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…

To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey (♦♦♦♦½)

Inspector Alan Grant Mystery Book 4

Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is invited to a party to celebrate the launch of the latest book by writer Lavinia Fitch. At the door, Grant meets a dashing young man looking to be introduced to Miss Fitch's nephew. Grant handles the introduction. The man name is Leslie Searle, a renowned American photographer to movie stars. Lavinia is so taken with Searle, that she invites him to spend the weekend in her company, her sister's, her nephew's, and her nephew's fiancée's at her country home in Salcott Saint Mary, a community of artists by the river Rushmere. Within days, nobody knows of Searle's whereabouts for he has vanished without a trace. Is Searle's disappearance the result of accidental drowning, murder, or something entirely altogether?

When I read The Daughter of Time earlier this year, I forgot to thank Dorothy @ The Nature of Things for introducing me to Josephine Tey. I found that novel short and so endearing that I promised myself to read another of Tey's books as soon as I had a chance.

I love mysteries, but oftentimes they lean heavily towards the creepy and grotesque, thus I have found myself avoiding that genre as years go by. To Love and Be Wise is not that kind of mystery. It is a police procedural with a unique and refreshing twist, as engrossing as The Daughter of Time, though of a different variety.

It seems that authentic characters—by that I mean characters that think and speak as one does in real life—, wit, and perceptive commentary of human nature (courtesy of theater actress Martha Hallard and Sergeant Williams) are the trademarks of the Inspector Alan Grant series.

It is great to read an author who imparted a fresh spin into a genre that I thought was populated by the bizarre and grisly. Josephine Tey's Alan Grant mysteries are breezy and as literary as anything in the genre can be.


  1. Good that you found, thanks to Dorothy, a mystery writer you like!

    1. Yes, Tey's mysteries are fantastic and unique.

  2. I love Josephine Tey's writing, but this is one that I have not read. Putting it on my list right now!

  3. Nice! The mysteries sound appealing and now I'm wondering about Searle and if he fell into the lake! Tey does sound refreshing, thx for letting me know about her. I will put her on the list.

    1. I hope you like it if/when you get to it.


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