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Thereby hangs a tale… Loss. Love. Irrevocable Loss. Redemptive Love. Rescue. Oh, yes, and murder, revenge, retribution, and dogs. Such are the themes swirling through Kate Atkinson’s marvelous Jackson Brodie mysteries. A series not to be missed its writing a … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… Delusion. Delude. Illusion. Elude. Strong verbs all, and all are essential to the plot of Hitchcock’s, The Paradine Case. The 1946 black and white suspense film, based upon the novel of the same title, concerns an English … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… As played by actress Jane Wyman, Eve Gill has all the pluck and derring-do of Nancy Drew. Nothing is impossible for her, no clue, scenario, no stone unturned; she’s a born sleuth. That she aspires to be … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… A man wants to murder his wife. That’s the plot of Dial M for Murder. Simple. Straightforward. True as a bowshot. The question is why? Tony Wendice possesses a fatal flaw: he believes he is superior … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… What do you do if you suspect, as does Charley, that your adored Uncle Charlie, for whom you were named, is the Merry Widow killer? That is the question at the center of Hitchcock’s mastery of … Continue reading