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Friday Reads, Watches & Listens: The Jessica Fletcher edition


This week's reads, watches, and listens are brought to you courtesy of crime writers, females, and good twins.


Reads:

This article about how crime writers see the world was a delight. And hit maybe a little close to home? Let's not dwell on that.


For insight into the mind of a great crime writer, Laura Lippman gives a great interview. Also, I would really like Netflix (or whoever, I'm not fussy) to please option the TV show that follows her and husband David Simon as they armchair detect. (Successful solve: the case of the missing Hebrew homework. Less successful solve: Neighbors' bikes getting stolen while Lippman and Simon were discussing how to prevent them from getting stolen.)


Whatever have really happened in that kayak, the research this article shares about biases around women's behavior in crime investigations is both shocking, and then, on second thought, maybe not surprising at all. For example, the article notes, when women are exonerated, it's more often because no crime occurred. (See: Lindy Chamberlain, dingo.) As the article notes: "[p]olice look at those closest to the incident, and if they don’t like the way one of them is acting, it sets off a chain of confirmation bias that creates hard-to-overturn rulings wrapped up in subjective evidence about women’s behavior. "


Crack scientists are on the case of making sure that your evil twin is the one who's going to go down for the crime, not you. You are the good twin, aren't you? Okay, never mind, maybe don't answer that question ...


What happens when husband and wife writers are both (separately) nominated for the same award? Pen thefts, mac & cheese bribery, and who knows what's in that sugar bowl?


Watches:

Murder, She Wrote, obviously. ALSO THERE IS A MURDER, SHE WROTE BOARD GAME?


Listens:

Crime Writers On... This is one of the podcasts I dip in and out of (like many podcasts, I dip out so I can then dip back in and binge listen to multiple weeks worth of episodes). This team of true crime and crime writers helps me weed out the good, the bad, and the don't -bother-with now that everyone and their mother is a true crime junkie. (Guys - cable TV has known about us for ages. The first time our parents let my little brother and me stay in a hotel room by ourselves, we immediately flipped to the True Crime channel. About six hours of Forensics Files later, I turned to him and asked: "So ... can we sleep with the lights on?" Reader: I was a junior in high school. And, lights or no, I slept not a wink that night.)


Happy Friday, and probably don't watch Forensic Files at 2am in New Haven, Connecticut!


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