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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates DVD Review
Not many people, on reaching the age of sixty, decide they will take up detective work - but the redoubtable Hetty Wainthropp does exactly that, by way of catching a young shoplifter and looking into the disappearance of an elderly woman. Patricia Routledge delights in the role of the senior sleuth.
Robert Blake as Baretta
Baretta was a hugely popular television detective show that still has many fans today. There was little mystery involved in Baretta’s cases, but star Robert Blake later became a sensation when he was accused, and acquitted at trial, of murder. Is the star more mysterious than the show?
Premonition DVD Review
Starring Sandra Bullock, ‘Premonition’ (2007) is a mystery that defies explanation. Linda Hanson’s life is routine, but is about to be enveloped in the mysterious. Or else this is all a terrible nightmare. Is her husband dead or alive? Is she experiencing a miracle or a curse? And what day is it?
Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
After her years of observing village life in St Mary Mead, Jane Marple knows human nature, including its dark side. Of all the actresses to have portrayed Agatha Christie’s much loved crime solving spinster, Joan Hickson is perhaps the quintessential Miss Marple.
Hawaii Five-O Original TV Series Review
Mystery and crime are genres that often go together, and are just as often confused with each other. One of the best classic television crime series was the much loved Hawaii Five-O, but did Steve McGarrett’s team investigate mysteries, or simply crimes? Let’s head to Honolulu to find out.
Agatha Christie Queen of Crime
Agatha Christie is a name familiar to everyone who loves a good mystery. Her work lives on, not only in her books and stage plays, but in numerous television and movie adaptations. Here is a glimpse at the early life and work of the woman who came to be known as the Queen of Crime.
Nightmare at the End of the Hall 2008
The student in her writing class looks so much like the friend who took her own life many years ago. Is it possible that Jane’s spirit has been reborn? Or is some cruel hoax being played upon her? Teacher Courtney must unravel the mystery at the heart of this atmospheric television movie.
The Hitchcock Collection DVD Review
The latest addition to my mystery movie DVD library, The Hitchcock Collection brings together nine of the directors earlier movies, both well known titles and some - almost - lost treasures. With bonus features too, this is must-have for fans of the Master of Suspense.
More Great Classic Mysteries
The hallmark of a great classic mystery is that it can be watched again and again, and still enjoyed just as much as the first time. Here are some of my very favourite classic mysteries that are as good now as when they were made in the 1940s. Perhaps you love these movies too.
Ronald Colman in Lost Horizon 1937
Lost Horizon (1937) takes us to the hidden valley of Shangri-La; what secrets are kept in this idyllic place? What mystery will be revealed by the High Lama? Here is a look at both the star and the mystery behind this well-loved movie.
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