Book Review: L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais (1999)

L.A. Requiem is a detective novel by Robert Crais published in 1999. It is the 8th in the series that centers on Elvis Cole, a private detective of the hard-boiled ilk in Los Angeles, California. Cole is brought into the mysterious death of Karen Garcia by his business partner, long-time friend and former Police Officer, […]
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Television Series Review: Sharp Objects (2018)

In Jean Marc-Vallee’s series Sharp Objects, we follow troubled reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) as she reluctantly returns to her hometown, Wind Gap, to cover the brutal murders of two young girls. Upon her return to the rural Missouri town, Camille must contend with her mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson), and her half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen), […]
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MWA Announces 2019 Nominees

Good morning scholars! Get your reading glasses ready – the MWA has announced its 2019 nominees! 2019EdgarNominationsPressRelease

Film Review Midsomer Murders: Small Mercies (2009)

Adapted from the original works of Caroline Graham, ITV’s Midsomer Murders series began with film adaptations of the original detective stories. After completing all seven of the original novels, the television series continued to create new cases for DCI Barnaby and his team. Since then, a wide array of new characters have emerged, and when […]
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Book Review: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (2018)

Vaughan_X1039_M7_Mystery Review Down the River unto the Sea is Walter Mosley’s latest crime mystery novel. The protagonist Joe King Oliver is an ex-police officer turned private investigator. The circumstances of his life—framed by a corrupt cop colleague, forced to serve years in prison, abandoned by his wife, harried constantly as black man in a white […]
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Film Review: Nancy Drew (2007) (includes spoilers)

A true representation of the unflappable sleuth we’ve known and loved since the first Nancy Drew book was published in 1930.

Film Review: Shutter Island (2010) (includes spoilers)

  Shutter Island’s premise, at first, seems very similar to the mystery film and novel template. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, it masquerades as a gritty noir movie. Teddy Daniels visits a hospital for the criminally insane investigating the disappearance of the murderer of his wife. Taking place in 1954, Shutter Island […]
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Book Review: L. A. REQUIEM, by Robert Crais, 1999

WilliamLeeShotwell_ENGLISHX103.9-007_ModuleSeven_BookReview L. A. REQUIEM, Robert Crais, 1999 L. A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais is a murder mystery that is in the genre of the hard boiled detective type. The procedural method, often used by police departments, was employed to solve the murder mystery. Herein, Private Detectives used information gathered by the Robbery Homicide Division and […]
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Secrets, Secrets… A Book Review

A Review of Celeste’s Ng’s Everything I Never Told You – 2014 by Emily Thomson      When I was younger, I kept a terrible secret. No, I didn’t kill anyone, live a double life, or scam a friend into money – I hated milk. Every time I had it, a bellyache would come, and […]
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MWA Announces 2018 Edgar Award Nominations

Good Afternoon Scholars! Just wanted to pass along a link to this year’s Edgar Award Nominations! Which is your favorite to win?? Tweet your title at https://twitter.com/berkeleymystery (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. using the hashtag #BMFiction LINK TO LIST HERE, OR READ LIST POSTED BELOW: https://mysterywriters.org/mwa-announces-2018-edgar-award-nominations/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an […]
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