Category Archives: Detective

the fall detective drama

Gumshoe Tuesday: The Fall

This new BBC detective drama stars Gillian Anderson as a third wave feminist detective stalking a misogynistic serial killer. Almost too graphic, definitely disturbing, this show examines the sexual politics of crime and law enforcement.

the fall detective drama

Gumshoe Tuesday: The Fall

This new BBC detective drama stars Gillian Anderson as a third wave feminist detective stalking a misogynistic serial killer. Almost too graphic, definitely disturbing, this show examines the sexual politics of crime and law enforcement.

barnaby jones

Gumshoe Tuesday: Barnaby Jones

In the great tradition of 1970s private detectives, Barnaby Jones tells the story of a father and his widowed daughter-in-law solving the murder of his son/her husband. They turned out to be so good at solving mysteries together that they

barnaby jones

Gumshoe Tuesday: Barnaby Jones

In the great tradition of 1970s private detectives, Barnaby Jones tells the story of a father and his widowed daughter-in-law solving the murder of his son/her husband. They turned out to be so good at solving mysteries together that they

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Gumshoe Tuesday: Top of the Lake

It’s always good news when talented directors agree to do crime shows. I’ve been a fan of Jane Campion since the 1990s, and she did a great job with Top of the Lake. It’s a noir crime drama similar to

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Gumshoe Tuesday: Top of the Lake

It’s always good news when talented directors agree to do crime shows. I’ve been a fan of Jane Campion since the 1990s, and she did a great job with Top of the Lake. It’s a noir crime drama similar to

lie to me tim roth

Gumshoe Tuesday: Lie to Me

I’ve been a sucker for Tim Roth ever since he threatened to shoot up that diner in Pulp Fiction, so I’m not sure why I didn’t clue into this show earlier. It’s a private detective show with an unexpected scientific

lie to me tim roth

Gumshoe Tuesday: Lie to Me

I’ve been a sucker for Tim Roth ever since he threatened to shoot up that diner in Pulp Fiction, so I’m not sure why I didn’t clue into this show earlier. It’s a private detective show with an unexpected scientific

An Evening with Dashiell Hammett

Oh, how I miss Los Angeles. This April, the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) is hosting a literary salon that sounds simply fantastic: a literary salon dedicated to one of the greatest crime writers of the 20th century, Dashiell Hammett,

An Evening with Dashiell Hammett

Oh, how I miss Los Angeles. This April, the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) is hosting a literary salon that sounds simply fantastic: a literary salon dedicated to one of the greatest crime writers of the 20th century, Dashiell Hammett,

rocky king detective

Gumshoe Tuesday: Rocky King, Detective

If you’re looking for an old-timey tough guy detective show, look no further than Rocky King, Detective. A 1950s noir detective show, made back when smoking was glamorous and people wore evening gowns to nightclubs. Now that’s class.

rocky king detective

Gumshoe Tuesday: Rocky King, Detective

If you’re looking for an old-timey tough guy detective show, look no further than Rocky King, Detective. A 1950s noir detective show, made back when smoking was glamorous and people wore evening gowns to nightclubs. Now that’s class.

the following detective tv

Gumshoe Tuesday: The Following

I am so conflicted about The Following. I like it, but I shouldn’t. It’s not realistic–the likelihood of their being a serial killer cult based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe is far from believable, but for some reason

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Gumshoe Tuesday: The Following

I am so conflicted about The Following. I like it, but I shouldn’t. It’s not realistic–the likelihood of their being a serial killer cult based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe is far from believable, but for some reason

Gumshoe Tuesday: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

One of the most elegantly-crafted, realistic, feminist mysteries that I’ve read, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a classic locked-room detective mystery that reads like top-quality investigative journalism.

Gumshoe Tuesday: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

One of the most elegantly-crafted, realistic, feminist mysteries that I’ve read, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a classic locked-room detective mystery that reads like top-quality investigative journalism.

wallander tv detective show

Gumshoe Tuesday: Wallander

The multi-talented Richard Branaugh stars in the BBC remake of the Swedish crime drama Wallander. He’s my favorite kind of detective – sloppy, exhausted and barely keeping pace with his obsessive need to solve a crime.

wallander tv detective show

Gumshoe Tuesday: Wallander

The multi-talented Richard Branaugh stars in the BBC remake of the Swedish crime drama Wallander. He’s my favorite kind of detective – sloppy, exhausted and barely keeping pace with his obsessive need to solve a crime.

nancy drew

Gumshoe Tuesday: Nancy Drew

Sure the Hardy Boys are cute, but Nancy Drew was clever enough to solve mysteries all by herself. In fact, she was one of the first female detectives to make it to the small screen, long before Veronica Mars or

nancy drew

Gumshoe Tuesday: Nancy Drew

Sure the Hardy Boys are cute, but Nancy Drew was clever enough to solve mysteries all by herself. In fact, she was one of the first female detectives to make it to the small screen, long before Veronica Mars or