Thursday, July 12, 2018

Miniatures pt1

After recently watching Hereditary miniatures have captured me. The main character is an artist of miniatures and the film has many scenes of miniature dioramas juxtaposing the storyline which was effective in the storytelling.

This will be the first post with a Miniatures theme. It has a dark mystery tinge.


Malice in Miniature
by Jeanne M. Dams
-Mystery, Cozy
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: DNF


The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
by Corinne May Botz
-Art, Photography, Mystery, True Crime
Amazon | Goodreads

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death offers readers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a master criminal investigator. Frances Glessner Lee, a wealthy grandmother, founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936 and was later appointed captain in the New Hampshire police. In the 1940s and 1950s she built dollhouse crime scenes based on real cases in order to train detectives to assess visual evidence. Still used in forensic training today, the eighteen Nutshell dioramas, on a scale of 1:12, display an astounding level of detail: pencils write, window shades move, whistles blow, and clues to the crimes are revealed to those who study the scenes carefully.

Corinne May Botz's lush color photographs lure viewers into every crevice of Frances Lee's models and breathe life into these deadly miniatures, which present the dark side of domestic life, unveiling tales of prostitution, alcoholism, and adultery. The accompanying line drawings, specially prepared for this volume, highlight the noteworthy forensic evidence in each case. Botz's introductory essay, which draws on archival research and interviews with Lee's family and police colleagues, presents a captivating portrait of Lee.


Listen to "Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” episode 10 from Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian (here).


Hereditary (2018)
Director/Writer: Ari Aster
Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
-Drama, Horror, Mystery | imdb | my review | my rating: 4

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006)
Las Vegas, season 7
Miniature Killer storyline
Stars: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger
-Crime, Drama, Mystery | imdb | my review | my rating: 4


* header image from Murder Is Her Hobby article (here) which is from The Nutshell Studies
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