DVD Review: True Detective: The Complete Third Season

DVD Review: True Detective: The Complete Third Season   True Detective burst onto the television landscape six years ago with a highly acclaimed first season, while its sophomore effort was roundly viewed as a disappointment.  I’ve been a bit of a contrarian for both of these earlier seasons, as I thought that Season One was […]

FROM JACK REACHER TO SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ENDURING POWER OF PREQUELS

Book Review: New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by MX Publishing

Book Review: New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by MX Publishing   MX Publishing specializes in Sherlock Holmes-themed fiction and scholarship, and here are some of their recent releases.   A Baskerville Curse– Another Sherlock Holmes Alphabet, by P. James Macaluso, Jr.   This little book is a delightful adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, told […]

DVD Review: Richard Jewell & Book Review: The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle

DVD Review: Richard Jewell & Book Review: The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle   By Chris Chan   When Richard Jewell dreamed of becoming a hero, he must have made his wish on a cursed monkey’s paw, because though he did save a […]

Book Review: The Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!; The New Adventures of Solar Pons: Tales of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street; Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk, Tales of a Retro Future; & Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk, Mechanical Men and Other Otherworldly Endeavors.

Book Review: The Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!; The New Adventures of Solar Pons: Tales of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street; Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk, Tales of a Retro Future; & Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk, Mechanical Men and Other Otherworldly Endeavors.   Belanger Books is a […]

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes is Everywhere!

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes is Everywhere!   This anthology takes a look at the various ways that Sherlock Holmes has influenced the real world. The essays in Sherlock Holmes is Everywhere! illustrate the different paths that brought the authors into the Sherlock Holmes fandom.  Some of them read the original stories as children, others later […]

Book and Puzzle Review: Cain’s Jawbone: A Novel Problem

Book and Puzzle Review: Cain’s Jawbone: A Novel Problem   Cain’s Jawbone is a unique book and puzzle.  The title comes from the first recorded murder weapon.  The premise is irresistible.  A one hundred page-long novella, with all of the pages out of order.  The goal is to rearrange the pages into the correct order– […]

Seven of the Best Romantic Suspense Novels

Book Review: The Last Thing She Remembers

Book Review: The Last Thing She Remembers   When a woman claiming to suffer from amnesia wanders into an English village, the aftershocks of her arrival will change the town forever.  Who is she?  Does she really have amnesia, or is she lying?  This is the opening premise of J.S. Monroe’s The Last Thing She […]

Book Review: The Inspector Dover Novels

Book Review: The Inspector Dover Novels   DCI Wilfred Dover is lazy, unhygienic, rude, gluttonous, ill-tempered, sticky-fingered, and one of the most entertaining detectives of twentieth-century crime fiction.  His creator, Joyce Porter, wrote ten novels and several short stories featuring Scotland Yard’s most boorish and crude sleuth, along with two other series featuring an amateur […]

DVD Review: Knives Out

DVD Review: Knives Out   (SPOILER WARNING: Major plot points will be discussed here.)   Knives Out is a movie I wanted to love but wound up only kind of liking.  On paper, it’s exactly my kind of entertainment.  Harlan Thrombey, a famous mystery writer, has died mysteriously, his elaborately designed and decorated house is […]

Book Review: One Day You’ll Burn

Book Review: One Day You’ll Burn   One Day You’ll Burn manages to achieve something few novels manage to succeed at doing: create a palpable sense of atmosphere and place.  Not only that, but it manages to do so without being heavy-handed or overblown.  Focusing on a grisly crime in Los Angeles, Joseph Schneider paints […]