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Thursday Thirteen #8

For this week’s Thursday Thirteen I thought that it would be fun to look into Mysteries that have made the transition to film. Do you have a favorite mystery? Has it been filmed?

13 Mysteries You Can Watch and Read:
1. Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham – I love the Campion mysteries. Albert Campion has long been my example of when characters refuse to do what you tell them. Allingham had created for herself what she felt was the perfect protagonist. He was a doctor that was well known at Scotland Yard for all of his assistance. And then, this secondary character up and took over the story. Margery was reportedly quite annoyed. The well-known doctor, George Abbershaw, is never heard from again in her books. (book) (tv version)

2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Not filmed nearly as often as “And Then There Were None/Ten Little Indians,” the title of story is nevertheless very well known. I’ll bet that this book still influences people to travel on the real Orient Express. (book) (1974 film) (2001 tv version)

3. Six Days of the Condor by James Grady – This book was made into a film called “Three Days of the Condor.” It should be noted that it has nothing to do with the 1981 film Condorman, which instead came from the book “The Game of X’ by Robert Sheckley. (book) (film)

4. That Darn Cat (a.k.a. Undercover Cat) by The Gordons – I loved the first version of this film, but I haven’t yet seen the second one. I I was surprised to discover that my library actually owns a copy of the book. Yet another thing to add to my reading list. (book) (1965 film) (1997 film)

5. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The 1914 film was the first in a series from Germany. Actually, this story seems really popular in Germany, but it also has quite the international following. It would be possible to do a Thursday Thirteen on this title alone! (book) (1914 film) (1920 film) (1929 film) (1932 film) (1937 film) (1939 film) (1955 tv version) (1959 film) (1968 tv version) (1972 tv version) (1974 tv version) (1978 film) (1981 tv version) (1982 tv version) (1983 tv version) (1983 tv version) (1988 tv version) (2000 tv version) (2002 tv version)

6. Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman – Tony Hillerman is another of my mother’s favorite authors. She tells me that she enjoyed the televised version too, but that they changed it a bit. Okay, a lot. (book) (tv version)

7. Blood Sport by Dick Francis – Dick Francis’s jockey mysteries are naturals to film. I really need to get around to watching them, to see if they made the transition gracefully. (book) (tv version)

8. Devices & Desires by P.D. James – Roy Marsden plays Commander Adam Dalgliesh in the mini-series adaptation of P.D. James’ famous mystery. He went on to play the same character a few more times. (book) (tv version)

9. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – This book was so very popular that it was surely destined to make the transition to the big screen. Would you believe that I have neither read the book, nor seen the film? Well, you see, it’s book two, and I couldn’t get into book one. Speaking of which, Angels & Demons is in the film pipeline. (book) (film)

10. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry – I loved both the book and the film for this one, even though they changed the murderer’s motive for the film. Anne Perry has a bit of a rocky past. Did you know that she is really Juliet Marion Hulme? The story of Juliet and her friend Pauline Parker’s murder of Pauline’s mother has appeared on film in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures. (book) (tv version)

11. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman – Philip Pullman has had a bunch of projects in the works of late. The Ruby in the Smoke, and its sequel The Shadow in the North, appeared on the BBC during two successive Christmases. Both star Billie Piper of Doctor Who fame. His Golden Compass has appeared on the big screen recently, and it looks like The Subtle Knife is primed to follow it. Whew! (book) (tv version)

12. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters – In the Brother Cadfael series, Derek Jacobi does an excellent job as a former man of the world turned monk. Okay, like Derek Jacobi could actually do a bad acting job. Too bad that there won’t be any more of the books. (book) (tv version)

13. Rumpole on Trial by John Mortimer – The Rumpole series spawned a whole line of shirts and mugs bearing the phrase “She Who Must Be Obeyed.” Apparently, Rumpole was referring to his wife. Oh dear. (book) (tv version)

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