"It was not the dead that seemed to Quirke uncanny but the living..." - Benjamin Black

Fiction Review: Cornell Woolrich’s The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black (1940) stands as a landmark achievement in Cornell Woolrich’s writing career. The book launched Woolrich’s most notable decade of work, signaling a significant departure from his earlier novels. Woolrich’s first foray in to hardboiled detective fiction also foreshadowed suspense techniques that modern writers still use. In any type of fiction, the […]
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Post Title: Spoilers! The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Stieg Larsson. Published 2008.     Opening Statement: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson does not lend itself to being pigeonholed into just one genre. To be sure, it’s a murder mystery, and a thirty-six-year-old one at that. In addition, it’s a thriller, […]
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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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Congratulations Eve Cran!

I am so pleased to announce that one of our own, Eve Cran, has been accepted to the prestigious Online Creative Writing Program at Stanford! Eve was one of our mystery fiction scholars in 2015 and her final project, “The Doors of Perception,” related the fictionalized encounter between  philosopher and psychologist William James and artist […]
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Brick, Directed by Rian Johnson, 2005 [SPOILERS]

When we meet Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), he has lost his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie De Ravin) for the second time. As the audience of Brick, we don’t know that yet, but her lifeless body facedown at the mouth of a runoff tunnel is once enough. Crouching feet from her, Brendan doesn’t appear mournful or even surprised […]
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Fiction Review: Clawback by J.A. Jance

An investment company goes bankrupt as a result of a Ponzi Scheme leaving many of the local residents of Sedona, Arizona without their money and the threat of Claw back of any of the distributions they may have had.  Ali Reynold’s is on a mission to clear her father of a double murder and recover […]
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Bosch – Amazon Original Series, Season 1 – SPOILER

Bosch, an Amazon Original series based on the novels of Michael Connelly, is a LAPD homicide detective that plays but the rules, most of the time.  Currently in its 2nd season, each season deals with a new crime that is investigated over the 10 episodes. Season 1 focused on three of Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, […]
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Fiction Review: Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

  Note: This review contains SPOILERS from the book. The book Tricky Twenty-Two, by Janet Evanovich, is, not surprisingly, the twenty-second installment of Evanovich’s bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s series of the comic crime fiction subgenre. Unfortunately, anyone who has read other books in the series and were excited for the next book may as well […]
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Fiction Review: “Hard Candy,” directed by David Slade. 2005

Please note: This review contains SPOILERS about the plot of the movie.   (SPOILER) “Nothing’s yours when you invite a teenager into your home,” says Hayley just at the 30-minute mark of the movie Hard Candy. Hard Candy is an American indie psychological thriller. It is the brainchild of first time producer David W. Higgins, […]
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