A TV Episode Review: THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE “The Wages of Sin” (2022).
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by Steve
1d ago
THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE.“The Wages of Sin.” Acorn original, 07 February 2022. (Series one, episode one). Adrian Scarborough (DI Max Arnold), Sonita Henry (DS Priya Shamsie). Writers: Peter Fincham, Glen Laker. Director: Richard Signy.    TV producers and other executives, if their TV detectives aren’t buddies from episodes one on, then the next best thing is that they’re mismatched in almost every way possible. It may actually be the best thing, if you stop and think about it.    DI Max Arnold is short, chunky-ish, and male. DS Priya Shamsie is tall, statuesque, an ..read more
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An Archived PI Review by Bob Adey: ROGER L. SIMON – Wild Turkey.
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by Steve
2d ago
REVIEWED BY BOB ADEY:     ROGER L. SIMON – Wild Turkey.  Moses Wine #2. Straight Arrow, hardcover, 1974. Pocket, paperback, 1976. Warner, paperback, 1986.  iBooks, softcover, 2000.    The second Moses Wine book and in my view a better and less confused book than the first, The Big Fix. From the word go the pace is hectic as Wine, initially challenged to clear best selling author Jock Hecht of the murder of a famous TV woman newscaster, finds himself chasing desperately after Hecht’s killer and searching for some mysterious tapes before he himself is bum ..read more
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An Archived Review by Barry Gardner: IAIN PEARS – The Last Judgment.
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by Steve
2d ago
REVIEWED BY BARRY GARDNER:     IAIN PEARS – The Last Judgment. Jonathan Argyll #4. Scribner, hardcover, 1996. Berkley, paperback, 1999.    I’ve only read one other in this series, and my vague memory of it was that it was a quite decent read, if nothing major.    Expatriate British art dealer Jonathan Argyll, now living in Rome, is having a rough season of it. While in Paris buying some sketches for a museum, he works out a deal with a Parisian dealer — if the dealer will see that the sketches are shipped to America, Argyll will deliver one of the ..read more
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Movie Trailers I’m Watching: CHINATOWN (1974).
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by Steve
4d ago
      Is this the second best Private Eye movie ever made ..read more
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Reviewed by Tony Baer: RICHARD SALE – Lazarus #7.
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by Steve
4d ago
REVIEWED BY TONY BAER:     RICHARD SALE – Lazarus #7. Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 1942. Harlequin #79, paperback, 1950.    Dr. Steve Mason has dedicated his life to fighting leprosy across the globe. He’s spent the past few years abroad. He’s back stateside for a new gig with the Rockefeller Institute in NYC. He schedules a stopover in LA to hang out with an old college buddy, Joss Henry.    Joss is an A-list Hollywood screenwriter and hell with the ladies. By comparison, Dr. Steve’s a bit of a buttoned-up nerd. But he humors Joss, and they ge ..read more
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SF Stories I’m Reading: PHILIP K. DICK “The Defenders.”
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by Steve
5d ago
PHILIP K. DICK “The Defenders.” Novelet. First published in Galaxy SF, January 1953. First reprinted in Invasion of the Robots, edited by Roger Elwood (Paperback Library, April 1965). First collected in The Book of Philip K. Dick (Daw, paperback original, February 1973). Along with two of Dick’s other stories, “The Mold of Yancy” and “The Unreconstructed M,” the basis for his novel The Penultimate Truth (Belmont, paperback original, 1964).    The story begins with a married couple unhappily having breakfast together. The war news is good, but there is an uneasiness to their con ..read more
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My TBR Pile.
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by Steve
5d ago
   This actually is a small tiny fraction of my To Be Read pile. I brought this stack up from the basement late last night, almost entirely at random.    The question is, which of these should I read next? Any recommendations? Any I should stay far away from?    Here’s hoping you can read both the authors and the titles:     ..read more
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SF Diary Review: ROCKET STORIES July 1953.
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by Steve
1w ago
ROCKET STORIES. July 1953. Vol. 1, No. 2. Edited by Wade Kaempfert [Lester del Rey]. Cover: Schomberg. Overall rating: 1½ stars. ALGIS BUDRYS “Blood on My Jets.” Complete novel. Detached Operator Ash Holcomb of the SBI is hired to fly the first ship into hyperspace, but as old friend and his iwfe, known since Academy days, plot to steal it from him. Not much of a story, but it reads well enough. (2) GEORGE O. SMITH “Home Is the Spaceman.” An experimental FTL ship is stopped by a policeman for speeding. (2) MILTON LESSER “Picnic.” A husband, wife, and two brats stop on a living asteroid for a ..read more
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A Mystery TV Episide Review: J. J. STARBUCK “Pilot” (1987).
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by Steve
1w ago
J. J. STARBUCK “Pilot.” NBC, 26 September 1987. (The series itself of sixteen episodes began three evenings later, on September 29th.) Dale Robertson (Jerome Jeremiah ‘J.J.’ Starbuck), David Huddleston, Shawn Weatherly. Guest cast: Bill Bixby, Patty Duke. Co-creators/screenwriters: Stephen J. Cannell & Lawrence Hertzog. Director: Corey Allen. Episodes are currently available on YouTube.    J. J. Starbuck (no relation to the coffee shop chain, as far as I know) was an eccentric billionaire who left the running to his several successful commercial enterprises to underlings to ..read more
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An Archived Review by Bob Adey: RICHARD STARK – Plunder Squad.
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by Steve
1w ago
REVIEWED BY BOB ADEY:     RICHARD STARK – Plunder Squad. Parker #16, Random House, hardcover, 1972. Avon, paperback, 1985. University of Chicago Press, softcover, 2010.    But surely you’ve met Parker. He’s amoral, totally selfish, a hard professional criminal to his fingertips. No sense of humor, he reacts like a computer to any situation he’s in. He’s Lee Marvin in print; he’s beautiful (as his would-be assassin remarked in the memorable film Point Blank) —  and I love every minute in his company.    This particular book, the penultimate in ..read more
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