Category Archives: Classic Mystery

Film Review: Clue (1985)

Clue is a comedy/mystery film directed by Jonathan Lynn based on the board game Clue. Six people are invited to a dinner party in a mysterious mansion and are each given an alias that coincides with the game’s playable characters. There are eight main characters, so a familiarity with the game comes in handy when […]
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Was Sherlock Holmes a real person? What’s the difference between a crime novel and a mystery novel? What really happened to all the TP? Survey mystery fiction and its conventions, from the genre’s 19th-century origins to the classic Golden Age puzzle to its many postmodern manifestations. Writers to be studied will include Edgar Allan Poe, […]
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Book Review: Lady in The Lake, by Laura Lippman, New York, NY: William Morrow 2019

Book Review by Bianca Blengino   The Lady in the Lake is a noir piece by Laura Lippman. The setting is the city of Baltimore in 1966, a time of shifting societal norms around race and gender. Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz makes her own change by leaving a seemingly happy marriage to create an independent passion […]
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MWA Announces 2019 Nominees

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

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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Film Review: “Cards on the Table,” based on the Agatha Christie novel

This review will cover the feature-length film that tells the story of Christie’s “Cards on the Table,” a Poirot novel published in 1936 during the Golden Age of detective fiction. The film, directed by Sarah Harding with screenplay by Nick Dear, was first aired in 2006. Hercule Poirot, played by English actor David Suchet, stars […]
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A Review of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902 [SPOILERS]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (from here on HOUN) is a murder mystery novel published in 1902 in The Strand Magazine for the first time and is a part of the Sherlock Holmes series. In the novel, we follow the investigations of the famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his ever […]
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The Fate of Rosaline: A Review of “The Ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin” (SPOILERS)

Anonymous. “The Ruins of the Abbey Fitz-Martin” in The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009): 31-49. In “The Ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin,” Sir Thomas Fitz-Martin and his daughter Rosaline move into an ancestral home with a dark and disturbing history.  Before the Fitz-Martin family moves into the abbey, the author […]
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Film Review: Not A Sherlock But A Mr. Holmes (2015)

The new addition to the Sherlock Holmes BBC franchise is not what one might expect.   Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock, is based on the novel, A Slight Trick of The Mind by Mitch Cullin. The movie is directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Twilight Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and […]
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Listen to The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe | FULL Unabridged AudioBook

Originally Published on Dec 20, 2014 The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe – Listen to full unabridged audiobook online for free on YouTube! Visit their website: Follow them on Facebook: Follow them on Twitter: Recorded by If you want to volunteer please visit