Category Archives: Boston

Hitchock in the 60s and 70s – time to vote

Hitchcock’s life and career changed forever with the release of Psycho in 1960. Made on a tight budget, its enormous success made him a very wealthy man and saw him change studios to Universal for the rest of his career. … Continue reading

Posted in 'In praise of ...', Alfred Hitchcock, Amnesia, Boston, Cold War, Cuba, Daphne Du Maurier, Ed McBain, Espionage, Film Poll, France, Germany, London, New York, Norway, Paris, Psycho, Robert Bloch, San Francisco, Spy movies, Sweden, Washington DC | 63 Comments

THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT (1973) by Robert B. Parker

Robert B Parker’s Boston private eye Spenser made his debut with this campus investigation, first into the theft of the eponymous precious artefact (he never does find it) before looking into several murders linked to a student revolutionary group. Like … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo, Boston, Friday's Forgotten Book, Private Eye, Robert B. Parker | 44 Comments

The Carey Treatment (1972) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

Based on Michael Crichton’s A Case of Need (which I reviewed here), this was one of Blake Edwards’ occasional excursions into the mystery genre (I profiled some of the others here). Edwards and the screenwriters disowned the released version and … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 Book to Movie Challenge, Blake Edwards, Boston, Michael Crichton, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | Tagged , | 31 Comments

A CASE OF NEED (1968) by Michael Crichton

Why doesn’t Michael Crichton (1942-2008) get more street cred as a crime writer? Is it because he was so commercially successful? Who needs respect when your books and movies make you a multimillionaire, right? But his absence from major genre … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 Book to Movie Challenge, Blake Edwards, Boston, Friday's Forgotten Book, Michael Crichton | 39 Comments

VERONICA’S ROOM (1973) by Ira Levin

Even if you have not seen his plays performed on the stage or read his novels, you are probably familiar with some of the movies adapted from the work of Ira Levin (1929-2007). I thought I knew his output pretty … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Alphabet of Crime, Boston, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Friday's Forgotten Book, Ira Levin, Scene of the crime | 35 Comments

REUNION WITH MURDER (1941) by Timothy Fuller

Harvard University is a real character in this novel, as a place rich in tradition, as a maker of men and as a source of continuity and reassurance ahead of America’s entry into the Second World War. However, while conventional … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Alphabet of Crime, 2012 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, Boston, Campus Crime, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Scene of the crime | 20 Comments