Supernatural: Wendigo Season 1, Ep 2
Sam and Dean follow the coordinates their father wrote in his journal to Blackwater Ridge, and end up joining a hiking expedition to help a young woman and her brother find their other brother and his two friends, who mysteriously disappeared while on a camping trip in the woods.
Supernatural: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Twenty-two years after their mother died in a mysterious house fire, Sam Winchester is in line for a full scholarship from Stanford Law School when his older brother Dean comes to find him with the news that their father is missing and he needs his help. With the caveat that he needs to be back at school by Monday, Sam joins Dean on a search for their father, and an elusive woman in white.
Manifest: Tailfin Season 3, Ep 1
Ben heads on an international mission with Vance to seek a clue in hopes of finally unlocking the mystery of Flight 828. An intense calling leads newlyweds Michaela and Zeke on an adventure of their own. A guilt-ridden Saanvi attempts to forget her past sins by starting a new chapter. Jared's interest is piqued by an intriguing stranger. [more inside]
The Alienist: Better Angels Season 2, Ep 8
The case is brought to a close, and Sara, John, and Laszlo struggle with decisions about their future paths.
The Alienist: Last Exit to Brooklyn Season 2, Ep 7
Sara, Laszlo, and John travel to Brooklyn to investigate the killer's dark past.
The Alienist: Momento Mori Season 2, Ep 6
Sara and John continue to search for information about Libby. Laszlo is barred from practicing after a tragic accident. Sara and the team are compelled to work with Thomas Byrnes after another baby is abducted.
The Alienist: Belly of the Beast Season 2, Ep 5
The team discover the fate of the matron of the Lying-In Hospital, and now that they know whom they are looking for, they work to find the killer and save the Linares baby. [more inside]
The Alienist: Gilded Cage Season 2, Ep 4
Señora Linares works with Laszlo to put her finger on exactly what troubled her during her visit to the park on the day of her daughter's abduction, and Bitsy Sussman, whom Sara has assigned to work undercover at the Lying-In Hospital, tries to find out what is going on there. William Randolph Hearst hosts a lavish ball celebrating his goddaughter Violet's engagement to John.
The Alienist: Labyrinth Season 2, Ep 3
Sara probes into the doings of the Lying-In Hospital and tries to persuade a young nurse to disclose what happens behind closed doors. Laszlo is convinced that hypnosis might help Señora Linares to access memories that be useful to the case. John has his bachelor party.
The Alienist: Ex Ore Infantium Season 2, Ep 1
One year after the events of the first season, Sara Howard, John Moore, and Dr. Laszlo Kreizler try to prevent the execution of a mother accused of murdering her missing newborn daughter, and then, along with city detectives Lucius and Marcus Isaacson, become involved in the search for the abducted infant daughter of a visiting Spanish dignitary.
I really enjoyed this 40's hardboiled mystery. [more inside]
Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
When her father dies, Eliza Scarlet decides to support herself by taking over her late father's detective agency. She finds an unlikely partner in the unconventional Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, known as "The Duke," and the pair begin to tackle the crimes and mysteries of Victorian London together. [more inside]
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]
The Undoing: The Undoing Show Only Season 1, Ep 1
Grace Fraser becomes intrigued by a young mother at her son's school. Later, news of a tragedy rocks the school community. (HBO, adapted from You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz) [more inside]
When three families decide to visit the orphanage where their fathers grew up, they get far more than a trip down memory lane. [more inside]
The Third Day: Saturday - The Son Season 1, Ep 2
Jess and Sam take time to get to know each other. The Martins continue to dodge questions by answering them. Sam Appears to be in less and more danger than he's aware of. Our mystery deepens when Sam finds the coroner who did his son's autopsy living on the island. The night concludes with hasty decisions all around, and Epona's might be the worst of all. [more inside]
The Third Day: Friday — The Father Season 1, Ep 1
Today is a very important day for Sam, played by Jude Law, but unfortunately it's sidetracked when he comes across a young girl in need of help while walking in the woods. He finds his life turned upside down when the folk-rich island she heralds from won't let him leave, in more way than one. [more inside]
Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly attempt to cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown, uncovering the town's darkest secrets. [more inside]
Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge. [more inside]
Giri/Haji: All episodes Season 1, Ep 0
A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder. [more inside]
Manifest: Fasten Your Seatbelts Season 2, Ep 1
As the Stone family reels in the aftermath of a devastating shooting, they're hit with their most foreboding calling yet; The Major attempts to tighten her grip on the unwitting Saanvi. [more inside]
When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case. [more inside]
"The three Bright brothers are the overseers of 3,500 square kilometers of land in Queensland, with hours between each of their homes. It’s a vast, unforgiving environment, and no one ever goes far without a full complement of supplies. When 40-year-old Cameron sets out on his own, ostensibly to fix a repeater mast, he never comes home. His body is eventually spotted, via helicopter, curled up by the stockman’s grave, the source of plentiful, and persistent, local ghost stories. Cam’s older brother, Nathan, and their baby brother, Bub, are as perplexed as the cop who’s come all the way from Brisbane to investigate. What was Cam doing by the grave, and what was his Land Cruiser doing nine kilometers away, still fully stocked with supplies, with the keys left neatly on the front seat?" - Kirkus Review
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]
Mick “Scorcherˮ Kennedy is the star of the Dublin Murder Squad. He plays by the books and plays hard, and thatʼs how the biggest case of the year ends up in his hands. On one of the half-abandoned “luxuryˮ developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children have been murdered. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Scorcher thinks itʼs going to be an easy solve, but too many small things canʼt be explained: the half-dozen baby monitors pointed at holes smashed in the Spainsʼ walls, the files erased from the familyʼs computer, the story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder slipping past the houseʼs locks. And this neighborhood—once called Broken Harbor—holds memories for Scorcher and his troubled sister, Dina: childhood memories that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control. [more inside]
Third in the Dublin Murder series, this time starring Frank Mackie from book 2, starting what I think of as the second branch of the books -- In the Woods and The Likeness are tied together, and Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place and the Trespasser are as well, but the two groupings are more loosely linked. [more inside]
The follow-up to Tana French’s bestselling debut In the Woods finds Detective Cassie Maddox shaken from the events of a dangerous murder investigation and working a desk job in Domestic Violence at police headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. She’s just settling into her new suits and a quieter, if less satisfying, life when she is called to the scene of a murder. Cassie looks at the victim, stabbed in the chest and left for dead in a ramshackle rural cottage, and finds her mirror image. Identification reveals the victim’s name is Lexie Madison—the very same handle Cassie once used as an undercover agent. [more inside]
First in the Dublin Murder series. You're twelve years old. It's the summer holiday. You're playing in the woods with your two best friends. Something happens. Something terrible. And the other two are never seen again. [more inside]
Atlantic Flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le (Kelly Marie Tran), a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth.
Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan's new love interest is a murderer.
Black Spot: Quand on arrive en ville Season 1, Ep 1
As Maj. Laurène Weiss and her team work to solve the murder of a local nurse, a new prosecutor arrives to investigate Villefranche's high crime rate. A French-Belgian production streaming in the US on Netflix.
Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. [more inside]
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.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE DEAD TALK BACK Rewatch Season 6, Ep 3
Rewatch! One of the sillier movies in MST's rich history, this film was made in the 60s but unreleased until shortly before the episode aired. Krasker is a self-styled occultist with a hilariously dramatic speaking style. He lives in the basement of a boarding house with a collection of "supernatural" artifacts that are laugh-out-loud funny even without riffing. For some reason the police hang on this cut-rate Sherlock Holmes' every word, and consult with him on murder cases, a premises so ridiculous that it demonstrates just how stupid it is when investigatory seances happen in real life. But mostly the movie stalls until its sub-Scooby Doo twist ending. Previously.
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]
In The Lost Book of the Grail, author Charlie Lovett weaves together elements of romance, historical fiction, and mystery into an engrossing novel that is hard to put down. The book chapters alternate between two settings:
- Historical fiction set in a Christian monastery charged with hiding a Grail related artifact from first Viking hordes, and later the British monarchy stamping out undesirable religions.
- A modern day setting of a university professor and Grail enthusiast chasing down clues to the location of the Holy Grail, which he believes is somewhere in the small British university town where he teaches.
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Manifest: Season 1 Discussion Season 1, Ep 0
After a turbulent, but routine, flight the passengers and crew discover the world has aged five years, yet no time has passed for them, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds. [more inside]
In the grim Alaskan winter, a naturalist hunts for wolves blamed for killing a local boy, but he soon finds himself swept into a chilling mystery. [more inside]
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.
Castle Rock: Romans Season 1, Ep 10
The story comes full circle as Henry Deaver realizes his true purpose in Castle Rock.
Castle Rock: Henry Deaver Season 1, Ep 9
Medical researcher Henry Deaver is called back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine, where he discovers that his recently-deceased father had been keeping a shocking secret. Inspired by the works of Stephen King. [more inside]
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]
Castle Rock: The Queen Season 1, Ep 7
As Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek) tumbles unpredictably through a lifetime of memories, the escaped Kid makes himself at home (again?). [more inside]
Sharp Objects: Falling Season 1, Ep 7
Camille crosses a line in her investigation of the prime suspect; Richard coaxes Jackie to offer up info about Marian Crellin's death; Adora takes pains to keep an ailing Amma under her roof and in her care. [more inside]
Sharp Objects: Cherry Season 1, Ep 6
Adora provides Chief Vickery with a key piece of evidence in the Ann Nash murder case; Richard probes for details about Camille's dark past; John's girlfriend, Ashley, looks to make news for herself; Amma bonds with Camille during and after a wild party. [more inside]
Castle Rock: Filter Season 1, Ep 6
After a videotape leads him into the woods near Castle Rock, Henry finds an unexpected connection to his past; elsewhere, Pangborn goes in search of answers on the Kid's behalf. [more inside]
Elementary: Uncanny Valley of the Dolls Season 6, Ep 16
The murder of a robotics engineer may be connected to his groundbreaking secret research in teleportation; Detective Bell is shut out of a required class he needs to complete his degree and join the U.S. Marshal Service.
Castle Rock: Harvest Season 1, Ep 5
"The Kid" is released from Shawshank, with suffering following in his wake; meanwhile, Sheriff Pangborn (Scott Glenn) receives a decidedly bittersweet commendation. [more inside]
Sharp Objects: Closer Season 1, Ep 5
Despite a possible killer on the loose, Wind Gap gathers for their annual southern-pride festival, hosted by Adora. “Today celebrates what is unmovable about this place.” [more inside]