Tag Archives: Modern Mystery

Book Review (SPOILERS): Tana French’s The Likeness

Tana French’s hard-to-believe murder mystery follows detective Cassie Maddox as she operates in an undercover capacity, slipping into the life of Lexie Madison, a murdered woman who was fraudulently living as detective Maddox’s undercover persona. Taking place in Glenskehy, a small town outside of Dublin, Ireland, the murder occurs near an abandoned, dilapidated cottage near […]
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The Batman, Movie Review

Opening statement: The Batman, 2022. Featuring Robert Pattinson as The Batman, director Matt Reeves. Also featuring Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. Brief Synopsis: The Batman is a reboot of the popular Batman series; a superhero movie based off of the DC comics Batman character. This […]
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Much to Like about “The Likeness”

In a 2009 Guardian article, award-winning novelist John Banville was questioned about whether his Detective novels deserved to be treated as true literature. “When I get up in the morning,” he said dryly, “I ask my wife whether I should write a Booker Prize winning novel, or another bestselling crime book. And we always come […]
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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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In the News: The ‘Girl’ In The Title – More Than A Marketing Trend

Hi gang! Apologies – it looks like there was a bit of a glitch in WordPress and the original review of this link was erased somehow. However, you can still listen to the recording by visiting here: http://www.npr.org/2016/02/22/467392750/the-girl-in-the-title-more-than-a-marketing-trend

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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UPDATED: Mystery Webcast Monday July 27, 2015!

Hello Scholars! Just an update on Monday’s Webcast. PW has kindly given us permission to reprint the PowerPoint Presentation from the show. If you missed the event but still want to check out what was said, you have several options: You can click the hyperlink below to view and download the list of new titles […]
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MWA Announces 2015 Edgar Nominees

MWA announces 2015 Edgar nominees By Jeremy Lynch on Jan 22, 2015 in Awards Mystery Writers of America have announced the Nominees for the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2014. BEST NOVEL This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (HarperCollins Publishers […]
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In the News: Ausma Zehanat Khan’s ‘Unquiet Dead’

Ausma Zehanat Khan’s ‘Unquiet Dead’ rises above mystery setting By Paula L. Woods January 9, 2015 While publishers may rave about mysteries that “transcend the genre,” few soar beyond their crime-solving objectives. And to find such a treasure in a first-time effort is rarer still. Khan has brought every ounce of her intellect and professional […]
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In the News: Masters of Crime: Elmore Leonard Novels From Library of America and More

By CHARLES FINCHJAN. 9, 2015 FOUR NOVELS OF THE 1970S By Elmore Leonard Library of America, $35. Is Elmore Leonard a great American novelist? His advocates certainly think so, and now, in a volume edited by his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter, he has the imprimatur of the Library of America, with the full accompanying paraphernalia: […]
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