#FridayReads: ‘Blue Madonna’ by James R. Benn

“Blue Madonna” (Soho Crime) is James R. Benn’s 11th installment in a series of wonderful mysteries set during World War II involving ex-Boston cop Billy Boyle. A rather callow youth at the start of

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What was Carrie Fisher thinking?

It’s not often that an author regrets the premise of a book during publication week, but that’s what Carrie Fisher has been doing in her media appearances for “The Princess Diarist,” released

Delving deeper with Karen Ziemba

Karen Ziemba made her name – and won a Tony Award – for her work in musical theater, but she rejects the notion of being limited to song-and-dance roles. Over the years, the performer has tackled

‘Oh Hello’: non-stop laughter

Still in a funk from our recent presidential election drama, I picked up a choice center orchestra seat for “Oh Hello On Broadway” at the TKTS half-price booth yesterday, and laughed myself back to

Getting lost in ‘The Shining’

The documentary “Room 237” is a very entertaining look at the borderline madness that has gripped obsessive fans of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film “The Shining.” A movie that many of us remember as a

The early history of James Bond

Here’s another strong argument for having a Kindle — three years ago, British thriller writer Jeremy Duns published a short but fascinating e-Book, “Rogue Royale,” about the rocky history of making a

The return of a no-nonsense film critic

Renata Adler only spent a little more than a year as the chief film critic of The New York Times, but those of us who were around in 1968 and cared about movies remember her as one of the sanest and