Category Archives: Mystery

Autopsy: The Last Hours of…

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If you have a hankering for a documentary-style investigation of controversial deaths of celebrities, then start binging on Autopsy: The Last Hours of… 

The series debuted in 2014 in the UK and has since been made available through cable and online video-on-demand services worldwide. I was only able to watch a few old episodes from Season 4 including those with Marilyn Monroe, Liberace, and George Best. These are celebrities who have dark secrets that they tried to hide from the public eye, only to be revealed in autopsy results. It’s downright depressing. It completely erases the glamorous image that they had worked so hard to build.

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Bloodlines by Angela Marsons: Skilful Manipulation

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How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

MY REVIEW

OMFG! 

The mere mention of Dr. Hannibal Lecter can send shivers down my spine. To me, he’s the ultimate psychopath that I measure every psychopath against. As a fan of psychological thriller, it would take a really evil antagonist to make me pay attention.

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Ocean’s 8: What We Know So Far

I don’t care if critics say that Ocean’s 8 is an unnecessary spin-off.

You know what’s unnecessary? The Ghostbusters reboot.

This first official photo of the movie was released last month and it’s the epitome of Girl Power. Details are sparse, but here are some of the things we know so far.

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One-two Punch: The Girl Who…by Marnie Riches

I might be overdosing on titles that begin with “The Girl”. I expressed my disappointment at the film adaptation of The Girl on The Train here, and I just finished Robert Bryndza’s The Girl in the Ice, which I thought was intense. I’d like to say more, but I’m still catching my breath.

But before that, I indulged (or overindulged) in The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows and The Girl Who Had No Fear, both written by British crime author Marnie Riches. I figured The Girl titles will not be going away anytime soon, so I’ll just embrace it! Because why the hell not?

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The Girl on the Train: Unbelievably bad film adaptation

 

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I didn’t read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins at the height of its popularity, but I’ve read it even before I found out it will be turned into a movie. And that’s all that matters to me. Because the film is so unbelievably bad. So please stop calling it this year’s “Gone Girl”. Not even close!

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The Verdict: The People vs. O J Simpson

Forget the one hot mess that was Batman V. Superman. Here’s the ultimate face-off that you should’ve have been watching:

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I just couldn’t tear myself away from this show.

I was still a teenager when the events unfolded. It was all over the news and it divided the nation because the murder case became a racial issue. Unlike my family, I didn’t strictly follow the story then, but I know what one should know about the case. Two decades, later, the case seems to have been “re-opened” by way of a TV drama that’s just so explosive.

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How To Get Away With Murder: Binge Watching

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Finally caught up with How to Get Away With Murder by binge-watching the last 4 episodes. This is in preparation for the much awaited season 2 which will premiere on September 24.

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Book Review: The Girl Who Broke The Rules

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The Girl Who Broke The Rules by Marnie Riches

Blurb:

When the mutilated bodies of two sex-workers are found in Amsterdam, Chief Inspector van den Bergen must find a brutal murderer before the red-light-district erupts into panic.

Georgina McKenzie is conducting research into pornography among the UK’s most violent sex-offenders but once van den Bergen calls on her criminology expertise, she is only too happy to come running.

The rising death toll forces George and van den Bergen to navigate the labyrinthine worlds of Soho strip-club sleaze and trans-national human trafficking. And with the case growing ever more complicated, George must walk the halls of Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, seeking advice from the brilliant serial murderer, Dr. Silas Holm…

Review:

This is the second book in the series. Not having read The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die may have contributed to my initial difficulty in getting into the story. But I plodded on and became immersed in a harrowing tale involving mutilated bodies, gruesome murders, and terrifying characters.

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A Bit of Love for True Detective Season 2

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I am in the minority when I say that True Detective Season 2 (TD2) is far more entertaining than season 1. I can understand where the hate for TD2 is coming from. It’s coming from the fact that it isn’t season 1. Every damning review is a comparison to the first season, which has a completely different storyline and cast of characters. It’s as if TD2 didn’t do anything right.

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