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Hippie Topanga mom turned sleuth to aid convicted killer. Could she help set him free?

When the COVID shutdown began, Jessica Jacobs Dirschel, a mother of four in Topanga Canyon, was one of the many millions of people who staved off boredom by binging on Netflix.Five hours into a documentary series about wrongful convictions, Dirschel hit pause and Googled the phone number of an attorney on the show who worked on exoneration cases.When the lawyer answered, Dirschel said, “I want to help.”Jofama Coleman had served 14 years of a life sentence for murder when the pandemic lockdown came to the state prison in…

Magic The Gathering Reveals Murders at Karlov Manor Set, Clue Crossover

Image: Wizards of the CoastA new Magic: The Gathering set is nearly upon us—and taking players back to the grim world of Ravnica and its guilds for a bit of a twist: who drew blood at Karlov Manor? It’s a question fans will try and solve not just in the run up to the new expansion, but through its cards... and through a very peculiar Clue crossover.Murders at Karlov Manor focuses on the investigations of Alquist Proft, the finest detective in all of Ravnica, as he and other sleuths are tasked with hunting down a killer at

Marple: Twelve New Stories by various authors audiobook review – the sleuth reimagined | Audiobooks

When Agatha Christie created the amateur sleuth Miss Marple, a character inspired by her grandmother and her circle of friends, she said her intention was “to give old maids a voice”. Starting with the short story The Tuesday Night Club in 1927 and concluding with the posthumously published Sleeping Murder in 1976, the doughty detective from St Mary Mead would feature in 12 of Christie’s novels and 20 short stories.In Marple: Twelve New Stories, a dozen fiction writers, including Val McDermid, Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, Dreda…

The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer review – the sleuth is out there | Crime fiction

Gary Thorn is in the middle of investigating a serious criminal case in south London involving police corruption, domestic violence, possibly even murder, when he stops in the street to speak to a passing squirrel. He tells the squirrel what he’s planning to do next and the creature, as ventriloquised by Gary, tries to talk him out of it. “I would think around that decision a bit deeper than you obviously have,” it says.This is how the comedian Bob Mortimer writes a crime novel: with squirrel interludes, recurring duck…

Vengeance review – a New Yorker turns sleuth in Texas in mildly amusing comedy-mystery | Thrillers

New Yorker, serial dater and seemingly the only man left in Manhattan without his own podcast, Ben (played by BJ Novak, who also wrote and directed) spots an opportunity when he learns of the death of one of his many casual flings. According to her brother, Ty (Boyd Holbrook), Abby described Ben as her boyfriend. Strong-armed into attending her funeral, Ben is intrigued to learn that Ty believes his sister was murdered. The potential for a true crime podcast is too tempting to pass up, so Ben moves in with Abby’s…

This COVID-19 sleuth is making friends and foes advocating for African science | Science

A version of this story appeared in Science, Vol 378, Issue 6615.Download PDF This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. As Americans began to stir in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day 2021, a rapt international press corps was listening as a pony-tailed scientist in South Africa announced the identification of a worrisome new SARS-CoV-2 variant. Tulio de Oliveira, a Brazilian-born bioinformatician, explained that many of the variant’s…