Bloody Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is golden age, but is she cozy or bloody–hard boiled even? Okay, maybe not hard boiled, but according to a WSJ front page article, Christie staged “some of the world’s grimmest homicides” on paper that were then made bloodless for the screen. New TV productions commissioned by her estate bring back bloody Agatha. […]

From the police blotter: Ranting over WiFi

America, as reported on the nation’s police blotters: “Received a report of a subject on the 400 block of Jersey Avenue on a bicycle ranting on a cell phone. Patrol spoke with subject, who stated they were having WiFi issues.” —North Country This Week, Potsdam, N.Y.

From the police blotter, strong-armed edition

I’ve been celebrating a winter festival of police blotter entries from Skagway, Alaska, in the great book “The Best of Skagway, Alaska” published by the Skagway News. With hints of spring around, I’m returning to reports from today’s blotters around the nation. “Two men were arrested for a strong armed robbery incident.” —San Jose Mercury […]

Forty years ago today: NYPD morale crashing

Forty years ago today: The NYPD is more than ever beset by internal dissension following two years of budget and personnel cuts, says the New York Times. Morale, job performance and absenteeism are worsening and spreading to the higher ranks. –Brought to you by LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, set in 1977, coming Oct. 1.