Crime Fiction Links of the Week for December 30, 2017
Crime fiction in general:
- Criminal Element share their favourite crime novels of 2017.
- Crime Fiction Lover shares their top five crime novels of 2017.
- Catherine Turnbull shares her top five crime novels of 2017.
- Mal McEwan shares his top five crime novels of 2017.
- Lisa Levy shares eight overlooked crime reads from 2017.
- Tony White shares his top ten experimental thrillers.
- Elena Avanzas Alvarez shares seven crime fiction books to looks forward to in 2018.
- Criminal Element shares the twelve best cozy mystery title puns of 2017.
- Cat Rambo revisits the Doc Savage adventure The Czar of Fear.
- Oline H. Cogdill profiles Tom Straw, the author behind the Richard Castle mysteries.
Film and TV:
- Paul Levinson calls season 4 of Peaky Blinders the best one so far.
- Chloe M. Clark shares her thoughts on season 2 of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
- Jada Yuan profiles Diane Kruger, the star of Faith Akin's terrorism drama In the Fade.
- Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played one of the Trapp daughters in The Sound of Music and who also appeared in Vegas and in many other crime dramas, has died aged 68.
Tributes to Sue Grafton:
- Sue Grafton, author of the Kinsey Milhone series, has died aged 77.
- Nick Romano shares a statement from Sue Grafton's daughter and declares that for the Grafton family, the alphabet now ends with Y.
Comments on All the Money in the World:
- Peter Bradshaw calls Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World a raucous crime thriller.
- Julie Miller explains what All the Money in the World gets right and wrong about the real life kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.
- Julie Miller also tackled the enigma of John Paul Getty Senior, once the richest man in the world.
- Julie Miller also discusses the recasting of Christopher Plummer as John Paul Getty Senior, replacing Kevin Spacey.
- Kyle Buchanan interviews Ridley Scott, director of All the Money in the World.
Die Hard and Lethal Weapon as Christmas favourites:
- Michael Hann explains how the 1988 action thriller Die Hard became a Christmas movie.
- Tomasz Frymorgen reports that a heated debate whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie has broken out on the Internet.
- Art Tavana wonders why people are still debating whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
- Steven E. de Souza, screenwriter of Die Hard, offers his view on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
- Actor Mel Gibson, whose 1987 buddy cop thriller Lethal Weapon was also set during Christmas time, explains that setting action films at Christmas was a popular gimmick in the late 1980s and early 1990s, making many films accidental Christmas movies.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Reedsy shares 200 short story ideas and tips for coming up with your own.
- Maya Spikes shares three ways your writing can change the world.
- Nicholas Cole explains how he built a personal brand that turned him into a full time writer.
- Elizabeth Kracht shares six editing tips to make your story stronger.
- Camestros Felapton discusses the weird world of pay to play awards.
- Foz Meadows offers a blow by blow account of the New York Literary Magazine pay to play award drama.
- Colette Bancroft interviews James Lee Burke.
- Anthony Breznican interviews Stephen King.
- Elena Avanzas Alvarez interviews Tess Gerritsen.
- Emma Mitchell interviews Nikki Crutchley.
- Marina Sofia reviews The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana.
- Rambling Mad reviews The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman.
- Rambling Mad also reviews What Falls Between the Cracks by Robert Scragg.
- Ben Boulden reviews Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Tom Clancy - Commander in Chief by Mark Greaney.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Welcome to Paradise by Glenn Rolfe.
- Robin Agnew reviews A Deadly Eclair by Daryl Wood Gerber.
- How the telegraph helped to catch a murderer in 1845.
- Lance Charnes recalls the daring Kunsthal Rotterdam heist of 2012.
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