Mary McMullen (1920-1986), a/k/a Mary Reilly Wilson, had an interesting writing pedigree. Her mother was the distinguished and prolific mystery writer, Helen Reilly, which brings up interesting comparisons between them and the mother/daughter duo, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, although I daresay the Clarks are more successful financially. Mary McMullen, however, also had a sister, Ursula Curtiss, who was a suspense author, and her uncle James Kieran wrote mystery fiction (yet another family member, John F. Kieran, was a sportswriter and long-time panelist on the1940s radio program Information Please).
McMullen had early success in 1952 when she received the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Stranglehold. But she didn't publish another novel for over two decades until 1974, and then, in a flurry of activity, cranked out 18 additional mysteries in just 12 years.
Her stories often drew on the advertising and fashion worlds she was familiar with and her settings included sleepy hamlets, but her writing was neither cozy nor noir, a hybrid which reviewer Steve Lewis called "domestic malice" with a lot of bite. A Country Kind of Death from 1975 starts out as an idyllic summer for the young daughters of the Keane family who pass the two months their mother is off in Europe inventing murder stories, not surprising since their father is a crime writer. But when the stories become all too real, everyone including the police wants to believe a mysterious death was an accident, since the alternative is an unthinkable crime committed by someone in their midst.
McMullen's writing is filled with details that evoke a distinctive sense of place and she also possessed a wry, ironic humor and enjoyed poking fun at pretentious people. The Keane family is a semi-Bohemian clan and neighbors to the unfortunate Mrs. Mint, who
"did not allow the Keanes or her stepchildren or any but the most honored visitors to use the front way, as the door opened directly into her living room, a perfect marvel of cleanliness, cretonne, tautly pinned-on antimacassars, rubber plants so dusted and oiled as to seem artificial, china figurines, tapestry-covered footstools, and fat hard upholstered furniture. There were no books, no magazines, newspapers, or ashtrays in the room and it was always kept dark, the cretonne curtains drawn, the shades down, so that the sun couldn't fade its splendors."
Patrick Keane, brother of the crime-writer father and a successful playwright, plays a crucial role in the denouement and has his own wry observations about the literary and entertainment circles the Keanes run in:
"The dinner party had gone predictably, from the shrimp dip to the cold sliced ham and turkey to Elaine Bonner attacking him fiercely with hot gray eyes and half-bared breasts whenever her husband's back was turned, to the local bon vivant who probably told the same long anecdotes at every Bedford party to the three women who told him they adored his plays to Johnny Coe, urged finally to the piano, and singing, 'Oh Oh Oriole' and 'Pray Forget Me,' this last bringing tears and a meaning look at Patrick to Elaine's eyes."
The strength of this particular novel by McMullen is less in the whodunnit and police procedural aspects which are minimized and more in the characterizations and how human failings and foibles knit closely together to create tragedy.
All of McMullen's books are out of print, although several of her works were included in The Detective Book Club subscription series of 3-in-1 (and some 2-in-1 and singles) reprinted novels by various authors distributed from the early forties onward by publisher Walter J. Black.
The Mystery Writers of America named Max Allan Collins and Ellen Hart as the 2017 Grand Masters, an honor that celebrates "the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality." MWA also announced the winner of the Raven Award for "outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing," which will be presented to Dru Ann, as well as the winner of the Ellery Queen Award for "outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry" to be given to Neil Nyren, Editor-in-Chief of G.P. Putnam's Sons. They will be honored at the 71st annual Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City on April 27.
The Mystery People's Scott Montgomery and Molly Odintz will join other community voices for the panel discussion "Social Justice in Crime Fiction" at a KAZI Book Review event on December 3 at Huston-Tilletson University in Austin, Texas.
The Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Delray Beach, Florida, is getting ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a grand celebration on Friday, January 8, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. The party will feature appearances by authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Charles Todd, and PJ Parrish, and the public is invited to "chat with your favorite authors, have some wine and munchies, and get an autograph or two or ten."
The American Literature Association Symposium "Criminal America: Reading, Studying and Teaching American Crime Fiction" has announced a call for papers on the topic. The event will take place March 3-4 in Chicago and feature as Keynote Speaker author and professor Charles Rzepka of Boston University (read more about one of his works here). The organizers also hope to produce an edited volume made up of the best work presented at the conference.
It's not too early to be planning your crime fiction conference schedule for next year, and St. Hilda's College Mystery and Crime Conference 2017 announced the lineup for the UK conference scheduled for August 18-20. Natasha Cooper will take the Chair with featured conference speakers including Val McDermid, Andrew Taylor, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, "Queen of Nordic Noir." (HT to Shots Magazine.)
The holiday issue of Mystery Scene Magazine features Oline Cogdill's interview of Lee Child; a profile of cozy mystery author Joanne Fluke; an essay by Lawrence Block who considers the series character; a look at a new radio dramatization of the entire Sherlock Holmes canon, and much more.
Rap Sheet blogger J. Kingston Pierce chose his list of the "10 year's finest criminous tales" for Kirkus Reviews.
The North Carolina Literary Awards included the Sir Walter Raleigh Award won by Terry Robers' That Bright Land, a novel described as a "Southern Gothic thriller" following the hunt for a serial killer in the North Carolina mountains after the Civil War. Established in 1952, the award has gone to such writers as Reynolds Price, Fred Chappell, Lee Smith, Doris Betts, Charles Frazier, Kay Gibbons and John Ehle.
If you're an unpublished Canadian crime fiction author, here's an opportunity for you to gain a publication credit: the Mesdames of Mayhem are planning their third collection of crime fiction stories, which will be released next fall, with one spot reserved for a story by a Canadian writer who has never been published in the crime fiction genre. For more information and submission deadlines, check out this link.
A newly-discovered HG Wells ghost story is to be published for first time in The Strand magazine. "The Haunted Ceiling," a macabre story of strange goings-on in an old house, is thought to have been written in the mid-1890s.
Fans of the TV crime thriller The Blacklist may be happy to know that the first graphic novel based on the series has been released. Penned by Steve Piziks, the graphic novel story reveals a new Blacklister known as The Bodysnatcher, who "brings abduction to a whole new level and into an art form."
A website founded by the author of the most authoritative book on D.B. Cooper, Geoffrey Gray, is releasing hundreds of FBI investigative documents related to the case. The Cooper case is one of America's most enduring mysteries — the only unsolved hijacking of a commercial airliner in the country's history by a man known as "D.B. Cooper."
If you're a devotee of the reading challenges that pop up toward the end of each calendar year, check out this vintage mystery scavenger hunt for something a little bit different.
A recording of one of the world’s earliest audiobooks has been discovered by a Canadian collector. The 1935 recording of an audio version of the novella "Typhoon" by Joseph Conrad was the world’s first audiobook of a long general fiction work, although a Bible recording and one of an Agatha Christie mystery novel had already been released.
Mystery author Sandra Balzo is the latest "victim" to take the Page 69 Test, sharing an excerpt from her new novel To The Last Drop.
A new bookstore themed hostel awaits your visit to Japan: Book and Bed has branches in Tokyo and Kyoto and features "5,000 books for guests to read, a special bar stocked with local beers, and bunks inside the shelves to sleep in."
This week's featured crime poem at the 5-2 is "Detached Member" by Bonnie Stanard.
In the Q&A roundup,the latest 9MM Interview over at Crime Watch showcased Neil Broadfoot chatting about his series featuring journalist Doug McGregor; Erik Arenson took Paul D. Brazill's "Short, Sharp Interview" challenge to discuss his new collection The Throes of Crime; the eBook Nerd Reviews blog snagged author Caytlyn Brooke to talk about her new YA thriller that follows two girls as they fight for their freedom during a high-stakes adventure in the Louisiana swamps; and Alison Gaylin stopped by Shots Magazine to discuss her latest work, What Remains of Me.
Centropolis Entertainment picked up film rights to the spec script Scarletville from screenwriter Jason Young. Described as a thriller in the vein of Blood Simple or Red Rock West, the project centers on a deadly criminal who shows up in the deceptively-quiet, small town of Scarletville, leading a diner owner named Hank to spin a series of dark and twisted stories in order to delay the felon long enough for the law to arrive.
Enrique Murciano is the latest to join the cast of Netflix’s David Ayer-directed film Bright, playing a gang leader named Poison. Will Smith, Joel Egerton and Noomi Rapace also star along with Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry and Ike Barinholtz. The project was written by Max Landis and is styled as a "fantasy cop thriller set in a world where human and mythical creatures co-exist."
Sylvester Stallone has walked away from the action film Godforsaken less than two weeks before production was set to begin. He was to play an ex-con who learns that his estranged son has been killed and sets out on a mission to protect his remaining family while also seeking vengeance against his son’s killers.
The sequel to the 2015 surprise box office hit Kingsman: The Secret Service has had a bit of a delay in release date. The Golden Circle was originally supposed to be released on June 16, 2017, but Fox announced it will be delayed until October 6, giving it a spot in the fall schedule away from all the other highly-anticipated blockbusters hitting theaters in the summer.
ABC has bought the thriller drama Salamander, which is based on the 2012 Belgian series. Salamander centers on a brilliant but misanthropic engineer "who recruits a skeptical female FBI therapist to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the rich and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that may be linked to a greater conspiracy."
Michael Milligan (SiREN) has booked a recurring role on Fox’s 24: Legacy, the real-time limited series that chronicles a race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Milligan will play Theo Sterling, a new programmer at CTU headquarters described as a strange combination of computer geek and Fifth Avenue chic.
The third season of Gotham will be adding another new face in the form of Dexter alum James Remar, who has signed on to play Frank Gordon when Gotham returns from winter hiatus in 2017. Frank is the long-absent uncle of Jim Gordon who left Gotham after the death of his brother.
Penelope Ann Miller is set to star in Lifetime network’s latest ripped-from-the-headlines TV movie, Prison Break: The Joyce Mitchell Story. The project is inspired by the infamous 2015 jailbreak in upstate New York pulled off by convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat that launched a 21-day manhunt for the pair. Matt was found and killed in the attempt to apprehend him, and Sweat eventually was found and taken into custody.
Ahead of the Season 1 finale on December 10, BBC America has ordered a 10-episode second season of the original scripted series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for premiere in 2017. The order will be an increase of two episodes from the freshman year's eight total.
A first look at Uncle Sherlock, perhaps? In a teaser photo released from Season 4 of the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman drama Sherlock, the crime-fighting partners are seen with John Watson's wife Mary (Amanda Abbington) and a baby strapped to John's chest. Mary’s pregnancy was announced in the Season 3 finale so the appearance of the baby seems to indicate Season 4 will jump ahead in time a few months.
Noir on the Radio host Greg Barth welcomed crime viction author Elka Ray, a UK/Canadian author and illustrator based in Hoi An, Vietnam.
The Guardian Books podcast investigated Nordic noir with Kati Hiekkapelto and Antti Tuomainen, two of Finland’s rising literary stars.
Alex Dolan, host of The Thrillseekers podcast, chatted with Laura McHugh, the author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood and winner of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Award and also the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel.
Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the birth of Anton Rubenstein. Rubenstein was a Russian pianist, composer and conductor who became a pivotal figure in Russian culture when he founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory (his older brother, Nikolai, founded the Moscow Conservatory). Although best remembered as a pianist and educator, including being the composition teacher of Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein was also a prolific composer, tossing off pieces like this "perpetual motion" Great Etude in C - Op. 23, no. 2 for piano, played here by Michael Ponti:
Janet Rudolph has compiled her latest list of Thanksgiving mysteries and crime fiction on her blog Mystery Fanfare. You can also check out last year's list link here.
The Mystery Lovers Kitchen group has posted several Thanksgiving recipes for you to try, from pumpkin crunch cake to Irish cranberry bread to leek pepper biscuits, paleo autumn quiche, and more.
Kings River Life published a couple of Thanksgiving short stories online, "Holiday Summons" by KM Rockwood and "Felony at Farquhar Farms" by Andrew MacRae.
The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were announced last week, including the winner of the Crime Fiction Book of the Year, The Trespasser by Tana French. Also among the winners, The Ryan Tubridy’s Listener’s Choice went to Liz Nugent for her psychological thriller, Lying In Wait.
Congratulations also to Ann Cleves, who was announced the winner of Iceland Noir's first-ever Honorary Award for Services to the Art of Crime Fiction.
The Washington Post editors chose their "best mystery books and thrillers of 2016," with ten titles in all.
Amazon announced its choice for the "top ten books of 2016," with the year's most-buzzed book The Underground Railroad by Colson Whithead taking the top spot. But also on the list are the thriller titles The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis and Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.
One sad note this week: as many of you may have heard by now, 28-year-old crime fiction author Roger Hobbs, author of the thrillers Ghostman and Vanishing Games, died of an overdose on November 14 in Portland, Oregon. Hobbs was an up-and-coming bright light, becoming the youngest person ever to win a CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, in 2013. In 2014 he won the Strand Critics award and was also nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Anthony awards. In 2015, he became the youngest person ever to win the Maltese Falcon award. Needless to say, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
By way of celebrating the Scottish Book Trust's Book Week Scotland taking place from 21 to 27 November, Ion Magazine delved into Scottish crime fiction, a/k/a "targan noir," by taking a look at places and landscapes that inspired them via an interactive map.
Speaking of Scotland, the new book festival Granite Noir, which will take place over two days from February 24, will feature famous literary guests including Denise Mina, Christopher Brookmyre, and Stuart MacBride. As well as Scottish authors, the event will invite Scandinavian crime writers to talk to audiences about their novels and working methods. Visitors will also be able to attend film screenings, workshops.
A lot has been made lately about print vs. ebooks in terms of popularity and where publishing is headed, but as an article on JStor points out, the future of books may be won by ... audio.
Speaking of the future and technology, The Atlantic took a look at the computational tools being used to analyze books’ emotional arcs but so far, the data is unclear as to what they can really find out about literature.
Neil S. Plakcy penned a guest post for Criminal Element, discussing the history of homosexuality in crime fiction and how the trailblazers in the genre inspired his own writing.
Mashable investigated "Film noir, Nancy Drew and the evolution of the aesthetics of mystery."
Bustle rounded up a list of "10 terrifying thrillers for winter guaranteed to keep you up all night."
In the Q&A roundup, Ominimystery News welcomed authors Carl Schmidt to discuss his private eye series and Joe Cosentino to talk about his Jana Lane series; Ian Rankin chatted with the Vancouver Sun about mortality, Rebus, and Scottish crime; The Clarion Ledger welcomed author Beverly Lowry to discuss her new book, Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders, based on the still unsolved 1991 case of the deaths of four Austin, Texas, girls that has left the families and community without answers for 25 years.
Start off your Thanksgiving week with the latest crime drama news:
Awesomeness Films is adapting Teresa Toten’s YA novel Beware That Girl, eyeing Elle Fanning for the starring role. Cut from the same cloth as psychological thrillers Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, the film follows two girls at an elite Manhattan private school as they manipulate each other in a game of cat and mouse: Kate is a scholarship student who survives by lying her way into friendships with wealthy classmates while Olivia is the "it" girl of the Upper East Side with a dark and mysterious past. When a charming and handsome new faculty member joins their school, the girls are forced to bring their secrets to light.
Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is in negotiations to take a critical role in White Boy Rick from director Yann Demange. The film is based on a spec script by Logan and Noah Miller that's based on the real-life story of Richard Wershe Jr. Set in the mid-1980s, the story follows Wershe Jr. when he became an undercover informant for local and federal law enforcement agencies at the age of 14 only later to become a major drug dealer, arrested after officers found 17 pounds of cocaine on him (at the age of 17), receiving a sentence of life in prison. McConaughey is being eyed for the role of the senior Wershe, a blue-collar factory worker, struggling with the collapse of the auto industry as he tries to keep his family together.
Screenwriter Derek Kolstad is teaming up with Alan and Peter Riche to take on an adaptation of Tim Lebbon's novel Endure. Pitched as an intense and relentless action thriller in the vein of Deliverance and The Most Dangerous Game, the story centers on a female lead out to get revenge on a group that organizes human trophy hunts for the elite and wealthy, and may be responsible for the disappearance of her husband. It’s being pitched as a potential franchise-starter that could introduce the world to a female John Wick.
Laurence Fishburne is set to star alongside Royalty Hightower in the indie film Ruby In Murdertown, a crime thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of Leah Rachel, who also wrote the script. Production on the indie is slated for next year. Hightower, the 11-year old who had a breakout turn in the Sundance film The Fits (and was just nominated by the Gotham Awards in the Breakthrough Actor category), plays a young drifter driving around in her '77 Chevy Caprice, who decides to take action after her father (Fishburne) is framed for murder in a crime-ridden Midwest wasteland.
Scott Adkins, who was recently seen in Doctor Strange, has joined the cast of Accident Man, based on a character from the graphic novel by Pat Mills and Tony Skinner. He joins Ray Stevenson, Ashley Greene, David Paymer, Amy Johnston, Ray Park and Michael Jai White in the film, which is directed by Jesse Johnson and set to go into production this month in the UK. Stu Small co-wrote the script (with Adkins) which follows the story of hitman Mike Fallon, known for making assassinations look like unfortunate accidents. His cavalier attitude changes the day his ex-girlfriend, Beth, is murdered by his own crew.
Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Johnny Depp in Labyrinth, the real-life drama based on the criminal investigation behind the murders of rap legends Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Whitaker would play a journalist who teams with Depp's disgraced LAPD detective, who has been unable to solve the mysterious deaths of two of hip-hop's biggest stars. The project is based on journalist Randall Sullivan’s book LAbyrinth - A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.
At least one of the original male stars from Ocean's Eleven is headed to the (mostly) all -female spinoff in the franchise, Ocean's Eight. Matt Damon will have a bit part in the upcoming film, which stars an army of illustrious A-listers ranging from Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock to Anne Hathaway and Rihanna.
Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman and Kevin Bacon go on a manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers in the new trailer for Patriots Day, based on the true story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Amazon Studios picked up the Hitchcockian spec script Holland, Michigan, with Peter Dealbert attached to produce. Written by Andrew Sodroski, the thriller centers on a housewife in the midwest who suspects her husband is having an affair, but as the story unfolds, she learns that her husband might be leading a secret life. Errol Morris was previously announced as director and Bryan Cranston, Naomi Watts, and Edgar Ramirez are attached to star. Amazon is looking to start production in the spring.
The team behind fantasy procedural drama Grimm are developing a new series for NBC titled Treasure. The mystery series follows a group of grad students in Washington, DC who accidentally uncovers a 40-year-old secret which leads them on a wild ride through real history as they attempt to unravel an unsolved murder, find hidden blood money, and avoid being killed by an assassin from the past.
Fox has put in development the legal drama Hawk from Rosewood executive producer Andy Berman and creator/executive producer Todd Harthan.Written by Berman, Hawk is described as a law show with a twist, centering on a con man with special skills, who tries to reconcile his criminal past when he becomes the in-house legal investigator for the glossy LA firm he almost took down.
BBC America greenlit an eight-episode dramatic thriller series Killing Eve to premiere in 2018. Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve revolves around Villanelle, a psychopathic assassin, and Eve, the woman charged with hunting her down. Eve is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle is an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. The two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.
In other news from The Beeb, AMC has closed a co-production deal with BBC Worldwide North America for BBC One's drama series McMafia created and written by Oscar-nominated Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman in Black) and starring James Norton (Grantchester, War & Peace). Inspired by Misha Glenny's 2008 best-selling book, the organized crime series that centers on the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca. But when his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them, Alex is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves. The series will also star David Strathairn, Juliet Rylance, Aleksey Serebryakov, Marie Shukshina, and Faye Marsay.
Meanwhile, UK's ITV has given the green-light to Bancroft, a four-part police thriller with two women at its heart: Elizabeth Bancroft, a respected DCI who has given her life to the police force and is trusted and adored by her colleagues; and DS Katherine Stevens, an ambitious, fast-tracked recruit whose assignment to cold cases disturbs the ghosts of the past including those among the lives of her colleagues.
Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) is set to star in an unusual drama for Syfy titled Happy!. Meloni will play Nick Sax, once the top detective in a big city police department but after losing everything he holds dear, he becomes a hit man for the mob and uses his earnings for drugs and booze on the wrong side of town. Sax manages to survive a hit that goes horribly wrong...only to have his life changed forever when he begins to see an imaginary blue-winged horse.
One longtime cast member of Hawaii Five-0 is moving on, as Masi Oka, who plays Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Max Bergman on the CBS police procedural, will be leaving the show after seven seasons as a series regular. The show's creative team insist that Max's story arc will be given a proper conclusion on the show as he rides off to greener pastures.
The CW network announced its midseason schedule, and things don't look good for the freshman show Frequency, which has essentially been canceled and will have its finale Wednesday, Jan. 25. Peyton List stars as NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan who discovers she is able to speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan in 1996 via his old ham radio. Her attempts to save his life trigger the "butterfly effect", changing the present in unforeseen ways and to fix the damage, she must work with her father across time to solve a decades-old murder case.
Fox released a trailer for the final season of Bones, which premieres January 3.
Libby Fischer Hellmann, who hosts the Second Sunday Crime podcast, had the tables turned as Authors on the Air host Pam Stack interviewed Libby about her thirteen thrillers and numerous short stories, as well as what it's like to be a writer in this brave new world of publishing.
The Thrill Seekers podcast welcomed Charles Belfoure,the bestselling author of The Paris Architect and House of Thieves, who is also an architect by profession.
A Stab in the Dark's Mark Billingham chatted with Michael Connelly as the two crime writers discussed U.S. crime drama, Raymond Chandler, jazz versus country and Michael's adaptations which star Titus Welliver, Matthew McConaughey and Clint Eastwood. Paul Hirons also spoke with to Rosewood's leading man Morris Chestnut, who reveals what it's like to work with co-star Jaina Lee Ortiz and what a location gives to a crime drama.
Crime Cafe host and author Debbi Mack interviewed thriller author Reece Hirsch on the Crime Cafe podcast.
The Vertigo Theatre, located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, is staging a production of Agatha Christie’s mystery classic The Hollow, as part of the company's BD&P Mystery Theatre series. The story follows an unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader that explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell.
A pairing of one-act thrillers by Agatha Christie, The Rats and The Patient, are heading to the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park, California, opening on November 26 with a run through December 18. The Rats is about an adulterous pair of lovers who are asked individually, to a London flat for drinks but soon realize that they have been set up as victims, while The Patient deals with a woman severely injured in a fall (an accident, attempted murder, or suicide?) who's unable to speak, but with the aid of Dr Ginsberg's ingenius device, tries to solve the attempted murder.
Put your detective skills to the test with Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders, a point-and-tap mystery adventure that seamlessly moves participants through the classic murder novel in the shoes of Christie’s famous protagonist, Hercule Poirot. Players take on the role of Poirot, an eccentric Belgian detective with a Watson-like assistant and a sharp mind, and are tasked with figuring out the identity of a serial killer who chooses his victims based on the first three letters of the alphabet.
In the Thanksgiving spirit, here is Percy Grainger's Harvest Hymn performed by the Joyful Company of Singers and City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox: