UK critic Mike Ripley keeps threatening that he’s going to give up composing his monthly “Getting Away with Murder” column for Shots after the March installment, No. 100. If true, we really need to appreciate the final wo entries in his entertaining series.
February’s lighthearted mix of news and gossip includes notes about S.D. Sykes’ medieval mystery, Plague Land; the new Johnny Depp film Mortdecai, “which as any true mystery fan knows, is based on the books by the improbably named Kyril Bonfiglioli”; the soon-forthcoming novel The Whites, by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt; the second Chianti Crime Festival, to take place in Italy during the first week in May, and at which Ripley will officiate; plus a great deal more.