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Book: First Lie Wins

Evie Porter has everything a nice, Southern girl could want: a perfect, doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden, a fancy group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist. [more inside]
posted by Frayed Knot on Apr 10, 2024 - 0 comments

Book: Black River Orchard

Bucks County, Pa.: Home to new money and old evil. Amid the McMansions, a small farmer struggles to keep his homestead along the Delaware River. Dan Paxson has started a small orchard in hopes that his new crop--a formerly-lost apple he calls Ruby Slipper--will save him and his daughter, Calla. But despite its heavenly taste, this is a very bad apple indeed, as the townspeople will soon discover. Chuck Wendig's Black River Orchard is fast-moving horror that, well, grows on you. Do not eat apples while reading! [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jan 9, 2024 - 5 comments

Movie: Perfect Number

An isolated math teacher helps his neighbor escape suspicion when her abusive husband is murdered. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on May 5, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Helpless

A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace just before their wedding. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on May 4, 2023 - 6 comments

Book: The Other Black Girl

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust. Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW. It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 22, 2023 - 2 comments

Yellowjackets: Old Wounds  Season 2, Ep 4

The Yellowjackets arrive at a dangerous way to choose between Nat and Lottie as their guiding light.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 14, 2023 - 13 comments

Book: The Night Ocean

Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer's life: In the summer of 1934, the "old gent" lived for two months with a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow, at Barlow's family home in central Florida. What were the two of them up to? Were they friends--or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he's solved the puzzle, a new scandal erupts, and he disappears. The police say it's suicide. Marina is a psychiatrist, and she doesn't believe them.
posted by Literaryhero on Feb 14, 2023 - 7 comments

Movie: Wolfen

[TRAILER] New York City police investigator Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) is trying to solve a series of grisly deaths in which the victims have seemingly been maimed by feral animals. He teams up with expert criminologist Rebecca Neff (Diane Venora), and together they stumble upon a band of inner-city Native Americans, led by the streetwise Eddie Holt (Edward James Olmos), who warns Wilson and Neff about a wolf-like, mythical creature that could offer a shocking solution to this disturbing case. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 4, 2023 - 6 comments

Atlanta: Crank Dat Killer  Season 4, Ep 6

The Internet never forgets. I'd love to elaborate, but wouldn't you know it, the system just crashed. [more inside]
posted by skoosh on Oct 15, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: The Bad Seed

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 3, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Confess, Fletch

After 33 years, Fletch gets a reboot, now 100% less Chevy Chase. Jon Hamm takes on the lead role with support from Roy Wood, Jr., Kyle MacLachlan, Marcia Gay Harden and John Slattery. Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad). [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax on Sep 19, 2022 - 16 comments

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 - 3 comments

Movie: Good Madam

Tsidi is forced to moved in with her estranged mother, a live-in domestic worker caring obsessively for her catatonic white 'Madam' in the wealthy Cape Town suburbs. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Jul 14, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: All the Old Knives

Two CIA agents and ex-lovers (Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton) are brought back together years after a failed rescue attempt and forced to blur the lines between profession and passion in this deeply riveting tale of global espionage, moral dilemma and deadly betrayal. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Apr 11, 2022 - 11 comments

Book: The Lost Apothecary

This book was my prize from the white elephant book exchange at a Christmastime book club meeting. The story bounces back and forth between early 1800s London, where the secret apothecary exists to help women rid themselves of abusive or cheating husbands, and modern day London, where 30-something Caroline is rediscovering her love of history on a solo 10th anniversary trip that her husband missed because he was cheating on her. It's a really fun and well paced suspense story that will keep you interested until the last page as the historical story unravels while Caroline closes in on understanding what happened, 200 years later. It's also a story of a woman reconnecting with the things that bring passion to her life, while coming to terms with her decision to junk it all 10 years ago to get married.
posted by COD on Feb 15, 2022 - 3 comments

Book: The Lost Village

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with Silvertjärn since she was a little girl. The old mining town's residents all abruptly disappeared in 1959, including her grandmother’s entire family. Ever since, unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened. They quickly begin to realize the lost village may not be so empty after all. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 28, 2021 - 4 comments

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]
posted by oh yeah! on Oct 25, 2020 - 4 comments

Book: When No One Is Watching

In her new book, novelist Alyssa Cole moves away from romance to thriller. Set in a close-knit neighborhood in Brooklyn, the book follows Sydney as Green as she learns more about her old neighborhood and her new neighbors.
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 4, 2020 - 6 comments

Movie: Blow the Man Down

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]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 29, 2020 - 6 comments

Book: The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

"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
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 12, 2019 - 3 comments

Book: Slow Horses, by Mick Herron

London, England: Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The "slow horses," as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 6, 2019 - 11 comments

Book: My Sister Rosa

17 year old Australian Che Taylor just got relocated to NYC (by way of Asia) by his hippie pacifist parents. He’s a boxer that isn’t allowed to spar, a 17-year old boy desperately in need of a girlfriend, and he’d really rather be back home in Sydney. But all of that pares in comparison to his real problem. He is pretty sure his 10 year old sister Rosa is a psychopath that will kill somebody sooner rather than later. The parents are totally disconnected, or so he thinks, so he takes it on himself to try to protect the world from his sister, while at the same time trying to lead a normal 17-year old’s life. That is the set up for the totally engrossing novel. It’s a suspenseful, downright creepy psychological thriller that manages to address the nature of psychopathic behavior (nature vs. nurture), parenting, teenage relationships, religion, gender identity, and class differences, all within the framework of a totally entertaining novel that will keep you up late trying to finish the book.
posted by COD on Aug 26, 2019 - 1 comment

Movie: I Am Mother

A child is raised underground by a robot "Mother", designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Jun 7, 2019 - 20 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

Movie: The Autopsy of Jane Doe

A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.
posted by larrybob on Jan 6, 2019 - 18 comments

Movie: Searching

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. A thriller that unfolds entirely on computer screens. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Sep 3, 2018 - 13 comments

Movie: Rear Window

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 13, 2018 - 8 comments

Movie: The Desperate Hours

Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 5, 2018 - 0 comments

Movie: Diabolique

The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 4, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: North by Northwest

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 1, 2018 - 10 comments

Movie: Bunny Lake Is Missing

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 24, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 7, 2018 - 6 comments

Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo  Season 2, Ep 1

In the East Texas of the late 1980s, two rough and tumble ne'er-do-wells with hearts of gold try and fail to stay out of trouble. [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 16, 2017 - 1 comment

Movie: Don't Breathe

A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Sep 4, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Psycho

A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 1, 2016 - 8 comments

Movie: D.O.A.

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. Full movie on YouTube found here. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 26, 2016 - 2 comments

Intruders: Ave Verum Corpus   Season 1, Ep 4

Gary discovers more disturbing information about Amy while also investigating Bill Anderson's disappearance. Madison threatens one of Amy's associates. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Sep 17, 2014 - 1 comment

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