You can view the series without reading the books. I think they are far enough apart to be considered separate entities essentially. The TV series largely diverges from the books in both story/plot line and character story. As with the first series, the second one does use some of the mysteries from the second book. However, they change a lot in the mystery and the story.
There's a season long story arc in which a murder investigation, trial, and subsequent execution is followed that strains Sidney's friendships with both D. I. Geordie Keating and Amanda (Kendall) Hopkins. Both Geordie and Amanda are struggling with the aftermath and consequences of actions/decisions/events from last season. And there is really no point of return from those events for those characters.
Now. On to the things I have to say.
Amanda says it's too late for her and Sidney because now she's 'having a baby.' NO. It was too late when you accepted that twit's proposal and went through with the marriage to that twit even after he showed his true colors during the ring incident in the previous season. Then you had the audacity to proffer the excuse that you accepted that twit's proposal only because he was only who asked. You made your bed now lie in it. Where is Hildegard when you need her? This series is seriously lacking some Hildegard.
Sidney's right. Geordie is different this season, and it's down to the aftermath of that shooting. Even though Geordie spouts some nonsense about how his war was different from Sidney's because in Geordie's war all they did was survive while in Sidney's war they came home as heroes. Or something. I didn't get it because to me it seemed that the root of this change in Geordie's character was the result of the trauma of his shooting last season. Then Geordie goes and acts like a fool and kisses Margaret and now his marriage is probably going down the tubes next season. Sooo disappointed in Geordie for kissing that Margaret woman. And disappointed in Sidney for mucking up his own relationship with that Margaret woman.
Go, Leonard. So proud of him for telling off that weasely bishop. And poor Leonard. That wasn't cool the way his boo did him.
Why is Sidney in personal crisis every season? He needs to pull himself together--and find himself a wife who isn't named Amanda Kendall Hopkins. And Amanda needs to let him go.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie