I often worry whether it comes across just how much I enjoy this series, but I think that the fact it often takes years for an author to become a favourite, and that Angela is already in my Top 3, should hopefully make it clear just how special an author she is, and just how much I love the character of DI Kim Stone.
These four books have been some of the best, most addictive crime fiction that I have ever read and between Angie and Chris Carter, I am almost scared to read their books because they set the bar impossibly high for other authors. I've said it in the past but one of the things I particularly like about this series is how different each book has been from the last and how each story offers something unique. Whether that be a shockingly believable insight into the mind of a ruthless sociopath, a decades old cover-up finally being uncovered or families torn apart by one of the worst crimes imaginable.
Sometimes a series can become stale and repetitive with the same tired stories being churned out disguised with a different plot, that is absolutely not the case in Play Dead as Angie once again offers something different, but also continues with that winning formula she has achieved with her earlier books. I'm not going to compare Play Dead too much with the earlier books except to say that it was one of the more fascinating reads, certainly in the opening which was one of Angie's most atmospheric.
Angie has a way of writing that places you within the scene you are reading, she is a writer who makes you feel like a witness as opposed to a detached reader just reading words on a page. It can be uncomfortable reading at times, but it is always compelling and I defy anyone to turn away from the page. I was glued to this book. I'm not sure what else I can say about this woman except I adore her.
As I've said in the past, she isn't the most instantly likeable character because she can come across as a bit standoffish, cold and ruthless and whilst I probably wouldn't want her as a boss, these are the things that ultimately make her such an enjoyable character to read about and her skills as a detective are what have made her become my favourite fictional female detective of all time, move over Tennison. And that, is something I never thought I would say in a million years. Lynda La Plante is the reason I love crime fiction so much and whilst there are many differences between Lynda and Angie, Kim and Jane Tennison, all four are the reasons that crime will always be my favourite genre.
Talking similarities, I enjoy Lynda's books because of how believable the procedural element is, and how her characters behave in and out of the squad room and the same is true of this series. The team that Angie has created for this series is just one of my absolute favourites. They work brilliantly together, know each others flaws, and they have believable banter and camaraderie and, as you read, you feel like a part of the team yourself.
There's always lots of light relief alongside the heavier stuff which is needed in a crime novel and we are given that relief from Kim and her investigative team. Kim is an endlessly fascinating character to read about and her continuing character development is intriguing to witness and the way her backstory is interwoven seamlessly into the plot is brilliant. She's a character I genuinely care about as if I know her in real life. Her emotions are felt by the reader.
At times you almost want to reach in and give her a hug, at the same time knowing she would never accept it. That said, to look at the Kim from Silent Scream and compare her with this one, you can see the changes that she is going through emotionally and this is some of my favourite ever character development and not just within the crime genre. Detectives who refuse to play by the book in crime fiction are commonplace, but Kim's doesn't give a shit attitude when it comes to things like ignoring the rule book and not listening to her superiors somehow manages to feel new and quite refreshing.
Her ruthlessness is what makes her such a good detective, and her passion and need to solve a case, whether it's to apprehend a murderer or to bring a missing person home, is the reason why the reader is right alongside her from the very first page cheering her on.
It's heartstopping stuff at times as I was reading this book I genuinely did become oblivious to what was happening in the outside world around me. Whilst I was reading this book, nothing else mattered. I will just say that once again Angie has written a truly gripping and, at times, terrifying story. Gripping because from the word go I wanted to know why bodies were being dumped on a research facility that looked into the effect of things like insects and environmental elements on bodies after death the bodies having been donated for research which just, if I'm honest, repulsed me. Again though, hugely fascinating and a truly atmospheric place to use for the dumping of bodies.
Angie uses some descriptive and vivid writing which means that these uncomfortable scenes will remain in my memory for a while longer yet. Aside from putting this book into the hands of potential readers and forcing them to read it, I'm not sure what else I can say about Angie, Kim Stone or this series to convince the one or possibly two person who is yet to discover it to pick it up.
Crime is a popular genre, but with popular genres comes many throwaway reads. Reads that you read and forget about almost instantly as you move onto the next one. As with any form of entertainment, that's not always a bad thing but that's not the case with this series. I can remember Silent Scream as vividly as if I read it yesterday. The sociopath from Evil Games is someone that still gives me chills to think about now and the families of Lost Girls still remain in my thoughts each time I pick up a book about missing children or read about them in the news.
That's because these books feel real. The characters feel real. They, and the plot twists live on in my mind and I'm always wondering when I will be able to find the time to give them a reread because that's how good they are. You only have to look at the praise this series and author gets across social media and Amazon. Praise that is nothing but genuine and deserved and with the current discussions about reviews and their credibility, I couldn't be telling the truth more than when I say these books are some of the best crime fiction I have ever read.
If you are yet to read them, please, go and do so right away. Just an absolutely flawless, faultless read and I cannot wait to read more from Angie and Kim. Mar 20, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wow, with this fourth book in her Kim Stone series, Angela Marsons just keeps getting better and better.
What a creepy idea for a series of murdered corpses to be found at a body farm but it really works. Why they are there and why they were murdered is even creepier and I think Ms Marsons had a lot of fun writing this one.
DI Kim Stone is as prickly as ever, but fortunately it's her toughness that counts in solving these crimes, not her underdeveloped social skills. Her favourite journalist Tra Wow, with this fourth book in her Kim Stone series, Angela Marsons just keeps getting better and better. Her favourite journalist Tracy Frost is also back and we learn a bit more about her background and almost start to like her. With witty and often sassy dialogue, the writing is crisp, clean and well paced and there are enough twists to stop you from putting the book down.
The killer turns out to be one of the most psychologically damaged characters I have seen crafted in a thriller for quite a while. Highly recommended for all lovers of thrillers, although you may want to start at the fist book in the series to get to know Kim. With thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a digital copy of the book to read and review Apr 22, Sean Peters rated it really liked it. Another great book by Angela Marsons, that brings another powerful and chilling story and gripping thriller that you just cannot stop reading and keeps you guessing all the way.
DI Kim Stone is not the most likeable character, but she is an excellent police detective and goes to all lengths to solve a crime. Her trusty team back her up with total faith, and Bryant knows his boss so well that he manages some of the time and this often leads to the great comical parts of the book, especially the car parking reference in the supermarket, we know Stone is not the most tactful of people and Bryant is just so perfect as second in charge, with their relationship such a great part of all four books, but as we get to know the team better with each book, their characters get stronger, and the banter does as well.
Some great twists and turns, and I guessed completely the wrong person, and this powerful story came to inclusion with many shocks. View all 3 comments. Apr 30, Linda Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves: They are all treated to the scenes of bodies in different stages of decomp The body of this young woman is a recent kill.. A second girl is attacked and left for dead Seems like there's a serial killer on the loose and the body DI Kim Stone and her team are sent to Westerley Reasearch.. Seems like there's a serial killer on the loose and the body farm is his dumping ground.
How many more bodies will be found? I love the character of Kim Stone.. She's abrasive, she's rude, but no one can say that she's not good at her job, good at standing up for the victims. Her team are great people.. This is really a terrific series! I sincerely suggest that if you like a good mystery, cop thriller, you should start at Book 1 and read them in order. They are all good as stand-alones, no cliff hangers at all. Just plain good reading. I'm going to go against the current on this one and say this is not my favourite Kim Stone novel.
That distinction still belongs to Evil Games. While I definitely found Marsons writing and plot development has gotten stronger and more refined the longer she's gone with this series, the crime itself didn't grip me and enthrall me the way her previous works did. I found it lacking in suspense, despite it's intricacies and cleverness. Still, on the whole I'm a fan. You get some Body Farm action Patric I'm going to go against the current on this one and say this is not my favourite Kim Stone novel.
You get some Body Farm action Patricia Cornwell did it better, but it was a solid attempt with a fresh take , murder and revenge and good ole fashioned police work led by everyone's favourite emotionally stunted detective, Kim Stone. Backed by a familiar cast of characters who bring humanity and support to Stone's gritty determination.
There's a lot of overlapping plot and detail to this novel, something I very much appreciate in mystery wrting. More details of Stone's personal history, characters you perhaps weren't expecting to see again, a couple of twists and off-the-wall revelations to really keep it interesting the whole way through. I will say I'm starting to get a little worn on Stone's abrasive and asocial personality.
It's an interesting jumping off point for book one, no doubt, but there needs be growth. And I feel she's just not moving forward in terms of character development.
It's a tad disappointing when there is such great potential for where this woman could go if she would just evolve. Girl needs a therapist, stat! She's almost 40 - it's time to get the fuck over some things so she can get laid. An orgasm provided by someone that actually cares about her cough Daniel cough would make her see the world with brand new eyes, I can guarantee it. I'm just looking for a little more of Stone's future, and less of her past, so 3. Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange for a review May 12, Jules rated it it was amazing Shelves: Play Dead is another super-duper crime thriller by Angela Marsons.
I loved the storyline. Firstly, the body farm, oh my goodness. You learn something new every day. The topic of school bullying and the impact it had on those involved was interesting. A few names of bullies came to mind while I was reading this, making it impossible for me not to get emotionally involved. I found the Play Dead is another super-duper crime thriller by Angela Marsons. I found the history of the killer both fascinating and heart breaking. Life can be so unfair to some people, and the damage caused by those who are meant to love and protect that person, can be shocking and sickening.
The first night I had a dream about a giant spider with a skull pattern on its body coming through a hole in my kitchen floor. The second night, I had a dream about having to remove dead bodies from walls of a military ship to stop it sinking as quickly. Bring on book 5. Book 2 Evil Games is probably still my favourite in this series, but only just, as book 4 follows closely in second place.
I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. View all 10 comments.
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Lovers of great crime thrillers. Angela Marsons just keeps bringing them. This is the 4th book in this D. Kim Stone series, and they just keep getting better. These books can easily be read and enjoyed as stand alone's, but to do so would be depriving the reader of a really good series of hard to put down crime thrillers that follow these extremely well developed characters I have very much enjoyed reading each book in this series as fas WoW! I have very much enjoyed reading each book in this series as fast as they arrive on the shelves and can't wait for the next installment, these are definitely a hard act to follow.
I don't feel the need to give a rundown of the story here as the blurb says enough, suffice it to say that, if this is a genre you enjoy then look no further! Do yourself a favour though and start with book one, you won't be disappointed. Angela Marsons has gone to the top of my favourites list. It's a long time since I have enjoyed a series so completely. View all 11 comments. There are fresh bodies turning up in a body farm with dirt in their mouths.
Kim and her team race against time to find the killer before he claims more victims. This and more reviews at https: May 04, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: Angela Marsons pulled together a great suspense novel with this one. Just the way I like it — nice and creepy. She was brusque, blunt and to some maybe even a little harsh. But her team and those of us lucky enough to be inside her head, understand that she does what she does because she honestly cares. There was an endearing , loveable , engaging aspect to her character that has me wanting to go back and read the other books in the series.
I need to know, will something eventually happen between her and Daniel? Apr 17, Gary rated it really liked it. I am not a new reader of Angela Marsons and have read all of her previous books enjoying them immensely so I had no hesitation in reading this latest novel by this talented author. This is the 4th book in the DI Kim Stone series and it continues with the same high standard as the previous three. DI Kim Stone is a no nonsense detective with a bucket full of attitude and makes this series great entertainment. This case takes us to Westerley Research Facility which is a body farm, where human decompo I am not a new reader of Angela Marsons and have read all of her previous books enjoying them immensely so I had no hesitation in reading this latest novel by this talented author.
This case takes us to Westerley Research Facility which is a body farm, where human decomposition is studied using donated corpses that are left in varying states of decay. But when a young woman's body is discovered at Westerley, that is not part of their experiments, it appears a killer has found the ideal place to hide their crime. This is such a strong series and it is difficult to believe that it is written by such a new author. The books are of a consistently high standard and are written in a styly that makes them difficult to put down.
The shocks subside as episodes pass, but a very solid offering throughout. But as the first season of this gem moves along, Reese Shearsmith and Alex Kingston add a depth to the relationship between a borderline-Aspberger afflicted detective who still somehow understands the mind of a killer better than anyone and his psychiatrist aide who is also a woman, and a mother, making her almost TOO empathetic. GEORGE GENTLY -In the s, an old-school detective is paired with a potentially shady new partner and has to come to terms with the fact that the lines between the police and the criminals have tentatively been blurred.
The novels were terrific and it only seemed natural that a mini-series series was in order. Jason Isaacs is great as Brodie, and while the plotlines never really reach the literary heights Atkinson set us up for, it is still a noble contribution to the genre. Read the books though. The town is turned upside down, tensions run sky high, EVERYONE is a suspect, and the amount of secrets that emerge are headspinning enough by themselves, while the final reveal is both heartbreaking and incredibly human.
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Tony Hill a psychologist who finds himself entangled in some seriously gruesome crimes and even more gruesome people behind them. There are six seasons and the first episode of season 1 perfectly sets the tone for just how unsavory these crimes are going to be. The fact that Dr. Branagh has a certain kind of water colored torture permanently imprinted on his face that makes him perfect for the recently divorced, very sad, yet emotionally disconnected detective he plays.
The crimes are typically Scandinavian meaning decidedly more creepy than your standard American fare and the villains a little more desperate than usual, but the cinematography is GORGEOUS, Branagh obviously a very intelligent actor and the sum of all parts makes for a good rainy afternoon with a hot toddy viewing. Season 2 deals with the Brothers Kray, and season 3 is less focused on obvious sensationalist cold cases and therefore, to me, the most effective. It is breezy fare, and the mysteries are not anywhere as challenging as those solved by the Sherlocks of the world but it is done well and harkens back to a simpler time where murders were solved in libraries and green fields, instead of torture chambers and such.
Miss Fisher is played by Essie Davis who is uncannily reminiscent of a young Diana Rigg, a fact that should not be lost of at least some of the men reading this I hope. It sounds hokey, but it is truly dark, wonderfully acted, and heartbreaking from a certain feminist standpoint too. Final season is now finally available. For Poirot completists though, please check out the Peter Ustinov movies too: Then, of course, there is Miss Marple.
The likes of Colin Firth, and other British stage and screen mainstays pop-up, sealing in the prestige of the production. The show equivalent of your favorite low fuss dinner-always satisfying, never too demanding. Instant Netflix and AcornTV. Nothing supernatural happening here necessarily, but it is all the more deeply, profoundly disturbing for it. Agent Cooper is truly the only purely good leading man that is also not boring at all. Just think about it.
We, as the viewer, always knew who the killer was from the very beginning because they WOULD show it to us , but watching Columbo get his man or woman, or both was never any less fun because of it. People enjoy making fun of it in a sort of a well meaning, loving way, naturally but think about it-this is a smart, funny, wink-worthy, wildly popular TV carried on the shoulders of not a young actress or some hunk-o-the-month, but a charming, life-loving, cocktail drinking, slightly saucy middle-aged widow, something that yes, has been a staple of British TV for a while and Lansbury herself played Miss Marple on occasion but almost unheard of on American TV.
Plus, the cases are almost gleefully delicious. A perfect murder mystery to relax to before going to sweet, sweet slumber. For extra nostalgia points, revisit the Magnum PI crossover episode too, for sure:. Someone has been killing groups of people, and staging them as families in model homes. Each crime scene also involves a clue pointing to a now-retired, haunted Paul Maisneuvve, who joins his old trainee Sandra Winckler to help track the killer.
The series moves in two directions: A moody, gripping, six episode arc. Almodovar favorite Cecilia Roth leads the all star Argentine cast in a brutal cat-and-mouse game. Not for the squeemish. Based on the not available in English novels by Viveca Stens, this is more Scandinavian sunny than Scandinavian noir but still a good time.
At the center is Detective Laure Berthaud, who knows her way around both a grisly murder case and a perfectly layered t-shirt situation and the prosecutor Pierre Clement as they deal with assorted and often, well, messily kinky crimes, corruption and their increasingly sticky personal lives. FX is back now but the show is still great. The premise is still the same: