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Singing the blues

Author: jotix100 from New York
16 February 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This story goes back to 1929. A young aspiring song writer, Violet Polley, arrives in Philadelphia following her almost impossible dream. Women didn't have it so easy during those years as far as getting ahead in such a career. Her roots are set in a poor part of the country where the blues are popular. Violet, a pretty girl, finds a friend in Ginger Swenson, a party girl who she happens to meet in her boarding house. Through her new friend, Violet gets to meet a lot of society types including Nick Bartleby, a playboy attracted to the young woman. Their relationship will have fatal consequences for Violet.

The great-granddaughter of Violet, Aimee, comes to the Cold Case unit to see if she can find out more about the death in 1929 of her ancestor. She only has a few clues to go by. Knowing it will be a difficult task, the detectives begin delving into the past. They get lucky when they find Daniel Spyczyk, the owner of a shipping company. As it turns out, his grandfather, Felix, was employed by Bartleby.

Lilly's mother Ellen appears one day. She has decided to get married again. Her new man, Ray, wants to meet Lilly, something she is reluctant to do because after three previous trips to the altar and an alcohol addiction, this new union doesn't augur a happy ending. Lilly and Ellen collide in almost everything, so the young detective wants to stay out of that picture.

The key to unlocking the secret about Violet's death is found in a diary at the now historic place that was a young women's boarding house and has kept some of its former guests' diaries. Violet's lead to Nick and her pregnancy. She had the child, unknown to Nick. Muriel Bartleby, who still lives and was a young girl at the time of Violet's murder provides some evidence that send the detectives back to Spyczyk, who has some tapes made by his grandfather where the truth about the murder is revealed.

An interesting episode this new chapter turned out to be. Directed by Kevin Bray and written by Liz Garcia, both frequent collaborators of the program, the show proves why it is always so satisfying. Of course, we are asked to make concessions since the events around the murder are more than seventy years old and it's a stretch of the imagination, let alone the plausibility of resolving such an old case. Kathryn Morris has some good moments opposite Meredith Baxter. The guests stars do good work for Mr. Bray.

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