The Continuing Fabulousness of Miss Fisher

If you do not already know of her meet Phryne Fisher, the 1920’s detective that took Australia by storm. She came on the scene in 2006, the fabulous character of author Kerry Greenwood. Made into a TV series by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger in 2012, it aired for three seasons and can now be seen on Netflix. Those who enjoy the show and books might get more of Phyrne since the creators are hoping for feature films. Also, this year the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, released an anthology, Bound By Mystery, celebrating its twenty years, with an installment by Greenwood featuring Phyrne entitled, Taking The Waters. As with all the books and TV shows...

Ten Best Cop Shows EVER

Ten Best Cop Shows EVER Honorable Mention: THE SHIELD DRAGNET SOUTHLAND CRACKER CRIME STORY Number Ten: MIAMI VICE Original Run: 1984-1990 Creator: Anthony Yerkovich, Andres Carranza Sure aspects of the show feel dated but it’s a time capsule look at the eighties and it’s highly entertaining. It was also ground breaking in a lot of ways that still influence television today not least of which was the use of music. Iconic and wonderful.         Number Nine: BARNEY MILLER Original Run: 1974-1982 Creators: Danny Arnold and Theodore J. Flicker This one is a comedy but it also is a great cop show. Funny as hell, even today...

Crime Authors On Their Favorite TV Shows

I have never written a crime story that wasn’t influenced, in some small part, by The Shield. From the whip crack of the pilot right through the brutal finale, Shawn Ryan’s gang of LA cops was a veritable showcase of men and women who alternated seamlessly between charming and corrupt, who were complex and messy without ever fully sacrificing the audience’s sympathy and understanding of what made each of them tick. Ryan turned Michael Chiklis’ roly-poly Commish into the jacked and nasty Vic Mackey and gave us Walton Goggins, then a bit player with a hy-yuck accent, now a bona fide star with an Emmy nomination and an...

Meet the new Doctor, not the same as the old Docto...

When Tom Baker decided he was tired of wearing a long scarf and eating jelly babies, rumors spread that his replacement might be a woman. Baker fueled those speculations with the following comment:: “Well, you’re making an assumption that it’s going to be a man.” Years later, speculation was fueled when Helen Mirren, after shooting down rumors she would be piloting the Tardis, went on the record with that following bold statement: “I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who – no, no, no,” she said. “I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that.” “I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor...

CORMORAN STRIKE: Filming underway for Rowling base...

Costumes have been donned, lines spoken as the cast of CORMORAN STRIKE begin filming on THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, the first story in J.K. Rowling crime series. In the first publicity shot (above) the British Strike and Robin can be seen standing outside Strike’s favorite pub, The Tottenham. After selling millions of Harry Potter books, Rowling decided to write a detective series under the pseudonym  Robert Galbraith. Sales for THE CUCKOO’S CALLING were sparse, but when word slipped out that Galbraith with really Rowling, her fans took the crime novel to the top of the charts.  THE SILKWORM and CAREER OF EVIL followed TCC and...

HBO to air Rowling’s CORMORAN STRIKE

HBO has announced the purchase of U.S. and Canadian rights to CORMORAN STRIKE, a series based on the Robert Galbraith novel. For those living under a rock, Galbraith is the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling and the three books have sold a reported four million copies worldwide. Rumors of HBO’s involvement has swirled for quite some time, but it is not official. According to Deadline, BBC One is producing the limited series, which will feature three stories: The Cuckoo’s Calling (3 one hour episodes), The Silkworm (3 one hour episodes) and Career of Evil (2 episodes). As I understand it, each story will be treated as it’s own limited...