Articles tagged mystery

When Murder Gets Zany: The Malone Mysteries

These B-grade comedy mysteries are paired together in a DVD double feature, despite their obvious differences.

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Once You Log Into ‘The Ghost Network’, You Won’t Want to Log Out

Dizzyingly constructed yet undeniably fascinating, The Ghost Network is thoroughly intriguing and dense, with an abundance of techniques that make it feel entirely authentic.

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‘The Alphabet Murders’ Is Agatha Christie Set in a Cartoon World

With The Alphabet Murders, director Frank Tashlin adapts Agatha Christie and highlights the spectacle rather than the sense in the story.

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Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain

Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir.

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‘The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress’ Is a Historical Mystery With Panache

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is all about speakeasies, gangsters, glamour, and mystery. Best of all? The mystery is a true story.

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‘Bellweather Rhapsody’ Is an Entertaining and Enthralling Yarn

What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future.

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‘Fallen Land’: A Provocative Descent from Ambition to Madness

Unorthodox literary tactics imbue Fallen Land with psychological drama, keen social commentary, and riveting suspense all at once.

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Sherlock Holmes, Dirk Gently and the Case of the Eccentric Detective

With two TV shows returning Arthur Conan Doyle's creation to our screens, Sherlock Holmes has never seemed more influential. But for the good of detective fiction, it might be time to look elsewhere for our unorthodox investigators...

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‘Ghost Story’: Harry Dresden Is a Detective, a Magician, a Ghost

In life and death, in any examination of the past, there is regret; for loss, for suffering, for pain and failure. Here, Harry Dresden comes to terms with why he is who and what he is.

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‘Unknown’ Will Probably Remain That Way

Missed opportunities lurk around every corner of this messy production.

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Mystery writer Hallie Ephron finds her place in a literary family

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When you’re Hallie Ephron and your sisters are Nora, Delia and Amy Ephron, comparisons, however unfair, are inevitable. That’s because novelist

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Mystery, Murder, a Woman Author and a Dandy Aristocrat

Usually, Kuala Lumpur is predictably sweltering and humid with the occasional rainstorm to break the monotony. Over Christmas and New Year, however, we had grey

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‘Winter’s Bone’: Where Crime and Loss are the Only Family

A tough 17-year-old dropout searches for her missing father in the poverty- and meth-scared hills of the Missouri Ozarks.

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‘Girl by the Lake’: An Excellent Premise for a Classic Detective Story

Andrea Molaioli displays the confidence of a veteran filmmaker and lets the story play out without resorting to overly clever techniques.

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‘Jass’ Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

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In ‘Molly Fox’s Birthday’ There is Nary a Scrap of Lazy Writing to be Seen

Earnest conversations, long passages of description, thoughtful interludes contemplating this or that relationship quirk -- a complex portrait, subtle to the point of tedium.

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‘The Affinity Bridge’ Is an Enormously Fun Steampunk Novel

George Mann's book is a smattering of Sherlock Holmes, Neuromancer, and H.G. Wells all rolled into one enormously fun Steampunk novel.

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The Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux

Writing a novel about writer’s block is a bit like cleaning a revolver when you’re not entirely incapable of suicide. Paul Theroux’s new book, a clumsy attempt at the mystery novel, goes off in his own hand.

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Shutter Island: In a Lonely Place

A haunted-house spooker mixed with an obsessed-detective noir, Shutter Island is not a great film. But that doesn't mean it isn't one of Scorsese's best, and one to be remembered.

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Tony Hillerman: Dance Hall of the Dead

I don’t know if we’ll ever see the likes of Tony Hillerman again. His gift of imagining life through the eyes of a

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'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

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"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

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