Category Archives: Modern Mystery

Movie Review: Child 44

Tom Hardy! Gary Oldman! Noomi Rapace! Have you heard of this movie? I hadn’t either. It’s a detective story and more. Way more. In fact, it’s excessive. By Nazreen Booth In service of my foray into movie criticism, I chose a film I loved. Then, when I sat down, excited for my upteenth viewing of […]
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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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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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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.

Fiction Review: Bufo & Spallanzani by Rubem Fonseca

First published in 1985 (coincidently the year I was born), Bufo & Spallanzani, written by the renowned Brazilian writer Rubem Fonseca, combines different crimes and stories, tangled up by the murderer of Delfina Delamare, the wife of a millionaire. The novel tells the story through Gustavo Flavio’s perspective, a writer in crisis that is struggling […]
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Against Time *possible spoiler alert*

 “Are you familiar with the concept of lateral thinking? It consists of changing the perspective from which one analyzes events.”

“I don’t know what you expect me to see.”

“The details, Mr. Doria. Focus on the details. They’ve always been in front of our eyes. But you have to analyze them from a different perspective. What if the answer to the enigma was never inside the room, but outside?”

Dalziel and Pascoe: Mysterious Literary Drama

The BBC Dalziel and Pascoe Mystery series is based upon Reginald Hill’s series of crime drama novels featuring the unlikely partners Detective Peter Pascoe and Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel. The tone and narrative of the work however, rises above simple police procedural crime drama. For example, Detective Pascoe, trying to comfort Dalziel who feels responsible […]
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Making the Case for Hardboiled Sleuths in Video Games

Good morning scholars! This morning I came across a fantastic article in Paste Magazine addressing potential connections between the hardboiled detective genre and video games. Admittedly, I’m not much of a digital gamer (the last thing I tried being Atari in 1984…are they still around?) But from what I do know,  long-form narrative games and […]
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Fiction Review: Faithful Place by Tana French

Faithful Place by Tana French, 2010 [SPOILERS] Faithful Place by Tana French is an unconventional mystery novel. There is a crime, there is a detective and the detective solves the crime, but in many ways this takes a secondary place to the detective’s own story. Frank Mackey, a seasoned detective with the Undercover Squad, is […]
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Fiction Review: The Man Who Controls the Earth by Marc Schiffman (2012)

The Man Who Controls the Earth by Marc Schiffman Self-published in 2012, Marc Schiffman’s novel is the story of a hard-boiled investigative newsman that moves—or gets pushed around. Expatriate news writer, Peter Merlo, lives a self-destructive life in Bangkok, Thailand. One “evening after,” two mysterious Thai men call on his help. An old friend and […]
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