Monday, July 26, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
This is part of the series of short films produced from source material written by S. S. Van Dine and featuring Crabtree and Carr; see the previous blog posts on The Wall Street Mystery and The Trans-Atlantic Mystery.
Monday, July 05, 2021
|Photo of Isokon Bldg by Yuriy Akopov. 2015.|
The modernist landmark Isokon Building—aka London's Lawn Road Flats—offers a short film on Agatha Christie's residence there from 1941 to 1947 (see below). It also is presenting an exhibition on Christie in its gallery. Christie lived and wrote there while her second husband, Max Mallowan, was on assignment in the Middle East and while she was working in the dispensary of University College Hospital.
Further reading: David Burke, The Lawn Road Flats: Spies, Writers and Artists
Monday, June 28, 2021
The Artists' Ensemble Theater (IL) performed a radio-play version of Agatha Christie's "The Curse of the Western Star," which can be heard here. The theater also offers a podcast of short radio plays, Mysterious Journey, that includes episodes featuring Christie's "The Man in the Brown Suit."
In other radio-play news, the Greenbelt (MD) Arts Center will hold auditions via Zoom on June 30 and July 1 for a virtual production of the Christie radio play "The ABC Murders" (audition sign-ups close today).
Monday, June 21, 2021
Sisters in Crime is offering grants of $500 to those working on research projects that
contribute to understanding of the role of women or underrepresented
groups in crime fiction. The funds may be used to purchase books. The application deadline is July 15, 2021.
Monday, June 14, 2021
On June 8, mystery pioneer Anna Katharine Green was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Watch the video of the virtual festivities below; the Green portion begins approximately at 1 hour 2 seconds, with a presentation by my co-nominator Clare Meldrum on Green's life and work, followed by an appearance by Rebecca Crozier, Green's great-great granddaughter. Crozier tells an interesting anecdote about Green's reputed response to being barred from a courtroom.
Want to read works by Green?
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Monday, June 07, 2021
|Thelma Ritter, James Stewart, and Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954).|
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Notre Dame's Kylemore Book Club conducted the virtual series "Literature & Film in Lockdown," with one episode on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window as "a film about being in lockdown."
Monday, May 31, 2021
Monday, May 24, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
In a new paper, Ross E. Davies (George Mason University School of Law) looks at connections between Sherlock Holmes and Supreme Court justices such as Louis Brandeis, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., and Charles Evans Hughes. (thanks to the Law & Humanities Blog)
Monday, May 10, 2021
Monday, May 03, 2021
|Out of the Past (1947).|
Monday, April 26, 2021
"G Is for Grafton" (TV Santa Barbara, 2008). In a short clip, Grafton talks about how she started writing.
"Kinsey and Sue: An Interview with Sue Grafton" (Maryville Talks Books, Maryville University/Left Bank Books/St. Louis Public Radio/Higher Education Channel Television, 2014, coinciding with the release of Grafton's W Is for Wasted and Kinsey and Me). In addition to talking about these works, she discusses the three mysteries of her lawyer father, C. W. Grafton, and the travails of Hollywood.
Monday, April 19, 2021
The Jewel Theatre Company in Santa Cruz has been performing virtual radio plays. Some of the mystery-related ones:
"The Hitch-Hiker" by Lucille Fletcher (a man driving cross-country keeps seeing the same mysterious man)
The Whistler: Stranger in the House (a man comes home after six years, but is he who he says he is?)
The Mysterious Traveler: The Good Die Young by Robert Arthur and David Kogan (all is not well between a girl and her new stepmother)
Monday, April 12, 2021
|Harry Houdini. NYPL.|
Monday, April 05, 2021
A new online offering from the University of Delaware Library, Museums, and Press is the exhibition "Agatha Christie's Poirot" that draws from collections of materials on the iconic Belgian detective. It is presented in conjunction with the radio productions by the Resident Ensemble Players of Christie's "King of Clubs" (freely available until May 21) and "The Cornish Mystery" (freely available starting April 23).
Monday, March 29, 2021
|Barbara Mertz, by Sue Feder|
Monday, March 22, 2021
Volume 39, no. 1 (2021) of Clues: A Journal of Detection—a theme issue on domestic noir guest edited by Eva Burke and Clare Clarke—has been published. The abstracts follow below. To order the issue or a subscription, contact McFarland.
Introduction: Domestic Noir
EVA BURKE AND CLARE CLARKE (Trinity College Dublin)
The guest editors discuss the development of the domestic noir subgenre and the contents of this theme issue of Clues, including an interview with British author Julia Crouch, who coined the term domestic noir, and articles on Irish and Scandinavian domestic noir; women’s book groups; mid-century antecedents of domestic noir; and authors such as A. J. Finn (aka Dan Mallory), Gillian Flynn, Tana French, Paula Hawkins, and Evelyn Piper (aka Merriam Modell).
At Home in Irish Crime Fiction
BRIAN CLIFF (Trinity College Dublin)
The author discusses the connections among domestic noir, Irish crime fiction, and the wider Irish literature, including examples from works by Jane Casey, Sinéad Crowley, Tana French, Catherine Ryan Howard, and Liz Nugent.
“I Am Not the Girl I Used to Be”: Remembering the Femme Fatale in The Girl on the Train
ROSIE COUCH (Cardiff University)
This article situates Rachel from Paula Hawkins’s novel The Girl on the Train (2015) as a contemporary incarnation of the femme fatale, redeployed within the domestic noir subgenre. The analysis demonstrates how Rachel’s perspective works to enact a feminist backlash against postfeminist rhetoric.
The Girl Who Got Mad: Challenging Psychopathology in Domestic Noir’s Antiheroines via Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal (2018)
LIZ EVANS (University of Tasmania)
The author argues that Sarah Vaughan’s legal thriller Anatomy of a Scandal (2018) challenges domestic noir’s questionable tendency to pathologize anger and badness in its female protagonists (often depicted as survivors of rape or abuse) while showing how the persistent alignment of negative emotion with psychological instability undermines these central characters by impeding their self-agency.
Smoke and Mirrors: Dan Mallory, A. J. Finn, and The Woman in the Window as Postfeminist Noir Pastiche
ROBERTA GARRETT (University of East London)
The author discusses The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (pseudonym of Dan Mallory), examining Finn’s treatment of female characters and the tropes of the noir and domestic noir subgenres through the lens of postfeminist criticism.
“He Had It Coming”: Reading the Revenge Plot in Domestic Noir’s Gone Girl (2012)
KATHARINA HENDRICKX (University of Sussex)
This article examines Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (2012) and its popularity with female readers. It suggests that female readers are not only interested in the portrayal of women’s experiences but also engage with the depiction of the revenge plot, which allows women readers to negotiate their frustration and anger with the current postfeminist climate.
Monday, March 15, 2021
|Illustration of W. W. Jacobs. NYPL|
- "The False Burton Combs" based on the story by Carroll John Daly
- Lady Molly of Scotland Yard based on the stories by Baroness Orczy
- "The Monkey's Paw" based on the short story by W. W. Jacobs
Monday, March 08, 2021
|Susan Glaspell, NYPL|
Upcoming virtual performances of "Trifles":
• Ankeny Community Theatre (IA), March 28
• University at Buffalo–SUNY, April 9–11
Monday, March 01, 2021
|Chester Himes in 1967. |
Dutch National Archives
Monday, February 22, 2021
|Whitefly, by Abdelilah Hamdouchi|
Monday, February 15, 2021
About the images. Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget. "The Boscombe Valley Mystery." The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (New York, 1892), p. 93. Ebenezer Scrooge by Arthur Rackham. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Philadelphia, 1843), frontispiece.
Monday, February 08, 2021
|Georges Simenon, |
10 May 1965.
Anefo, Dutch Nat Archives
Monday, February 01, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
|S. J. Perelman, 1973, |
by Jill Krementz. NYPL.
Monday, January 11, 2021