When playboy Vicky Rai shot doctoral student Ruby Gill in the face and neck in front of fifty witnesses, all because she refused to serve him a drink, the nation gasped. Later, when Rai was acquitted, riots broke out. So it is no surprise that he himself is murdered at the very party he throws to celebrate his release. When the guests are searched, six separate individuals are found to have guns in their possession: a dim-witted American tourist, an ambitious politician, a Bollywood star, a primitive tribesman, a cell phone thief, and a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mahatma Ghandi. Each has a secret, and each had just as good a reason to want Rai dead. In his follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, author Vikas Swarup casts a fascinating story of mystery and vengeance. One by one the characters are revealed, but the pieces won’t fully come together until the shocking end.
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One man’s fight for his little boy’s honor turns into a national obsession in David Mamet’s The Winslow Boy. Loosely based on an actual case, this Edwardian drama is less about courtroom and more about character. Are some costs too high, even if fighting for what you believe is right?
Can you imagine anything creepier than suspecting a beloved family member is a serial killer? In Shadow of a Doubt, Charlie begins to distrust the charming uncle she idolized. Alfred Hitchcock and Thornton Wilder combine their considerable talents in a chilling film that brings paranoia to our own homes.
A roller coaster ride of thrills and spins, First Drop by Zoë Sharp introduces former soldier turned bodyguard Charlotte “Charlie” Fox. Protecting a teen should be easy, but once the action starts, it doesn’t brake. Trust me, when the ride is over, you’ll want to get right back in line.
Feeling low? One sure remedy is a dose of Pushing Daisies. This fanciful series has witty dialogue, quirky mystery, and overflowing heart. Following the adventures of a shy piemaker with a unique gift and a burly private eye with a fondness for knitting, this is escapism at its most sparkling.
Singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth never fails to cheer me, so I am excited about her new holiday album, A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas. Her vocals range from sweet to show-stopping, which makes for all-around magical entertainment. Be sure to hear her arrangements of What Child Is This? and What A Wonderful World.
For laugh-out-loud hilarity, you cannot beat Izzy Spellman and her wacky family of private investigators. The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans both race along with humor and heart. Who can resist a narrator who writes suspicious behavior reports on her own family and catalogs ex-boyfriends in an appendix?
Secrets, murder, romance, comedy, and spontaneous human combustion – Bleak House has it all! I couldn’t help but glide from episode to episode in this absorbing miniseries. Gillian Anderson’s performance is riveting, but it is little-known Anna Maxwell Martin whom I cannot forget. Surprisingly fast-paced, this adaptation is anything but bleak.
Feeling much like the new girl in school, young wife Cornelia moves from the city life she knows to unfamiliar suburbia. Almost immediately she encounters two women who will become indelible parts of her world: formidable Piper, the self-appointed guardian of the neighborhood, and savvy Lake, a single mother with an extraordinary son and a vague past. In Belong to Me, Marisa de los Santos skillfully weaves these three families into an evocative fabric of secrets and vulnerability, strength and survival. Struggling to balance cherished dreams with the painful crises that interfere is what defines their futures, especially as each seeks to belong without losing herself. Belong to Me is rich and rewarding, with vivid characters that will be with you long after the book is closed.