| Dec 3, 2011
When Tasha Alexander strolls the streets of Chicago, she doesn't much see Wrigley Field or the Chicago River or Logan Square. Or Honda Civics.
She sees St. Paul's Cathedral and the River Thames and Belgrave Square and hansom cabs.
| 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...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:18 PM
Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) knew his way around two things: rock-hard prose and stone-cold corpses.
He was a wizardly writer of mysteries, a man who could ratchet up the menace and dread by steady, excruciating degrees. His sentences were of the...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 7:56 PM
Question: After we die and our spirits go to heaven, do we find out the answers to all of life's great mysteries? For example, will we know who really killed JFK? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? What really happened to the dinosaurs? — B.,...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 12:52 PM
Say "Zen," and you may think of rocks, raked sand and temple bells. But if you tune into the first of three "Zen" episodes on Sunday, July 17, on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" it's more like wine, pasta and death knells.
Shot in and around Rome (where...
| Jul 17, 2011
| 12:42 PM
If you want a little mid-summer escape via TV the next three Sunday nights, check out the new PBS mystery series, "Zen," starring Rufus Sewell.
I watched all three that were made available for preview, but I love TV mysteries.
And I have to say that...
| Aug 7, 2011
The Mostly True Story of Jack
Little, Brown: 323 pp., $16.99, ages 8 and up
Fantastical middle-grade mysteries have long been populated with protagonists confronted with evildoing and tasked with righting wrongs. A negligent...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 8:44 PM
There is a hierarchy of personal catastrophe, an informal but definitive ranking of all the terrible things that can happen, moving through categories that might be labeled "Worst Thing" to "Next-Worst Thing" to "Next-to-Next Worst Thing" and on down...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 2:56 PM
Music critic and author Dwayne Robinson, a middle-aged black man, has been murdered with a box cutter, and his friend, D, wants to know whodunit.
When Dwayne shows up at the front door of D Security, D's office, wearing a bloody beige trench coat and a...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 12:16 PM
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| Jan 6, 2012
| 6:07 PM
I was always a big fan of the John le Carre novels, so I'm happy to see the strong reviews for the adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." The Cold War seems very distant these days, and his novels, which eschewed shoot-em-up theatrics for a more...