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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Here Come da Judge
I am not a movie producer or director, but if I were and could cast anybody I choose in the role of Judge Joseph Force Crater and his wife, I would select Leonardo deCaprio and Laura Linney. He was so good in J. Edgar ... and she was wonderful as the lead in The Big C, they'd be perfect together in the movie version of Ariel Lawhon's first novel, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress.

Heck, for a chance to work with Leo and Laura as we bring this talented author's words to the silver screen (do they still call it that anymore?), I'd even help Lawhon write the script and offer my services as director. Of course, we'd need two actresses to play the maid and the judge's mistress, but I think open auditions to find fresh, new faces would do the trick. Although I do have Meryl Streep in mind for the older Mrs. Crater...

You can tell that I really, really, really want The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress made into a movie. Why? Because this book, which is really not a mystery but a literary historical tour-de-force, is the best mystery that I've read in a long time. Let me explain. It's about the disappearance of Judge Crater on the evening of August 6, 1930. After dining with a friend in a second-rate New York restaurant, he got into a taxi cab and was never seen nor heard from again. What happened to him was/is the biggest conundrum of the 20th Century, even topping the demise of Jimmy Hoffa. Yet, Lawhon deftly, coolly, and cleanly knits together pieces of truth with chunks of imaginative fiction and – et viola! – we have a wonderfully written, intriguing, Jazz-pizzazz-filled edge-of-your-seat satisfying solution. 

When you get the chance, hightail it over to www.authorexposure.com to read my five-star review while I see if I can't convince Leo and Meryl that these are their next Oscar-winning roles.  
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,