Seduction by Karina Longworth

The podcast that first hooked me into the whole world of podcasts wasn’t SERIAL, I was too late to the party for that, it was Karina Longworth’s YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS. A look behind the stories of old Hollywood which was sympathetic, empathetic and offered a 21st century perspective on these old black and white…

The Long Silence by Gerard O’Donovan

The death of William Desmond Taylor is one of those unsolved murder mysteries beloved of HOLLYWOOD BABYLON and other conspiracy theorists. All kinds of wild tales have been built upon it – from him being killed by one of the glamorous actresses he was involved with, or his gay lover, or his old butler (who…

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

It’s truly great to be back in the world of Fitz and The Fool. Over the last six novels, these are characters I have come to love, inhabiting a world that seems so real and vivid and thought out. I am unapologetically a fan and will probably always read these books, even if there’s eventually…

Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan

Interestingly, as he remains such a public figure – there’s the guest spots on TV shows, newspaper interviews, he’s still there with his musicals – the real pinnacle of Mel Brooks’ career was forty-five years ago. In 1974 both BLAZING SADDLES and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN were released. Okay, that would be the highlight of most people’s…

Ghost Stories (2017)

As a horror movie fan there’s a lot to really like in this portmanteau movie. Clearly made by people who appreciate the genre and who – like me – prefer creepy scares to gore, each of the three tales is really well-crafted and disturbing. (Mrs Jameson won’t mind me saying that she watched large parts…

Legion by Iain Rob Wright

The second of Iain Rob Wright’s apocalyptic series feels like a sideways accompaniment to the inaugural novel, THE GATES. Having followed the travails of various characters in the first book, we now pick up with a set of different characters who encountered them along the way. As such it’s a bit like the ROSENCRANTZ AND…