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In search of Agatha Christie with David Suchet, Hercule Poirot

This is an amazing video about Agatha Christie narrated by David Suchet, the definitive Hercule Poiirot. The actor who never met his character's creator gets to know his character's creator. A fantastic view of this most wonderful author and woman and her mysterious disappearance.

All Things Castle 
The TV Series & The Companion Nikki Heat and
Derrick Storm Mystery Novels 

If you're as big a fan of the Castle TV series as I am, you just can't get enough. I've hooked you up with the books that companion with the show and the series DVDs. Get your Castle fix.Buy the complete series or watch a single episode.







Agatha Christie . Hercule Poirot . DVDs 


Lee Goldberg . Monk . Books . List of Monk Books on Amazon

The New Sherlock Files . Sherlock Holmes British TV Series 2012

 The Naked City 

There are eight million stories in the Naked City," the narrator states at the close of this vivid film—and this is one of them. Master noir craftsman Jules Dassin and newspaperman-cum-producer Mark Hellinger’s dazzling police procedural was shot entirely on location in New York City. A double Academy Award–winner, The Naked City is a benchmark for naturalism in noir, living in the promises and perils of the Big Apple, from its lowest depths to its highest skyscrapers. 

Alfred Hitchcock . Master of Suspense
I couldn't resist including these classic films and TV shows. We all get tired of reading, and this satisfies that craving for a mystery hit. And, if watching the movies or TV shows are not enough, Hitchcock on Hitchcok is a book of essays, interviews and sayings by the man himself.


Albert Campion is a very British private investigator with connections to many levels of society. Interesting tales with interesting characters including his man's man who is less than upper crust and who sees himself as Watson to Campion's Holmes. 

Magnum, P.I.

I recently re-watched this entire series over time, and I was amazed at some of the great story lines.I also love the regular characters and all the super famous guests.So much easier to watch than some of the very violent current TV mysteries. Love it.

The Rockford Files 


The Rockford Files ... This series really has great stories and great characters, and James Garner is so handsome, he's a hearthrob for us mature ladies. ... From the premiere of its first hour-long episode on September 13, 1974, The Rockford Files was a critical and commercial success that gained a large and loyal following. Like other private-eye shows of the 1970s (such as Columbo and David Janssen's Harry O), the series offered smart mystery plots in the hardboiled-sleuth traditions of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Rex Stout, given a sunlit spin in contemporary California. But ex-convict turned private investigator Jim Rockford (who served time for a crime he didn't commit) was anything but a conventional gumshoe; for one thing, he rarely carried a gun, and resorted to violence only when he'd exhausted his options. Played to perfection by James Garner, Rockford preferred wisecracks over violence, and his going rate ("$200 a day, plus expenses") was typically applied to cold cases, missing persons, and family disputes, frequently leading to entanglements with organized crime and L.A.P.D. Sergeant Dennis Becker (Joe Santos), whose friendship with Rockford lent the series one of its pivotal character relationships. As Rockford pursued the truth from his rusty trailer-home on the Pacific Coast Highway, his inherent warmth and compassionate sleuthing were further enhanced by engaging interplay with his retired ex-trucker father "Rocky" (Noah Beery, Jr.), his lawyer and on-and-off girlfriend Beth Davenport (Gretchen Corbett), and his weasely former cell-mate "Angel" Martin (Stuart Margolin), a trio of supporting players as memorably appealing as any in '70s television. As a loose-knit ensemble, they followed Garner's capable lead with intelligent dialogue (the best of it written by series cocreator Stephen J. Cannell and frequent contributor Juanita Bartlett) and occasionally burst of stunt-laden action, typically involving Rockford's expert driving of a versatile Pontiac Firebird. (As Garner fondly recalls in the disc 1 bonus interview, "That car could do anything.") I always loved James Garner, and now that he is gone, it is even more poignant that I have listed him here.
~Sandy Penny

Reawakened & Once Upon a Time . Companion to TV's Once Upon a Time . Emma Swan’s life has been anything but a fairy tale. She's been on her own since she was abandoned as a baby -that is, until the night of her twenty-eighth birthday, when Henry, a ten-year-old boy, shows up on her doorstep. He's the son Emma gave up for adoption, and this surprise visit turns her life upside down.

Henry takes Emma back to his home in Storybrooke, Maine, where, Henry claims, all the residents are actually fairy tale characters who can't remember their true identities. And if Henry's right, that means that his sweet-natured, lonely schoolteacher Mary Margaret Blanchard is really Snow White, the iconic princess ... and also Emma's long-lost mother. 

In Fairy Tale Land, we meet Snow White as a bandit on the run, forced into exile by her stepmother, the Evil Queen. Snow's a young woman learning to become a hero, who will do anything to live happily ever after with her one true love, Prince Charming.

The closer Emma comes to Henry in Storybrooke, the harder it is for her to ignore the dark curse that haunts this small New England town and binds her to Mary Margaret. If Emma can learn to accept her destiny as Storybrooke's savior and break the curse, she just might get the family reunion she's dreamed about her entire life.

ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME is a modern adventure with thrilling twists and hints of darkness, brimming with wonder, and filled with the magic of our most beloved fairy ta