Oline H. Cogdill

You might be wondering what The Man Who Invented Christmas has to do with mysteries.

The movie is about Charles Dickens and his effort to write A Christmas Carol, and there are no murders or even any crimes.

So here’s the link.

The film is based on a book written by Les Standiford, who in the 1990s wrote several solid mysteries about South Florida builder John Deal.

The John Deal novels looked at the construction industry in South Florida and showed the changing landscape.

One of the co-producers of The Man Who Invented Christmas is Mitchell Kaplan, owner of the terrific independent bookstores Books & Books in South Florida. Kaplan also was awarded the 2007 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is directed by Bharat Nalluri, from a screenplay by Susan Coyne, and stars Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens.