DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia   The children’s mystery genre is sadly under-explored, with very few decent movies revolving around crimes. Of course, children’s entertainment shouldn’t center around murder, rape, and other violent atrocities, but properly designed, relatively wholesome puzzles are great for developing young minds.   Disney’s recent hit Zootopia is an enjoyable crime comedy for […]

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review: The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3 The premise of The Americans is certainly attention grabbing– and disturbing. A seemingly ordinary family living outside of Washington, DC, in the 1980s has a secret. To the world, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are a mild-mannered couple who run a travel agency and have […]

Book Review of the Week: Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook

Book Review of the Week:  Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook By Janice Poon Titan Books 2016 $29.95 I have voiced my admiration for the television series Hannibal in the past (https://strandmag.com/dvd-review-hannibal-season-three/). Not only did the show manage to adapt the well-explored subject matter in a fresh and creative manner that still somehow remained remarkably loyal […]

DVD Review– Turn: Washington’s Spies– Seasons 2 & 3

DVD Review– Turn: Washington’s Spies– Seasons 2 & 3

 DVD Review– Turn: Washington’s Spies– Seasons 2 & 3   Based on an irresistible true story, though streamlined and reimagined for dramatic purposes, Turn: Washington’s Spies centers on a small group of amateur spies (“the Culper Ring”) as they gather intelligence at the behest of George Washington in the hopes of winning the Revolution.   […]

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead   The Beautiful Dead By Belinda Bauer Atlantic Monthly Press 2016 $25.00   The Beautiful Dead is the story of Eve Singer, a television reporter specializing in crime cases. When a twist of fate makes her the obsession of a serial killer, she becomes a pawn in the killer’s game […]

DVD Review– 19-2– Seasons 1, 2, and 3

DVD Review– 19-2– Seasons 1, 2, and 3

DVD Review– 19-2– Seasons 1, 2, and 3 An English-language remake of a French-language Canadian cop show, 19-2 focuses on the lives of a team of first responders. These are not detectives: their job is to be the first at the scenes of crimes and to take care of assorted tasks. They’re not supposed to […]

DVD Review– Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season

DVD Review– Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season

DVD Review– Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season   Based on Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire Mysteries (as yet unread by me), Longmire is a series rescued from a premature cancellation. After three superb seasons on A&E, the show was cancelled while still popular, and after some anxiety on the part of fans, Netflix came to the […]

Book of The Week: The Old Man By Thomas Perry

Book of The Week: The Old Man By Thomas Perry

Book of The Week: The Old Man  By Thomas Perry The Old Man By Thomas Perry Mysterious Press 2017 $26.00   The Old Man is a thriller that illustrates that advancing years don’t necessarily mean that one’s life has to be dull and devoid of adventure. As the novel opens, Dan Chase is retired, his […]

Book Review: Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman

Book Review: Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman

Book Review: Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman Every Man a Menace By Patrick Hoffman Atlantic Monthly Press 2016 $25.00   Patrick Hoffman’s Every Man a Menace is a panoramic international crime novel in which the action spans both hemispheres. The story revolves around drug-smuggling: MDMA is making its way to California, and a […]

Book Review: Indefensible: The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer

Book Review: Indefensible: The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer

Book Review: Indefensible: The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer   by Michael Griesbach New York: Kensington, 2016. $26.00 The Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer (as of this writing unseen by me) has become a runaway hit and the topic of much discussion and outrage. Countless people, including many […]

DVD Review– The Witness

DVD Review– The Witness The story of Kitty Genovese is supposedly well known. A young woman was brutally murdered in the middle of the night in New York. Well over thirty people witnessed the attack, but nobody did anything. The crime became a symbol of the city’s moral decay, the people who refused to get […]

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2

DVD Review– The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 2   The Brokenwood Mysteries has been dubbed the Midsomer Murders of New Zealand, and there are indeed many parallels. Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) are the police detectives who investigate a series of mysterious crimes throughout the lovely New Zealand countryside.   Mike Shepherd […]