Crime Fiction Links of the Week for November 11, 2017
Crime fiction in general:
- Joan Acocella explains how Agatha Christie created the modern murder mystery.
- Jennie Marchand discusses the timeless nature of Agatha Christie.
- David Barnett explains why Agatha Christie's novels are still beloved.
- Barry Forshaw shares a round-up of new crime fiction.
- Joanne Jeffries shares a list of 61 poets who went to jail.
- Samuel White profiles Finn Bell.
- Michael Fiegel takes a look at the badass and child trope in film and fiction.
- The Bookseller reports that sexual harassment is widespread in the publishing industry.
Film and TV:
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of How To Get Away With Murder.
- Paul MacInnes shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Deuce.
- Stuart Heritage shares his thoughts on the psychological thriller series The Sinner.
- Michael Cannell shares some background about the real events behind the series Mindhunter.
- Sam Wollaston reviews the TV documentary Ross Kemp Behind Bars.
- James Gill reports that the BBC has put the production of the Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal by Innocence on hold following sexual assault allegations against actor Ed Westwick.
Comments on the latest adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express:
- Matthew Coyle calls Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express a slow-burning thriller bristling with star power.
- Jamie Bernthal praises Kenneth Branagh's fresh take on Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express.
- Jim Vejvoda explains how Kenneth Brannagh reimagined Agatha Christie's classic mystery.
- Robbie Collin calls Murder on the Orient Express star-studded, but pedestrian.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Murder on the Orient Express a dusty old-fashioned dud.
- Kevin Maher calls Murder on the Orient Express a baffling erratic take on a classic.
- Tim Robey uses Murder on the Orient Express as an example for why all-star casts often result in duff movies.
- Charles Gant reports that Murder on the Orient Express is a box office success in the UK.
- Sarah Crompton interviews Kenneth Branagh, director and star of Murder on the Orient Express.
Comments on Alias Grace:
- Lucy Mangan calls Alias Grace a masterful adaptation of Margaret Atwood's eponymous historical crime novel.
- Alex Clark calls Alias Grace a prescient story of women living in a patriarchical society.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya offers an episode by episode reviews of Alias Grace.
Tributes to Karin Dor and John Hillerman:
- German actress Karin Dor, best known to international audiences for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz and the 1967 Bond movie You Only Live Twice, has died aged 79.
- Steve Green remembers Karin Dor.
- Cora Buhlert remembers Karin Dor.
- Actor John Hillerman, best remembered for playing Higgins in the 1980s TV series Magnum P.I., has died aged 84.
- Matthew Haag shares an obituary for John Hillerman.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Jennifer Baker attempts to answer the question how long writing is supposed to take.
- Martin Cavannagh shares 41 insider tips for winning NaNoWriMo.
- Fonda Lee talks about NaNoWriMo and explains why her novel Jade City is an anti-NaNoWriMo case study.
- Ryan J. Pelton shares some tips for writing in the cracks of life.
- Austin Hackney explains what makes a compelling story.
- Callum Sharp shares five tips to bring the theme out in your story.
- Janice Hardy shares six things to consider before writing a series.
- Stina Leicht talks about the importance of secondary characters.
- Daria Polatin discusses how she researched her novel The Devil in Ohio.
- Martin Cavannagh shares seven steps to writing a query letter.
- John Valeri interviews Linda Fairstein.
- John Valeri interviews Wendy Tyson.
- Marina Sofia interviews Lloyd Otis.
- Martin Doyle interviews Adrian McKinty.
- Jane Hebiton interviews Alan Carter.
- Criminal Element interviews Ellen Crosby.
- Crime Fiction Lover interviews Lilja Sigurdardottir.
- Crime Fiction Lover interviews Fiona Cummins.
- Ash K. Alexander reviews City of Lies by Victoria Thompson.
- John Valeri reviews Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clarke and Alafair Burke.
- David Cranmer reviews The Midnight Line by Lee Child.
- John Valeri reviews Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub.
- Ardi Alspach reviews Bonfire by Krysten Ritter.
- Ardi Alspach reviews Dark Asylum by E.S. Thompson.
- Purity Brown reviews Scream Blue Murder by Tony J. Forder.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Trespass by Anthony Quinn.
- David Canmer reviews Trading Down by Stephen Norman.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews The Dying Game by Asa Avdic, translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles.
- Andrew Motion reviews First Person by Richard Flanagan.
- Eoin McNamee also reviews First Person by Richard Flanagan.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Extraditionist by Todd Merer.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke and tries a recipe from the book.
- Historians shed new light on a notorious robbery and murder in New Zealand in 1866.
- A better way to identify differences in walking and gait.
Free online fiction:
- "The Hitchhiker" by Herschel Cozine in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "The Baying Witness" by Anna Drake.
- "The Old Bird" by J.M. Williams in Akashic Books.
- "The Dying Desert Moon" by Dale W. Glaser in Crimson Streets.
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