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The hat makes the detective

We finished watching “Death at the Bar” last night. A good installment, but without much that really stands out as excellent. This punnily-named episode tells the story of a lawyer murdered at a pub (double-play on bar. Get it? GET IT?), perhaps with a poisoned dart. A few thoughts: CID Alleyn’s assistant, Inspector Fox, scowls […]

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The Corpse Came Calling

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Frozen

by Jay Bonansinga When I picked up this book at my local history and mystery bookstore (the lovely Centuries and Sleuths, in Forest Park, IL), I mentioned to the proprietor that the author’s name seemed familiar. Augie confirmed that it would be, as Jay Bonansinga also wrote The Sinking of the Eastland, a pretty dramatic […]

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Spring Television Roundup 6: Those tricky mind men

Lie to Me I wasn’t sure I was going to like Lie to Me.  At its heart it seems very much like The Mentalist.  But the show grew on me because of one thing: Dr. Lightman (Tim Roth) is a massive jerk.  The show itself hinges on a creepy idea, that people who are well-trained […]

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Spring Television Roundup 3: The Whedon Connection

Dollhouse I find Dollhouse fascinating for several reasons, the first of which is that by the nature of its storytelling, it puts us in the uncomfortable position of empathizing with high tech pimps.  Because sure, the dolls help with hostage negotiation or break into vaults, but they also fulfill sexual fantasies (though nearly always off […]

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Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective

Or, The Crime of the Midnight Express by Frank Pinkerton; read by Sibella Denton (via Librivox) A moderately entertaining old mystery recommended to me by a friend from the PCA Mystery section.  The book has all the hallmarks of early hard-boiled stories (though was written well before those would have been popular), including friends who […]

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The Codex

By Lev Grossman I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It’s got a bit of nerd, a bit of mystery, a bit of bibliophilia. The plot has to do with a man searching for an ancient book that may or may not have existed, and a computer game that may or may not be involved. […]

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