Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe (♦♦♦♦♦)

A man “who calls himself Simon” is crossing Canada from west to east, dispatching terminally ill people with some sort of consent; first he poisons them, then he desecrates their bodies. The first murder to come to police attention happens in Port Dundas, a small town several miles north of Toronto.

Ontario Police Services have cut the budgets of police departments everywhere in its jurisdiction, so police stations are short staffed and in serious need of back up. It is under these conditions that these murders begin to cascade one after the other and Port Dundas’ Detective Constable and acting Chief of Police Hazel Micallef has no choice but throw the police rules book out the window and think on her feet to catch this elusive and smart killer.

Furthermore, Hazel-- a sixty-one year-old divorcee who lives with her mother--is having health problems that may jeopardize her future in the police corps. It is under that duress that Hazel endures the worst two weeks of her life while trying to capture the monster; meanwhile he decides to up the ante by making his capture a personal matter to Hazel.

When I finished reading The Calling all I said was wow! This book is immersed in police procedure and is as based in science as it is in religious lore. The Calling takes the reader on an unforgettable journey for the murders are gruesome and the descriptions so vivid that at least in one occasion I felt like throwing up, I literally gagged. The quest to capture “the man who calls himself Simon” is anything but conventional.

The Calling is grisly but so absorbing that I just couldn’t stop reading from beginning to end. The characters are very well developed and there’s always a sense of dread for the investigation doesn’t progress at the speed one would like as a reader. In any case, the book is anything but slow and a pure adrenaline ride but I have to remark that it’s not for the faint of heart; it is a hard-core murder mystery and the active word here is murder.

In summary, The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe is an unconventional murder mystery that may keep you awake day and night as the story unfolds to its shattering conclusion.


  1. Carmen, hope things are going well for you. Have a good weekend! Cheers

    1. Hi Carole,
      Things are going well, thanks. I had a great reading month in July.

  2. I haven't heard of this book. THANKS for posting about it.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved August Edition. I am in the list as #36. My book entry is below.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Entry

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Thanks for stopping by. I had never heard of this book either but I found it for cheap at Ocean State Job Lot, which is a new favorite place of mine to get good books at incredible prices.


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