Category Archives: Scene of the crime

Jaon Hickson’s Miss Marple coming to Blu-ray

Joan Hickson was hardly the first actress to play Agatha Christie’s owlish sleuth Jane Marple, but on British television she may still be the most generally liked. Produced by the BBC between 1984 and 1992, this genteel and well-appointed show … Continue reading

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THE RETURN OF THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett

Absurd as it may seem, there are those who don’t think the delightful screwball mysteries featuring Nick and Nora Charles really belong in the oeuvre of hardboiled master, Dashiell Hammett. This has been exacerbated by the perceived devaluation of his … Continue reading

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THE BLACK SPECTACLES (1939) by John Dickson Carr

I was always predisposed to love this book: first off, it’s an impossible crime mystery, second it’s by John Dickson Carr and third it involves movie-making equipment – perfect! It sees the titanic powers of lexicographer detective Gideon Fell at … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo, England, Gideon Fell, Italy, John Dickson Carr, Locked Room Mystery | 75 Comments

THE DRAGON MURDER CASE (1933) by SS Van Dine

A man dives into an open air swimming pool and vanishes, never to be seen alive again. When the pool is drained, the only clue to be found is what looks like the footprints of a dragon on the muddy sediment … … Continue reading

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Lone Star (1996)

This is one of my favourite films and I am always slightly appalled that more people haven’t heard of it. I was reminded of it again when it was announced a few days ago that the versatile American actress Elizabeth … Continue reading

Posted in Film Noir, John Sayles, Noir on Tuesday, Scene of the crime, Texas, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | 38 Comments

THE SNATCH (1971) by Bill Pronzini

After reading Marcia Muller’s first Sharon McCone series (click here for the review), I thought it might be fun to go look at the debut of another San Francisco private eye, one that she would subsequently meet. “Nameless’ was created … Continue reading

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The Empty Beach (1985) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

Bryan Brown played Australian private investigator Cliff Hardy in this adaptation of the fourth in the continuing series of mysteries by Peter Corris. As of this year Hardy has featured in 40 books, and as the author is usually credited … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo, Australia, Peter Corris, Sydney | 24 Comments