| Oct 9, 2011
How survivors of the Chicago Fire sought scapegoats 140 years ago
Even as the embers of the Chicago Fire cooled, the saga of Mrs. O'Leary began. For 140 years, she has been alternately accused and exonerated of setting off the inferno that consumed...
| Feb 11, 2011
"Cold Weather," the latest micro-budget movie from writer-director-editor Aaron Katz, is like an exquisite minimalist painting — its beauty will move you, its simplicity will fool you. For there are layers and complexities to be found in the film,...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:51 PM
If she weren't writing mysteries, Martha Grimes says, she might be running a tea shop.
You were expecting perhaps an auto-parts store?
No, you weren't. Not if you know Grimes' work, which includes 22 mysteries featuring the incisive Scotland Yard...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 5:22 PM
The Borders bookstore in Glendale will close by April as part of the bankruptcy plan the Michigan-based retailer unveiled Wednesday.
The company is closing 200 underperforming stores across the country, including locations in Pasadena, Sherman Oaks and...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 1:01 PM
Mysteries abound in our sacred and profane world—for example, transubstantiation—and they should remain mysteries. This is because (a) they are unsolvable, (b) trying to solve them is borderline blasphemous because by trying, man arrogates...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 5:22 PM
FRIDAY: Enjoy a Bowers Museum program titled, "20th Century in Review," from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Each decade will be highlighted and discussed, including Teddy Roosevelt, the Panama Canal, the Roaring...
| Mar 29, 2011
Perverted plutocrats, a Hollywood madam with a narcissism problem, prostitutes with attitude, indulgent rich kids — Jonathan Kellerman's latest novel has so many unpleasant characters it would be wearying to read if the plot didn't move like a...
| Mar 30, 2011
Mother of Mercy, is this the end of Kurt Wallander?
Don't worry, the peerless Swedish police detective, the pride of the force in rural Ystad, doesn't get ruthlessly gunned down like Edward G. Robinson's Rico Bandello in "Little Caesar." It's that author...
| Apr 18, 2011
It's telling that the title of Marcia Clark's murder-mystery debut is smaller than her name on the novel's cover. Clark is best known as the lead prosecutor in the media circus known as the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She's less recognized as an author,...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 8:23 AM
The Canadian-made series about a late-19th-century sleuth (played by Yannick Bisson) who uses methods far ahead of their time - fingerprinting being one of them - continues with these episodes.
He still faces opposition to his procedures from his more-...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 1:26 PM
Here's what I like about Tea Obreht's debut novel, "The Tiger's Wife": Obreht can write. She can put a sentence together, inhabit characters with lives far different than hers; she can trace the horrors of a war she's never seen. All that is essential,...