Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 6, 2018
Crime fiction in general:
- Raven Crime Reads shares their top ten crime novels of 2017.
- Paul D. Brazill shares his favourite crime novels, films and TV shows of 2017.
- Northern Crime shares their top twelve crime novels of 2017.
- Northern Crime also shares their most disappointing crime novels of 2017.
- Meanwhile, For Winter Nights looks ahead at thrillers and crime novels coming out in 2018.
- Crime Fiction Lover also looks ahead at thrillers and crime novels coming out in 2018.
- Ayo Onatade also looks ahead at thrillers and crime novels coming out in 2018.
- Jen Lucas shares her favourite crime fiction series.
- Margot Kinberg discusses how crime fiction addresses the fact that most people are capable of both good and evil.
- Jake Hinkson shares his appreciation for Georges Simenon and Inspector Maigret and also lists his top six Maigret novels.
- James Reasoner revisits the 1960 crime novel Kiss and Kill by Richard Deming.
- James reasoner also revisits the 1983 Nick Carter Killmaster novel The Christmas Kill by Joseph L. Gilmore.
- Jamie Berthal revisits Conjuror's Alibi, a 1960 mystery novel for young readers by Kenneth Lillington.
Film and TV:
- Kim Pruett revisits Alfred Hitchcock's movies Psycho and The Birds and the novels/short stories they were based upon.
- Max Gladstone explains why he believes that the 1988 action thriller Die Hard is a modern fairytale.
- David Edelstein shares his thoughts on The Strange Ones.
- Angelica Jade Bastien praises Margot Robbie's performance in I, Tonya.
Tributes to Sue Grafton:
- Oline H. Cogdill shares a tribute to Sue Grafton.
- The BBC remembers Sue Grafton and shares tributes from other prominent crime fiction writers.
Comments on the season premiere of The X-Files:
- Jill Pantozzi shares her thoughts on the season premiere of The X-Files.
- Zack Handlen declares that the season premiere of The X-Files was not as bad as it might have been.
- James Whitbrook reports that showrunner Chris Carter doesn't believe there is a future for The X-Files without Gillian Anderson.
- James Hibberd interviews Chris Carter, showrunner of The X-Files.
Comments on Hard Sun:
- Tripwire interviews Neil Cross, creator of Luther and the BBC's new science fiction thriller Hard Sun.
- Tripwire also interviews Nikki Amuka-Bird, one of the stars of Hard Sun.
- Tripwire also interviews Agyness Deyn, one of the stars of Hard Sun.
- Tripwire also interviews Jim Sturgess, one of the stars of Hard Sun.
- Tripwire also interviews Hard Sun's scientific adviser Brian Cox.
- Stuart Jeffreys interviews Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess, the stars of Hard Sun.
Comments on McMafia:
- Lucy Mangan calls McMafia well made, but depressing.
- Sarah Hughes calls McMafia a TV thriller with global ambitions.
- David Stubbs offers a recap of episode 1 of McMafia.
- Ellen E. Jones is not happy with the bad Russian accents in McMafia.
- Stuart Jeffries profiles Juliet Rylance, one of the stars of McMafia.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Callum Sharp shares ten tips for better writing in 2018.
- Lauren Langford explains how she fell in love with writing.
- Enrique Fiallo explains how to find your voice and become a better writer.
- Barry Davret shares the three goals that keep him writing every day.
- Chuck Wendig asks writers to write with intentionality.
- Christopher E. Grillo asks writers to have fun with words and how to write better ones.
- Shadi Tirza shares some writing lessons from Luke Skywalker.
- Stephanie Villegas talks about mental health in fiction and why it matters.
- M.L. Humphrey shares some writing and marketing advice.
- Thomas Pluck reviews Robicheaux by James Lee Burke.
- Janet Webb reviews Promise Not To Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Don't Look for Me by Mason Cross.
- For Winter Nights reviews If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch.
- John Valeri reviews A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis.
- Clues and Reviews reviews The Night Bird by Brian Freeman.
- Booker Talk reviews Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason.
- Cleo Bannister reviews Cold, Cold Heart by Christine Poulson.
- Emma B. Books reviews The Ice by Laline Paul.
- Northern Crime reviews The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave.
- Northern Crime also reviews The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste.
- Ian Mond reviews The Long Drop by Denise Mina.
- Jamie Bernthal reviews The Seven Deaths of Emily Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews White Bodies by Jane Robins.
- Crime Fiction Lover reviews Alive in Shape and Color, edited by Lawrence Block.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews A Crime of Poison by Nancy Haddock and tries a recipe from the book.
- Janet Webb reviews Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae.
- Janet Webb reviews Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley.
- Marina Sofia reviews Zen and the Art of Murder by Oliver Bottini, translated by Jamie Bulloch.
- Jen Lucas reviews Hydra by Matt Wesolowski.
- Mike Chomko shares the preliminary program and schedule for PulpFest 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Ayo Onatade announces the upcoming crime festival "Crime at the Castle" at Glamis Castle in Angus, Scotland.
- John Legend and Carimah Townes shares the top criminal justice wins of 2017.
- Connor Feehan reports that Forensic Science Ireland will receive a new state-of-the-art laboratory complex to replace their aging 1970s facilities.
Free online fiction:
- "All in a Day's Work" by Vy Kava in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "Gone For Good" by Hershel Cozine in Flash Bang Mysteries.
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