Category Archives: Canada

2016 Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt

For as long as I’ve been hosting this blog, I’ve participated in Bev Hankins’ irresistible vintage mystery reading challenges. The rules have been amended over the years, but the basic criteria is the same – review a mystery from two … Continue reading

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Julieta – film & book review

The great Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has adapted part of Runaway, the 2004 book by the great Canadian author Alice Munro, as Julieta. The  results are really intriguing, providing a movie experience that is full of mystery and both very faithful … Continue reading

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The Scarlet Claw (1944)

For many this is the best of the Holmes and Watson films made by Universal. It is certainly the most successful as a whodunit and possibly the darkest too. It was originally titled Sherlock Holmes in Canada and it is the only … Continue reading

Posted in Arthur Conan Doyle, Canada, Sherlock Holmes, Tuesday's Overlooked Film | Tagged , | 26 Comments

1950s Hitchcock – vote for the best

This was the decade when Hitchcock truly became a superstar – along with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films he became the host of his own TV shows Alfred Hitchcock Presents (and later, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour), … Continue reading

Posted in 'In praise of ...', Alfred Hitchcock, Boileau-Narcejac, California, Canada, Cornell Woolrich, Edmund Crispin, Espionage, Film Noir, Film Poll, France, London, Los Angeles, New England, New York, Noir, Patricia Highsmith, Ray Milland, San Francisco, Screwball, Spy movies | 65 Comments

THE CRIME ON THE COTE DE NEIGES (1951) by David Montrose

The influence of Chandler initially looms large in this highly enjoyable private eye novel but this eventually proves itself to be a pretty distinctive performance, not least for its Montreal setting. This was the book that launched the Ricochet Series of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Canada, Noir | 32 Comments

Top 15 Caper Movies

Everybody loves caper movies just a little bit, right? Whether it’s Newman and Redford pulling off The Sting, Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible team breaking into the CIA or Danny Ocean’s crew knocking off casinos in Vegas, this is … Continue reading

Posted in Brian de Palma, Bryan Forbes, Canada, Caper, Tuesday's Overlooked Film, William Goldman | Tagged , , , | 113 Comments

FIRE WILL FREEZE (1944) by Margaret Millar

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Margaret Millar (1915-1994), easily one of the best suspense writers of the 50s and 60s. To celebrate (no that I need much of an excuse) I decided to pick up this … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, Canada, Friday's Forgotten Book, Margaret Millar | 69 Comments