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March 4 2016

Creating the Perfect “Baddie”

Are people ever truly “evil”? Many people commit evil acts, but are these a sign that the perpetrator is evil, or are their actions so far beyond what civilized people might consider “normal,”...
February 11 2016

History as Mystery: Part II

Yesterday, in History as Mystery Part I, I explored why I love historical mysteries so much and offered 10 of my absolute favorites as sort of a crash course reading list to get you started. Now...
June 7 2015

Fresh Meat: The Dead Assassin by Vaughn Entwistle

The Dead Assassin by Vaughn Entwhistle is the 2nd book in the Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle where the author sets out to solve an ill-fated assassination (available June...
June 5 2015

Orson Welles at 100: Falstaff, or Chimes At Midnight (1965)

Falstaff might just be Orson Welles’s greatest film. Welles himself thought so, and many among his legion of devoted fans think so. That the film remains largely unseen in America has little...
February 3 2015

Now Win This!: The Deadly Medley Sweepstakes

We have a little bit of that and a little bit of this. Check out six great books that you won't want to miss! Click here to enter for a chance to win! This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes....
November 5 2014

Adventures, Spies, Gangsters, and Thrillers: A Look Back at Four Richard Burton Films

The public image of Richard Burton (1925-1984), for better or for worse, will forever be intertwined with Elizabeth Taylor (who he married twice) and for a lifetime struggle with alcohol. But at...
October 25 2014

Fatal Footlights: The Theater Mystery

The theater world has long been a prime setting for mystery and mayhem. Shakespeare, that homicidal scribe, virtually carpeted the stage with slain corpses. The murderers he created are numerous:...
July 18 2014

Pulling Up a Seat from Shakespeare to Sherlock: London’s New Literary Benches

From Shakespeare to Sherlock, Hercule Poirot to James Bond, London has always had a rich literary history. And now you can sit on it! Thanks to The National Literacy Trust, along with its public...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 14 2013

And in the Role of Yorick...

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest… In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the role of Yorick the court jester is little more than a cameo (you couldn’t...
January 15 2013

Plot “Twists” That Turn the Stomach

It is a painful experience to watch a story come apart. From that moment during the telling of a pointless anecdote when the speaker realizes no laughter is forthcoming, to the most sweeping epic...
October 4 2012

Murder or Misadventure: The Death of William Shakespeare

“Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting, and it seems drank too hard; for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted.” The Vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon, 1661 He...
December 15 2011

To Die By Your Side: A Sweet Afternoon Treat

This is just a little movie to bring a bit of joy to your day. It’s a handmade homage to books and love and death in felt and embroidery stop-motion animation by Spike Jonze, Simon Cahn and Olympia...
November 11 2011

Who is Shakespeare?: “As If We Were Villains On Necessity”

In a lively market town in Warwickshire during the 1570’s, a leather merchant and glovemaker, formerly very prosperous, was edging toward financial ruin.  The courts prosecuted him–or perhaps...
October 14 2011

Shakespeare as Sherlock

Within the last thirty years, readers have been exposed to several new versions of William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, versions that take us far afield from the Shakespeare that tradition has presented...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 21 2011

Inspector Lewis: Wild Justice

“Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out,” wrote the philosopher and essayist Francis Bacon in 1625. How generous of him to...
September 10 2011

The Best—And Worst—Conspiracy Books

I do not believe every conspiracy theory that comes down the pipe. I really don’t. I am not a 9/11 “truther.” I am not a “birther.” But, as Sixth Floor Museum head Gary Mack famously told...