House of Games: My Favorite Movie, Even If You Haven’t Heard of It

 House of Games is not the solving of a single mystery or the capturing of an individual.   It is a movie that presents continual intrigue because the viewer is constantly questioning which elements are genuine expression from the characters and which are parts of an intricate con.  The criminals wear many facades and disguises, expertly hidden from […]
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Bouchercon Dallas 2019: OCT. 31 – NOV. 3

There is still time to register! https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1811986 Bouchercon is an annual international mystery convention sponsored by devoted mystery volunteers. Their purpose is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, editors, reviewers, bloggers, booksellers, librarians, and publishers can gather in an informal, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming setting to celebrate the love of mystery. Bouchercon is for […]
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Film Review: Detective K: The Secret of the Living Dead (2018)

Detective K: “I’m called a detective and a shaman too. For I can find a killer just by looking at the corpse, I’m like a possessed shaman who knows all. Shall we begin?  “Owner of Lodge: “Is he usually like that?” Seo-pil (Detective K’s partner): “Worse sir, he must not be feeling well, less bragging than usual.“           Invisible […]
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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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