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Well, we pause briefly for a minor celebration here at Fedora …
Late yesterday this blog sailed past its 400,000th visit, which seems incredible to me – and that’s not including the 113,000 plus visits from spammers (a curse on their tin heads empty hearts).
In looking back at what have been some of the most popular posts since this blog began ion January 2011, one can see that inevitably those composed of ‘best of’ lists tend to do well … but for me there are some eye-opening other results too and a surprising fascinating with a particular letter of the alphabet …
The third in the Perry Mason series is set in the world of crooked beauty pageants and hails from back when the character was a pretty hardboiled lawyer who spent most of time racing around outside the courtroom.
“I always take risks. It’s the way I play the game; I like it.”
I offer this book & film review as part of Bev’s 2014 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Challenge bingo; Katie’s 2014 Book to Movie Challenge at the Doing Dewey blog (for links click here); and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme at her fab Pattinase blog.
This CD box (also available as a download) comprises three science fiction adventures that follow on from The Memory Box, featuring glamorous bounty hunter Vienna Salvatori, played by the equally glam Chase Masterson.
The following review is offered as part of the Tuesday’s Overlooked AV Media meme hosted by Todd Mason over at his fab Sweet Freedom blog.
Like Joe Klein’s Primary Colors, this roman à clef takes a notorious American political incident (though in this case one from the 1970s) and fictionalises it to provide some fascinating insight into the people behind the famous faces. A Democratic Senator meets a young woman at a Fourth of July party and they decide to drive home together. On the way to catch a ferry, the Senator (who has been drinking) loses control of the car and it crashes through the guardrail and into a marsh. As it sinks we learn in flashback what brought them to this moment.
I submit this review for Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog.
Also known as The Case Against Ferro, this French policier was adapted (uncredited) from Kenneth Fearing’s classic suspense novel, The Big Clock. It stars Yves Montand as a cop who carries the eponymous Colt Magnum once favoured by law enforcement officers. He falls in love with a shop display designer (the delectable Stefania Sandrelli) but then gets involved in solving a murder committed by a colleague that comes horribly close to home.
The following review is offered for Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme hosted by Todd Mason over at his Sweet Freedom blog and Katie’s 2014 Book to Movie Challenge at Doing Dewey (for review links, click here).
Yes, it’s the return of the fiendish nemesis of the 87th Precinct in his third appearance in 12 years (he appears approximately once a decade). Despite the fact that both of his previous capers were undone by sheer bad luck, he seems cockier than ever, taunting the detectives a series of tantalising clues to his latest scheme.
“You’ll have to speak louder,” the voice said. “I’m a little hard of hearing.”
I submit this review for Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog and Bev’s 2014 Silver Age Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo.
This clever mystery with a strong cast and memorable payoff stars Anne Baxter as an heiress driven to near madness when a man turns up claiming to be her dead brother and everybody but her believes him. Richard Todd is the smooth impostor and Herbert Lom the understandably confused police inspector. Set among the wealthy elite of Barcelona, this atmospheric little movie benefits enormously from a clever script that doesn’t outstay its welcome and some fine visuals courtesy of director Michael Anderson. We begin in a darkened room as two conspirators watch some surveillance footage …
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