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November 3 2017

The Poe Myth Still Buried: Reviewing PBS’s Buried Alive

This week, PBS aired a documentary on Poe titled, Buried Alive. It should have been, Buried Anew. It was too much to hope that the film would actually set the record straight about...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 11 2017

Endeavour 4.04: “Harvest” Episode Review

Five years before this episode takes place, a car headed toward the country village of Bramford was forced off the road by a military vehicle barreling toward it. The truck didn’t slow down....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 4 2017

Endeavour 4.03: “Lazaretto” Episode Review

In the Fosdick ward at Cowley General Hospital, the beds are numbered 1 through 10. They look alike, but Bed 10 is different from the others. People die in Bed 10. In fact, the hospital staff...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 28 2017

Endeavour 4.02: “Canticle” Episode Review

“I can’t figure you out,” a 20-something character says to Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans). “You know that there’s something happening, right? Here, in the world, everywhere....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 21 2017

Endeavour 4.01: “Game” Episode Review

A swimming pool, Joan Thursday leaving home, a welder in a pumping station, Holy Communion, a mainframe computer, a concert, preparations for a chess match, a crime writer reading his latest novel...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 31 2017

Grantchester 3.06: Episode Review

We conclude this series of Grantchester with preparations for a wedding, although maybe not the wedding you were expecting. It’s Mrs. Maguire (Tessa Peake-Jones) preparing to walk down the...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 24 2017

Grantchester 3.05: Episode Review

Sidney’s in civvies. The hunky vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) has gone AWOL from Grantchester and his duty to his parishioners, not to mention his budding love affair with Amanda (Morven...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 20 2017

Prime Suspect: Tennison Deserves Prequel Time

It’s been years since we last saw Superintendent Jane Tennison with all her ugly, angry demons on display in Prime Suspect. Helen Mirren left us with an indelible impression of the character...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 17 2017

Grantchester 3.04: Episode Review

“Temptation is the source of all suffering,” Sidney Chambers (James Norton) tells his parishioners in his Sunday sermon. Well, if that’s true, the hunky vicar must be suffering...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 10 2017

Grantchester 3.03: Episode Review

There’s not much in the sleepy village of Grantchester that’s likely to set one’s pulse racing. Hearing a spirited debate about whether to have bingo in the church hall? Watching...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 3 2017

Grantchester 3.02: Episode Review

Nothing says cozy English country village quite like a cricket match on a summer afternoon. Men in white flannels cavorting on the green pitch. Women arranging cakes and sandwiches at the buffet....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 26 2017

Grantchester 3.01: Episode Review

You might recall that the former archdeacon in Grantchester left under a cloud of “embarrassment” last season. That’s the politest way to describe what occurred. Suffice it to...
CrimeHQ
June 20 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Masterpiece Mystery Series

  Don't see your favorite Masterpiece Mystery series? Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 19 2017

Grantchester 3.00: Christmas Special Episode Review

Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy … Grantchester has returned. And this episode, which aired in the U.K. last December, opens with a rehearsal for a Christmas pageant. Thus, the aforementioned...
CrimeHQ
December 12 2016

Trailer: Sherlock Series 4

It’s here. Nearly two years after the end of Series 3 and almost a full year after the standalone “The Abominable Bride” episode, BBC has finally released a trailer for Series...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 22 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.03 Series Finale: “What Lies Tangled” Episode Review

Youthful professor Adam Capstone, being all perky first thing in the a.m., glances out his office window to see a young woman cast a dubious look in his direction. Paying her little mind, he goes...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 15 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.02: “Magnum Opus” Episode Review

If the Morse-Lewis-Endeavour universe has taught us anything, it’s that there’s a never-ending supply of Oxford-related philosophers and scholars whose work can inspire murder mysteries....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 8 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.01: “One for Sorrow” Episode Review

Archaeological excavations are underway at Oxford, and the student diggers have unearthed something they probably didn’t expect to find: a dead body wrapped in recycling bags.  It’s...
CrimeHQ
July 25 2016

New Series 4 Sherlock Trailer Suggests a Darker Direction

The San Diego Comic Con looks like it’s all coming up Cumberbatch. Along with the release of a new Dr. Strange trailer, fans of BBC’s Sherlock were treated to a teaser trailer for...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 11 2016

Endeavour 3.04: “Coda” Episode Review

At the gangster’s funeral, police officers and journalists are tucked none too discreetly behind trees and tombstones—but not Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans). He’s off taking his...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 4 2016

Endeavour 3.03: “Prey” Episode Review

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” wafts through our speakers as the montage begins. A blond woman; a hedge maze; a dark-haired woman pushing a baby carriage; an au pair who seems suspiciously...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 27 2016

Endeavour: 3.02 “Arcadia” Review

An artist named Simon Hallward is sleeping peacefully in his flat when the clock strikes 5 a.m. and the place goes up in flames. Accidental or deliberate? You can guess what our friend Endeavour...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 20 2016

Endeavour 3.01: “Ride” Episode Review

When we last saw our hero Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) in Series 2, Episode 4, “Neverland,” things did not end well. His boss and mentor, D.I. Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), was...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 16 2016

Will We Dig The Tunnel?

In addition to the return of Endeavour on Masterpiece Mystery this week, PBS will air The Tunnel, a French-English co-production from 2013. If the initial episodes are any indication, this police...
CrimeHQ
May 25 2016

An Interview with Louise Penny

Although we all have to patiently wait until August 30th for Louise Penny’s upcoming Inspector Gamache novel, A Great Reckoning, that doesn’t mean we can’t fan the flames and add to...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 23 2016

Wallander 4.03: “The Troubled Man” Episode Review

Early morning. Håkan von Enke (Terrence Hardiman) begins his day as he always does, winding the Mora clock in the front hall of his beautiful historic home. Taking the same walk. Thinking...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 16 2016

Wallander 4.02: “A Lesson in Love” Episode Review

It’s dark, it’s foggy, and our man is buttoned into a pea coat and looking unsettled. In other words, Kurt Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) is back in Sweden where he belongs, and everything’s...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 2 2016

Grantchester 2.06: Episode Review

It’s the last episode of Series 2, and we’re still dealing with the fallout from Gary Bell killing Abigail Redmond in Episode 1. Gary was executed for Abigail’s murder, and...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 25 2016

Grantchester 2.05: Episode Review

Amanda (Morven Christie) has thrown herself into Sidney’s campaign to have Gary Bell released from prison. She’s calling in favors from her rich, influential friends. She’s meeting...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 4 2016

Grantchester 2.02: Episode Review

If your TV series is set anywhere in the vicinity of Cambridge in the 1950s, the story will eventually turn to Soviet spies. Real-life agents Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who were recruited...