| Mar 6, 2012
"Mainstream media" usually refers to some perceived liberal bias in the media. But newspapers, magazines and other organizations are busy these days trying to survive, like characters in a Christie thriller. We'll look to any outlet: Facebook, Twitter,...
| Oct 30, 2012
Scotland Yard, one of the world's most famous police forces, unveiled plans Tuesday to move from its iconic headquarters in central London to a smaller building around the corner. The Yard, also known as the Metropolitan Police Service, has proposed the...
| Nov 14, 2010
Channel-surf almost any night of the week in Britain and chances are you'll come across a gruesome crime drama featuring a dark and tortured soul whose brutal, morally repellent deeds make you recoil in horror.
And that's just the detective.
| May 25, 2009
If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Miéville's new novel, "The City & the City."
Miéville is one of our most talented fabulists, and his work roams boldly across...
| Jun 7, 2009
In the mystery world, Lawrence Block needs no introduction. His Matthew Scudder novels, at their best, illuminate one man's journey away from the bottle toward redemption by helping others in their worst hours. The Bernie Rhodenbarr series is written with...
| Jan 10, 2010
Note: This is the second of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: One of the masters of the form talks about the detective story.
In order to understand and properly appreciate contemporary detective...
| Jul 2, 2009
Agatha Christie, history's bestselling novelist, always had a special relationship with Christmas. When she was a child, it was the occasion of happy memories before and after the turn of the 20th century. Once she became a prolific and popular author,...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 4:05 PM
The Huntington Beach Playhouse may be formulating plans to celebrate its 50th season three years hence, but next door in Westminster, there's already a golden anniversary event underway.
The Westminster Community Theatre, born in 1961, is in the midst of...
| Apr 26, 2010
| 9:06 AM
- Former President George W. Bush is writing a memoir, "Decision Points," which is set for release on November 9. The book, focused on Bush's career and the 14 most important decision in his life, is being described as "groundbreaking new brand of memoir"...
| Nov 3, 2010
I've been to many local theatrical productions. I usually take my seat at a performance with an air of hopefulness about me, wondering at each show if I might be pleasantly surprised. Thus, I was completely unprepared for the high level of quality...
| Nov 10, 2010
| 4:13 PM
Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" gave a new meaning to the term "staying power." The mystery play opened in London in 1952 and is still running after more than 25,000 performances.
It's been long absent from local stages, but currently the Westminster...