When a college film student is murdered \u2014 just before a showing of Alfred Hitchcock\u2019s Spellbound \u2014 in a fictional college in a fictional town, it\u2019s no surprise the teller of the tale is Elissa Grodin of Wilton. Ms. Grodin is no stranger to the world of movies, which plays a big part in her latest book, Death by Hitchcock. She is married to actor Charles Grodin and for a period of time wrote about movies. Perhaps most tellingly, her grandfather, Edward Dubinsky, was a vaudevillian who eventually owned several movie theaters in her native Kansas City, Mo. (He later changed his name to Durwood.) Her father, the late Stanley H. Durwood, took over the family business, eventually becoming president of AMC Entertainment and helped change the way people viewed movies by developing the multi-plex. \u201cThis book for me is an homage to my love of movies,\u201d Ms. Grodin said during a recent interview. \u201cI was raised with the movies. There were six of us kids and every weekend we\u2019d pile into the car and drive downtown. I fell in love with the movies.\u201d In this latest book, published by Cozy Cat Press, she continues the story of her heroine, physics professor Edwina Goodman, introduced in Ms. Grodin\u2019s first mystery, Physics Can Be Fatal. In Death by Hitchcock, Ms. Goodman has come to a screening of Spellbound with Will Tenney, a police detective and friend, although the two are inching toward romance. Just as the film begins there is a scream, and the body of film student Bunny Baldwin is found strangled in the ladies\u2019 room. Around her neck is a length of celluloid. There is no lack of suspects as Will begins his investigation. There is the jilted wife of Bunny\u2019s film professor and lover. There is Bunny\u2019s roommate, who was cheated out of credit for a script they co-wrote, which Bunny has parlayed into an offer to go to Hollywood. What about the peculiar Honeysuckle Blessington, a frumpy middle-aged English woman who has a crush on the film professor and also happens to be quite handy with homeopathic remedies made from herbs, not all of which are benign? And then there is Milo, the awkward film student who fantasizes about Bunny\u2019s roommate, Mary. A cast of supporting characters round out the campus and local community, nearly all with some connection to the case. \u201cHitchcock is absolutely one of my favorite directors,\u201d Ms. Grodin said, adding if she had to pick one of his films as her favorite it would be Rear Window, although she is very fond of Notorious and Spellbound as well. Ms. Grodin was a film student in college and studied film as literature. \u201cHis idea that the best suspense is psychological is so true,\u201d she said. Adhering to the \u201ccozy mystery\u201d philosophy, her books are driven by characters and relationships, rather than action and violence. \u201cI find it more genteel,\u201d Ms. Grodin said. \u201cI favor that personally. I am unabashed about not being graphic. I write the kind of thing I like to read.\u201d With characters the main drivers of her stories, she works to make them memorable. \u201cIf you like the characters, you want to be in their world and see what happens to them.\u201d Edwina Goodman, not surprisingly, is Ms. Grodin\u2019s favorite character. She said she wanted to give her an androgynous name, hence, Edwina. Her last name, Goodman, is a statement about sexual parity. \u201cShe\u2019s as good as any man,\u201d Ms. Grodin said. \u201cShe\u2019s womanly in her girlish way. She doesn\u2019t inhabit feminine clich\u00e9s.\u201d Certainly not when she takes to kayaking as a means of relaxation. And her chosen field is physics, primarily a man\u2019s world. The film connection Drawing on her knowledge of film history, Ms. Grodin sprinkles the book with references to venerable directors such as Francois Truffaut, Vittorio DeSica, Preston Sturges and Fritz Lang, as well as actors Peter Lorre, Gregory Peck, Ronald Colman and Angela Lansbury. Noting that her protagonist, Edwina, is 27, Ms. Grodin said \u201cpart of my desire is to tell people her age about these classic films.\u201d Two characters in the book are film buffs who talk frequently about classic movies. Through them, she said, she hopes \u201cto ignite interest. There\u2019s a lot to learn from another film era. \u201cIt\u2019s a different zeitgeist. It\u2019s an attempt to evoke a different era or different values.\u201d What\u2019s next Fans of Edwina Goodman will be glad to know there\u2019s a third book in the making. \u201cI\u2019m intrigued by home shopping,\u201d Ms. Grodin said, admitting to a guilty pleasure of watching home shopping networks on television. \u201cI\u2019m planning a murder on live TV.\u201d Just fiction, of course. Information: cozycatpress.com.