Category Archives: Modern Mystery

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.

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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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Fiction Review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (1998)

The book I have chosen to review is The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, a mystery novel by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the first novel of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series by Alexander McCall Smith. The series is set in Gaborone, Botswana, and follows the adventures of the clever and compassionate Mma […]
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Fiction Review: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons (1995)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel tells the story of Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles, a girl neglected by her parents who finds in the Yoruba faith of the slaves a refuge for her longings. In a South American seaport of the eighteenth-century, Sierva is bitten by a dog while she walked on the streets with […]
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Fiction Review: Finch by Jeff VanderMeer (2009)

In Finch, we witness one very difficult week of detective John Finch, “Finchy” as his beloved partner Wyte calls him, while he tries to solve an impossible murder case. Living in the dystopian city of Ambergris that is slowly decaying and putrefying after the “Rising” of the Grey Caps, the powerful colonizers of this once magnificent city, Finch […]
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