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March 25 2016

Building Character Is Murder: Should We Resurrect for the Same Reason as We Kill?

When I set out to write a post specifically about beloved characters that I believe, in my all-too-mortal opinion, should not have died, in considering that list, I became far more interested in...
April 20 2015

The Gadgetless and Tired Assassin: James Bond’s Short Stories

Every so often the caretakers of the James Bond movie franchise talk about getting back to author Ian Fleming’s original creation, distancing themselves from the outlandish stunts, gadgets, and...
February 21 2015

Fresh Meat: The Outsiders by Gerald Seymour

The Outsiders by Gerald Seymour is an espionage thriller featuring MI5 agent Winnie Monks who follows a Russian crime czar to Spain for revenge of a brutal murder from years ago (available February...
February 17 2015

Now Win This!: Touch of Madness Sweepstakes

There is no genius without a touch of madness, as these seven books can attest! Click here to enter for a chance to win! This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes. You must click the link above...
February 15 2015

Fresh Meat: Nobody Walks by Mick Herron

Nobody Walks by Mick Herron is set in the same fictional London as his Slough House series, and now introduces Tom Bettany, an ex-spook with a violent past and only one thing to live for one thing —...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
November 17 2014

Salting the Battlefield: Worricker’s Conclusion

Worricker (Bill Nighy) is on the run, now in Germany with ex-spy, ex-love Margot (Helena Bonham Carter) by his side. They’re stirring the embers of their faded romance and recalling all the...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
November 10 2014

Turks & Caicos: The Return of Worricker

“I used to be able to open the bonnet, take out a wrench and fix my car. Now I need a degree in electronics. Even easy things are difficult now,” a character tells Johnny Worricker...
October 2 2014

Fresh Meat: A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet

A Demon Summer is the 4th book from G.M. Malliet to feature Max Tudor, vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in the town of Nether Monkslip, England. Max Tudor is a former MI5 agent turned vicar, who...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 23 2014

Masterpiece Mystery: The Escape Artist: Episode 2

Remember that fabulous life Will Burton was living in Episode 1 of The Escape Artist? Right. Neither does he. All it took was the smallest gesture toward the wrongest person to shatter...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 16 2014

Masterpiece Mystery: The Escape Artist: Episode 1

Will Burton has a really good life: a beautiful wife, a great kid, a fluffy dog, a fabulous city apartment, and a picture-perfect country home. Unfortunately, Will the barrister also has a client...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 3 2014

Will We Spy MI5 on the Big Screen?

Because somehow you knew you hadn’t seen the last of Harry Pearce, we bring you news of Spooks: The Greater Good, a full-length feature film installment of the TV series know as Spooks in...
February 6 2013

What Did Agatha Christie Really Know?

When Agatha Christie wrote about a character named Major Bletchley in her 1941 novel N or M, most people didn’t give it a second thought. Of course, MI5 doesn’t qualify as “most...
February 1 2013

Literary Intelligence: Writers as Spies

Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy was my first brush with the notion that writers were spies. At nine I was Harriet, furiously scribbling in my notebook as I peered under gates and through knot-holed...
January 11 2013

What is Best in Life? A British Spy Comedy of Course

To say that all of us here at Crime HQ are fans of British television would be a bit of an understatement. Not only do we keep track of all the best shows they are not showing in America (get on that...
September 21 2012

MI-5: Come for the Action, Stay for the Love

Warning, there will be season 10 spoilers, tears, and flailing. You have been warned. It’s been a while since I saw the very last episode of MI-5 and it’s taken me this long to come...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
October 12 2011

Inspector Lewis: The Gift of Promise

Oxford is a beautiful place, but it’s never more enchanting than when it’s littered with corpses and Inspector Lewis is on the case. This week’s episode of Inspector Lewis on Masterpiece Mystery,...
September 16 2011

Counterpoint: Don’t Bury The Lead!

In Bury the Lead...Please!, Elyse Dinh-McCrillis made a plea to American television producers that struck fear in the heart of this American television viewer. She writes: “If producers want to bring...
Pop Culture Nerd
August 26 2011

Tips from MI-5: Bury The Lead...Please!

Lately, fans have been protesting the demise of their favorite TV characters, whether they are being killed off in Game of Thrones or, in the case of Glee, merely graduating from high school. Viewers...