I was wondering if anyone would mention the series (I had been planning on doing so if no-one else did).
The reference is to the first book in the series - "On A Pale Horse". The basic idea of that story is that Death is a human serving the role. When Death comes to collect you, if you can kill him you assume the role.
"First, the list of suspects who could be Red John was reduced from five to three, as Jane realized three of them - Bertram, Smith and McAllister - all have the same tattoo on their left shoulder."
Not necessarily - All we know was that the PI was killed by someone with the Tattoo. We do NOT know she was referring to Red John (or was working for him or one of his followers). The tattoo could be a "Tyger, Tyger" ID since we know that one of those with it is a member.
I have no problems with you mentioning Throw Momma as a plotlime reference. As I noted, while watching I spotted the plot as from the Hitchcock movie. As to not mentioning Strangers, you could have said both Throw and Strangers (to cover your bases). That way you hit the most well known of the movies that have used this much recycled plot. I am at an age where my references tend to be of the original use when the idea has been recycled later. I like that the writers toss off movie references (usually by Tony) for the fans even when they may not be recognized by everyone watching.
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