Helen Mirren In “Prime Suspect” Is The Ballsiest Woman I’ve Ever Seen on TV

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Karen Ellis, author of the psychological thriller A Map of the Dark in The Searchers series, shares her all-time favorite mystery and thriller movies and TV shows.

Prime Suspect

Inspector Tennyson in the original Prime Suspect, played by Dame Helen Mirren, was the ballsiest woman I’d ever seen on TV and the one who set a high standard for all who came next.


The Vanishing

The original 1988 version of The Vanishing is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, with its slow boil start that winds into almost unbearable tension.


The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs pits a young but steely investigator against a chilling killer and weaves their psyches with edge-of-your-seat precision as the story builds to its terrifying denouement.
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About Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis is the author of A Map of the Dark, the first novel in The Searchers series. The highly anticipated sequel, Last Night went on sale January 2019. Ellis lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.