[Netflix] Movie Review: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

I honestly love Christina Ricci, she has had some wonderful roles, she played Wednesday Addams (Addams Family) and Kat (Casper). And I really like her in this role as Lizzie Borden, she’s nearly perfect for this role.

I’m sure we all know the premise of this movie here, its almost become a sort of folk lore or boogey man story, except with a woman involved. Its the story of Lizzie Borden.

The movie does manage to keep the outcome at bay until the end of the movie, where upon Lizzie confesses everything to her sister, Emma.

All in all I quite like Ricci as Lizzie, it makes for a fun movie.

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H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)H Is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What started out as simple insurance fraud ended up as much more than Kinsey could handle. Well, if you call simple a case of a colleague being murdered and Kinsey handed the case. Simple until it’s a ring of insurance fraud that’s caused multiple deaths. Simple when Kinsey is conscripted to go undercover. Simple when an ex-boyfriend turns up.

Not so simple anymore.

It was a bit boring to read in the middle, as going undercover wasn’t really all that interesting. Being locked in run-down dirty apartment isn’t very exciting. Not even driving around committing fraud is all that exciting.

I kept reading to see where things were going to lead, and well, in true Kinsey fashion, it was a bit of a mess. But, Kinsey lives to see another day, as usual. Its not the most exciting in the series, and deviates a bit from the usual fare, but it’s still not bad.

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G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is enlisted to find someone who has gone missing, or basically do a check in with someone who hasn’t been in touch for awhile. Her client hasn’t heard from her elderly mother in a month and wants Kinsey to find out what’s happened.

Well, Kinsey finds the elderly mother, but that’s just the beginning of her troubles. A hit man has been hired to take her out, so she is forced to hire a bodyguard. Things get a bit muddled up, and of course Kinsey escapes her bodyguard out of a need for freedom. And then crap hits the fan.

Somebody dies, somebody finds a lover, and somebody lives. Not a bad ending really.

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F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

F is for FugitiveF is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been an actual while since I’ve sat down to read a series, and I’ve since been back to my local library and they have the entire series (it sadly ends at Y). So now I kind of have to read it in order. Which means lots of reviews on the same topic, so to speak. I’m fairly certain I’ll run out of things to say apart from “I really liked it”. I do hope that’s not the case.

I will say that I pegged the culprit in this one fairly early on, but still wanted to see how Kinsey would figure it out. This is also the first book I got mad at. Like I put the book down and had to back away for a minute mad. Which is interesting in and of itself. Books that do that to me are few and far between, and this is the sixth in a series…so again interested to see if that happens again.

I’m just interested to see where things go from here, will there be another book to make me mad? Will I be able to predict the culprit in another book? Where does this series go from here?

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E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

E is for EvidenceE is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the plot on this one, it was very different. In this episode, Kinsey is her own client, someone is making her the scapegoat for a much bigger crime than simple insurance fraud.

It actually works out in quite an interesting manner. I read these books just because I like following Kinsey around while she snoops, finding out about everyone. This person met that person for a tryst, that person is a closet drunk, this person works a second job no one knows about. I guess that makes me a bit of a busy body, but I like living vicariously through Kinsey, and she does some good work on this one.

Anyway, I’m thoroughly enjoying the series, and this one is no different, thoroughly enjoyable.

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7th Heaven by James Patterson

7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club, #7)7th Heaven by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been reading my way through this series (in order!) and have been enjoying it. This book is good too, but I’m picking up some themes…

One: there are two crimes that are solved every book, one for the cops, one for the lawyers. Two: one of the women is assaulted to some degree (Lindsay got shot in a previous book, another one died a couple books ago… you get the idea).

I don’t seem to mind this, even though it makes certain things a bit predictable. What’s not predictable is which woman will be assaulted, and how the crimes will eventually be resolved.

Case in point, this book’s court case wasn’t fully resolved. The characters will never know the true ending, the reader is let in on the plot though. And the assault on the woman? It wasn’t really connected to either case. The crime was resolved by a victim!

So yes, even though some plot points are getting predictable, the books are still enjoyable because there is still enough unpredictability to keep my interest.

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D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

D Is For Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)D Is For Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m beginning to see what my mom likes about this series. I’m sad that the author has passed and she never got to finish the series (I believe it stops with X).

Anyway, this is about “D” not “X”, lets not get ahead of ourselves. I’m not terribly happy with the ending of this one, but at least Kinsey didn’t have to shoot anyone this time. It was less violent than previous books, but still very dangerous.

I liked all the twists and turns this one had, all the interesting characters involved made for nice read. The characters definitely made the book this time.

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The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, #5)The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m really starting to get into the Women’s Murder Club series now. I’ve read enough of the books to figure out how the interpersonal relationships work between the women (even the new one).

Some things about this particular book in the series:
1. I’m am super happy that so far the “kill off a women, replace her” theme has NOT been continued (yet). It’s a trope that would get very tiring, very quickly. However, I see how it made sense to the plot of the previous book.

2. I’m not sure if I like the two(three?) distinctly different crimes that did not overlap at all. One was introduced immediately, the other a little after. The immediate one finished roughly two-thirds through the book and the other one took over (and wasn’t completely settled until the epilogue).

3. Some part of me knew the prime suspect was just an asshole.

I’ll have to leave my thoughts there otherwise I’ll start spoiling the book, but I think you get the picture. I did really enjoy reading it, and stayed up one night trying to get to the bottom of the first crime. I’ll be reading more!

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B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I’m reading through this series I’m detecting a little pattern. Each case is connected to a cold case, and in each book Kinsey brushes up against a romantic entanglement. So far the romantic entanglements each have ended differently, which I like because if she ended up just dumping them at the end of the book it would get boring and predictable.

I do like the characters presented in this book, and early on I had a theory as to what was happening, but I dismissed it as Kinsey presented the facts, and then it turned out my theory was right! That’s the reason I like mystery novels, figuring out the plot before the main character does.

I like the character progression that continues from the first novel, and I like that the second novel gives you enough information to just jump right in without having to read the first one. I love that about book series.

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A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve actually read these out of order already. I think I read U is for Undertow(?), because this is my mom’s favorite series. It’s dated in the 1980’s, which she relates to, and I quite like, so there’s none of this new technology, but it’s not so far removed from modern times either.

This is obviously the first book in the alphabet mysteries as they do proceed in order from A to Z, though there is no Z yet. Anyway, introduction over.

This was a good book, I did like reading it. I love crime and mystery novels, and this is a good one, or else there wouldn’t be as many in the series. It ties in a cold case from Kinsey’s past, an innocent person accused of the recent crime, and a nice little plot twist. Very nice. It wasn’t entirely predictable, but Kinsey’s intuitions are pretty spot on. It’ll be fun to see what B brings.

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