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How John le CarrĂ© Describes George Smiley to His Readers

A Murder of Quality (1962) If you’re like me, you would have probably thoroughly enjoyed the Smiley Trilogy (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “The Honourable Schoolboy” and “Smiley’s People”). But I had never read one of the early books that introduced … Continue reading

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Sorry, I Don’t Want to Spend Another Minute in This Bog

Longmire (2012-2017) We started watching this Netflix series on the recommendation of Susan’s brother, a retired RCMP constable living in Alberta (where he worked during his career). This show is right up his alley: a police (sheriff) procedural in Wyoming, … Continue reading

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Murder in the Line of Duty, or Something More Personal?

The Murder of George Floyd (May 25, 2020) I’ve waited until now to discuss this case. What I did not want to do was add any fuel to the fire of a blazing racial incident between a black man and … Continue reading

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Did He Order a “Satanic Hit” on his Pregnant Wife?

Roman Polanski (August 18, 1933) It’s a delicate question, but one that I haven’t seen asked before. It’s true that Roman Polanski has a ‘spotted’ history of poor choices in his life, but has anyone thought that he would or … Continue reading

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A Larger Than Life Footnote in Roman History

Vitellius (September 24, 15 AD – December 22, 69 AD) It’s a shame, really. This man was probably best suited for the debauched lifestyle that being Emperor could afford him, but he wasn’t really right to rule the Roman Empire. … Continue reading

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And Finally, the Runt of the Roman Litter of Emperors

Claudius (August 1, 10 BC – October 13, 54 AD) They say he suffered from a childhood illness that left him infirm (and famously portrayed with a stammer by Derek Jacobi in the “I, Claudius” TV series). It may have … Continue reading

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Murder in the Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury This is one of my favourite cathedrals in all of England. I’ve been here many times. The very first time was in March 1985, with my Miller family, soon after moving to the UK. I’m partial to … Continue reading

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When Death Comes Calling with a Nightmare

The Pale Horse (2020) It’s a potent image from the Book of Revelation: Death on a Pale Horse. It is the stuff of nightmares, one of which we’re living in at the moment. But I digress… The Pale Horse is … Continue reading

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A Shooting Straight Out of Compton

Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996) Dr. Oz is going to review this drive-by shooting (from 1996) on Thursday’s program. To be honest, I knew nothing about it, but the connection to The Notorious B.I.G. is notable. … Continue reading

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Be Honest Now: Could You Keep This Secret?

Inheritance (2020) Psychological thrillers all have one thing in common: they mess with your mind. So, you can imagine how I felt about this film, presently showing on Netflix. The subtext is telegraphed early on: it’s a chess game. Lauren … Continue reading

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