Friday Mystery Reads, Watches, & Listens: The Fugitive Edition


Today's reads, watches, and listens are brought to you by The Fugitive, with a guest appearance from the Bard, William No-Middle-Name-Of-Record Shakespeare, himself.


Reads:

In the Petty Crimes Division, a top bridge player has been suspended for using performance enhancing drugs. Yes. You read that correctly. Bridge. Player.


The title on this Crime Reads article is fantastic: "Stenography Stole My Mother's Fingerprints." I can not improve it. (Also side bar, since I've been mulling this for hours now: Isn't not having fingerprints also a give-away? If you're a cop at a crime scene, and there are loads of smudgy non-fingerprints, do you now know you're looking for someone without fingerprints? Like you know you're looking for a one-armed man when Harrison Ford tells you are looking for a one-armed man? This is a very serious question. One inquiring mind wants to know.)


I would like to see the Aaron Sorkin version of To Kill a Mockingbird. But must the producers of that play really shut down productions in every university, theater building, playhouse, farmhouse, dollhouse, and doghouse in America along the way?


Also, speaking of farmhouses, Body Farm is a place where, many years from now, when your spirit has shuffled off this mortal coil, you can donate your body to science to solve crimes. I was trying to figure out if including this article in today's round-up was morbid. Then I realized I write a mystery and very occasionally true crime blog. My morbid ship is already somewhere in the vicinity of the Cape of Good Hope by now.


Watches:

I was lucky enough to see the National Theatre of Great Britain's staging An Inspector Calls at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater this week, and if you can make it, do so!


If you're not in Chicago (and why ever not? I promise the weather is beautiful right now! Everyone loves Chicago in March!) the recent adaptation is also fabulous. My family stumbled upon it over the Christmas holidays, and within about five minutes, everyone from my little brother to my grandmother had put down their mobile devices, books, and other distractions and watched, enthralled, for the entire two hours as we tried to work out whodunnit.


Listens:

Podcast discovery of the week: Shedunnit. Writer and podcaster Caroline Crowley delivers deeply researched and highly thoughtful investigations into different detective genre topics, largely focused on Golden Age Detective novels. I just finished the episode on Dr. Crippen and how this real life crime inspired aspects of many classic detective novels over the next few decades - fascinating stuff.


Happy Friday, y'all!

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