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February 12 2015

Dynamic Duos: TV’s Best Crime-Fighting Parterships

The crime/mystery genre has a mighty fine—and very long—history on the small screen, the genre and its myriad forms a solid, even primary, fixture of television schedules. Indeed, it’s...
March 20 2014

What Would Kurt Russell Do? Making the Case for Tango & Cash (1989)

Where exactly does Tango & Cash belong in the pantheon of cop movies?  Let's take a moment to review the accolades it received on its release in 1989. A negative review in the New York...
March 11 2014

Duck, You Sucker, Or You Will Blow Up

In the opening to Sergio Leone’s 1971 film, Duck, You Sucker (aka A Fistful of Dynamite),there’s what one might consider a nod to Sam Peckinpah. All you see is Rod Steiger’s bare...
January 28 2014

Fresh Meat: The Pawnbroker by David and Aimee Thurlo

The Pawnbroker by David and Aimee Thurlo is the series debut of Charlie Henry, now owner of a New Mexico pawnshop after returning from special ops work in Iraq  (available January 28, 2014). Looking...
October 17 2013

Under the Radar—Horror Movies You May Have Missed: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

I love the mainstream, popular, and critically acclaimed films as much as the next person. The last thing I’d consider myself is a cinematic snob. But there are times when a truly amazing movie...
September 14 2013

Set Your DVRs: Five New Crime TV Shows to Watch

According to TV Guide, there are fifty-seven new shows premiering this fall. Fifty-seven. That’s a lot of shows. Clearly, not all of them will succeed, but there are five new shows with criminal...
June 15 2013

Home of the Forgotten: Television’s P.I. Agencies

Let’s face it. When you think of sociable people, the fictional private eye is not the person you think of first. PIs are supposed to be loners. The TV PI will tell you he is a loner, but then...
February 14 2013

An Epic Bromance: Sherlock Fan Art for the One You Love

There are few bromances that are more epic than the one between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (or more than just a bromance if you choose to read between the lines that way). When Clare Toohey and...
June 27 2012

Salma Hayek, Modern Femme Fatale?

The drug thriller Savages, based on the book by Don Winslow, is just a little more than a week away from its cinematic debut and the Internet is soaking up images of Salma Hayek as femme fatale-cum-drug...
April 16 2012

Bones: The Missed Opportunities

I’m uniquely qualified to discuss this series; not because the main character shares my surname, or because I’ve read nearly every Kathy Reichs book, or even because I’ve seen every episode of...
July 27 2011

Dynamic Duos: Remington Steele and Laura Holt

Try this for a deep, dark secret: the great detective, Remington Steele? He doesn’t exist. I invented him. Follow. I always loved excitement, so I studied, and apprenticed, and put my name on an office....
May 16 2011

Who’s Dying for Castle Season 3?

Don’t forget to check your guesses at our Castle Season 3 finale recap.  Okay, so “The Dead Pool” was really this season’s episode 21, but we’re having another version right...
May 16 2011

Dynamic Duos: Dorothy Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane

This post includes spoilers, but if you haven’t read this classic series yet, what are you waiting for?  I read my first Dorothy Sayers mystery– most of them, in fact–when I was...
May 11 2011

Breaded Crime: Wallace and Gromit’s Healthy Breakfast

A breadmaker in North Carolina recently received a sentence of 9 to 11 years in prison for intentionally misleading customers into purchasing his gluten-“unfree” products. Paul Evan Seelig...
May 3 2011

Lehane Writes Romance, too? Kenzie and Gennaro

I’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places...and finding it in mysteries and thrillers! For the last five years, I've run the green room at Book Expo America—the national...
April 27 2011

Crime’s Couples: Benjamin January and Rose Vitrac

Barbara Hambly’s series of historical mysteries set in 1830s New Orleans are exceptional for their deep sense of setting, their intriguing continuing characters, their direct confrontations with...
Myretta Robens
April 25 2011

Reading Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Mysteries for the Romance

I like to think that I read eclectically, and that might be true.  When I looked at that BBC list of 100 books worth reading making the rounds on Facebook, I had read 62 of them.  And,...
April 25 2011

Musing on BBC’s Sherlock: “A Study in Pink”

I'm one of the very few Sherlockians I know possessed of a rabid aversion to deerstalkers.  When I think about the iconic chapeau of our personal hero, I get an expression on my face not dissimilar...