Oline Cogdill

burke_jameslee2Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch may not be the only crime fiction character making it to the big screen.

James Lee Burke's (left) New Orleans mystery novels featuring Dave Robicheaux have been optioned by Hutch Parker, a Fox producer who is packaging a series for cable TV, reports Deadline.com.

Robicheaux has made it to the screen twice before.

Alec Baldwin did a credible job in Heaven’s Prisoners (1996).

I only saw snippets of Tommy Lee Jones as Robicheaux in the 2009 film In The Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (2009); I was not impressed.

Parker seems to be on a roll with mystery fiction. He is working on a project to bring Don Winslow's early novel California Fire and Life to the screen.

Brad Pitt and George V. Higgins

pittbrad_actorIf the trailers for Killing Them Softly, the upcoming Brad Pitt vehicle look familiar, then you must be a fan of George V. Higgins.

Killing Them Softly is based on Higgins’ novel Cogan's Trade.

Killing Them Softly, written and directed by Andrew Dominik, features Pitt,left, as a hit man. It is set to open October 19.

Higgins’ novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle, a personal favorite, also was filmed in 1973 with Robert Mitchum.


Jane Langton, William Link, and Peter Lovesey have been chosen as the 2018 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA).

MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery


One of my favorite moments in the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express comes near the end—and I am not giving away any spoilers here—when the array of passengers are by themselves in the train car


For those of us who have read mysteries all our lives—I started as a child—those early queens of mysteries probably were our first introduction to the genre.

I cut my reading teeth on Hammett, Chand