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Movie: Motherly

Kate and her daughter Beth live alone in an isolated farmhouse in the woods after Kate's husband goes to prison for killing Beth's friend Courtney. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 11, 2022 - 1 comment

Book: The Division Bell Mystery

A financier is found shot in the House of Commons. Suspecting foul play, Robert West, a parliamentary private secretary, takes on the role of amateur sleuth. Used to turning a blind eye to covert dealings, West must now uncover the shocking secret behind the man's demise, amid distractions from the press and the dead man's enigmatic daughter. (Summary from bookshop.org) [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over on Mar 19, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Livid

When Lucy, a caregiver, is assigned to the rich, but comatose Madame Jessel, she hatches a plan with two friends to find riches inside the house. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Mar 11, 2022 - 5 comments

Only Murders in the Building: Whole season  Season 1, Ep 1

They had me at Steve Martin and Martin Short. Selena Gomez is excellent, too. The three neighbors living in a posh NYC building team up to solve a murder in the building while making a true-crime podcast about their efforts. The ending twist sets up a season 2. It's on Hulu.
posted by COD on Mar 9, 2022 - 9 comments

Book: Devil House by John Darnielle

A true-crime writer begins a new book project, centered on a grisly 1986 double murder in southern California, that leads him to question the ethics of his trade and to delve into the paradoxes of storytelling itself. [more inside]
posted by FrauMaschine on Feb 14, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Curfew

A teenage girl rushes to get home before curfew only to find 2 death row inmates are holding her parents hostage. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Feb 6, 2022 - 1 comment

Vincenzo: Vincenzo  Season 1, Ep 0

A mafia consigliere heads to South Korea to claim a gold stash that's hidden in the basement of a commercial building. However, he soons finds himself drawn into a legal battle against a corrupt pharmaceutical company. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 2, 2022 - 3 comments

Book: Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac

Crossed Skis, published in 1952, tells the twin stories of an enthusiastic group departing by train to ski the Austrian Alps, while in dreary London a mysterious fire leads to the discovery of a body. As both threads of the story progress, it seems that the lighthearted travelers have someone in their group who may be hiding a terrible secret.
posted by PussKillian on Jan 15, 2022 - 18 comments

Book: Murder After Christmas

"A war's on and a murder has been committed―and we sit here talking nonsense about almond whirls and mince pies!" [more inside]
posted by scorbet on Jan 3, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: House of Gucci

When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately...murder. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Nov 25, 2021 - 10 comments

Movie: The Poughkeepsie Tapes

In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of sequential tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Oct 12, 2021 - 7 comments

Movie: Stillwater

Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma, travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, Allison, who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Aug 10, 2021 - 4 comments

Mine: Season 1 - all episodes  Season 1, Ep 0

Encaged in a gold-clad life of secrets and lies, two women in a conglomerate family seek to topple all that stands in their way of finding true joy. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jun 27, 2021 - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Plastic  Season 8, Ep 6

This week from the White Void of Sad Facts--The shootings in Atlanta of eight people, six of them Asian women, and the terrible response from police authorities. And Now: Even During A Pandemic, Local News Cannot Be Trusted With St. Patrick's Day. Main story (22m): plastic. Think we live in a golden age of recycling plastic? Think again: less than 9% of plastic made gets recycled, and over half of all plastic ever produced was made since 2005. How did we get to this point, when plastic recycling has been promoted for decades? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 22, 2021 - 7 comments

Movie: The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there's no such thing as werewolves. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Nov 26, 2020 - 3 comments

Movie: Strange Behavior

An police chief investigates a series of bizarre murders involving teenagers. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Oct 24, 2020 - 0 comments

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Murder Habit  Season 1, Ep 1

A look at author Michelle McNamara's investigation regarding a violent predator she dubbed the "Golden State Killer," who terrorized California in the 1970s and '80s. (HBO miniseries) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jun 29, 2020 - 3 comments

The Outsider: Must/Can't  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 10

In the Season One finale, the group finds itself in a climactic showdown in their last-ditch effort to root out El Cuco. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 8, 2020 - 17 comments

The Outsider: Foxhead  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 8

Sensing something ominous afoot, Claude reconnects with his brother, Seale, in Tennessee, while Holly, Ralph, Yunis, and Andy follow him in hopes of isolating the evil force and thwarting its next kill. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 23, 2020 - 4 comments

The New Pope: Episode 6  Season 1, Ep 6

"They're all distortions of love. Hysteria of one sort or another. That's how the Holy Father defined them. [...] Follow the love, I was saying. That's where you will find failure." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 19, 2020 - 3 comments

The Outsider: In the Pines, In the Pines  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 7

Holly makes a calculated attempt to help a volatile but conflicted Jack, while their whereabouts are tracked by Ralph and Alec. After she's confronted by town gossip on her first day back at work, Glory considers Howie's suggestion on how to secure her family's financial future. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 17, 2020 - 5 comments

The Outsider: The One About the Yiddish Vampire  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 6

Holly presents her unusual theory about the connection between two other mysterious child murders and the Frankie Peterson case. While Ralph remains skeptical, a more receptive Yunis suggests they start looking into Claude, the last person to have contact with Terry. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 9, 2020 - 14 comments

The Outsider: Tear-Drinker  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 5

After returning from an eye-opening trip to New York, Holly searches for clues at several locations connected to the Dayton case; Jeannie finds herself shaken by an unnerving incident at work and delivers an ominous warning to Ralph. Jack is put on the defensive at Tamika's baby shower. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 3, 2020 - 6 comments

The Outsider: Tear-Drinker  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 5

In Cherokee City, the hooded figure appears to Ralph's wife Jeannie, relaying a warning to Ralph that they will both be killed if he continues his investigation. Ralph brushes this off as a nightmare of Jeannie's, but is unsettled when she draws the man she saw and sees a strong resemblance to the drawing of the man who took the van ... [more inside]
posted by jazon on Feb 3, 2020 - 0 comments

The Outsider: Que Viene el Coco   Books Included   Season 1, Ep 4

While retracing the Maitlands' recent family vacation, Holly pursues a possible connection to an eerily similar case and gains valuable insight from local former detective Andy Katcavage. Meanwhile, Glory faces increased scrutiny in her daily life, and Jack's behavior grows progressively more erratic. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Feb 3, 2020 - 0 comments

The Outsider: Que Viene el Coco  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 4

While retracing the Maitlands' recent family vacation, Holly pursues a possible connection to an eerily similar case and gains valuable insight from local former detective Andy Katcavage. Meanwhile, Glory faces increased scrutiny in her daily life, and Jack's behavior grows progressively more erratic. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jan 26, 2020 - 17 comments

The Outsider: Dark Uncle  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 3

Despite being on mandatory leave, Ralph continues to scrutinize the circumstances surrounding the night of the murder; Jack has a hair-raising experience at a remote barn where key evidence and a mysterious substance have been found. Unorthodox PI Holly Gibney is brought into the investigation. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jan 21, 2020 - 5 comments

The Outsider: Fish in a Barrel; Roanoke (Episodes 1 & 2)   Books Included   Season 1, Ep 1

When the body of an 11-year-old boy is found in the Georgia woods, detective Ralph Anderson launches an investigation into the gruesome murder; eyewitnesses and physical evidence point to local teacher and baseball coach Terry Maitland. (HBO, Stephen King) [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jan 21, 2020 - 0 comments

The Outsider: Dark Uncle  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 3

Despite being on mandatory leave, Ralph continues to scrutinize the circumstances surrounding the night of the murder; Jack has a hair-raising experience at a remote barn where key evidence and a mysterious substance have been found. Unorthodox PI Holly Gibney is brought into the investigation. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jan 20, 2020 - 19 comments

The Outsider: Fish in a Barrel; Roanoke (Episodes 1 & 2)  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

When the body of an 11-year-old boy is found in the Georgia woods, detective Ralph Anderson launches an investigation into the gruesome murder; eyewitnesses and physical evidence point to local teacher and baseball coach Terry Maitland. (HBO, Stephen King) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jan 12, 2020 - 19 comments

Movie: Knives Out

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over on Nov 23, 2019 - 189 comments

Book: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Jul 18, 2019 - 8 comments

Book: Murder by Candlelight

In the early nineteenth century, a series of murders took place in and around London which shocked the whole of England. The appalling nature of the crimes―a brutal slaying in the gambling netherworld, the slaughter of two entire households, and the first of the modern lust-murders―was magnified not only by the lurid atmosphere of an age in which candlelight gave way to gaslight, but also by the efforts of some of the keenest minds of the period to uncover the gruesomest details of the killings. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on May 26, 2019 - 3 comments

Book: Who Murdered Chaucer?

In this spectacular work of historical speculation Terry Jones investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 years ago. A diplomat and brother-in-law to John of Gaunt, one of the most powerful men in the kingdom, Chaucer was celebrated as his country's finest living poet, rhetorician and scholar: the preeminent intellectual of his time. And yet nothing is known of his death. In 1400 his name simply disappears from the record. We don't know how he died, where or when; there is no official confirmation of his death and no chronicle mentions it; no notice of his funeral or burial. He left no will and there's nothing to tell us what happened to his estate. He didn't even leave any manuscripts. How could this be? What if he was murdered?
posted by Chrysostom on May 21, 2019 - 3 comments

Unforgotten: Full series  Season 1, Ep 0

When the remains of a murdered 17-year-old who went missing in 1976 are discovered buried beneath a house, detectives DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan attempt to solve the case. The investigation brings up decades-old secrets for those involved.
posted by AllShoesNoSocks on May 13, 2019 - 10 comments

Into the Dark: All That We Destroy  Season 1, Ep 8

An over protective mother goes to extreme lengths to "manage" her son's homicidal tendencies. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on May 3, 2019 - 1 comment

The ABC Murders: Hercule and the new Inspector  Season 1, Ep 1

Rupert Grint was the surprise star, here. Malkovich being stilted and precise suits the character of Poirot, but put him together with Crome, they warm up to each other in an organic and compelling way, and it's on Grint's natural talent as a supporting actor. I would watch a series based on Poirot and Crome discussing the weather, so good.
posted by Slap*Happy on Apr 22, 2019 - 4 comments

Book: The Invention of Murder

In this fascinating exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction Murder in Britain in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera―even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and England's new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other―the pioneers of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Apr 2, 2019 - 3 comments

Book: Tangled Vines

On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Mar 16, 2019 - 2 comments

Book: The Poisoner's Handbook

A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Mar 11, 2019 - 8 comments

Special Event: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019: Live Action

ShortsTV presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Short Film, Live Action [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 8, 2019 - 4 comments

Deadly Class: Noise, Noise, Noise  Season 1, Ep 2

Marcus invites the entire school to a party because of his guilt.
posted by Literaryhero on Jan 28, 2019 - 9 comments

Book: Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

A murder mystery which is much more mysterious than it first appears. A fantastical and twisty story where our hero tries to find out who killed (or will kill) Evelyn Hardcastle at a ghastly party at the extremely remote Blackheath House. Best read without any spoilers (including those right inside this post). [more inside]
posted by Stark on Jan 8, 2019 - 6 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Attorneys General  Season 5, Ep 27

That week....
  • Violence marred the prior week, and Fox News went out of their way to position the attacks as "false flag" operations, supposedly stages by Democrats to make Republicans look bad. Geraldo Riviera "outsmarts himself" in making such allegations.
  • Saudi Arabia continues to try to explain the disappearance, likely murder, of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while President Trump and right-wing figures try to downplay the killing of an American resident.
  • Main story: the role of state Attorneys General on our nation, their role in investigating wrongdoing, and the increasing degree to which the offices have become politicized. YouTube
  • Special productions: A WWE commercial that properly notes the fact that it takes place in Saudi Arabia, and the problems that causes; a concert for bagpipes, accordion, theremin and recorder (multiple, played by young children) to annoy people to stepping away from their TV sets and actually researching their states' candidates for Attorney General. A good place to do that, they note, is at Vote411.org.
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 4, 2018 - 2 comments

Riverdale: Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below  Season 3, Ep 3

When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 27, 2018 - 3 comments

Riverdale: Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day  Season 3, Ep 1

Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer; Betty must deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly; Veronica pleads with Hiram to help Archie. [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet on Oct 13, 2018 - 7 comments

Elementary: Whatever Remains, However Improbable  Season 6, Ep 21

Holmes and Watson face their greatest challenge when a murder investigation threatens to destroy their partnership.
posted by litera scripta manet on Sep 21, 2018 - 17 comments

Elementary: The Visions of Norman P. Horowitz  Season 6, Ep 18

A killer is choosing victims based on the predictions of a deceased man who claimed to foresee future deaths, including the death of Sherlock Holmes.
posted by litera scripta manet on Aug 28, 2018 - 3 comments

Sharp Objects: Milk  Season 1, Ep 8

Concerned for the safety of Amma, Camille [...] gets closer to the truth behind the shocking mysteries surrounding the Wind Gap killings. [Official transcript, truncated to avoid possible spoiler; season AND show finale] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 27, 2018 - 16 comments

Elementary: The Worms Crawl In, the Worms Crawl Out  Season 6, Ep 17

The duo suspects a murdered zoologist was killed because of his numerous affairs or his trailblazing research; Holmes finds himself the victim of identity theft after his medical records are stolen.
posted by litera scripta manet on Aug 21, 2018 - 7 comments

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