The year 2022 brings with it several new television series that are based on books. BCPL owns the books so be sure to read the original story if you decide one of the shows is for you. The source material is linked to our catalog to make it easy!

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Where to watch: PBS Masterpiece streaming service

Magpie Murders features Susan Reyland, book editor for well-known mystery author Alan Conway. When Susan gets to the end of the manuscripts, she finds out it is unfinished. She goes to Alan’s house and discovers he has died from a fall. Susan must find the final chapters of the book and find out if Alan’s death was truly an accident. While working on this present-day mystery, we also learn more about the mystery Alan was writing before his death, a “mystery within a mystery.”

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

This is not a remake of the story of Frodo and his friends. This version is actually set thousands of years before the story we know during the Second Age of Middle Earth, the time period Sauron rose and fell from power.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Where to watch: Netflix

Andrea thought she knew everything about her mother, Laura. During a shooting incident, Andrea witnesses Laura take out the threat with great ease. Laura has been hiding her past life for thirty years, but is now in danger with her identity being revealed after all of these years. Andrea has to untangle the secrets of her mother’s past to save them both.

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

Where to watch: Apple TV

Reporter and physician Sheri Fink provides individuals’ real accounts of the activity at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of their decisions. The television series will dramatize accounts of doctors and nurses from the book.

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Where to watch: FX

Dana is a modern Black woman that is suddenly transported back in time to the South during the 1800’s. She is taken to a moment where Rufus, the White son of a plantation owner, is drowning and she must save him. She is transported back multiple times at pivotal moments in Rufus’s life while having her own harrowing experiences.

Are any of your favorite books becoming shows in 2022?

Kelsey Shackelford is the Community Events Liaison for BCPL. In addition to handling adult programs at the Main Library, she schedules the amazing concerts at all our BCPL locations.