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No violence but dark TV?

I like dark and/or intriguing television shows. I like shows with interesting characters and long pay offs. What I do not like are any sudden scenes with violence against women or children. I have access to all counties of Netflix but no other streaming services. What can I watch? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Aug 21, 2014 - 37 answers

Identify this mystery flag!

Today we saw a mysterious flag. It had a white background with two light blue vertical stripes, one on each side (not all the way on the ends, but towards the ends). Between the two stripes was a yellow (and red?) sun or star symbol. What is this the flag of? We've scoured Wikimedia. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Jul 26, 2014 - 7 answers

What are the best, most fun puzzle mysteries?

I'm on the hunt for puzzle mysteries, any art form, any style. Details within. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Tana French readalikes, or other good, character-driven mysteries?

I'm not usually a mystery reader, but I recently read In the Woods and The Likeness, by Tana French, on a friend's recommendation. I loved them, but I'm not familiar enough with the genre to find others like them. What I like about them: strong characters, suspense that is mainly psychological in nature, clear prose. I also enjoyed the Stieg Larsson books; other Scandinavian mysteries have been hit or miss. Any recommendations, MeFites?
posted by missrachael on Apr 13, 2014 - 27 answers

The terrible truth

Give me your true stories, your unhappy endings, your mysteries. I really enjoyed this question, but the answers I found the most compelling were the true stories about people. Give me links to investigative writing that I can get my teeth into.
posted by superfish on Mar 7, 2014 - 20 answers

"A situation where contact with the outside world has been severed..."

TVTropes describes the trope of the closed circle: "A stock plot designed to force the characters or players to stay in a location and get involved in the adventure... and not be able to leave until it's done." Familiar, right? I am looking for examples of novels that employ this trope, but with a twist: the primary crime they're trying to solve took place in the past, before they were enclosed in the circle. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jan 15, 2014 - 18 answers

1000% of the US RDA of WHOOOOOOMP.

In an attempt to be all healthy and virtuous, I tried to make kale chips in the microwave. I nuked a small plate of plain, unadorned kale. The kale WENT UP LIKE A FREAKING FIREWORK (sparks, flames, scary noises). Multiple times (hey, I learn by doing). WHY?! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Seeking Metaphysical Mystery Tour

I'm looking for recommendations for literary crime novels. (Examples within.) [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Nov 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Classic children's mysteries seek recipient

What should I do with a large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 6, 2013 - 17 answers

ISO Good Mystery Series (novels)

I think I'd like to begin following an author who writes mysteries featuring a regular protagonist and cast of recurring characters, but I have some d'ruthers. Can you help match me up? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 20, 2013 - 30 answers

Refresh my commute reading, if you please.

I'm looking for new mystery series with a strong, atmospheric setting. [more inside]
posted by superfluousm on May 21, 2013 - 46 answers

Good mystery movies to watch?

I'd like to get some good mystery movie recommendations from the 80s on. It's OK if they veer toward the thriller, like Michael Clayton, ridiculous like Ford Fairlaine, noirish like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, or are a more standard outing with a strong, interesting, well developed detective lead like Zero Effect. Drawing room mysteries totally A-OK too. Super bonus points if I can stream them now on Hulu plus or Netflix.
posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Fiction about the end of the world/civilization

I recently read The Last Policeman by Ben Winters and really enjoyed it. I also really liked Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I liked the settings (basically the real world but at its end,) and the easy nature of the writing (I read both quickly.) I don't think of myself as a mystery fan, but both of these are mysteries of sorts. I'm looking for fun rather than serious books. What else should I read?
posted by vespabelle on Mar 2, 2013 - 14 answers

We Need to Talk About Kevin

When you read Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin what did you know, and when? And also, can you recommend books with similar techniques? Spoilers inside. (Presumed Innocent and Defending Jacob are also mentioned in a way that may be spoiler-y to some.) [more inside]
posted by BibiRose on Feb 22, 2013 - 34 answers

Which post-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories are worth reading?

What are the best non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, collections, and novels?
posted by jsturgill on Dec 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Weird giant fig-things

What the heck is this mysterious fruit/vegetable? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Oct 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Investigating the mystery aisles: what do I want?!

I want to read a good mass market crime series featuring the same investigator(s). Of course, I have no idea what's "good" per my taste and the huge bookstore mystery section totally overwhelms me. Please help me figure out where to start? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Jul 28, 2012 - 33 answers

Helloooooo, Phineas

I love "discoveries" that add to seemingly-cold stories. Misfiled negatives unearthed, unlabeled photos finally identified, new connections made. Stuff like the identification of the first photo of Phineas Gage, or the recently-uncovered Lincoln inauguration photos, or to a much lesser extent (because it's "soft"), this TED talk about finding the face of Leonardo da Vinci. What other incidents/discoveries/ideas like this will enthrall me? And can you point me to a book (or at least a Wikipedia page) about it? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Would like to be introduced to Mr. Sherlock Holmes

What Sherlock Holmes books should I read, and in what order should I read them? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 29, 2012 - 25 answers

"Who is nibbling on my house?"

Recently, I've become a die-hard fan of the comic book series Locke & Key. This, for various reasons, has made me want to design my future house full of strange wonders and mysteries... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 25, 2011 - 17 answers

please recommend fiction

Please recommend books: urban fantasy and mysteries, no thinking required. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Sep 15, 2011 - 48 answers

Hamburger.

What can people do* with ground beef that does not require bread or pasta? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jun 29, 2011 - 79 answers

Mysteries without conventional detectives

I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
posted by echo target on Jun 3, 2011 - 57 answers

Mystery novels witih a romance element

It's a mystery, it's a romance: help me figure out what to read next. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Mar 20, 2011 - 32 answers

Help me find new mystery authors.

I've read everything by my favorite mystery authors. Help me find new favorites! [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Jan 26, 2011 - 61 answers

What are some real-life mysteries?

My six-year old daughter demands to be told of the world's real mysteries! I've exhausted those I know from the top of my head, like the Mary Celeste, the Antikythera mechanism and those vent channels in the pyramids. I'd like your help, because I'd like to stay fact-based, and Google feeds me an endless supply of conspiracies, UFOs and paranormal phenomena. Solved mysteries are also good, as we can speculate and then "cheat" and look at the answer.
posted by Harald74 on Jan 10, 2011 - 72 answers

Tell me how a novel I don't want to read ends.

Spoilers for The Tricking of Freya, please [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Oct 15, 2010 - 1 answer

help me complicate my life

Please recommend mystery/thriller novels with incredibly complex plots. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 4, 2010 - 39 answers

Should I watch Lost?

Is it worth it to now watch all of Lost? (No spoilers please) [more inside]
posted by Uncle on May 24, 2010 - 46 answers

Who's using all the sex toys? (NSFWish)

Help me solve a minor conundrum. Gay man here, had lots and lots of sexual encounters over the course of 14ish years. And in all that time, I've had exactly one guy pull a sex toy on me to use in the bedroom. (I was 18, it was a butt plug bigger than a raccoon's head, and yeah was never gonna happen). So just who is using all the sex toys? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2010 - 22 answers

Looking for recommendations for mystery and thriller books

I'm looking for recommendations for some books for my dad, who likes Tony Hillerman, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, and John LeCarre. [more inside]
posted by creepygirl on Jun 13, 2009 - 25 answers

How does rifle cartridge brass end up on the sidewalk in Brooklyn?

How does rifle cartridge brass end up on the sidewalk in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by jeb on Apr 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Mystery book mystery

I'm looking for a short mystery stories book I read in a library. One of the stories is where a character comes up a flight of stairs and thinks he sees something (a murder?) in someone's apartment, but it's actually some kind of mirrored reflection of a mirrored reflection of someone through a window across the street. The book/collection was published before 1996 and if I remember correctly, was all short story mysteries of 5 to 20 pages.
posted by cashman on Nov 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me find this mysterious (possibly non-US made) film!

Old Movie Filter: This is the question I joined MeFi to ask. I remember seeing a movie, on actual reels, when I was about seven at school. It has haunted me for the last twenty-two years. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Mar 18, 2008 - 17 answers

It's been 24 years. I give up.

My geometry teacher in high school in 1984 showed us this puzzle. I was only half paying attention, but I believe the goal was to draw a line that intersected each segment only once. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jan 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me list the world's unexplained mysteries

I need a list of "unexplained mysteries" for a group theme costume. What else is there besides UFOs, Bermuda Triangle, Nessie, etc.? [more inside]
posted by chippie on Sep 14, 2007 - 28 answers

What did he do?

I was at a business hotel a couple of days ago, sitting in the Business Center, when an employee came in with a key or something and touched it to a small metal circle on the casing for the (metal and glass) door. Then he split. What did he do and why? (WAGs are OK but knowledgeable answers preferred.)
posted by megatherium on Dec 20, 2006 - 20 answers

Gnats in my eyes!

Why do gnats fly into my eyes? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Aug 29, 2006 - 7 answers

Mystery books for a 13-year-old.

Book suggestions for a 13-year-old. [more inside]
posted by graventy on Dec 6, 2005 - 51 answers

What mystery novels do you recommend?

Solve This! I love mystery novels and have a hard time finding some that I like. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Mar 8, 2005 - 35 answers

Automotive Repair classes in NYC

I'm looking for schools that offer courses in Automotive Repair in the New York City area (or even better, Brooklyn), does anyone know of a comprehensive list?
posted by milovoo on Jan 2, 2005 - 0 answers

Book of Gal Pal Detectives with Salami-Loving Dog, with Crime Scenes with Clue Arrows?

I have a vague, sketchy recollection of a book series I used to read in 2nd and 3rd grade (20 years ago). It was about two young girls, friends, who solved mysteries together. They also had a dog that loved salami. I believe the were normal books, not comic books, but each book had cartoony pictures of "crime scenes" and such, with little arrows pointing out certain clues (kinda like Bernie Mac, except funny). Anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?
posted by emptybowl on Jul 9, 2004 - 6 answers

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