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August 4 2015

Hannibal 3.09: “And the Woman Clothed With the Sun...”

When Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) visits Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), we learn even the perennially-scruffy nature boy wears aftershave. The moon-phased Tooth Fairy is on a killing deadline, and...
July 28 2015

Hannibal 3.08: “The Great Red Dragon” At Last Descends

Stray dogs and more Englishmen! Once Hannibal was captive, I felt safe vacating, so “The Great Red Dragon” is a late write-up. This episode had a dash of everything I love and may mourn...
July 20 2015

Hannibal 3.07: “Digestivo” Finishes Characters

Hannibal's “Digestivo” finishes characters with a burp, despite NBC moving our dinner reservation. Shifted to Saturday night, without preamble, this week's episode had lots...
July 11 2015

Hannibal 3.06: “Dolce” For a Sweet Divorce

Hannibal 3.06's “Dolce” answers whether “Dr. Fell” will accept an amicable divorce over widowerhood. It also returns to Bedelia's axis of Betrayal vs. Forgiveness, and...
July 6 2015

Fresh Meat: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens is a thriller about a group of sisters who barely escape their murderous father, only to run right into even more danger (available July 7, 2015). Years ago, Jess and...
June 20 2015

Fresh Meat: Run You Down by Julia Dahl

Run You Down by Julia Dahl is the 2nd murder mystery in the Rebekah Roberts series about a NYC reporter who's immersed herself in the closed-door Hasidic community (available June 30, 2015). Run...
June 20 2015

Hannibal 3.03: “Secondo” Means Choosing

In “Secondo,” Hannibal and Bedelia lounge in matching rompwear, while Jack mourns Will, who torments the tormented in the Lecter family vineyards. In the novels as here, the well-heeled...
June 18 2015

True Crime Thursday: Dads Worth Incarcerating AND Celebrating!

Enjoy these handmade sentiments for Father's Day—even if we have weird taste in ties. (We're not completely rotten kids. The posts get nicer as they go, culminating in something true,...
May 7 2015

It’s Always a Mother’s Day with Agatha Christie

When it comes to the Queen of Crime, my mother is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. Thanks to her, I’ve become increasingly familiar with the more personal side of Agatha Christie’s life...
April 23 2015

The Americans 3.13: Season Finale “March 8, 1983”

The Season 3 finale of The Americans was a surprisingly low-key affair. Of the myriad confrontations we’d been bracing ourselves for, none really materialized in any significant way. I think...
April 2 2015

The Americans 3.10: “Stingers”

In last night’s “Stingers,” The Americans continued its pattern of structuring its episodes around one extended, intimate, difficult-to-watch scene. Though sometimes harrowing...
March 26 2015

The Americans 3.09: “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Almost every episode in the third season of The Americans has featured at least one scene that is excruciatingly painful for the viewer to watch. These cringe-inducing scenes, from the disposing...
January 22 2015

Fight or Flight: Neither for Woman Who Feels No Fear

Writers, get your pens ready! We've read stories about people who feel no pain, but a woman, known in a recent profile simply as SM, feels no fear. Literally. She's not trying to put on a “brave...
November 30 2014

Fresh Meat: The Firebird’s Feather by Marjorie Eccles

The Firebird's Feather by Marjorie Eccles is a short historical mystery featuring a young English woman in 1911, who is investigating her mother's murder (available December 1, 2014). The...
November 7 2014

Fresh Meat: Hell on Wheels by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Hell on Wheels by Sue Ann Jaffarian is the 9th cozy mystery in the Odelia Grey series, and this time a game of quadriplegic rugby takes a turn towards murder (available November 8, 2014). Plus size...
November 3 2014

Fresh Meat: A Dog Gone Murder by Elaine Viets

A Dog Gone Murder by Elaine Viets is the 10th cozy murder mystery in the Mystery Shopper series featuring amatuer sleuth Josie Marcus (available November 4, 2014). Elaine Viets’ Mystery Shopper...
September 18 2014

Get Carter by Ted Lewis: Crime Fiction’s Open Source Blueprint

I’ll get right to the point here; Ted Lewis’s 1970 novel Jack’s Return Home (re-titled Get Carter so I’ll call it that from here on) is one of the most influential works of crime...
September 16 2014

Now Win This!: Hunt or Be Hunted Sweepstakes

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July 31 2014

Somewhere Between French and American: Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

We know about the appreciation of, and contributions to, noir film and fiction by the French. We know that they celebrated the likes of Jim Thompson when the now-revered American noir author was...
July 17 2014

Fresh Meat: The Oleander Sisters by Elaine Hussey

The Oleander Sisters by Elaine Hussey is an emotional story set in 1969 Mississippi that follows four sisters through the ups and down of the changing times (available July 29, 2014). Let’s...
June 23 2014

“I Wish I Liked You More”: New Trailer for The Judge Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall

Since 2008, the year Iron Man premiered, Robert Downey, Jr. has more or less stuck to movie franchises, supplementing his behemoth Marvel role with two Sherlock Holmes films. But it seems that...
April 30 2014

Fresh Meat: Plaster City by Johnny Shaw

Plaster City by Johnny Shaw is the second adventure in the Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series where the semi-reformed brawler agrees on taking a trip across the vast SoCal desert with Bobby to help him look...
April 29 2014

Fresh Meat: Desperate by Daniel Palmer

Desperate by Daniel Palmer is a standalone thriller about a couple, Gage and Anna, who invite a homeless, pregnant woman into their home in return for her baby (available April 29, 2014). The only...
April 23 2014

Fresh Meat: The Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya

The Poor Boy's Game by Dennis Tafoya is a standalone thriller about Frannie, a U.S. Marshal whose violent childhood memories come rushing back when her father escapes from prison (available April...
April 16 2014

The Apocalypse’s Children: The Walking Dead Meets The Last of Us

One of the most gripping elements, at least for me, is the vulnerability of the children and the lengths to which the adults will go to keep these kids alive – a theme that was front and...
April 8 2014

Fresh Meat: Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline is a family-driven, suspense filled story that asks the question how far would you go to keep your loved ones safe (available April 8, 2014). Ryan, don’t tell...
April 7 2014

Fresh Meat: Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson

Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson is a standalone thriller where backstabbing, double crossing, and shifting alliances lead to kidnapping (available April 8, 2014). Hilary Davidson’s new...
April 5 2014

The Walking Dead’s Season 4: Rick Grimes as Aeneas, Or Just When I Think I’m Out...

The Walking Dead manages to be both the most frustrating and occasionally most compelling show I watch on TV. First of all, I’m always at the edge of my seat wondering whether a given episode...
March 3 2014

Child-Killer Susan Smith, or, Why Alice Crimmins Makes a Lousy Role Model

Many people believe that Alice Crimmins got away with the 1965 murder of her two children. (Read my views on the Crimmins case here.) But could the Crimmins case have provided fodder for a future...
February 23 2014

True Detective: 1.06 “Haunted Houses” Used to Feel Like Home

Last episode, Ruston Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) walked out of the interview with Detectives Gilbough (Michael Potts) and Papania (Tory Kittles). They had confronted him with photos placing him...