Crime Fiction Links of the Week for December 9, 2017
Crime fiction in general:
- NPR shares its best mystery and thriller books of 2017.
- Twenty authors pick the best crime novels of 2017.
- Declan Burke and Declan Hughes share the twenty best crime novels of 2017.
- Barry Forshaw shares the best crime novels of 2017.
- Mike Ripley talks about the golden age of the British thriller in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Paul French takes a look at the popularity of Macau as a setting for crime novels and thrillers.
- C.J. Tudor shares her appreciation for the works of Stephen King.
- Crime fiction writer Bill Crider reports that he has entered hospice care.
- Christine Keeler, the former model at the heart of the so-called Profumo affair, which rocked the British government in the 1960s, has died aged 75.
Film and TV:
- Crime Fiction Lover shares the best crime shows of 2017.
- Theresa Rodewald discusses the elusiveness of identity in Tomas Alfredson's 2011 adaptations of John La Carrè's classic spy novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
- B Noir Detour revisits the 1950 movie Gun Crazy.
- Clarisse Loughrey debates whether the classic 1988 thriller Die Hard counts as a Christmas film or not.
- Peter Foy shares his thoughts on the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
- David Cranmer reviews episode 4 and episode 5 and episode 6 of Longmire.
- Stuart Barr shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Peaky Blinders.
- Dead Good reports that the fourth and final season of the Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge will air on BBC 2 in the UK.
Comments on the season 5 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Alan Brown shares his thoughts on the season 5 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- James Whitbrook declares that if you stopped watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the season 5 premiere is an excellent time to start again.
Comments on The Punisher:
- David Fienberg calls The Punisher punishing indeed.
- Dave Richards reviews the final three episodes of The Punisher.
- Josh Wigler explains how season 1 of The Punisher plays out.
- Josh Wigler also interviews Steve Lightfoot, showrunner of The Punisher.
Comments on I, Tonya:
- Richard Brody calls I, Tonya a condescending bio-pic of ice skater Tonya Harding.
- Manohla Dargis declares that I, Tonya disjointedly swings between comedy and agony.
- David Sims calls I, Tonya too glib for its own good.
Comments on I Remember You:
- Andy Webster calls I Remember You a piercing horror film from Iceland.
- Frank Schreck calls I Remember You compellingly creepy.
- Noel Murray calls the Icelandic thriller movie I Remember You distinctive, but too reserved.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Bill Rapp talks about the difficulty of creating suspense while keeping spy fiction realistic.
- Randall Floyd shares his cure for writer's block.
- Angely Mercado explains how anime and cartoons have helped her write through the bad times.
- Jacob Polley talks about his writing day.
- Kari Maaren talks about her writing process and her first publication at forty-two.
- Isabel Yap shares a list of things she wishes she knew when she started writing for publication.
- Ricardo Fayet shares the complete guide to e-book publishing.
- Victoria Goldman interviews John Marrs.
- Victoria Goldman also interviews C.J. Carver.
- Elise Cooper interviews John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, authors of the book Mindhunter, on which the eponymous drama series was based.
- Love Books reviews A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis.
- Novel Heights reviews Playing With Death by Simon Scarrow and Lee Francis.
- Novel Heights also reviews The Other Woman by Laura Wilson.
- Crime Fiction Lover reviews The Silent Children by Carol Wyer.
- Victoria Goldman reviews The Legacy by Yyrsa Sigurdardottir.
- Adventures in Crime Fiction Land reviews The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Dead Man's Blues by Ray Celestin.
- Adventures in Crime Fiction Land also reviews East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman.
- A Book and a Tea also reviews East of Hounslow.
- Karen Oberlaender reviews Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley.
- Michelle Carpenter reviews The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen.
- Vanessa Orr reviews How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews You Can Run by Steve Mosby.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre.
- My Chestnut Reading Tree reviews Falling Suns by J.A. Corrigan.
- John Valeri reviews Strong to the Bone by Jon Land.
- Janet Webb reviews The Defense by Steve Cavanagh.
- Cleo Bannister reviews The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews A Late Frost by Sheila Connolly and tries a recipe from the book.
- Marina Sofia reviews the anthology Murder on Christmas Eve, edited by Cecily Gayford.
- Amber Kelly reviews Bel, Book, and Scandal by Maggie McCannon.
- A Hand of Knaves, an Australian anthology featuring rogues, thieves, pirates and scoundrels, is looking for funding.
- Mike Glyer reports about the changes to Patreon's fee structure and the outrage this caused.
- Natalie Luhrs analyses the changes to Patreon's fee structure.
- Alec Wilkinson reports how a former journalist has developed an algorithm that can detect serial killers.
Free online fiction:
- "Locksmiths" by Wendy Erskine in The Irish Times.
- "Flood Street Fire" by Oscar Holiday at Akashic Books.
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